Last Saturday, Debswana volunteer team refurbished Emang Basadi head offices in Gaborone as part of their contribution towards community developments.
The company partnered with Plascon Botswana, who donated some paints that were used to give the building a new facelift.
Phatsimisa Volunteer Team, made up of Debswana employees, painted both the interior and exterior of the building in Extension 4, in Gaborone.
The mining giant’s corporate Social Investment Manager, Barulaganye Mogotsi explained that employees identified women’s advocacy organisation for a facelift, as they were aware of the challenges that are facing NGOs such as lack of manpower, financial resources and skills.
According to Mogotsi the formation of this team in 1998 was to try to take employees from normal day-to-day work and get them to meet in a more relaxed manner and offer services to the community.
Mogotsi added that they identified Emang Basadi because they felt that it plays a role into the development of Botswana, noting that these were the kind of organisation they wanted to help.
In their 12 years of existence, Mogotsi revealed that they have worked with organisations such as Happy Homes in Old Naledi where they taught primary and secondary school students life skills. He said the volunteer team was involved in the building of Maunatlala community hall.
Emang Basadi, representative, Bopelokgale Soko thanked the Debswana employees and Plascon Botswana for finding it fit to refurbish their buildings. She pointed out that many people come for counselling and if they found out that the place is tattered they will not feel welcomed. So the refurbishment was welcomed as it ensured that there was a conducive environment for both staff and clients.