Minerals Minister, Eric Molale, has warned new Debswana Managing Director, Albert Milton that he will be hauled over the coals during the course of his management.
Milton is taking over from Balisi Bonyongo who retired at the end of November last year.
This week the diamond company held a farewell ceremony for Bonyongo and at the same time officially introducing the new MD to stakeholders.
Speaking at the ceremony on Wednesday night where he was the keynote speaker, Molale who is the Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security told Milton to ensure that citizens participate in the diamond value chain.
“Participation is about commitment, capability, ability and passion to do things, so that is the first phase of the baptism. So, you will have to do that and ensure citizens participate, and even create an enabling environment that will allow that participation,” warned Molale.
He cautioned that such participation should be overboard as well as transparent so that no much time is not spent arguing on how things could have been done.
“We have had preliminary discussions, and I am happy that you seem to be toeing the line,” he said teasingly.
Nonetheless, Molale expressed confidence in Milton guiding Debswana to new heights, telling him to remain focused and not get intimidated.
Before being appointed Debswana MD, Milton served as General Manager of one of the key mines of Debswana: Jwaneng Mine.