No diamond is worth a life-says Debswana

26th April 2017
Debswana Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate Source:DEBSWANA


By Portia Nkani - Reporter

Debswana Diamond company Managing Director, Balisi Bonyongo has said despite the tragic loss of life in 2016 at Jwaneng Debswana mine, the company’s safety performance continued to improve and its safety record is comparable to the best in the world.

Bonyongo, who was speaking at the stakeholder engagement on Tuesday morning in Gaborone, said they are committed to the best safety in the workplace.
The company statistics shows that, from a record of 1.14 percent rate in 2011, the company has reached the low of 0,21 percent in 2016, representing a reduction from 10 injuries to two.

The diamond mining giants who had an unfortunate life lost incident in October 2016 whilst on site, however shows that, the ‘near-hits’ have seen a rise from 57, 864 to 122, 507.

In his safety message, Debswana’s Board chairman Carter Morupisi said that a serious workplace injury or fatality changes lives forever; not only for the individual involved, but for colleagues, families, friends and communities.

“As a company, the belief is that no diamond is worth a life as the company continues its journey towards achieving Zero Harm. Every diamond mined safely is a diamond that shines brighter,” says Morupisi.

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