Little has been heard in these recent weeks about Covid-19 in Africa.
Too little. But the virus has been fully established there for a long time, more precisely in Botswana and Namibia. We are speaking about theDe Beers Group
, which, in these too countries (as well as in South Africa) has two important raw diamond research centers in 50/50 joint ventures with the local governments. «We have long-standing partnerships with the people of Botswana and Namibia spanning decades. The men and women of De Beers are proud to stand with them now in this moment of crisis and we will stand with them as their partners on the road to recovery and renewal»
, said Bruce Cleaver, the Group’s CEO. No sooner said than done. In fact, $2,500,000 have already been allocated to healthcare aid to combat the ongoing emergency. «With our contribution, De Beers is supporting the unprecedented efforts of healthcare professionals, community leaders and all those confronting Covid-19 in the countries and communities in which we live and work. We have refocused our business in our host communities to support the response to the pandemic and our priorities are clear: prepare communities for the crisis, support the emergency response and be a partner in economic recovery»
. The Community Response Plan (CRP) to provide the most effective and pertinent support to the host communities is already underway. And that’s not all. The Group has already hinted that it will shortly be announcing similar activities at its production sites in Canada and South Africa. In other words, stay tuned!