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Gem Diamonds to Drill Water Holes for CKGR Residents

Jun 20, 2011 7:37 AM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... Gem Diamonds Limited, along with corporate social responsibility partner VOX United, will drill four water boreholes in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) of Botswana for local residents. Gem Diamonds will provide the technical and financial assistance on the program, which will benefit the local ecosystem as it will provide multiple sources of water at the various CKGR settlements to prevent the concentration of people around a single water source.

This borehole-drilling program follows discussions and consultations with CKGR communities and will be conducted in two phases. The first phase  will begin with the drilling of a borehole at Mothemelo in early July 2011, and this will be followed by boreholes in  Metsimanong, Molapo and Gope.

Clifford Elphick, the chief executive of Gem Diamonds, explained, "Gem Diamonds remains committed to implementing sustainable solutions to the environmental and community-related issues in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and embraces the opportunity to continue our work with the local communities and other interested parties to ensure that the benefits of the Gope diamond mine are realized for the community as a whole."


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