Kimberley "Big Hole" tourism project, South Africa | Print |

The "Big Hole" project is a large part of De Beers’ social investment programme. It aims to provide a world class tourist facility in Kimberley and support sustained employment and business opportunities. Designed to provide both an educational and tourism resource, the project is a joint venture between De Beers, the provincial government, the Sol Plaatje and Frances Baard district municipalities and Northern Cape and Kimberley Tourism.

The Kimberley "Big Hole" project includes an historical precinct that tells the story of early Kimberley and incorporates 13 new small businesses, with 60 percent Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) ownership in total. It will also include a world class visitor centre focusing on the story of the "Big Hole", De Beers and diamonds.

The Harmony Jewellery School, South Africa | Print |

The Harmony Jewellery School was the first of its kind in the Free State, South Africa, and was inaugurated in November, 2000. It is sponsored by the Italian government via the United Nations Office for Project Service, and Harmony Gold and trains students in the art of making jewellery. It was established on the premises of the harmony Gold Mining Company in Virginia.

Debswana ART Programme, Botswana | Print |

Debswana, the jointly owned Botswana diamond mining firm which is 50-50 owned by the government and De Beers, was the first mining company in the world to offer free antiretroviral treatment to HIV positive employees and family members starting in 2001. In 2006, Debswana extended its HIV disease management programme to include up to three children of employees under the age of 21. The company currently has more than 700 people registered on its ART programme.

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