Jwaneng Mine Hospital

Mining Hospital | Jwaneng, Botswana

Hospital description

A rare opportunity to see first hand trauma cases from injuries on and related to the mine. Jwaneng also boasts one of the most progressive HIV and AIDS treatment facilities in Botswana for its employees and their families.

Jwaneng lies in south-central Botswana on the fringes of the Kgalagadi desert, 160 km south-west of Gaborone and 80 km west of the traditional capital of the Bangwaketse district, Kanye village.

Jwaneng means “a place of small stones”.

The Jwaneng (diamond) pipe was discovered in 1972 by De Beers prospectors.

In 1978 an agreement was signed between the Government of Botswana and De Beers to establish the mine, which was officially opened on 14 August 1982. The mine is owned by Debswana, a partnership between De Beers and the government of Botswana. Jwaneng Mine contributes 60-70% of Debswana’s total earnings.

The richest diamond mine in the world, in 2008 Jwaneng produced 13.7 million carats from 15.7 million tonnes of ore. Production varies according to the mining plans of between approximately 12.5 to 15 million carats per year.

The mine operates its own hospital on site for all its employees and their families.The hospital serves as both a mine hospital and district
hospital. With 89 beds, it serves a population of about 30 000 and is completely funded by Debswana at a cost of more than 40 million Pula annually.

Services rendered by the hospital include;
• Holistic district-level hospital care
• A dental clinic (the nearest dental clinic west of Jwaneng is 500 kilometres away)
• Infectious Diseases Care Centre (HIV/AIDS Clinic)
• Community outreach
• Rehabilitation and ICU

The hospital also provides laboratory services to all clinics and health posts in the district. Around 70% of the people who access the hospital are not employees of Jwaneng Mine or their beneficiaries. As the district hospital, referrals are received from primary hospitals, health posts and clinics in the region within a radius of 200 kilometres.

The Infectious Diseases Care Clinic (IDCC) was built by Debswana at total cost of P2 million and opened in April 2003.

Community and Environment

A town with a population of almost 15 000 people has developed 11 kilometres from the Mine. There are schools, a hospital and the usual infrastructure of a modern town.

The Jwana Game Park can be found within the boundaries of the Jwaneng mining lease. The park hosts a Cheetah Conservation Botswana field unit, and Lappet-faced Vultures, which are globally threatened, are also found.

In support of the National Strategy for the Conservation of Endangered Rhino Population, two white Rhinos were introduced from the Khama Sanctuary in November 2007.

Health and Safety

LTIFR to end Oct 2008: 0.12. The 2007 lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) was 0.27. The mining operations section, however, achieved a lost time injury free year.

The Debswana mines retained their Occupational Health and Safety Accreditation System (OHSAS) 18001 certification in 2007. Jwaneng mine also implemented the SAFEmap behaviour-based safety process.

The mine also retained the ISO 14001 certificate for environmental compliance, being the first mine in Botswana to achieve this certification in 2000.

In April 2007 the health services successfully achieved COHSASA accreditation, which is valid for two years. This is an internationally recognised system of assurance on good clinical and processes governance, making the Jwaneng Mine Hospital the only one in the country to have this accreditation.

The mine and its sister operations in Debswana, are certified to the AIDS Management System (AMS) 16001 standard. Work is underway to adopt South African National Standard (SANS) 16001.

For more information on the Jwaneng Mine click here to see their brochure.


Hospital type Mining Hospital
Local language English, Setswana, Afrikans
Funding Status Private


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