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					                                                                                                                 Marsh Vikela (Pty) Ltd
                                                                                                                 The Marsh Centre
                                                                                                                 88 Grayston Drive, Sandton
                                                                                                                 Private Bag X14, Benmore, 2010
                                                                                                                 South Africa
                                                                                                                 Tel: 2711 506 5326 Fax 2711 506 5242
                                                                                                                 anneli.botha@marsh.com
                                                                                                                 www.marsh.com

        11 February 2008




                                                                NOTE FOR THE RECORD:
                                               Scoping Phase Public Consultation - Xere
Date:                                         30 January 2008
Venue:                                        Xere Kgotla
Start Time:                                   8:15
Ending Time:                                  9:15
                                                            MEETING ATTENDEES
    REPRESENTATIVE                                            DESIGNATION                                     E-MAIL ADDRESS / FAX NO.
Project Team:
Jumanda Gakelebone                          Resident of the CKGR & Translator                              fpkbotswana@fastmail.fm
Pedro Kgobe                                 Marsh Environmental Services                                   pedro.kgobe@marsh.com
Anneli Botha                                Marsh Environmental Services                                   anneli.botha@marsh.com
Haile Mphusu                                Gope Exploration Company                                       HMphusu@gemdiamonds.com
Howard Marsden                              Gope Exploration Company                                       HMarsden@gemdiamonds.com
Wilhemina Makwinja                          Gope Exploration Company                                      WMakwinja@gemdiamonds.com
Batlhatelfi Leagajang                       Hotwire                                                        batlhalefi@hotwireprc.com
Community:
  Male Attendees:                           49
  Female Attendees:                         21




        Authorised Financial Services Provider
        FSB Licence no.: 8414
        Registration no.:1999/000348/07
        Directors: BR Blake (Chairman and Managing Director)*, DR Buchanan, AJ Dick**, MG Matlhape, S Montsi, HN Ndude, MW Skosana
        *British **New Zealand
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1   INTRODUCTION


The meeting is opened with a prayer.


The project team is welcomed by the Xere Kgosi, and Kgosi Sesana.


Pedro Kgobe of Marsh Environmental Services (MES) introduces the Gem Diamonds team:


      Introduction to Gope Project Team


      Gope Exploration Company
       Mr. Glenn Turner
         Chief Legal Compliance Officer

       Mr. Haile Mphusu
         Managing Director

       Mr. Howard Marsden
         Operations Manager

       Mrs. Wilhemina Makwinja
         HR Manager

       Mr. Kabelo Binns
         Hotwire

       Mr. Batlhalefi Leagajang
         Hotwire




      Marsh Environmental Services
       Mr. Pedro Kgobe
         Marsh Environmental Services – Botswana

       Ms. Anneli Botha
         Marsh Environmental Services – Gope Project Leader




      Marsh


The following people are introduced by the Court Clerk:


Mr Molaodi                          Kgosi of Xere
Headman                             Mr. Sesana


Other people present included the village elders in Xere.
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2   PRESENTATION


Please see printed presentation of Public Meetings for the Scoping Phase.


Upon completion of the presentation the floor is opened for public comment. English translations
conducted by either Pedro Kgobe (MES) or Jumanda Gakelebone (FPK) have been transcribed in
these minutes.
3     ISSUES AND RESPONSE REGISTER
 No                Aspect                         Comment                                                                    I&AP Name      Response
 1                 Archaeology &                  As far as burial sites are concerned, I don’t                              I&AP’s name    The response was acceptable. It was also indicated that some elders in
                   Heritage                       think that anyone here will know where they                                not known.     Kaudwane had already provided their names which could therefore
                                                  are. I was there (at Gope) for a month, and I                              Gentleman in   assist with the identification of the burial sites.
                                                  couldn’t identify where the burial sites were. I                           maroon shirt
                                                  think the project is a good thing for the
                                                  community.
 2                 Public                         As far as consultation is concerned, I think it is
                   Consultation                   a good thing for us.
 3                 Employment                     We have so many children being idle due to no
                                                  employment in the community. So we thank
                                                  you.
 4                 Work Shifts                    Question regarding the shift work at the mines                             The Police     The one week will be taken as days off from the employees
                                                  – 2 weeks on – 1 week off. Will people be                                  Officer Mr.
                                                  paid for that week, or will it be regarded as                              Sabata
                                                  leave and will they be paid for that?
 5                 Employment                     His question concerns the certificate of                                   Mr. Kesoma     Nowadays mines require highly competent people. For instance, even if
                                                  competence for workers, e.g. driver’s licenses.                            Tjihako        you are hired as a machine operator, you have to know how to use a
                                                  Most of the people here do not have a driver’s                                            computer. That means, you should be able to read and write in order to
                                                  licenses. Will this be to the worker’s detriment,                                         understand how the computer in the machinery works.
                                                  or will they still have opportunities to be
                                                  employed (and obtain the necessary skills)?
 6                 Employment                     Some of us have previously worked in the SA                                Mr. Tjihako    Even in the SA mines, if you were away for a considerable time, when
                                                  mines, and had references and documents of                                                you came back you had to be retrained just like fresh recruits before
                                                  skills obtained etc. These documents have                                                 resuming work. It will be difficult to call the SA mines to ask about your
                                                  been lost. Will we be eligible to work in the                                             certificates of competence.
                                                  new mine, using those skills, without proof of
                                                  previous employment?
Authorised Financial Services Provider
FSB Licence no.: 8414
Registration no.:1999/000348/07
Directors: BR Blake (Chairman and Managing Director)*, DR Buchanan, AJ Dick**, MG Matlhape, S Montsi, HN Ndude, MW Skosana
*British **New Zealand
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 No         Aspect          Comment                                            I&AP Name         Response
 7          Recruitment     How will people living outside of Gope be          Court Clerk       There is no easy answer to that question, as we are still investigating or
            Centres         recruited? If people want employment but do        (name not         assessing how we are going to conduct the recruitment process.
                            not have transport to the mine, how will this be   known)
                            addressed?
 8          Recruitment     Question regarding the recruitment process.        Mr. Gape          Ongoing assessments will facilitate how the recruitment process was
            Centres         How will the process be undertaken? Will it be     Gabaruelwe        going to planned and conducted.
                            in a meeting like this?
 9          Employment      Some of us have previously worked in mines,                          Even in the SA mines, if you were away for a considerable time, when
                            but do not have documents of proof of                                you came back you had to be retrained just like fresh recruits before
                            employment. Will it be possible for you to                           resuming work. It will be difficult to call the SA mines to ask about your
                            contact previous employers, to confirm this?                         certificates of competence.
 10         Work Shifts     Then regarding the shifts, working for two                           The one week will be taken as days off from the employees
                            weeks and taking a break for a week, will it be
                            days off or leave?
 11         Employment      During the recruitment process, how will                             Advertisements will be done, and the labour laws will be followed to
                            people be notified that jobs are now available?                      ensure a transparent process.
 12         Fauna & Flora   The land that will be used will be fenced to       Mr. Sabata, the   The response was that the mine area was going to be fenced.
                            protect the wild animals. By so doing, you are     Local Police      Furthermore, the land that will be required for the mine, will be less than
                            reducing the space that can be utilized by the     Officer           1% of the CKGR, hence wild animals will still have enough space to
                            wild animals. So then outside (the fence), will                      roam in the CKGR. Additionally, CKGR was not fenced so animals
                            it not lead to over crowding for the animals and                     could migrate between the CKGR and the Transfrontier Park in the
                            over grazing of the land.                                            south of the country.
 13         Employment      As some of us don’t know how to read and           Mr. Saoke         Nowadays mines require highly competent people. For instance, even if
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 No         Aspect              Comment                                              I&AP Name     Response
                                write or are illiterate, will we get employment at                 you are hired as a machine operator, you have to know how to use a
                                the mine?                                                          computer. That means, you should be able to read and write in order to
                                                                                                   understand how the computer in the machinery works.
 14         Mine Name           He has heard his parents call that place             I&AP’s name
                                Aikhoo                                               not known
 15         Tourism             Since you are going to mine in a tourist area,       I&AP’s name   The CKGR will continue to be used for tourism purposes. However, for
                                will tourists be allowed in the area to see the      not known     security reasons assessments will have to be made to determine
                                animals?                                                           whether or not tourists would be allowed in the mine area.


The meeting is closed with a prayer.

				
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