Earlier this week we launched the Desert & Delta Safaris CARES philosophy. If you missed the first post you can read it here – Introducing The Desert & Delta Safaris CARES Philosophy. Today, we are highlighting the people element of our CARES philosophy with the launch of our second video.
The Desert & Delta Safaris CARES philosophy covers several aspects relating to our people and the citizens of Botswana.
Through a variety of initiatives, Desert & Delta Safaris supports local communities, focused on creating career opportunities in the tourism industry.
Offering bursaries for tertiary education, the Leaders for the Future initiativeis helping develop Botswana as a leading tourism destination. To date, approximately BWP380, 000 has gone into assisting students with their tourism studies. Students who have successfully completed their studies through the program are guaranteed work placements and career opportunities within the local travel industry.
With several of our camps and lodges within close proximity to communities, we create career opportunities in our organization for individuals from within those communities. Through ongoing training and development, staff members within our camps can expand their knowledge, forging a career within the Botswana travel industry.
The Youth Development Program focuses on creating work place opportunities for youth from disadvantaged social environments. Working closely with the Khumaga Primary school, we offer career guidance, education assistance, day trips through the Makgadikgadi National Park, as well as lectures for the youth of the Khumaga Village. The Tsidillo Stimulation Centre offers direct aid and support for the children of Maun with learning, mental and physical disabilities.
Desert & Delta Safaris employs over 500 staff members within the eight safari lodges. Owing to the remote location of our properties and the amount of time staff members spend living and working in the camps, access to medical care is a challenge. In light of this and in an effort to better support our staff members medical challenges, Desert & Delta Safaris employs a full time company doctor.
Run as a family practice, the company doctor conducts regular visits to each of the properties within the circuit allowing him to get to know the staff members individually to understand their specific medical needs, not only administering a GP service but ensuring that the best medical advice and mentoring for all our staff is freely available.
Offering HIV/AIDS testing, ensuring anti-retroviral treatment is effectively administered as well psychological support are critical functions of the doctor, all done with complete confidentiality to ensure job security. All medical treatment supplied by the company doctor is funded by Desert & Delta Safaris.
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As a Botswana owned and registered company, equality in the workplace is of fundamental importance to Desert & Delta Safaris. The Botswana safari industry is one of the country’s biggest contributors to GDP but has historically offered limited opportunities for Botswana citizens in senior positions within the industry.
Through an annual training schedule, the Desert & Delta Safaris Citizen Development Program educates, trains and mentors Botswana citizens to help them acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to attain employment as camp managers. Owing to the ongoing success of the program, the Desert & Delta Safaris camps have been managed exclusively by Botswana citizens since 2014. An achievement which has had a profoundly positive impact on our business by creating career goals and growth for our staff.
Further to creating more employment opportunities for Botswana citizens, Desert & Delta Safaris is committed to promoting gender equality by actively addressing the gender divide that exists within the travel sector. With this in mind, the current camp management group has a 55% female representation, highlighting the important role women play in management positions. Female empowerment is also brought to the forefront with Africa’s first all-female safari guiding team at Chobe Game Lodge.
At the heart of Desert & Delta Safaris is the Staff Wellness team who are committed to ensuring the well-being of our staff. This includes a deep understanding of the cultural and spiritual challenges our staff face working in remote locations away from home.
To ensure a healthy work environment, the staff wellness team are dedicated exclusively to coordinating regular visits from the company Pastor and spiritual leader. During these visits guidance talks, family advice and motivational classes and religious sermons are offered to the staff within the work environment. This support structure ensures a healthy, happy and welcoming soul while solidifying bonds between our staff by creating a work environment that is conduction to a small family business.
Our people are fundamental to the on-going success of Desert & Delta Safaris as a leading lodge operator in Botswana. Recognising the human potential within our business, the Desert & Delta CARES philosophy places our people at the centre of our organisation.
Our final blog on the Desert & Delta Safaris CARES philosophy showcasing our many environmental and responsible tourism initiatives will be released next week Tuesday (14 August).