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Stanbic Bank Botswana recognizes local talent

Stanbic Bank Botswana rewarded local athletes who excelled in
the 21.1km leg of this year’s DGM in a continuation of their effort to
promote and nurture local sporting talent even further.

The sponsorship partnership between Stanbic Bank Botswana Corporate and
Investment Banking and DGM, now in its second year, will see proceeds from
marathon handed over to The African Women Leadership Academy, an NGO that
seeks to empower young women, the girl and boy child through networking,
mentoring and leadership skills training.

“Stanbic Bank is in its 6th consecutive year in partnership with the DGM
and third consecutive in which the Bank rewards top performing local
athletes who participated in the annual sporting event. We believe in
promoting sporting excellence and instilling a culture of supporting
home-grown talent and giving back to the community in which we operate in.
As a corporate citizen it is our responsibility to seek ways in which we as
Bank can uplift others and we couldn’t be happier to handover proceeds to
the value of P116 000 to TAWLA,” said Sheperd Aisam, Head of Corporate and
Investment Banking at Stanbic Bank Botswana.

This year’s marathon saw the top performing Motswana male athlete, in the
21.1km race, Mr. Rapula Diphoko, clocked in at 01:03:58 beating his 2016
record time. His female counterpart, Ms. Onneile Dintwe, completed her race
in 01:20:51. Each received P10, 000.00 cash prizes for their efforts from

Stanbic Bank Botswana, along with sporting merchandise courtesy of the
Bank.

“This year’s Marathon continued to build upon it’s reputation as the
region’s favoured half-marathon event with a record turnout from local,
regional and international athletes and amateurs intent doing their very
best. For us, to see Botswana born athletes running highly competitive
times and using this event as a stepping stone to qualify for other major
international events is the realisation of everything that we aspired to at
the conception of the Diacore Gaborone Marathon. It gives us even greater
pride that the marathon has availed avenues for us to give back to
charity,” said Thabo Makgato, Head of PR and Marketing, Diacore Gaborone
Marathon.

He said, “We want to ensure Botswana’s athletics talent is truly mined and
grown to its full potential. We hope this gesture goes some way towards
helping us achieve the goal of greater access to and development of local
sporting talent, allowing us to produce more incredible stars. We believe
that empowering these individuals will go some way in uplifting
communities.”

Fastest female, Onneile Dintwe, shared her immense gratitude with the Bank.
“I am humbled by Stanbic Bank’s prize, as it encourages me to continue to
train and to run so that I can get better every year. Platforms such as
these are the springboard to other regional and even international races,
and so it is even more motivating that recognition and support are received
from the very beginning,” she noted.

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