De Beers Group donates P1.7 million COVID-19 testing machine

GABORONE, Botswana, April 2020/ — De Beers Group yesterday donated a state-of-the-art COVID-19 testing machine to the Government of Botswana. The highly sought-after testing machine, with a value of 1.7 million Pula, forms part of De Beers Group’s in-kind support for Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The machine is being installed at the National Health Laboratory in Gaborone, and will play a vital role in supporting Botswana’s COVID-19 testing programme.

Bruce Cleaver, CEO, De Beers Group said: “We are proud to stand side by side with our partners in the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic. While financial support is crucial, we also recognise that sourcing key equipment at times of heightened global demand is hugely important, and we are delighted to have been able to secure this machine on behalf of the people of Botswana. We will continue to work with Government to understand how else we can support the critical work focused on keeping Botswana’s citizens safe and well.”

Receiving the machine on behalf of the Government of Botswana this afternoon, Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Lemogang Kwape expressed gratitude for the donation and stressed that it will be centrally important for reducing test result turnaround times. Dr Kwape said: “This machine will indeed assist in getting more people tested and we are grateful to De Beers Group for the support.”

The testing machine is a QIAGEN EZ1 Advanced XL instrument. It performs fully automated nucleic acid purification and enables approximately 150 tests per day.  The machine, manufactured in Germany, has been designed to ensure high process safety, high performance and user convenience.

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