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Chamber remains bullish on economy’s mainstay industry

By: Nadine James Stakeholders in the mining industry should be assured by the knowledge that commodity prices are cyclical and, though some caution is necessary, commitment to the development of Botswana’s mining assets will ensure that the industry survives the temporary downturn in commodity prices, says... 

Coal-to-power project ready for bid submission

Energy company Shumba Energy (SE) has made significant progress on its Mabesekwa Export Independent Power Plant (MEIPP) project, which will be ready for bid submission by mid-2016. The project is located in the Mabesekwa village in Botswana’s Central District. Shumba has started with the bankable... 

Coal-to-power project ready for bid submission
GOING FOR COAL Shumba Energy hopes that its coal-to-power project wins preferred bidder status in the independent power procurement bids

Diamond conference returns to Botswana

Botswana will host the Diamonds Still Sparkling Conference, for the second time in six years. The sixth in a series of triennial diamond conferences, Diamonds Still Sparkling 2016 will be held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre, and targets the full spectrum of the diamond pipeline,... 

Diamond conference  returns to Botswana
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DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER The Diamonds Still Sparkling Conference will reiterate that fact

Diamond miner willing to fork out for exploration project

According to Africa-focused diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ 2015 annual report, exploration expenditure increased from $2.8-million in 2014 to $5.7-million last year, owing to the programme under way at the KX36 project in Botswana. This included the costs to relocate and commission the bulk... 

Diamond miner  willing to fork out for  exploration project
AEROMAGNETIC SURVEYING The first phase of exploration on KX36 concluded early last year

Diamonds will remain sought after regardless of economic trends

By: Nadine James Although diamond demand is not immune to global economic trends, such as the slowed growth in China that resulted in a collapse in commodity prices, Aim-listed diamond exploration company Botswana Diamonds (BOD) executive chairperson John Teeling is still optimistic about long-term demand. “You... 

Diamonds will remain sought after regardless  of economic trends
JOHN TEELING Botswana Diamonds executive chair says that despite recent economic trends, more people are entering the middle class,increasing the demand for jewellery, and thus diamonds

First phase of exploration on copper/silver project starts

Australian-listed metals miner MOD Resources last month announced that Phase 1 exploration had started at its Botswana copper/silver project, which is located in the Kalahari Copper Belt (KCB) – a region where MOD has various interests in licences covering an area of about 12 000 km2. The... 

First phase of exploration on copper/silver project starts
DRILL TIME Exploration on MOD's project in the Kalahari Copper Belt started in earnest in January

High-tech solution for Letlhakane tailings project

The contract to supply voltage equipment and automation solutions for Debswana’s Letlhakane Mine Tailings Resource Treatment Project (LMTRTP) has been awarded to industrial automation and information provider Rockwell Automation (RA). The P2.2-billion LMTRTP is meant to safeguard jobs at diamond... 

High-tech solution for Letlhakane tailings project
Photo by Duane Daws
TIDINGS ABOUT TAILINGS Debswana's Letlhakane mine will be retreating its tailings with some help from Rockwell Automation

Prefeasibility results could deliver significant catalyst

Australian-listed metals miner Botswana Metals Limited (BML) expects to boost its share price on the back of a possible resource upgrade, following the release of the results of its prefeasibility study (PFS) on the Maibele North nickel project, located in Botswana’s Central District. The PFS... 

Prefeasibility results could deliver  significant catalyst
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NOT A NICKEL-AND-DIME OPERATION Botswana Metals Limited expects that its Maibele North project will benefit from nickel price increases in the long term

Prospecting licence granted for mining project

Botswana’s Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) has granted metals mining company Mount Burgess Botswana (MBB) – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Australian-listed resource development company Mount Burgess Mining (MBM) – a new prospecting licence (PL) over the Kihabe... 

Prospecting licence granted for mining project
ZINC SMELTING While the Kihabe project is still in its infancy, the proposal relating to local beneficiation suggests that the project is definitely viable

Renewed interest in coal could expand Botswana’s mining revenue

By: Nadine James The Botswanan government is expected to dedicate more resources to the development of its coal sector to diversify its mining revenue and meet its energy imperatives, says mining consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith. This is attributed to a decreased global demand for diamonds – Botswana’s... 

Renewed interest in coal could expand Botswana’s mining revenue
Photo by Duane Daws
UNTAPPED POTENTIAL Botswana has the second largest coal reserves in Africa, but only one operational coal mine, the Morupule mine in eastern Botswana

Zone 5 copper project on track to meet production target date

By: Nadine James Botswana miner Khoemacau Copper Mining (KCM), a subsidiary of private-equity firm Cupric Canyon Capital (CCC), has completed the drilling phase of its Zone 5 feasibility study, which demonstrates the viability of mining and processing 10 000 t/d. Construction can start at the project, which... 

Zone 5 copper project  on track to meet  production target date
EXTREME MAKEOVER MILL EDITION Construction for the Boseto Mill's upgrades will start in 2017

Botswana has capacity to become bigger SADC player – conference organisers

Despite its size and landlocked nature, Botswana does have the capacity to become a bigger player in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), particularly in the context of seemingly less stable economies around it, the organisers of Bauma Conexpo Africa say, adding that they are... 

Botswana still auspicious mining jurisdiction

By: Mia Breytenbach Having ranked consistently as one of the top mining jurisdictions in Africa, Botswana remains a favourable mining destination for investment – despite current infrastructure challenges and the global economic downturn, mining consultancy Core Consultants MD Lara Smith tells Mining Weekly. She... 

Botswana still auspicious mining jurisdiction
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AGAINST THE ODDS Botswana remains an auspicious mining destination, despite current infrastructure and macroeconomic challenges

Construction on Letlhakane tailings expansion to start soon

By: Mia Breytenbach Construction on Botswana-based diamond mining company Debswana’s Letlhakane tailings treatment plant expansion project is expected to start next month, with the facility scheduled to be handed over in the first quarter of 2017, Debswana head of corporate affairs Esther Kanaimba-Senai tells Mining... 

Construction on Letlhakane tailings  expansion to start soon
PILOT CONCEPT The Jwaneng modular tailings treatment plant is a first for Debswana in introducing and testing the modular concept in the group, with a possibility of implementing it at other operations

Diamond explorer shifts target focus areas, prioritises Orapa region

By: Mia Breytenbach Aim-listed diamond explorer Botswana Diamonds (BOD) has shifted its 2015 focus to three licence areas covering more than 1 000 km2 in the diamond province of Orapa, in Botswana. The three blocks currently receiving precedence comprise the PL206, PL207 and PL210 licence areas, BOD chairperson John... 

Diamond explorer shifts target focus areas,  prioritises Orapa region
FOCUS SHIFT Botswana Diamonds and Alrosa defined a new 2015 exploration programme for the PL206, PL207 and PL210 licence areas in the Orapa region in Botswana

Equipment supplier secures diamond, copper and nickel sector contracts

By: Mia Breytenbach South Africa-based drilling equipment supplier Schwalbe Import & Export has obtained three significant contracts with Africa-based mining companies in Botswana, Schwalbe MD Jonathan Betsalel tells Mining Weekly, adding that the company aims to start supplying the products in March or April. “The... 

Interest returns to known deposits, way paved for exploration

By: Mia Breytenbach The latest exploration boom in Botswana, although seemingly waning, has shifted the spotlight to several known deposits again, notes South African mining consultancy The MSA Group, stating that copper and nickel deposits were receiving particular attention. Recent high copper prices have resulted... 

Interest returns to known deposits, way paved for exploration
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RENEWED INTEREST Recent high copper prices have resulted in the potential economic feasibility of lower-grade copper deposits in Botswana

New block on iron play targeted

By: Mia Breytenbach Junior miner, and Toronto-listed, Tsodilo Resources has moved into the next phase of its flagship Xaudum Iron Formation (XIF) project’s exploration programme, targeting Block 2 of the resource. The block is located to the south of Block 1 and is a larger area than Block 1, for which the company... 

New block on iron  play targeted
EXPLORATION EVALUATION Tsodilo Resources has used the ground magnetic-intensity signature and inversion model, and drilling to locate areas of likely high-grade material at its Botswana iron play

Reliable Transformers

Ekurhuleni-based Reliable Transformers, which was established by HJ van Zyl more than 30 years ago, is now a major player in the African transformer market. Transformers, inductors, reactors and plasma cutting power units are some of the products designed and manufactured in-house at the... 

Reliable Transformers

‘Moribund’ Botswana coal industry requires gentle approach – consultant

By: Mia Breytenbach With little or no coal mining exploration currently under way in Botswana, the industry has become “moribund”, says mining consultancy Analytika Holdings director Alan Golding. “While the Botswana coal mining industry has expanded to current production of about 3.5-million tons a year, the lack... 

‘Moribund’ Botswana coal industry requires gentle approach – consultant
LACKING VITALITY While the Botswana coal mining industry has expanded to current production of about 3.5-million tons a year, the lack of a significant market remains a key challenge

Analytical service provider aiming to expand into Botswana

By: Ilan Solomons Africa-focused analytical and geochemical laboratory services provider to the mining industry Scientific Services (SciServ) aims to expand its African presence to Botswana – a development that the company will highlight at the Investing in African Mining Indaba that will take place at the Cape... 

Analytical service provider aiming to expand into Botswana
STUART AND KELLY MOIR Scientific Services showcased its main features and capabilities at the 2014 Investing in African Mining Indaba

Botswana Resource Sector Conference set to attract large turnout

By: Ilan Solomons Botswana based conference company Capital Conference’s Botswana Resource Sector Conference 2014, which will take place at the Gaborone International Conference Centre, in Botswana, from June 10 to 11, is set to attract more than 400 global delegates, says conference coordinator Emma Rynn.... 

Botswana Resource Sector Conference set to attract large turnout
DRAWING THE CROWDS More than 100 delegates have confirmed their attendance for this year’s conference

Botswana’s burgeoning coal industry has potential, but challenges remain

By: Ilan Solomons Investors and industry stakeholders should take note of the growing importance of coal in the Botswana mining industry this year, as it could enable the country to diversify its exports, says strategy and communications consultancy africapractice associate consultant Sinethemba Zonke. He adds... 

Botswana’s burgeoning coal industry has potential, but challenges remain
COAL FOCUS Botswana’s national strategy on coal development, the Coal Roadmap, aims to develop the country’s infrastructure to take advantage of its estimated 212-billion tons of coal reserves

Botswana’s first international rough diamond sight a success

By: Ilan Solomons More than 200 representatives from diamond company De Beers’ 80 sightholder companies flocked to Botswana, in November, to participate in the country’s inaugural international rough diamond sale, commonly called sights, where they gathered to buy parcels of rough diamonds sourced from De Beers... 

Botswana’s first  international rough  diamond sight a success
SORTERS PREPARING FOR SIGHTS Half of those employed at the De Beers Global Sightholder Sales division are Botswana citizens, which further supports the country’s downstream diamonds industry

Company to highlight own brand, add new products to Botswana offering

By: Ilan Solomons Local drill equipment provider Schwalbe will place greater emphasis on promoting its self-manufactured Orange rock-tool equipment range and will introduce new products to the Botswana mining industry to meet clients’ growing demand, MD Jonathan Betsalel tells Mining Weekly. “This year, Schwalbe... 

Company to highlight own brand, add new products to Botswana offering
THREADED BITS Schwalbe will add threaded drill equipment to its Botswana product offering this year

Exploration company seeks out potential new sites in Botswana

By: Ilan Solomons Aim-listed diamond explorer Botswana Diamonds (BOD) aims to identify further diamondiferous kimberlite pipes in Botswana this year, chairperson John Teeling tells Mining Weekly. He says the company’s joint venture (JV) exploration project with Russia-based diamond company OJSC Alrosa subsidiary,... 

Exploration company seeks out potential new sites in Botswana
DIGGING FOR DIAMONDS Botswana Diamonds’ joint venture exploration project with Alrosa will focus on a drilling programme for the PL117 licence area, in Orapa

Explorer to publish first resource statement on iron-ore project

By: Ilan Solomons Diamond, base and precious metals exploration company Tsodilo Resources aims to publish a first resource statement for its Xaudum Iron Formation (XIF) iron-ore project by the mid-year, says Tsodilo Resources president and COO Dr Mike de Wit. “This will be the first step towards applying for... 

Explorer to publish first resource statement on iron-ore project
AMBITIOUS OBJECTIVES Tsodilo Resources plans to complete a first-pass evaluation of the Nxau Nxau general area, in northern Ngamiland for kimberlite deposits in 2014

MECK Projects & Engineering

Johannesburg-based project management company MECK Projects & Engineering specialises in project management and implementation services for the resource, industrial and commercial sectors. MECK has worked on several projects across Africa, overseeing earthmoving workshops as well as the... 

MECK Projects & Engineering

Significant growth for Botswana’s mining sectors

By: Ilan Solomons While Botswana’s real economy expanded by an estimated 7.4% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2013, the mining sector showed the strongest sectoral growth, expanding by 15.6% year-on-year in the second quarter, stemming from a 19.2% year-on-year ramp-up in domestic rough-diamond production... 

Significant growth for Botswana’s mining sectors
Photo by Duane Daws
DIAMOND DELIGHT Despite Botswana’s attempts to diversify its economy, the economy remains heavily dependent on the diamond mining sector

Botswana cannot afford to take water risks – hydrologist

As a semi-arid country Botswana cannot afford to take any risks when it comes to water management in new mining projects, says natural resource and development solutions provider SRK Consulting Johannesburg partner and principal hydrologist Peter Shepherd.   

Botswana heads for diversification of resources, says geologist

By: Gia Costella The current level of diamond production from areas such as Orapa, Letlhakane and Jwaneng, in Botswana, cannot be sustained much beyond 2025, says principal geologist and director of Gaborone-based geological and mine consultancy Analytika Holdings Alan Golding.   

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