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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... 

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.   

Botswana mining companies upbeat about progressing projects

With a stable legislative environment, backed by an eager government looking to grow its gross domestic product (GDP), Botswana’s mining industry has a positive outlook for the coming year, with a number of projects coming on-line.   

Botswana needs to develop nonmining sector – Minister

Given uncertainties surrounding the mining sector, particularly the diamond industry, it is important that the potential of the non-mining sector be developed, Botswana’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Kenneth Matambo, said as he delivered the 2013 budget speech to the national... 

Botswana-based company sees growth for the mining sector

By: Gia Costella Designer, manufacturer, distributor and servicer of engines and related technologies Cummins Botswana is confident of the potential for measurable growth in the local mining sector, following the establishment of the $3-billion Cut-8 extension at mining company Debswana Diamond Company’s Jwaneng... 

Diversified junior completes mine scoping with positive results

  Diversified mining junior Hodges Resources, which is currently focused on projects in Botswana, reports that it is pleased with the outcome of completed mine scoping and power integration studies for its Morupule South coal project, which confirm the project’s financial viability. 

Organiser brings event to Botswana for second time

By: Gia Costella Australia-based mining conference organiser International Mining and Metals (IMM) Events, which forms part of the Informa group, is organising the second Botswana Coal and Energy Conference, based on the success of the inaugural conference held in November 2011.   

Project development company set for growth in Botswana in 2013

By: Gia Costella UK-listed Irish based diamond, exploration and project development company, Botswana Diamonds is expanding its growth in Botswana, with one project in progress and two new potential projects for the future.   

Water treatment provider assists mines in Botswana to treat run-off water

Aim-listed African Copper boosted its third-quarter copper-in-concentrate production to 2 577 t, up 47% from what it produced in quarter three of 2011, on the back of increased throughput at its Botswana-based Mowana and Thakadu mines, the company reported in January. Ore processed in the quarter... 

Bonnyridge drilling programme under way

The first definitive drilling targets at mineral explorer Sono Resource’s Bonnyridge copper-silver exploration licences, in Botswana, have been generated from the interpretation of high-resolution airborne magnetic (HRAM) data. 

Botswana diamond mining holds sparkling potential

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi The troubles of the global economy have had an impact on most industries and the diamond industry is not immune. Consumer market performance is mixed with the US and Europe remaining weak, while emerging markets such as China and India are motoring ahead with significant growth, reports diamond... 

Drilling identifies thick shallow coal intersections

Initial findings at Australia-based exploration company Hodges Resources’ Morupule south coal project in Botswana indicate 6 km of shallow flat-lying coal seams. 

Explorer sets sights on delineating maiden Jorc-compliant resource

Africa-focused coal-mining investment and production company Continental Coal hopes to delineate a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee resource in Botswana this year, according to a presentation made at the yearly Investing in African Mining Indaba, in Cape Town.  

Explosives manufacturer set to target Botswana coal projects

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi AEL Botswana, a member of the international AEL Mining Services group, is looking to future opportunities in the country’s coal and electricity sectors as Botswana’s Coal Roadmap indicates an estimated 212-billion tons of coal reserves.  

Ghaghoo sand tunnel project 38% complete

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi Work on the R67-million vertical sand tunnel at international diamond producer Gem Diamond’s Ghaghoo diamond mine is at 38% completion.  

Infill drilling encounters consistent high-grade mineralisation

The latest results confirm a high grade of copper-silver mineralisation continuous along strike at the South Limb South area. The drilling will allow for the conversion of more N143-101-compliant mineral resources from the inferred category into the indicated category 

Infrastructure challenges hinder progress of coal sector 

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi Sandton-based coal developer CIC Energy is keen to export coal from Botswana but says the country’s government urgently needs to make a decision concerning the implementation of the Trans-Kalahari railway line project, as the coal industry needs to know how to plan for the future. 

Major multi-element and mineral alteration system confirmed

ASX-listed uranium, nickel and gold explorer Impact Minerals’ maiden drill programme at its Red Hills uranium prospect in Botswana has identified an extensive alteration system, which is about 1.5 km long and 1 km wide, comprising multimetal and mineral assemblages typical of those associated... 

Mine struggles with technical difficulties

The Aim-quoted diamond mining and exploration company Firestone Diamond’s BK 11 mine in Botswana continues to encounter technical challenges with respect to the liberation of diamonds from the secondary crushing circuit of the plant. 

$1m bulk sampling programme to start

By: Petronel Smit Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds will start a $1-million 11 000 t bulk sampling programme in the Orapa region of Botswana in March. Chairperson John Teeling says that the bulk sampling would focus on three kimberlites – BK5, AK8 and AK9 − and that it would take nine months to complete.  

Conference focuses on attracting increased investment

By: Tracy Hancock It is expected that, from 2011 to 2015, Botswana’s mining sector will show an average growth rate of nearly 8% as new projects in the copper, uranium and coal sectors come on stream. This is pointed out in the Botswana Mining Report for the first quarter of 2011, published by internal market... 

High copper recoveries at Ghanzi project

By: Tracy Hancock Vancouver-based copper hopeful Hana Mining reports that it has experienced good results after conducting the first locked cycle tests performed on sulphide material from the chalcocite zone at its Ghanzi project, in the centre of the Kalahari copperbelt, in north-western Botswana. The company... 

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