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Conveyor belts tackle Botswana diamond mining conditions

     1st September 2017 Rubber and plastics technology specialist ContiTech’s conveyor belts are in use by Botswana’s largest diamond producer. ContiTech’s conveyor belt technology is known for its high-impact-resistant conveyor covers, providing an extended belt life in real-field applications, that use advanced... 

Norilsk’s $271m suit against Botswana over stalled sale provisionally set down for hearing this month

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd June 2017 Russian miner Norilsk Nickel, which intends to sue the Botswana government to recover $271-million in damages and other legal costs from a stalled sale, says a date for the court hearing has been set provisionally for the middle of June. “We are waiting for this process to be concluded. We... 

Botswana continues to value exploration activity, mining

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Exploration for minerals in diamond-dependent Botswana continues despite the tough economic conditions its mining industry faces, which has impacted negatively on the country’s economic health, says mining and exploration organisation Botswana Chamber of Mines CEO Charles Siwawa. These minerals,... 

Govt continues to encourage investment beyond diamonds

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Botswana's mining industry will see steady value growth as government continues its efforts to diversify away from the diamond sector, encouraging foreign investment, particularly in coal projects, says industry analyst BMI Research, a Fitch Group company. 

Shumba, HMS Bergbau sign exclusive marketing agreement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th January 2017 Botswana-based energy development company Shumba Energy has signed a binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with HMS Bergbau Africa, a subsidiary of German trading house HMS Bergbau. Under the terms of the agreement, the latter will be responsible for the exclusive marketing of all export... 

Norilsk Nickel takes legal action against BCL over failed asset sale

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 Norilsk Nickel Mauritius and Norilsk Nickel Africa have filed legal claims against Botswana's largest copper and nickel producer, BCL Mine, in the Botswana courts and in the London Court of International Arbitration to recover $271.3-million, plus damages and other costs, in relation to the... 

Botswana diamond project poised for 2017 completion as it surpasses 80% completion mark

By: Mia Breytenbach     14th October 2016 Construction of Botswana-based diamond mining company Debswana’s Letlhakane Mine Tailings Resource Treatment Plant project (LMTRTP), in Lethakane Village near Orapa near Botswana, is currently 80% complete, with final project completion expected by 2017. “The plant will undergo C5 commissioning... 

Coal-to-power project ready for bid submission

     19th February 2016 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... 

High-tech solution for Letlhakane tailings project

     19th February 2016 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... 

Renewed interest in coal could expand Botswana’s mining revenue

By: Nadine James     19th February 2016 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... 

Another diamond mine heads for closure

By: Martin Creamer     18th December 2015 Following the closure earlier this month of De Beers Snap Lake diamond mine in Canada, Debswana’s Damtshaa mine in Botswana, co-owned by De Beers and the government of Botswana, is heading the same way from January 1. De Beers said in a statement to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online that... 

Tati – the site of Southern Africa’s first gold rush

By: Jade Davenport     19th June 2015 South Africa’s modern economy was built largely on the back of the exploitation of the extensive but low-grade goldfield that is the Witwatersrand basin. Such has been that sector’s sheer dominance that South African historiography, in general, has tended to focus on the narrative of the... 

Interest returns to known deposits, way paved for exploration

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th February 2015 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... 

50 years in Botswana

     6th November 2014 Barloworld Equipment celebrates its half centenary as the Cat® dealer in a country famous for its diamond discoveries. On 30th October 2014, Barloworld Equipment Botswana officially celebrated its 50th anniversary as the country’s Cat earthmoving dealer: a major milestone and one that reflects a... 

Pangolin recovers precious gems in Botswana

By: Henry Lazenby     20th May 2014 Diamond explorer Pangolin Diamonds on Tuesday said that it had recovered diamonds from the Magi kimberlitic sandy tuff at its Tsabong North project, in south-west Botswana. The Toronto-based explorer said that the drill hole samples from Magi005 had returned three micro-diamonds from two... 

Electra Mining headed to Botswana

By: Anine Kilian     23rd August 2013 Mining and industrial exhibition Electra Mining Africa will take place for the first time in Botswana at the Gaborone Fairgrounds. Events planning company Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery tells Mining Weekly that it decided to host the event in Botswana this year, as Electra Mining Africa,... 

De Beers ‘cautiously optimistic’ as economies grow, prices edge up

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th July 2013 Diamond producer De Beers on Friday reported steady sales and increased output as signs of a possible market recovery emerged with diamond prices edging up. De Beers produced 14.3-million carats during the six months to June 2013 – almost one-million carats more than the 13.4-million carats... 

Norilsk approves plan to keep its Botswana subsidiary operational

By: Keith Campbell     12th July 2013 The Steering Committee of Russian mining major MMC Norilsk Nickel (Norilsk) recently approved the action plan of its Botswanan subsidiary Tati Nickel Mining Company (Tati Nickel). Norilsk owns 85% of Tati Nickel, the other 15% belonging to the government of Botswana. The action plan is intended... 

New polyurethane formulation to improve slurry-pumping capability

By: Ilan Solomons     14th June 2013 Polyurethane product manufacturer Urethane Moulded Products (UMP) is working closely with the mining industry to create abrasion-resistant polyurethane body liners and impellors for slurry pumps, which will extend the pumps’ product life, UMP CEO Trevor Carolin tells Mining Weekly. In 2011, UMP... 

Company Announcement: Set Point Earns Prestigious Coal Accreditation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th June 2013 Set Point Laboratories, has been an ISO accredited laboratory for minerals and water for more than 8 years 

Moz continues to attract interest as mining investment destination, mineral export conduit

By: Keith Campbell     27th April 2012 Mining company Rovuma Resources, a subsidiary of the privately-held Rockover Resources group, has discovered a major deposit of nickel in the north of Mozambique. According to Radio Mozambique, which reported the find, this is the first nickel orebody located in the country and is estimated to... 

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