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Botswana Mining

Company progresses copper/silver project

24th May 2019 Venture capital firm and owner of the Khoemacau copper/silver project Cupric Canyon Capital has made significant progress towards the construction of what is to be a major copper and silver mine in north-west Botswana and expects first copper concentrate production in the first half of 2021.... 

1 758 ct diamond another victory for XRT circuit at Karowe

24th May 2019 Canadian miner Lucara Diamond Corp has recovered a 1 758 ct uncut diamond – the world’s second-largest – from its wholly owned Karowe diamond mine, in Botswana. The unbroken stone, one of the largest diamonds in recorded history, the largest diamond recovered in Botswana, and the largest diamond... 

Debswana awards mining contract, starts Cut-9 project

24th May 2019 Debswana Diamond Company (Debswana) has awarded a local contract to Majwe Mining, a joint venture (JV) between Bothakga Burrow Botswana and mining services provider Thiess Botswana, to provide diamond mining services to Debswana’s Cut-9 project at the Jwaneng diamond mine. The value of the... 

Debswana awards  mining contract, starts Cut-9 project
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS With global consumer demand for diamonds reaching record levels in 2018, the extension will enable Debswana to continue to meet the needs of consumers

Data collection, investment to boost exploration projects in Botswana

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     24th May 2019 With the Kalahari copperbelt being underexplored and the advancement of better processing and higher-resolution data collection tools, numerous explorers are increasingly collecting data in Botswana to use for new exploration and increase current exploration in the region. The Kalahari copperbelt... 

Exploration projects on the rise in Botswana

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     24th May 2019 Following the discovery of the second-largest diamond in Botswana since 2015, the country has received more attention, with investors wanting to invest more in mining projects in the region, says diamond exploration and project development company Botswana Diamonds MD James Campbell. Campbell... 

Exploration projects  on the rise in Botswana
CLEARLY CUT In Botswana, there is access to historical and geological information, a clear rule of sovereign law and the prospecting licence application process has clear rules and regulations, which make the country appealing to resource investors

Explorer advances copper project, growth strategy

24th May 2019 Copper exploration and development company MOD Resources is progressing with its growth strategy as the T3 openpit copper project in the Kalahari copperbelt, in northern Botswana, continues towards a decision to mine. The company and its advisers are advancing a range of funding options with... 

Base metals promise future prosperity for Botswana economy

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     24th May 2019 The base metals industry is an exciting prospect for Botswana, as copper mining is increasing, which bodes well for the country’s economy, says Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) CEO Charles Siwawa. Although copper- and nickel-producing mines have temporarily closed down, companies such as Khoemacau... 

Base metals promise future prosperity for Botswana economy
MORE FOR ALL There is quite a lot of exploration around the Orapa area, which is known for diamond mining

Kwatani

24th May 2019 Established over 43 years ago, Kwatani is the largest independent privately owned original-equipment manufacturer supplying and manufacturing custom designed vibratory equipment in Africa, with over 15 000 units in more than 35 countries. More than one vibrating unit a day is dispatched from the... 

Kwatani

Proof Engineering

24th May 2019 Proof Engineering (Pty) Ltd was established in 1978 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Steadfastly retaining its original entrepreneurial and innovative roots, the company achieved many personal as well as industrial achievements. Consequently, it was inevitable for the company to attract local as... 

Proof Engineering

Locally-manufactured mobile stations delivered to Botswana mine

24th May 2019 A major miner in Botswana has commissioned a South African company to manufacture three mobile operator stations at its Orapa diamond mine in Botswana. The mobile stations allow for capital equipment to operate by means of remote-control technology, 100 m away from where the machine is working. 

Locally-manufactured mobile stations delivered to Botswana mine
A FIRST OF MANY MultiFAB Engineering has manufactured three mobile operator stations for the Orapa diamond mine in Botswana

Diamond evaluation sampling progressing at Botswana BK16 project

By: Melissa Zisengwe     25th May 2018 Some 101 diamonds (18.57 cts), the largest of which was 1.38 ct, were recovered last month from the treatment of the first evaluation samples taken the BK16 kimberlite pipe, which forms part of the Orapa kimberlite field (OKF) in Botswana. Diamond explorer Tsodilo Resources sampling programme... 

Diamond evaluation  sampling progressing at Botswana BK16 project
SAMPLING SORTED Tsodilo Resources has completed processing of all the large diameter drilling samples through its dense media separation plant

Lucara Diamond on track with diamond production

By: Melissa Zisengwe     25th May 2018 Lucara Diamond Corp. is pleased with the progress and developments it has made during the year to date, with the company doing significant work in Botswana and remaining consistent in quality-diamond production. “We are on track to produce the 2018 production estimate, which is 270 000 ct to 290... 

Lucara Diamond on track with diamond production
WHITE DIAMOND One of Lucara Diamonds’ exceptional diamonds

Weba Chute Systems

25th May 2018 Effective transfer of material has become a pressing issue for mines globally. With the spotlight firmly on increasing productivity through more effective discharge of materials ... 

Weba Chute Systems
The Weba Chute Systems is a custom engineered transfer point solution designed to address the numerous issues plants face with material movement.

Maatla on track for coal project take-off

By: Melissa Zisengwe     25th May 2018 Coal and energy company Maatla Energy remains on track to start site establishment and construction activities later this year, and production in 2019 at the company’s Mmamabula coal mine, in Botswana. Following the approval of an environmental-impact assessment (EIA) last month, Maatla... 

Maatla on track for coal project take-off
Photo by Bloomberg
SIGNIFICANT RESOURCE The Mmamabula coal mine contains more than 90-million tonnes of high-grade thermal coal

Botswana mining conference yielding opportunities

By: Melissa Zisengwe     25th May 2018 Mining and engineering company Pan African Minerals says it attended the 2018 Mining Investment Botswana Conference, which was held in Gaborone from April 10 to 11, to create partnerships, networks and take advantage of the business matching prospects. The company’s attendance has already yielded... 

Botswana mining conference yielding opportunities
NKULULEKO MHLABA As a result of the 2018 Mining Investment Botswana conference we now also have three pending transactions in Botswana

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,... 

Botswana continues to value exploration activity, mining
ECONOMIC DRIVER Despite its struggles, the mining industry in Botswana continues to drive its economy, with trends pointing to the sector’s stabilisation

Botswana business expected to ‘flourish’

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Mineral processing equipment solutions provider Multotec aims to find a balance between initiatives that drives localisation and benefits communities in Botswana, and the advantages associated with international connections, following the relaunch of the fully-fledged Botswana-registered and... 

Botswana business  expected to ‘flourish’
CUSTOMER SERVICE Multotec field service teams are based on-site at key customers in Botswana

Botswana receives load bank system order

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 The first load bank system from power-generating brand supplier Vert Energy – the Southern Africa distributor of Asco power switching and control components – was supplied to private equity company Peter Investments, in Botswana, last month. 

Botswana receives load bank system order
SECURING SUPPLY Vert Energy plays a role in providing dependable power to companies, even in Africa’s most remote countries – such as Botswana

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. 

Govt continues to encourage investment beyond diamonds
STEADY AS SHE GOES Government's efforts to develop Botswana’s coal mining sector are also expected to yield steady progress

Geologists, mineralogists exploring new Botswana licences

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 A second fieldwork programme at the six new prospecting licences (PLs) in Botswana awarded to the Sunland Minerals joint venture (JV), including initial sampling and geophysics, is planned for September 2017.  

Botswana to adopt Canadian model of sustainability

26th May 2017 A Canadian model aimed at improving the sustainability of mining through environmental and community outreach practices is being introduced in Botswana, says mining networking platform African Mining Network (AMN) chairperson Yolanda Torrisi. 

Botswana to adopt Canadian model  of sustainability
CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT TSM requires miners to continuously assess their mining practices and report them to the community

Diamond recovery projects scheduled for Q3 completion

26th May 2017 Canadian diamond producer Lucara Diamond’s capital expenditure for 2017 is forecast at between $33-million and $35-million, and will largely fund the completion of its mega diamond recovery (MDR) and X-ray transmission (XRT) projects at the Karowe mine, in Botswana. 

Botswana agency to support installed base, new projects

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Key mining, materials handling and minerals processing equipment supplier Takraf Africa – part of the global Tenova Takraf group – has appointed engineering service agency Etuba Engineeringits agent in Botswana. Takraf Africa engineered technologies GM Richard Späth tells Mining Weekly that the... 

Botswana agency to support installed base, new projects
PROMOTING UPTAKE Etuba will market the full range of Takraf Africa’s mining, materials handling, dust control, comminution and Delkor solid/liquid separation equipment

‘Attractive’ copper project advances on back of $50m loan

By: Simone Liedtke     26th May 2017 Copper miner Cupric Canyon Capital has secured $50-million to develop its Khoemacau underground mine in north-west Botswana and bring the copper-silver project into production. 

‘Attractive’ copper project advances on back of $50m loan
Photo by Bloomberg
OUTPUT OUTLOOK The first shipment of the red metal to markets is expected in 2019

Mineral scanner to facilitate identification of reactive ground

26th May 2017 In another step towards safer blasting practice, Johannesburg-headquartered explosives and services supplier BME is adapting its XRF Delta Pro mineral scanner to quickly identify reactive-ground conditions that could lead to blast site incidents. “This can give us real-time information that... 

Chamber remains bullish on economy’s mainstay industry

By: Nadine James     19th February 2016 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... 

Chamber remains bullish on  economy’s mainstay industry
CHARLES SIWAWA The Botswana Chamber of Mine CEO says there is great potential for growth in base metals and coal

Diamonds will remain sought after regardless of economic trends

By: Nadine James     19th February 2016 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

Prospecting licence granted for mining project

19th February 2016 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     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... 

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

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... 

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

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... 

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
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