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Botswana Mining

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... 

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

Diamond conference returns to Botswana

19th February 2016 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
Photo by Bloomberg
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER The Diamonds Still Sparkling Conference will reiterate that fact

First phase of exploration on copper/silver project starts

19th February 2016 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

Diamond miner willing to fork out for exploration project

19th February 2016 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

Prefeasibility results could deliver significant catalyst

19th February 2016 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
Photo by Reuters
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

Zone 5 copper project on track to meet production target date

By: Nadine James     19th February 2016 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

20th February 2015 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... 

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... 

Interest returns to known deposits, way paved for exploration
Photo by Bloomberg
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     20th February 2015 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

Construction on Letlhakane tailings expansion to start soon

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th February 2015 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     20th February 2015 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
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