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Botswana Mining

High copper recoveries at Ghanzi project

By: Tracy Hancock     25th February 2011 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... 

Silver-mining company makes acquisition

26th February 2010 Copper and silver exploration and development company Hana Mining has announced that it has approved a proposal to undertake a transaction in which the assets of Hana Mining will be separated into two companies. 

Mowana mine alters strategies to increase production

26th February 2010 Base-metals mining and exploration company African Copper is altering to implement a number of strategies that will increase production at its flagship Mowana mine, near Francistown, Botswana. 

Botswana – bullish outlook for 2010

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th February 2010 The mining industry in Botswana seems to be diversifying its resources and shifting its focus to other sectors, such as the coal-mining industry, following the decrease in sales in its main asset, diamonds, in the past year, says a South African private bank mining analyst. 

Environmental services company appoints new Botswana manager

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th February 2010 Ground engineering and environmental consultancy group Golder Associates has appointed a new representative at its Botswana operations. 

Botswana predicts mining recovery by year-end

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th February 2010 Despite the global financial crisis, which resulted in Botswana experiencing an unprecedented loss of national income as the global demand for diamonds plunged, the country will recover in the coming year, says Finance Minister Kenneth Matambo. 

Botswana copper/silver district holds promise for mining company

26th February 2010 Australian junior mining company, Discovery Metals reports that its operations in Southern Africa’s diamond rich country, Botswana looks promising, and that the company is planning to develop a significant copper-silver district. 

Near-surface uranium zone discovered 
in Botswana

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th February 2010 Australian mining company A-Cap Resources reports that owing to its ongoing exploration at the Letlhakane Uranium project, located south of the Makgadigadi pan in Botswana, the company has discovered a new zone of near surface secondary uranium mineralisation to the west of the Gorgon Prospect. 

Diamond-miner takes up rights in $1-billion offer

26th February 2010 The world’s largest diamond company De Beers reports that its owners diversified miner Anglo American, the Botswana government and the Oppenheimer family will take up their rights in a $1-billion offer of stock to shareholders. 

Diamond-miner develops mine

By: Jacqueline Holman     27th February 2009 Diamond-miner African Diamonds hold a 28% stake in the hard-rock, high-quality AK6 diamond mine in Botswana, which it is developing. 

MCC supplier conducts upgrade for diamond-miner

By: Jacqueline Holman     27th February 2009 Specialist supplier of low- and medium-voltage motor control equipment CHI Control is conducting a R4,1-million upgrade on the thickeners at diamond-miner Debswana’s Jwaneng mine. 

Diamond-miner focuses on Botswana evaluation projects

By: Jacqueline Holman     27th February 2009 Diamond-miner Firestone Diamonds will focus primarily on its BK11 and BK16 evaluation projects in 2009, says Firestone Diamonds CE Philip Kenny. 

Minerals processing company provides solution to diamond mine

By: Jacqueline Holman     27th February 2009 Mineral processing and materials handling equipment supplier Ludowici Africa has provided its Wear-Resist pipes to diamond-miner Debswana’s Orapa diamond mine, in Botswana. 

Software provider completes deal with diamond-miner

By: Jacqueline Holman     27th February 2009 Mining software provider Gemcom has completed a R3,9-million deal with diamond-miner Debswana’s Orapa mine operation to integrate all single software units into a single collaborative environment. 

Mine evaluations in Botswana 

By: Jacqueline Holman     27th February 2009 Measurement systems supplier GroundProbe is currently carrying out initial mine evaluations for two clients in Botswana. The company is also looking at upgrading the service provisions for its equipment as well as expanding its existing equipment base stock. 

Botswana offering deep water for treatment company

By: Loni Prinsloo     29th February 2008 The South African based wastewater treatment company VWS Envig has recently completed two projects on the mines of Botswana. 

Mining industry booming in Botswana

By: Loni Prinsloo     29th February 2008 Botswana has experienced a serious resurgance of mining activity in the country over the last couple of years. More discoveries are announced almost every month. 

Surge in electricity consumption for mines in Botswana

By: Loni Prinsloo     29th February 2008 A survey done by the Botswana Power Corporation (BCP) on electricity demand shows that the mining company Tati Nickel could surpass Bamangwato Concessions (BCL) copper and nickel mine on electricity consumption in the next five years. 

Pump manufacturer providing solutions for Botswana mines

By: Loni Prinsloo     29th February 2008 The pump manufacturer CH Warman Pump Group has recently received a contract to supply the pumps for Tati Nickel’s Activox project, in Botswana. 

Diamond mining company exploring options in Botswana

By: Loni Prinsloo     29th February 2008 The AIM-listed exploration, production and benefication diamond mining group Petra Diamonds is focusing on diamond exploration in the world's largest producer of diamonds by value, Botswana. 

Coal prefeasibility put on backburner

By: Loni Prinsloo     29th February 2008 South African diversified miner Exxaro has temporarily delayed its prefeasibility study of the Mmamabula Central coal project in Botswana, pending regulatory approvals from the Botswana Government. 

African child labour drawing international attention

29th February 2008 There has been a recent upsurge in official commitment to combat child labour in Southern Africa, with Botswana and Namibia formally endorsing national plans of action. 

Swiss group investing in African sparkle

29th February 2008 Botswana President Festus Mogae has officially opened a new diamond polishing factory set up by the Swiss-registered Steinmetz Diamond group, with a call for all diamond cutting and polishing companies to impart knowledge and skills on diamond trading business to the locals. 

Junior copper mine selects Mincom for its new Botswana mine

29th February 2008 nternational exploration and development resource company African Copper has selected Mincom’s Ellipse enterprise asset management software, as it brings the Mowana Mine into production. The Mowana Mine is situated about 130 km north west of Francistown, in Botswana. 

Mine management firm improves efficiency at Jwaneng’s operations

29th February 2008 One of the biggest diamond mines in Botswana the Jwaneng mine has improved its effieciency in mining operations without any additional capital equipment or human resources expenditure. This was achieved with the help of the mining management technology company Modular Mining’s, through... 

Admixtures play vital role in Tati Nickel contract

29th February 2008 Admixtures supplied by Chryso South Africa are playing an important role in the expansion and construction of Tati Nickel mining company’s 12 mt dense medium separation (DMS) project in Botswana 

Mineral riches contribute to Botswana’s growth

By: Shannon de Ryhove     2nd March 2007 Botswana owes its advances in development to the exploitation of minerals, especially diamonds, which account for about 33% of the gross domestic product (GDP), about 75% of export earnings and 50% of government revenue, Botswanan president Festus Mogae said in the annual report of the Kimberley... 

Diamond technology park on target

By: Shannon de Ryhove     2nd March 2007 Twenty percent of the Diamond Technology Park currently being built in Botswana has been completed, Steinmetz MD Ori Temkin tells Mining Weekly. 

World’s largest diamond facility on track

By: Shannon de Ryhove     2nd March 2007 The construction of the $83-million diamond trading company (DTC) in Botswana is under way and is scheduled for completion at the end of 2007. 

Nickel deposit yields positive prefeasibility results

2nd March 2007 Positive results have been announced by LionOre Mining International from the Selkirk prefeasibility study (PFS). 

Botswana government grants copper project

2nd March 2007 Mining company African Copper announced in December 2006 that the government of Botswana had granted a mining licence for its 100%-owned Dukwe project. 

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