Ongoing prospecting in Botswana‘s mining jurisdiction suggests the country‘s underground formations are rich in mineral deposits.
Another company listed on London Stock Exchange (LSE) is progressing well with surveying in part of Botswana‘s Kgalagadi district. Kavango Resources which has been zooming into Kalahari sandy grounds for years says its consultants SkyTEM has completed Phase 2 of the airborne electromagnetic (AEM) survey over the northern section of the company’s prospecting licenses that cover much of the Kalahari Suture Zone (KSZ) structure, in southwest Botswana.
The AEM survey covered about 2 100 line kilometres to the north of Hukuntsi in southwest Botswana, over prospecting licences PL163/2012, PL365/2018, part of PL364/2018 and single lines in PL509/2014 and PL510/2014.Preliminary results indicate that SkyTEM’s new-generation 312 high power (HP) technology has achieved exceptional depth of investigation beneath the Kalahari sand cover and Karoo sediments owing to the high moment (HM) mode with a high current and a low base frequency of 12.5 Hz.
The 312 HP systems has been on the market since 2017 and represents a major advance in AEM systems. According to statement released by Kavango this week The AEM data is currently being interpreted and modelled by the company’s duly appointed external consultants, Aarhus Geophysics in Denmark, in conjunction with Kavango’s resident experts SkyTEM. The statement further reveals that results of the interpretation, with priority targets for ground follow-up and drilling, will be announced when they become available.
Commenting on the progress Kavango Chief Executive Officer Michael Foster said the KSZ project covers over 9 000 km2 of prospective ground for the discovery of base metal deposits in southwest Botswana. Foster added that company has now covered about 50 percent of the KSZ license area with airborne geophysics. “We are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of SkyTEM’s AEM survey covering the northern part of KSZ project area, the key now is for a thorough ground follow-up plus, of course, drilling of further priority targets over the coming months,” he said.
These promising prospects of more base metal discoveries sparks confidence that Botswana will remain a leading mining jurisdiction for decades to come, even outside the traditional diamond subsector dominance. Mining is Botswana’s largest sector by revenue generation and the country’s largest private employer. In the 2017/18 financial year Government collected over 17 billion pula from royalties and dividends while by march 2018 over 16 000 people were employed by the mining industry.
Observers say the sector will remain one of the country anchors of economy for more decades to come even amid economic diversification wave. This is because the sector is currently moving rigorously to diversity within itself as much as the nation is on an accelerated move to diversify the entire economy from heavily mineral revenue dependence. Since the beginning of Diamond mining in the 1970, the multibillion sector have been dominating Mineral contribution to the country’s economy.
However the country has learnt it the hard way when over 10 000 direct and indirect jobs were lost in the copper mining industry from 2012 until 2016. Apart from the traditional Copper-Nickel and Coal which has been complementing the lucrative diamonds sector for some years it Botswana soils are also covering reserves of some of the most valuable industrial minerals. These includes amongst others Lead, Zinc, silver, vanadium and manganese deposits which exploration experts classify as some of the world‘s high grade reserves.
Botswana is home to the richest diamond mine by value and is often noted as one the leading mining countries in the world with investment friendly policies and factors. The country’s mining policies has birthed one the most celebrated public –private partnerships in the world between Botswana Government and global diamond giant De Beers Group.
Botswana accounts for more than 70 percent of the De Beers diamond rough diamond produce. The 53 year old Southern African republic is the leading diamond-producing country in terms of value, and the second largest in terms of volume. This is the home base of De Beers, and the source of most of its production today. In 2013, Botswana produced 23.2 million carats with a stated value of $3.63 billion. The country is also home to one of the most abundant coal deposits in the world sitting at over 200 billion tones
Prices for cereals or staple foods in Botswana and other Southern African countries continue to rise at a slower pace, following trends in the global markets, according to the latest November 2022 Food Price Monitoring and Analysis by Food Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
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For MTN, the focus has shifted from just being a core telecommunications services provider, towards also becoming a technology solutions provider. The service offering now also includes Unified Communications, Data Hosting and Cloud Solutions, Security-As-A-Service and Managed Network Services. The scope has changed to being client and industry specific, so the requirements and service portfolio vary from one client to the next. The expectation is that a company like MTN must respond to these challenges, helping clients to get business done better as they shift from old to new technologies.
As many businesses continue to grapple with a digitally dynamic world, they face new challenges that have to be solved. This environment will benefit those that are more digitally enabled and agile. It is a brave new world that will favour online over on-site, wireless over wired and fluid over formulaic. Businesses will seek out partners and suppliers that are every bit as flexible and forward-looking as they are.
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Botswana Institution Of Engineers (BIE), has last week hosted a gala dinner in which they appreciated engineers who worked tirelessly and with dedication for 10 years from 1983 to steer the BIE to its current status.
The event that was held at the Phakalane Golf Estate had brought together young, experienced and veteran engineers and was held under the theme “Vitalize the dignity and eminence of all professional engineers”.
Explaining the theme, the institution’s treasurer, Thanabalasingam Raveendran said that engineers were looked upon reverentially with respect as the educated but with time it seems to have deteriorated. He indicated that there is a need to change the narrative by all means.
“The BIE exists for the welfare and the betterment of us Botswana engineers, we need to recognize specialised units within our Institution. We Engineers strongly believe in Engineers make it happen” Raveendran said.
He indicated that under the theme they appeal to all engineers to energize, to attain quality of being worthy of honour and respect and to achieve recognized superiority amongst the Society.
Raveendran stated that engineers need to ensure their end product is of good quality satisfying the end users expectations and engineers must be honest in their work.
“Approximately 8000 engineers registered with Engineering Regulatory Board (ERB) are not members of the BIE, engineers need to make every effort to recruit them to BIE” he said.
He alluded that BIE being a society, it currently needs to upgrade itself at par with professional institutions elsewhere like the UK and USA.
He further stated that BIE has to have engineering units of specialised disciplines like Civil/Mechanical/electrical etc
“As President Masisi indicated in his inaugural speech, the young people, who make 60 percent of the population of this country, are the future leaders and therefore investing in them is building the bridge to the future” said Raveendran
Kandima indicated that BIE has a memorandum of Understanding with Engineers Registration Board (ERB), where BIE is a recognised provider of CPD training, mentorship programmes and more importantly IPD undertaking to upgrade the skills and know-how of our engineers.
“For us to achieve our mandate and make worthwhile changes to engineering in Botswana, we have to be totally focused and act with intent” said Kandima.
Furthermore, Stephen Williams, past president of the BIE from 1986-1988 told the engineers that the BIE provides a fertile environment where they can meet, share ideas and grow professionally.
“The BIE is also a nesting place for graduate engineers to learn from their peers and seniors, it also cater for engineering technicians and technologists and so nobody in the technology field is left out” he said.
He further indicated that Botswana Government provides a conductive environment for growth of engineering professionals.
“It must be stated that the Botswana Government recognises the existence of BIE and it can further be stated that the government enables ERB to carry out its mandate as a regulator of engineering professionals” said Williams
He plead with engineering companies to recognize and support BIE as it is the only source of engineering personnel’s for various Industries .
Furthermore, when giving his farewell speech, Michael Pinard , a past president of the institution said how they are viewed as engineers by the general public might be due to some lack of appreciation as to exactly what role they play in the development of the country.
“The BIE slogan is aptly coined-Engineers make it happen, in other words, what man dreams engineers create” Said Pinard.