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Anglo American production targets on track

Anglo American plc Production Report for the second quarter ended 30 June 2017. Anglo American reports an 8% increase in copper equivalent production compared to the same period of 2016.

For the half year as a whole, copper equivalent production increased by 9%. For Botswana, which closed two copper mines because of low copper-nickel prices, this could be a sign of good news. Anglo American has reported that full-year production guidance for copper, diamonds, nickel, metallurgical coal and platinum was left unchanged. A further indication that there could be stability in the international markets. Anglo is still trusting the industry as demonstrated by its Exploration and Evaluation expenditure for the quarter totaling $52 million, an increase of 17%. Exploration expenditure for the quarter totalled $23 million, an increase of 2%. Evaluation expenditure for the quarter totalled $29 million, an increase of 31%.

Diamonds decorate Anglo Q2 report

Meanwhile Anglo American also has stake in De Beers, Botswana Government also has shares in it. Anglo reports that De Beers’ rough diamond production increased by 36% to 8.7 million carats in line with the higher production forecast for 2017, reflecting stable trading conditions as well as the contribution from the ramp-up of Gahcho Kué in Canada.

It notes that Debswana production increased by 14% to 5.9 million carats. Orapa’s production increased by 44% driven by the ramp-up of Plant 1 which was previously on partial care and maintenance in response to trading conditions in late 2015. This was marginally offset by Jwaneng where production decreased by 3%. Almost 50 percent of Botswana’s revenue is generated from diamonds and over 99 percent of exports to other countries are diamonds.

Anglo’s projected 2017 production targets are further kept intact by a positive story from Namdeb Holdings in Namibia whose production increased by 32% to 0.4 million carats as a result of Debmarine Namibia’s Mafuta vessel being on planned extended in-port maintenance in Q2 2016. DBCM South Africa’s production also increased by 71% to 1.4 million carats largely as a result of higher grades at Venetia. Production in Canada increased almost six-fold to 1.0 million carats due to the ramp-up of Gahcho Kué to nameplate capacity.

Consolidated rough diamond sales volumes in Q2 2017 were 5.4 million carats (5.9 million carats on a total 100% basis) from two Sights, compared with 9.6 million carats (10.2 million carats on a total 100% basis) from three Sights in Q2 2016. Apart from the additional Sight in Q2 2016, the decrease was expected given the strong levels of midstream restocking in H1 2016. For H1 2017, consolidated sales volumes were 19.1 million carats (20.0 million carats on a total 100% basis), compared with 17.2 million carats (18.3 million carats on a total 100% basis) in H1 2016.

“The average realised price of $156/ct in H1 2017 was 12% lower than in H1 2016. This reflected strong demand in Sight 1 2017 for lower value goods held in stock at 31 December 2016, following a recovery from the initial impact of India’s demonetisation programme in late 2016. The lower value mix was partially offset by a higher average rough price index, up 4%,” reads the Anglo American production report for Q2 2017. Meanwhile full year production guidance remains unchanged at 31-33 million carats, subject to trading conditions

Coal production down but future promising  

Botswana companies are interested in the international happenings around the coal market. The Anglo American production report for Q2 2017 paints a picture of opportunities ahead albeit decreased production. Metallurgical Coal of Australia recorded that export metallurgical coal production decreased by 19%to 4.0 million tonnes.  Run-of-mine production was not materially impacted and the stock build continues to be unwound in H2 2017.  The focus remains on managing geological issues to deliver improved operational performance and stability, reads the report.

In South Africa, primary export thermal coal production decreased by 8% to 4.1 million tonnes, due to operational challenges at Khwezela associated with the integration of the Kleinkopje and Landau mines. In addition, there was an expected and temporary reduction at Mafube as the mine transitions to a new pit. “Eskom related production increased by 3% to 6.9 million tonnes, with higher production at New Denmark due to a longwall move in Q2 2016. Full year production guidance for export metallurgical coal remains unchanged at 19–21 million tonnes, but is expected to be at the lower end of this range due to the geological issues at Grosvenor.”

Full year production guidance for export thermal coal from South Africa and Cerrejón remains unchanged at 29 –31 million tonnes, but is expected to be at the lower end of this range primarily due to the operational challenges at Khwezela.

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Food prices continue to rise, but at a slower rate

28th November 2022

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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Still doing business the old way?

18th November 2022

It’s time to get business done better with MTN Business Botswana’s ICT Solutions.

Running a digital businessMTN Business Solutions Botswana, popularly known as MTN Business is an Internet Service Provider. We are a subsidiary of MTN Group Limited, a multinational telecommunications Group headquartered in South Africa, which operates in 19 markets across Africa and the Middle East.

More and more, clients are looking for ways to keep their staff productive in a dynamically changing business environment. Whether your people are working from home, the office or abroad, there is a growing recognition that digitising your operations can offer unprecedented commercial value in flexibility, productivity and growth. This new, digital reality means that it is more important than ever to stay agile – if there is anything that can slow a business down, it is being burdened by othatld technology.

Having made substantial investments in fibre technology, high-speed terrestrial and undersea networks and new frequency spectrum across the markets wherein it operates, MTN is perfectly positioned to respond to this shift in the market.

A few years ago, MTN also made the decision to build an IP capable radio network for its mobile services, giving its core network the ability to seamlessly integrate with enterprise IP networks. The mobile towers deliver services to enterprise clients absolutely anywhere it has a network, shortening the last mile and removing complexity and cost.

Now there is increasing demand from clients to connect their remote sites in all areas, including rural and semi- rural. MTN has assisted clients with overcoming this connectivity hurdle, enabling their staff to get the job done wherever they are.
MTN’s evolution

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.
Ultimately, clients need partners like MTN Business that will invest in infrastructure, deliver the services they require, have market credibility, are financially sound and have a long-term commitment to their market presence.

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BIE to vitalize the Dignity of Engineers

9th November 2022

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.

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