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Debswana production up 23 % in Q4 2021 

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DebswanaDebswana, the 50/50 joint venture between Botswana Government and De Beers, registered impressive output levels inthe last quarter of 2021, latest production report from Anglo American, De Beers parent company has revealed.

Rough diamond production at De Beers level increased by 15% to 7.7 million carats, reflecting planned higher production of rough diamonds to meet continued strong levels of demand.

In Botswana, Debswana production increased by 23% to 5.2 million carats primarily as a result of the planned treatment of higher grade ore at Jwaneng, partly offset by lower production at Orapa due to the planned closure of Plant 1 in late 2020.

Namibia production increased by 16% to 0.4 million carats reflecting a reduction in the scheduled maintenance time for the marine fleet.

South Africa production was in line with the prior year at 1.3 million carats, as planned plant maintenance in Q4 2021 was offset by processing of higher grade ore. Production in Canada was broadly flat.

Demand for rough diamonds remained robust, with positive midstream sentiment and strong demand for diamond jewellery continuing over the holiday period, particularly in the key US consumer market.

De Beers Rough diamond sales totalled 7.7 million carats (7.2 million carats on a consolidated basis)(2) from three Sights, compared with 6.9 million carats (6.4

million carats on a consolidated basis)  from two Sights in Q4 2020, and 7.8 million carats (7.0 million carats on a consolidated basis) from two Sights in Q3 2021.

The full year consolidated average realised price increased by 10% to $146/ct (2020: $133/ct), primarily as a result of positive market sentiment which gave rise to a strengthening of the rough price index.

Production guidance  for 2022 is 30–33 million carats (100% basis), subject to trading conditions and the extent of further Covid-19 related disruptions.

Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American, said: “Our production was broadly flat compared to Q4 of 2020, with our operating levels at approximately 95% of normal capacity through the year, largely due to the ongoing Covid-19 related effects on the operating environment.

Production in the fourth quarter benefited from higher rough diamond production at De Beers, a return to pre-Covid production levels at our open cut metallurgical coal mines and improved mining performance at Amandelbult which resulted in higher metal in concentrate production from our PGMs business.

At our copper operations, Collahuasi’s production increased as a result of strong plant performance and planned maintenance in the comparable period of 2020.

“As we move into 2022, we are pleased with the construction progress at Quellaveco, our new copper mine in Peru. We are on track and within budget, we mined our first ore in October 2021, and we are expecting our first production of copper concentrate in the middle of this year. In the first quartile of the cost curve, we expect Quellaveco to produce 120,000-160,000 tonnes of copper production in 2022 and to average 300,000 tonnes per year for the first ten years at full production.”

Debswana ‘ s production was anchored by significant rise in  output at Jwaneng Mine, compared to 2020 Quarter 4 Jwaneng’ s 2021 Q4 rose by 85 percent in response to higher demand of rough diamonds and also underpinned by a high performing process plant.

During the quarter Jwaneng Mine’s Recrush Plant won the latest Group Processing Golden Plant Award. Jwaneng took the three top spots in the Quarter three (3) awards with Jwaneng Modular Plant (JMP) and the Jwaneng Main Treatment Plant (MTP) in second and third respectively, mirroring a fantastic achievement for Debswana.

This award recognises the metallurgical processing plant which demonstrates an outstanding drive to perform above and beyond the technical limits, while embedding Processing Without Harm as a way of life.

The trophy is awarded each quarter to the plant with the highest Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) rankings across Runtime, Throughput and Recovery – while always putting the safety of employees first.

The Debswana Jwaneng Mine Recrush Plant received the latest award for safely and consistently achieving high overall equipment effectiveness for the quarter, with no recorded Lost Time Injuries (LTIs).

The awards are part of Debswana, De Beers and Anglo American’s drive to improve the productivity and efficiency of their assets by achieving and exceeding global benchmarks.

The General Manager of Jwaneng Mine, Mr Koolatotse Koolatotse said, “Jwaneng mine is a pacesetter in achieving breakthrough results to add ever increasing value to Botswana and the citizens of this country.” We are excited to see the performance of our plants coming out tops.

From our Edge 360 Strategy to the Current ODOT Debswana 2024 Strategy we commit to adding more and more value to our stakeholders. The performance is really testimony to the caliber of Batswana who work in our mining industry.Mr. Koolatotse said praising the Jwaneng Teams. “We thank Anglo American for giving us the opportunity to participate in these awards”, He added.

“It is extremely humbling to see the performance of our plants recognised across the Group. The performance is indicative of the breakthrough culture that is transforming Jwaneng Mine into a high performing operation,” said Jwaneng Senior Ore Processing Manager, Kgolagano Banabotlhe.

He also commended the team for the sterling performance pointing out that the achievement is attributable to the strong work ethic, teamwork, and dedication across the entire value chain from pit to the recovery. “I also take my hat off to Jwaneng Modular Plant (JMP) and Main Treatment Plant (MTP) for coming second and third. This is exceptional performance,” he said.

Group Head of Processing at Anglo American, Andrew Mc Clelland, said, “This is really exciting as additional beneficiation sites areas were brought in to expand the Golden Plant Awards. It has been encouraging to see how Jwaneng Mine has significantly improved its Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) performance over the past year. As we move into the final quarter, this time of the year is traditionally demanding for our industry.

While we need to remain focused, this cannot come at the expense of safety, which is always our priority. In Quarter 1 2022 there will be an awards ceremony where the overall winner for 2021 will be announced, which will take place alongside the Golden Shovel Award and others. Well done to Jwaneng Mine and De Beers in achieving this excellent outcome.”

This is not the first time Debswana Jwaneng Mine plants feature in Anglo American P101 dashboards. Jwaneng Modular Plant (JMP) was the overall winner in 2020 Anglo P101 Golden Plants Awards.

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Food prices continue to rise, but at a slower rate

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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.
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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.
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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