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Giyani begins construction of demo plant 

History is about to unfold in modern Botswana as Giyani Metals – Canadian junior explorer moves closer to resuscitating old small manganese mines in Kgwakgwe, Otse and Lobatse back to life, this time to commercial and large scale mining operations. 

The Kgwakgwe Hill manganese complex in Kanye produced manganese during pre-independence artisanal mining years back in the 1950s. In a market update recently, Giyani Metals said it has placed an order for first long-lead item for the construction of the Demo Plant, designed to produce high purity manganese sulphate monohydrate (HPMSM) crystals for delivery to potential battery materials customers for product qualification.

Plant design and process flowsheet are currently under final review, allowing project parameters to be finalized for completion of the feasibility study (FS). Infill drilling at southerly extension of the K. Hill Project (“K. Hill Extension”) are ongoing with 18 reverse circulation (“RC”) drill holes completed.

The company explained that with the design of the process flowsheet under final review, an order for one crystallizer unit of the Demo Plant has now been placed. The crystallizer unit is the largest and longest lead item of the Demo Plant and delivery of the unit is currently scheduled for Q4 2022.

Construction and commissioning of the Demo Plant will be undertaken in South Africa before being transported to the K. Hill Project site in Kanye, Botswana. First shipment of product samples to potential customers is anticipated for next year.

The Demo Plant development has three key objectives: to demonstrate that the HPMSM product specifications can be achieved based on the process flowsheet developed for the K. Hill Project; to provide product samples to potential buyers for their supply chain testing and product qualification process; and to de-risk the commercial plant development by using the Demo Plant for optimisation of the ongoing process engineering work and as a training facility.

By focusing on achievement of the highest possible HPMSM product specifications, Giyani says it will establish itself as a premium supplier to the growing battery market. Once commissioned, the Demo Plant will be capable of producing approximately 600kg per day of HPMSM crystals for delivery to potential customers for product testing.

The Canadian company  says it now has the confidence in the metallurgical testwork completed to date and the stage of development of the process flowsheet, to allow its engineering consultants to be able to move towards completion and publication of the feasibility Study.

The confirmation of plant design will allow project parameters to be settled, including operating and capital expenditure, and the Company is optimistic that the FS can be released in Q3 2022. To date 18 RC drill holes have been completed as part of the infill drilling program at K.Hill Extension for a total of 1,690 m.

The total program is expected to be approximately 55 RC drill holes and 10 diamond drill core holes for a total of approximately 7,150 m of drilling. The objective of the program is to determine the correlation between the southern mineralized horizons and the northern resource horizons and to convert the majority of Inferred Resources in the K. Hill Extension to Indicated Resources.

These Indicated Resources could be incorporated into an optimised mine development plan for the K. Hill Project. To prepare and get ready for the construction phase of the K.Hill Project, Giyani has appointed Mr. Dirk Geerligs as VP Project Development & Construction.

Mr Geerligs is a civil engineer with over 20 years’ experience in construction and project delivery of mining and industrial projects globally. He has been a consultant to Giyani since May 2021 and will join the Company on a full-time basis effective April 4, 2022. Giyani has also appointed a full time country manager to direct its activities and expand its employee base in country.

Elisa Davis, a Botswana national and a geology graduate from University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, with mining and operational experience both nationally and internationally, will join the Company on a full-time basis effective April 19, 2022

Commenting on these developments Robin Birchall, Chief Executive Officer of Giyani Metals said the company is currently working with multiple potential buyers, who have expressed a desire to receive manganese samples from the Demo Plant as soon as available.

“Our work on the process flowsheet is nearly complete and so we can move ahead at pace with both the Demo Plant and the FS, our confidence in the metallurgical testwork to date is such that we have made a commitment to construction of the Demo Plant prior to final flowsheet review”. He said. Robin Birchall said with the plant design at finalization, Giyani will now be able to complete the last outstanding technical and economic components of the FS.

“It has been a meticulous process, demonstrating the high barriers to entry that exist to producing a high purity battery-grade chemical from manganese ore, but we are fully focused on completion and release of the study as soon as possible. In parallel, our work on the ground is aiming to grow the project through further delineation of both K.Hill Extension and our Otse prospect.”

Birchall said as Giyani moves towards breaking ground on the K.Hill Project,” we are delighted to bring Dirk and Elisa into the Giyani management team. Dirk has been a consultant for Giyani for some time, but his skills have become essential as we advance towards engineering, permitting and construction.

Elisa’s expertise will enhance the Company’s in-country capabilities as it continues to engage with state and local government, agencies and other stakeholders to permit and construct a mine at K.Hill.”

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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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