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Giyani appoints president, COO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd November 2020 Canada-based Giyani Metals, which is developing a manganese project in Botswana, has appointed Derk Hartman as president and COO with effect from March 1, 2021. The company also announced on Monday that Wajd Boubou had resigned as president to pursue other business opportunities. 

Power Metal completes drilling of first hole at Kalahari Key project

By: Donna Slater     20th November 2020 Aim-listed metals exploration and development company Power Metal Resources has completed the drilling of the first hole at Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration's Molopo Farms Complex (MFC) project, in Botswana. 

Sapa acknowledges Master Plan progress

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th November 2020 The South African Poultry Association (Sapa) has noted “positive gains” that have been made towards increasing South Africa's exports of poultry. This is one of the key objective of the Poultry Industry Master Plan, aimed at growing the industry, which is being driven by Trade, Industry and... 

Botswana Diamonds gets go-ahead to finalise Sekaka Diamonds buyout

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th November 2020 Dual-listed Botswana Diamonds has announced that all conditions precedent for the acquisition of Sekaka Diamonds have been satisfied. The transaction, first announced in July, has been approved by Petra’s lenders and noteholders, as well as by the Botswana Minister of Mineral Resources, Green... 

New Botswana copper mine to begin production in 2021

By: Reuters     13th November 2020 Botswana's newest and only operational copper mine is expected to start production in 2021 with annual output building to 60 000 t of concentrate, its executive director said. Situated in the Kalahari Copper belt, which stretches from north east Botswana to western Namibia, the Khoemacau mine... 

Cesa Aon Awards 2020 showcase ‘resilience, commitment’ of industry

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2020 With 2020 having been an unprecedented year of "uncertainty, trauma and market complexity", Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) CEO Chris Campbell says this year’s Cesa Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, which took place virtually, “showcased the resilience and commitment of the consulting... 

Sun Exchange launches first of three crowd sales for 1.9 MW solar project in Zim

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th November 2020 Peer-to-peer solar leasing platform Sun Exchange has launched a crowd sale for Phase 1 of a multiphase 1.9 MW solar and storage project for fresh produce exporter Nhimbe Fresh, in Zimbabwe. This will be the largest Sun Exchange solar installation to date and the first outside of South Africa.  

Debswana to close diamond mine on weak demand - union leader

By: Reuters     6th November 2020 Debswana Mining Company, equally owned by De Beers and the Botswana government, will close a diamond mine in the country as weak demand and trading disruption from the pandemic make the mining of lower value diamonds unviable, a union leader told Reuters on Friday. Debswana, among the world's... 

Botswana rough diamond exports down 66% in third quarter

By: Reuters     30th October 2020 Botswana's rough diamond exports plunged around 66% in the third quarter compared with the same period last year, data showed on Friday, as the coronavirus pandemic hit demand and global travel restrictions impacted trading. Botswana closed its borders in March to curb the spread of the virus,... 

De Beers says rough diamond demand is ticking up

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd October 2020 Diamond miner De Beers' rough diamond production decreased by 4% year-on-year to 7.2-million carats in the third quarter of the year as a result of planned reductions in production to match lower demand for rough diamonds in the market, amid Covid-19. Specifically, production from the company’s... 

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