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The Future of Base Metal Beneficiation in Botswana
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BIDPA recently co-hosted a workshop on the base metal beneficiation in Botswana with the Botswana Chamber of Mines at Phakalane Golf Estates. When officially opening the workshop, Permanent Secretary Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Ministry of Ener

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  21th December 2012

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BIDPA recently co-hosted a workshop on the base metal beneficiation in Botswana with the Botswana Chamber of Mines at Phakalane Golf Estates. When officially opening the workshop, Permanent Secretary Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, Mr. Boikobo Paya, applauded the initiative by BIDPA and the Botswana Chamber of Mines to discuss issues relating to mineral beneficiation and in particular base metals, as this undertaking is at the heart of government’s mineral policy objectives. He paid tribute to BIDPA and the Botswana Chamber of Mines for their visionary leadership, adding that their collaboration was an example of cooperation and partnership at work between the government and the private sector for progress on issues of common interest to the development of Botswana. Mr Paya indicated that base metals’ beneficiation is part of efforts in the economy to graduate from being an exporter of unprocessed raw materials to being a truly industrialized manufacturing economy.

In his presentation, Professor Roman Grynberg discussed essential cost and policy components that could encourage investment in the beneficiation of the base metals. He argued that the internal and export transport logistics issues act as a barrier to bringing together base metal ores and possible refinery capacity. In order to lessen the logistic issues, Professor Grynberg reasoned that major infrastructural decisions need to be made. He added that refineries will require stable and relatively high electricity supply and advocated for a major expansion of electricity supply capacity. Professor Grynberg further expressed the view that the expansion would provide natural market for the nation’s coal supplies, highlighting that electricity costs are relatively low in Botswana in comparison to countries such as Mauritius and Namibia.


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