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The Mining Sector in Botswana

Alex Conradie | Botswana | 07 May 2020

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The Mining Sector in Botswana

Mining is significant contributor to Botswana’s GDP, and minerals comprise almost 80% of export earnings. In 2018, Botswana was the world’s second largest diamond producer by value and volume, after Russia, according to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme. The country has large soda ash, coal and diamond reserves. Botswana’s mining sector is dominated by diamond mining, with Debswana Diamond Company being the largest producer by far. Other minerals produced are aggregate, brickmaking clay, coal, dimension stone, gemstones, gold, salt and soda ash.

New Opportunities

Several exploration companies are working in the Kalahari copperbelt, while others have coal, coal bed methane, diamond and uranium projects. Botswana continues to be ranked highly in Africa on policy, investment attractiveness and its tax regime. In 2019, the second largest diamond ever found was discovered in Botswana. A number of companies are investing in expansion and development of diamond, coal, copper and silver mines.

Variety

While diamonds remain the largest and most important mineral for Botswana, small amounts of coal are produced, largely for domestic consumption, with the majority used for power generation. The majority of Botswana Ash’s soda ash production is sold to glass manufacturers who use the mineral to reduce the melting temperature of silica, which decreases their energy requirements.

Report Coverage

This report focuses on the Mining Sector in Botswana and includes information on the state and size of the sector, trade statistics, corporate actions and expansion and investment developments. There are profiles of 26 companies including the country’s largest diamond producer and largest private sector employer Debswana, and Botswana Ash, the only producer of soda ash and salt. Other profiles include Khoemacau Copper Mines, which is building a copper and silver mine, Lucara, which is expanding its Karowe mine, and prospectors such as Kukama and Efora Energy.

Table of Contents

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1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. COUNTRY INFORMATION 1
2.1. Geographic Position 2
3. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 3
3.1. Industry Value Chain 3
4. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 4
5. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 6
5.1. Local 6
5.1.1. Trade 8
5.1.2. Corporate Actions 9
5.1.3. Regulations 10
5.2. Continental 11
5.3. International 12
6. INFLUENCING FACTORS 13
6.1. Economic Environment 13
6.2. Environmental Concerns 13
6.3. Labour 14
6.4. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 14
7. COMPETITION 15
7.1. Barriers to Entry 15
8. SWOT ANALYSIS 16
9. OUTLOOK 16
10. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 17
11. REFERENCES 17
11.1. Publications 17
11.2. Websites 18
APPENDIX 1 19
Summary of Notable Players - Exploration & Development and Mining Companies Operating in Botswana 19
COMPANY PROFILES 22
A-CAP RESOURCES BOTSWANA (PTY) LTD 22
AFRICAN ENERGY RESOURCES BOTSWANA (PTY) LTD 24
B & E (BOTSWANA) (PTY) LTD 25
BOSOTO (PTY) LTD 26
BOTSWANA ASH (PTY) LTD 28
BOTSWANA DIAMONDS PLC 30
DEBSWANA DIAMOND COMPANY (PTY) LTD 32
EFORA ENERGY LTD 35
FIRESTONE DIAMONDS PLC 38
KHOEMACAU COPPER MINING (PTY) LTD 42
KUKAMA MINING AND EXPLORATION (PTY) LTD 44
LUCARA BOTSWANA (PTY) LTD 46
MAATLA RESOURCES (PTY) LTD 48
MAJWE MINING JOINT VENTURE (PTY) LTD 49
MAKORO BRICK & TILE (PTY) LTD 51
MENZI BATTERY METALS (PTY) LTD 53
MINERGY LTD 54
MMAMANTSWE COAL (PTY) LTD 57
MORUPULE COAL MINE (PTY) LTD 58
MUPANE GOLD MINING (PTY) LTD 60
MYNA PROJECTS (PTY) LTD 62
PPC AGGREGATE QUARRIES BOTSWANA (PTY) LTD 63
SHUMBA ENERGY LTD 65
TLOU ENERGY BOTSWANA (PTY) LTD 68
TSHUKUDU METALS BOTSWANA (PTY) LTD 69
WALKABOUT RESOURCES LTD 71