The base metals industry is an exciting prospect for Botswana, as copper mining is increasing, which bodes well for the country's economy, says Botswana Chamber of Mines (BCM) CEO Charles Siwawa. Although copper- and nickel-producing mines have temporarily closed down, companies such as Khoemacau Copper Mines will start operations in base metal mining in 2020 or in the first quarter of 2021, thereby boosting this particular commodity sector, he explains.
Global engineering company Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology Southern Africa will launch its Mechatronic Training Program, which is a competence service offering that aims to take advantage of the changing world of business by equipping their current workforce with competencies to work on intelligent equipment and machinery in "the Sandvik way". Mechatronics will also be introduced to prepare the workforce for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), says Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology Southern Africa HR development manager Vusi Mnguni.
Environmental Affairs Minster Nomvula Mokonyane has gazetted additional amendments to the Financial Provisioning Regulations for the rehabilitation and remediation of environmental damage caused by exploration and/or mining activity. The regulations stipulate the manner in which mining rightholders and mining permit holders must provide for and then conduct rehabilitation of the environmental impacts incurred by their activities.
London police said Monday they had detained all 10 Greenpeace activists who had blocked the entrances to BP's global headquarters to convince the British energy giant to halt oil and gas exploration. The environmental organisation encased activists in five heavy containers that were manoeuvred into place during the night. Abseilers also set about installing a banner spelling out "climate