Botswana/bɒtˈswɑːnə/, officially the Republic of Botswana (Tswana:Lefatshe la Botswana), is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. The citizens refer to themselves as Batswana (singular: Motswana). Formerly the British protectorate of Bechuanaland, Botswana adopted its new name after becoming independent within the Commonwealth on 30 September 1966. Since then, it has maintained a strong tradition of stable representative democracy, with a consistent record of uninterrupted democratic elections.
Botswana is topographically flat, with up to 70 percent of its territory being the Kalahari Desert. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast. Its border with Zambia to the north near Kazungula is poorly defined but at most is a few hundred metres long.
A mid-sized country of just over 2 million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated nations in the world. Around 10 percent of the population lives in the capital and largest city, Gaborone. Formerly one of the poorest countries in the world—with a GDP per capita of about US$70 per year in the late 1960s—Botswana has since transformed itself into one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, now boasting a GDP (purchasing power parity) per capita of about $18,825 per year as of 2015, which is one of the highest in Africa. Its high gross national income (by some estimates the fourth-largest in Africa) gives the country a modest standard of living and the highest Human Development Index of continental Sub-Saharan Africa.
BotswanaDiamonds (BOD) acquires SA diamond project ... Thorny River is a flagship project of Vutomi Mining, an associate company of BOD ... BOD says Vutomi’s South African projects will be advanced in tandem with ongoing Botswana-based exploration programmes, and may have the potential for early commercial diamond mining.
Alleged illegal gold miners have now changed tact as they illicitly mine for gold in the Shashe area, a few kilometres from Francistown. It is a well-known fact that illegal mining for gold in Botswana is mainly concentrated in the disused gold shafts in Francistown and the proximity of Matsiloje village.
It may sound awkward to talk about Botswana’s 55-year sovereignty without mentioning the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) ... Benefiting from a rapidly expanding economy in the 1970s and ’80s, Botswana was able to extend basic infrastructure for mining development and basic social services for its population.
Thomas has more than 25 years of experience in the mining industry focused on diamonds (Aber Diamond, StornowayDiamond and Lucara) and gold (Kaminak Gold and Tectonic Metals) ...CMJ spoke with Thomas about innovation in the diamond market, Lucara’s pandemic response in Botswana, and how the mining sector can attract a more diverse workforce.
Africa is rich in natural resources, and between mining and the oil and gas sectors the contribution to GDP is significant. In SA this contribution sits at 8% to 10% depending on the economic cycle; in oil-rich Nigeria this is about 7%; and Botswana has nearly 35% of its economic activity centred on mining — specifically the diamond sector.
...Botswana and Southern Africa ... Between the two operations (Lucara Botswana’s Karowe DiamondMine and MP Mining’s Mowana Copper Mine) MDS has a complement of 94 people ... At MDS we have a vision to be the Mining Services and Supplies partner of choice in the Botswana Mining Industry.
After almost three years under judicial management, Mowana CopperMine in Dukwi has attracted new owners ... It is said that in Botswana he controls MPL Mining (Pty) Ltd which is a limited liability company registered in the country ... Currently, MPL does not produce or sell any products into or from Botswana.
One milestone I am particularly proud of is the fact that mining businesses in the area have accepted my call to be more engaging and visible with the locals ... The rentals, because of the mines, are very expensive and so we hope BotswanaHousing Corporation (BHC) will soon set up and build houses here to be able to mitigate the high rentals.
The longstanding dispute between PPC Aggregates and BotswanaMineWorkers Union (BMWU) over the payment toward retrenchment packages to some of the company workers will now go to trial ... PPC later acquired Quarries of Botswana but maintained that it was not liable for paying the retrenchment packages.