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Bela Bela Asphalt supplies storage grade road repair products throughout Botswana. Bela Bela are specialists in road repair projects that are community driven with the emphasis on sustainability.


Norilsk seeks damages from Botswana govt over stalled sale of Nkomati, Tati mines

By: Anine Kilian     28th April 2017 Norilsk Nickel will start legal proceedings against the Botswana government in relation to a stalled 2014 deal that would have resulted in Botswana copper and nickel producer BCL Mine acquiring Norilsk’s African assets. In October 2014, BCL agreed to buy Norilsk’s 50% interest in the Nkomati... 


By: Zandile Mavuso     28th April 2017 As a global corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes power generation equipment globally, Himoinsa adds incomparable application and engineering know-how, excellent design and service capabilities, delivering value beyond the equipment it produces. 

DAFF pledges support for a game changing NWU food and energy security project

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th April 2017 The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has pledged its support for the SUNfarming Food & Energy project at the North-West University (NWU), in Potchefstroom, in the North West province, which promotes the growing of and provides an opportunity to grow affordable and... 

First-class service keeps customers returning to Babcock

     26th April 2017 Babcock’s tailor-made aftersales service and reliable technical support, coupled with competitive pricing, were major deciding factors in Bidfreight Port Operations’ recent purchase of two additional SDLG wheeled loader machines from Babcock. Bidfreight Port Operations (BPO) is one of the largest... 

Debswana Diamond Company starts processing Cut 8 ore

By: Reuters     25th April 2017 Botswana's Debswana Diamond Company has started processing ore from the $3-billion expansion of its Jwaneng diamond mine, popularly known as Cut 8, the company said on Tuesday. The Cut 8 project, which Debswana started in 2010, is meant to uncover 100-million carats of diamonds and extend the... 

Six new prospecting licences awarded to Botswana Diamonds

By: Martin Creamer     25th April 2017 London Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds on Tuesday announced that its joint venture (JV) with the large Russian diamond company, Alrosa, had been awarded of six new prospecting licences in Botswana.   Four are in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) and two are in the Orapa kimberlite province... 

Africa urged to transform dependence on commodities

By: African News Agency      25th April 2017 Even as the world emerges from the worst of the global commodity price meltdown, African countries were urged on Tuesday to make the most of the next upward cycle to diversify and industrialise away from over-reliance on exports of raw materials. In a statement, Dr Martyn Davies, Deloitte... 

BlueNova launches production facility as lithium battery bug bites in South Africa  

By: Kim Cloete     24th April 2017 Energy storage solutions company Blue Nova has launched a new production facility in Somerset West, near Cape Town, to keep up with rising demand for lithium-iron-yttrium-phosphate (LiFeYPO4) batteries. Lithium-ion batteries, of which LiFeYPO4 batteries are a type, are seen as an excellent... 

AfDB welcomes Zambia, Ghana to bond index

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has added Zambia and Ghana to its African Bond Index (ABI), expanding the index to the eight most liquid sovereign bond markets in Africa. The ABI provides investors with a tool with which to measure and track the performance of Africa’s bond markets. 

De Beers achieves 8% y/y increase in Q1 diamond output

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th April 2017 Diamond giant De Beers’ rough diamond production increased by 8% to 7.4-million carats in the first quarter of the year, reflecting the contribution of the Gahcho Kué mine, in Canada. The joint venture mine reached commercial production on March 2 and contributed 600 000 ct to De Beers’... 

Sacu makes formal request to initiate post-Brexit trade talks with UK 

By: Terence Creamer     21st April 2017 South Africa’s Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reports that the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) has written a letter to the UK government formally requesting the initiation of talks on the terms of the bilateral trade relationship that will be put in place when Britain exits the... 

Alternative power supply approach to benefit low-income areas

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 Alternative energy supply company Specialized Solar Systems (SSS) is making significant headway in driving the large-scale implementation of its solar-powered distributed direct current microgrids, which incorporate the Internet of Things (IoT) to supply energy to low-income areas in the form of... 

Generator giant to expand its Southern Africa network

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st April 2017 Power generation equipment developer Himoinsa’s new subsidiary, Himoinsa Southern Africa, will provide a base from which the company can develop its geophysical footprint in Southern Africa by expanding and supporting its existing distribution network. 

New study ranks South Africa fourth most attractive investment destination in Africa

By: African News Agency      20th April 2017 South Africa has been ranked as the fourth most attractive economy for investments flowing into Africa. This is according to the latest Africa Investment Index 2016 by Quantum Global’s independent research arm, Quantum Global Research Lab published on Wednesday. 

eXtract to restructure amid slump in contract mining sector

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2017 Despite the recent improvement in commodity prices, the long-term outlook for the contract mining sector remains poor.  In a joint statement by enX and eXtract on Tuesday, the parties said there was an oversupply of contract mining services in the market. 

Botswana's 300 MW power plant stalled over $800m guarantee dispute

By: Reuters     13th April 2017 The 300 MW expansion of two units at Botswana's Morupule B coal fired power plant has been delayed due to a dispute with the contractor over an $800-million guarantee, a cabinet minister said on Wednesday. Japan's Marubeni and South Korea's Posco Energy were last year awarded the contract for the... 

Giyani to start exploration of new ‘proof of concept’ Botswana manganese mine

By: Henry Lazenby     13th April 2017 Exploration firm Giyani Gold will undertake a field exploration campaign on its newly acquired brownfields Kgwakgwe Hill manganese mine, located in the Kanye basin of south-eastern Botswana, to test its thesis that manganese deposits exist in Botswana. The TSX-V-listed company has acquired six... 

South Africa’s credit rating downgrade will also hit SADC region, says AgriSA

By: African News Agency      11th April 2017 AgriSA said on Tuesday that the impact of South Africa’s foreign currency credit rating downgrades was likely to be felt outside of the country’s borders and would have an impact in the Southern African region as a whole. South Africa’s foreign currency credit rating was downgraded to junk status... 

Work smarter not harder with Atlas Copco SmartROC T45

     7th April 2017 Longer drill rods, improved fuel burn and upgraded software have made the SmartROC T45 Top Hammer drill rig from Atlas Copco even smarter. This rugged and reliable machine will boost production and productivity at limestone and aggregate quarries as well as construction, open-pit and selective... 

Botswana Diamonds completes Phase 1 drilling at Vutomi

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th April 2017 Botswana Diamonds has completed the first phase of drilling at its flagship Vutomi project, in Frischgewaagt, in South Africa, where 34 percussion and nine diamond drill holes were drilled on the kimberlite dyke. The Aim-listed company on Thursday said samples have been submitted for microdiamond... 

Thirteen Weba Chute Systems Set To Increase Material Transfer At Diamond Mine

     6th April 2017 The ability to engineer transfer points for individual application requirements within a plant is a major differentiator for Weba Chute Systems, and it is this capability that enabled the South African OEM to supply a total of 13 custom chute systems to a diamond mine in Botswana. The 13 new Weba... 

Eskom and Botswana Power Corporation seal long-term power supply deal

By: African News Agency      5th April 2017 Eskom, which has excess capacity of about 4 000 MW, on Wednesday said it has signed a three-year “firm power supply agreement” with Botswana Power Corporation (BPC). The power utility said the move was is in line with its plan to increase electricity exports to neighbouring states. 

Sotheby's sells record $71m diamond to Chow Tai Fook 

By: Bloomberg     4th April 2017 Hong Kong-based jewelry retailer Chow Tai Fook bought a 59.6 ct pink diamond for about $71-million, setting the world record for the top auction price for any gem. The stone has an unusual distinction: it has attracted even higher bids in the past. The jeweler made the HK$553-million winning bid... 

eDART And Afrivalve Join Forces To Supply Full Range Of Valves And Associated Equipment

     31st March 2017 eDART, South Africa’s specialist slurry valve manufacturer and Afrivalve have joined forces in order to offer a greater range of valves suited to the mining, heavy industry, water and power industries. “We are better placed as a collective to service the valve requirements of these industries... 

Tommy Strydom

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     31st March 2017 This week we feature Tommy Strydom, CEO of Inyatsi Group Holdings, which is involved in the construction of infrastructure, including roads, bridges, buildings and water works   

Training on the move with Atlas Copco RCS Mobile Trailer

     29th March 2017 Atlas Copco Mining and Rock Excavation Technique has invested in a RCS (Rig Control System) Mobile Trailer to make training more accessible, convenient and affordable by taking it to the customer’s doorstep. RSC is all about faster fault detection, lower maintenance costs and enhanced rig... 

Promulgation of Mining Charter to dent South Africa’s risk, reward score – BMI

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th March 2017 If the proposed Mining Charter is promulgated, it will dent South Africa’s score on global research firm BMI Research’s Sub-Saharan Africa Mining Risk Reward Indices, as it could deter investment. The research firm currently places South Africa as the second-most attractive country for capital... 

Botswana grants Sese mining lease

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th March 2017 The Botswana government has awarded ASX-listed African Energy a mining licence for its Sese joint venture (JV). The mining licence covers 51.47 km2 and contains 650-million tonnes of raw coal classified as measured and indicated resources, with African Energy saying on Tuesday that the granted... 

Diamond industry’s famous hungry crocodile doesn't cut it

By: Bloomberg     28th March 2017 The diamond industry’s most famous chart is the hungry crocodile, the ancient reptile’s jaws wide open, reflecting both a predicted shortage of gems and the inevitable price rises that will come with it. Not only has this chart, which has been an industry staple for more than a decade and... 

Botswana Diamonds continues to progress exploration programmes

By: Anine Kilian     27th March 2017 Aim-listed Botswana Diamonds has completed a drilling programme on PL 186, on the Maibwe ground, in the Kalahari Desert, it said in a statement of Monday. “We identified the locations of the previously drilled holes where significant quantities of diamonds were discovered. We drilled three... 

Tlou raises A$5.2m for CBM projects

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     27th March 2017 ASX- and Aim-listed Tlou Energy has raised some A$5.2-million through a share placement to fund work at its coal bed methane (CBM) projects, in Botswana and elsewhere in Southern Africa. The company placed more than 51.78-million shares at an issue price of 10c each, to sophisticated and... 

Slow progress in payouts to former miners – Oliphant

By: African News Agency      24th March 2017 Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant on Thursday conceded that efforts to reach out and compensate former mineworkers, many of whom from neighbouring countries, have not been satisfactory. In his keynote address at the Southern Africa Trust summit on social security and compensation... 

Local supply company expands product offering

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Designer and supplier of process equipment Zonke Engineering has added several pump types to its existing product range. 

One-stop solution gives company market edge

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 The ability to supply a full range of high-quality pumps with full back-up and support, as well as readily available spare parts, has placed pump supplier and manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves in a unique position where clients can meet all their pumping requirements through a single supplier. 

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) is strategising to enhance its fluid technology services to meet growing market demand in diverse industries, including the pumps industry. 

Maxiflex welcomes customers to their doors

     23rd March 2017 Maxiflex has been a specialist and trusted supplier of a fully comprehensive range of high quality, efficient and reliable door and dock loading solutions to the Southern African industry for 27 years. Alongside the renowned in-house Maxiflex brands, the company also boasts sole distribution... 

Alecto prepares for first blast at Mowana project

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2017 Alecto Minerals is “moving at speed” towards delivering continuous production and first sales from the Mowana copper project, in Botswana, with the first blast expected to take place within days. With appointed drill and blast contractor Capital Drilling mobilising its equipment to site, an... 

South Africa asks World Bank to review ease-of-doing-business position in light of InvestSA initiative 

By: Terence Creamer     17th March 2017 The South African government has officially launched a new investment facilitation service, dubbed InvestSA, which it claims will dramatically reduce red tape for foreign and domestic businesses seeking to pursue greenfield or brownfield projects in the country. The service, which has both... 

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