Khoemacau’s Expansion To Create 1000 More Jobs

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The planned expansion of the Khoemacau Copper Mining is expected not only to double up production but also increase employment opportunities to more than 2700 workers, the mine’s Chief Executive Officer, Johan Ferreira has revealed.

Speaking at the MMG-Khoemacau Copper Mining new ownership ceremony held in Boseto last week, Ferreira assured that the planned expansion project will deliver immense growth and value for all of its stakeholders.

The mine’s new owners, MMG Limited have since committed to its expansion plans of increasing current production capacity from 60 kilo-tonnes per annum to over 130 kilo tonnes per annum of copper to unlock the full potential of the Kalahari Copper Belt where Khoemacau is situated.

Khoemacau currently employs around 1700 people on site who are made up of 90% locals with 35% of them coming from within the North West District.

“This ceremony is the beginning of the new chapter in the history of Khoemacau and MMG Limited. It marks our commitment to execute our vision which is to unlock the full potential of the Kalahari Copper Belt by responsibly delivering safe and reliable mechanised operations that offers our investors equitable returns that add value to all stakeholders,” Ferreira emphasised.

Ferreira added that Khoemacau’s current operations has diversified and brought new beginings for mining and the mining industry in Botswana. He highlighted that its safe,  reliable mechanised mine philosophy and execution was and continues to be a paradigm shift that the industry needs to take note of.

“We have built the first safe reliable fully mechanised underground mine in southern Africa. This mean zero harm where we work and operate a healthy and injury free mine,” he noted.

To deliver this safe reliable and mechanised mine, the CEO said they had to bring in internationals, who have been here not only to operate and train but to also transfer skills to the locals. Showing that this move has brought results, Ferreira shared that the company now has many Batswana both men and women operating its underground mining equipment.

“We are committed to diversifying our workforce to deliver our aspirations of being a key contributor to the livelihoods of our employees, new owners being MMG and to all Batswana,” He added that the mine’s international workforce remains key to the continuous transfer of skills and building the strength of its workforce for the future. The CEO noted that the mine’ successes will continue to be measured through the creation of highly skilled citizen workforce through effective training, skills transfer and leading technology programmes.

For his part, MMG Chairman, Xu Jiquing said the expansion goals of Khoemacau can only be achieved through their continued emphasises on safe operation and investing in the training and development of the current and future employees.

“We would not be in this position today without the unwavering support of the Botswana government, the local community and most importantly the Khoemacau employees who have worked diligently to turn this project into a successful operation.,” he appreciated.

Meanwhile Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Lefoko Moagi also noted that the acquisition of Khoemacau Copper Mine by MMG Limited heralds a new chapter in Botswana’s mining storyline. With MMG’s global expertise and resources, coupled with Botswana’s conducive investment climate, Moagi is confident that the country is poised to unlock new opportunities and realize the full potential of its natural resources. “MMG’s commitment to doubling production, generating employment, and increasing royalties and tax contributions reaffirms their alignment with Botswana’s development priorities of job creation and economic growth,” he said.

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