By Sharyn Macnamara, senior writer African Mining, incorporating Mining Mirror

Mining and Technical Exhibitions (MTE) hosted its popular ‘Botswana combo’ trilogy tour in the mining and power sectors from 4–8 March in the company’s first over-border shows of 2024. The tradeshows in Letlhakane, Palapye and Jwaneng yielded close to 800 visitors over the week, with an average of 68 solution provider companies exhibiting at each event over the three expo days. This is what BTV had to say: https://youtu.be/ihPcJnSnpZI

The tradeshows in Letlhakane, Palapye and Jwaneng yielded close to 800 visitors over the week, with an average of 68 exhibiting companies at each expo over the three show days.

The tradeshows in Letlhakane, Palapye and Jwaneng yielded close to 800 visitors over the week, with an average of 68 exhibiting companies at each expo over the three show days. Images by ©MTE.

All three expos were well attended and many a deal was sealed, says Andrew Macnamara, operations director at MTE. He noted, “Some of the key highlights and drivers of positivity on tour, among others, were the fact that Karowe mine and Jwaneng mine are expanding underground. Mining in general has, however, slowed down and operations are focusing on maintenance of machinery and plants, and condition monitoring to improve efficiency.

“We found that the major challenges experienced by operations are both in the diamond and coal industries. Diamond demand is currently diminished as prices are low, while coal exports to South Africa are impacted by Transnet challenges and road transport comes at a premium with additional risk and lasting damage to already precarious road infrastructure.

Jwaneng expo: some of the key highlights and drivers of positivity on tour, among others, were the fact that Karowe mine and Jwaneng mine are expanding underground.

Jwaneng expo: some of the key highlights and drivers of positivity on tour, among others, were the fact that Karowe mine and Jwaneng mine are expanding underground. ©MTE

“On the other side of the coin, Morupule coal mine and the power stations are doing fairly well – all things considered – as Botswana ramps up its power production.” 

For more on mining in Botswana go to:

  1. https://www.africanmining.co.za/2024/02/01/botswana-mining-in-focus-2/
  2. https://www.africanmining.co.za/2024/02/01/doing-business-in-botswana-part-1-mte-its-back-to-business-in-botwana-in-march-2024/
  3. https://www.africanmining.co.za/2024/03/01/doing-business-in-botswana-part-2-word-on-the-ground/