More research required in the minerals sector-BGI Chief

Keikantse Lesemela - BG reporter
Tuesday, 19 March 2019
More research required in the minerals sector-BGI Chief

Botswana Geoscience Institute’s Chief Executive, Tiyapo Ngwisanyi said there is a need for continuous research on the mineral sector in the country as the mines are getting deeper and grades are getting low.

Briefing journalists last week, Ngwisanyi said the institution has developed a strategic plan 2018 to 2023 which prioritizes on undertaking high quality geoscience research for mineral exploration, promotion of sustainable development and geo-hazards. “There is a continuous change in the mining sector and geological field. We see mines getting deeper, grades getting lower and there is a growing requirement for social responsibility. All these require BGI to facilitate a vibrant mining industry through research, innovation and development,” said Ngwisanyi.

He also highlighted the institution is working on advising the government and attracting investors in the mineral sector.  Meanwhile Botswana is exploring ways to produce and market clean diamonds through the use of digital sales platform that uses propriety analytics with cloud and block chain technologies. The project is currently undertaken by the Canadian Diamond Producer, Lucara Diamonds.  Through the system jewellery manufacturers would be able to sell diamonds directly via a digital platform backed by secure blockchain technology, which would cut out the middlemen in the industry.

Recently the minister of mineral resources, Green Technology and Energy Resources, Eric Molale said they will look into upgrading the Botswana Geoscience Institution laboratories to have them accredited and equipped   to carry out all analysis required by the industry. Lucara Diamonds is conducting a pilot project for the diamond tracing technology called Diamond solutions. These and other emerging technologies will enhance Botswana in her efforts to produce and market clean diamonds,” said Molale.

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