Botswana Mineworkers May Have Been Poisoned

The government's decision to close down BCL Mine, the country's largest producer of copper and nickel, comes as good news to environmentalists who have consistently complained about widespread pollution and health hazards the company poses to residents in its areas of operation.



  • Botswana:   Mineworkers May Have Been Poisoned

    The Patriot, 24 October 2016

    BCL Liquidator Nigel Dixon-Warren will be confronted with shocking findings when he finally conducts health inspections on the 5000 dismissed workers, after Government and other… Read more »

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Research has shown that the BCL smelter emits 534,000 tonnes of sulphur dioxide and a further 5,500 tonnes of silica and nickel dust annually.

  • Botswana:   No Need to Press Panic Buttons Yet

    Botswana Daily News, 17 October 2016

    Government recently took a decision to place the BCL Mine under provisional liquidation. Even in the face of this, there are some business people who remain optimistic that the… Read more »

  • Botswana:   All Not Lost - Vice President

    Botswana Daily News, 12 October 2016

    The Vice President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi, has informed Mmadinare residents that though BCL Mine has been placed under provisional liquidation, all is not lost. Read more »

  • Botswana:   Liquidator Report On BCL in Four Months

    Botswana Daily News, 12 October 2016

    Liquidator Mr Nigel Dixon-Warren is expected to provide government with a report in February about whether BCL Limited could continue operating or be shut down completely. Read more »

  • Botswana:   BCL to Close

    The Patriot, 20 June 2016

    Chairman of the ailing BCL mine Dr Akolang Russia Tombale has jumped ship, amidst controversial developments that threaten to paralyse production and bring the miner to its knees.… Read more »

  • Botswana:   Mokaila's Options On BCL Management

    The Patriot, 8 February 2016

    The Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources Kitso Mokaila has come out openly on the financial crisis facing BCL Mine, admitting that some of them are self-inflicted.… Read more »