Botswana: Mine Thrives Post Contract End

Jwaneng — Jwaneng Mine says the hybrid model it has adopted following the termination of its contract with Majwe Mining early April is yielding the right results.

The two companies entered into a multi-million Pula contract in 2019 which was supposed to run until 2027.

Through the contract, terminated after only two years, Majwe Mining was expected to provide mining services for the Jwaneng Mine Cut 9 operation.

Speaking during a virtual media engagement session recently, the mine's general manager Mr Koolatotse Koolatotse said mining services were now provided partly inhouse with some outsourced.

The transition to the new model had been a success so far, he stated.

Mr Koolatotse said the model was expected to create a total of 501 vacancies and so far 320 had been filled.

Even though Debswana did not commit to absorbing former Majwe Mining employees, it offered employment to 422 out of which seven had declined.

Quizzed whether the termination was not rushed, Debswana acting managing director Ms Lynette Armstrong revealed that consultations and deliberations went on for some time before the issue was finalised.

She said the dynamics of the business determined the decision.

"As Debswana we are committed to keeping our word. However, we operate in a dynamic world and we need to keep up with such dynamics," said Ms Armstrong.

The decision to terminate the contract was taken last November with Majwe Mining given a three-month notice from January to April 4.

Source : BOPA

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