Expatriates dominate mining artisan workforce

FRANCISTOWN: Due to dire shortage of trained and experienced local artisans, 80 percent of the skilled workers in mines are believed to be expatriates, said a Botswana Chamber of Mines expert.

Botswana Chamber of Mines Business Development Project Manager, Joseph Rantshabi, said in a presentation of the mining sector during the northern youth Pitso held in Francistown on Monday that few locals are qualified for the position of artisan.

Artisan jobs are skilled technical workers such as boilermakers, welders, diesel plant fitters.

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