Trio of forces behind Botswana coal failure

Coal junior miners, the Botswana government, and Eskom were all to blame in part for the failure of Botswana’s fledgling coal industry to live up to the promises made about its development over the past decade.

That’s according to mining consultant Peet Meyer of PC Meyer Consulting who told a Fossil Fuels Foundation conference held in Johannesburg yesterday the widely-quoted figure estimating that Botswana hosted declared coal resources totalling 212 billion tons was “bull and nonsense.”

Meyer is an exploration geologist who has previously worked for Anglo American Corporation, BHP Billiton and Total Coal. Since 2007, he has done consulting and contracting work for coal companies operating in Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa.

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