A dimming copper dream suddenly burns bright

Better days: BCL Mine’s smelter will likely be sold off piecemeal
Better days: BCL Mine’s smelter will likely be sold off piecemeal

As local copper production bounces back from the meltdown in 2016, the new players have been reluctant to venture into the smelting activities made famous by BCL Mine’s chimney fumes. However, a study due by December could produce a refinery, a value-added step beyond smelting, reports Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI

Since the base metal meltdown of 2016, when a commodity price rout crashed operations at BCL Ltd, Discovery Metals and African Copper, the local copper sector has slowly and painfully pulled itself back up from the collapse.

As prices have picked up since, players such as Khoemacau Copper Mining and Premium Nickel Resources Botswana, located on the Kalahari Copperbelt and at the former BCL respectively, have led the base metal sector’s revival and are presently the most advanced projects.

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Something ought to be done about deadly A3 Road

The accident which happened near Marapong village comes after yet another horrific accident which claimed 16 lives in July last year near Hubona. These stats don’t include other accidents where fatalities were not as many as the two.While several factors may have contributed to the two accidents and many others, many believe the biggest with that road is the bad state that the road is in. Unconfirmed reports in the most recent accident state...

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