Businesses wilt in the slipstream of BCL’s closure

The issue of BCL's closure is expected to dominate discussions in the STPC PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE
The issue of BCL's closure is expected to dominate discussions in the STPC PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE

SELEBI-PHIKWE: The word ‘imminent closure’ of the mine had been a household phrase in Selebi-Phikwe town until it became a reality on October 7 this year.

The town has been robbed of the P60 million BCL mine workers were paid every month and spent on the various businesses. The mine itself single-handedly supported the north-eastern town with supply contracts and purchases, over the years.

Workers at the mothballed mine are slowly adjusting to the fact that their jobs are in the wind. Together with them in misery is a large contingent of employees of contractors, who also reported to work as usual on the fateful day only to find the mine out of bounds.

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Botswana deserves ideal political leaders

This remains to be seen, particularly as opposite unity has been seeing its ups and downs. In 2012, three opposition parties namely the Botswana National Front (BNF), the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), and the Botswana National Front (BNF) formed a political alliance under the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC). The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) would, after rebuffs, join the coalition in 2017.The promise made by the coalition to its...

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