Mineral explorers flock to the wild west

Hidden riches: The BGI’s latest map of potential mineral zones in the country
Hidden riches: The BGI’s latest map of potential mineral zones in the country

Local geological regulators are seeing the highest prospecting activity ever in the country’s relatively unknown western half, amidst a peak in demand for exploration licences as the world hunts for valuable rare earth minerals. Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI reports

Local geologists say the country’s eastern half has been well prospected and to an extent, well developed, as seen in the establishment of several mines that have supported the well-documented mineral-led revolution of post-Independence Botswana.

The mineral potential of the west, in particular its southern fringes, is relatively unknown, with many of the potential riches lying under sands that can reach more than 1,000 metres deep.

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