News of the impending closure of the BCL mine in Selebi-Phikwe ought not to leave anyone, especially the peoples of the area despondent.
BCL mine’s closure has been in the offing for the last decade or so. In fact under normal circumstances, the mine could have closed much earlier, when evidence of low grade minerals became clear, but it was the considerate heart of government that has seen the mine operate far beyond its life span of 25 years. Indeed of recent, there had been other seemingly tangible initiatives that were targeted at further increasing the life span of BCL as a processor of metals for the region, through the likes of Pula Steel, as well as a processing plant that was to be established by BCL in Phikwe. According to cabinet reasoning, BCL mine had now become an unprofitable entity as a mine, as it had run out of valuable minerals to sustain the mine. The mathematics being thrown about indicate that more than eight billion Pula would have been needed to pump into the BCL just for it to run, while chances of the mine to make profit are non-existent as the cost of mining had reached unsustainable levels. However reacting with anger and disgust, while it may be the simplest thing to do, is surely not the wisest. The