BMWU petitions gov’t over Khoemacau’s alleged ‘inequities’


The Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU) says there is visible systematic racism and preferential treatment at Khoemacau Copper Mines (KCM) as a result of the influx of expatriates.

The union that is petitioning the government over the treatment of black employees by the mine management says the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs is to blame for such influx for allowing expatriates as part of human resources.

As such, the ministry is undermining its structures and allowing perpetrators of all these ills to avoid the proper channels. “KCM operation is riddled with apparent and systemic racism and preferential treatment of white expatriates at the expense of black employees. There is a general influx of expatriates working at Khoemacau Copper Mines. Most of these expatriates were allowed entry into the country as part of the human resources that came with the investing companies of KM and its affiliate companies,” reads the petition.

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