Inside Discovery Metalsí troubled Botswana stay [Special Report]

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Mmegi Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI gives insight into what optimists hoped would be the first of many mines to come on the rich Kalahari Copperbelt

With scores in attendance under white tents pitched on dusty sands on September 7, 2012, President Ian Khama officially launched the first of many mines on Botswana’s section of the 800-kilometre-long Kalahari Copperbelt.

“I wish to commend Discovery Metals that amidst the global economic ills, you forged ahead without wavering. You remained firmly focused to deliver the mine which employs about 500 people, 96 percent being citizens,” Khama told the motley audience of business suits and geologists’ khakis.

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