Manganese mining study completion end of year

The feasibility study for prospects of Manganese exploration at Kgwakgwe hill in Kanye is expected to be complete by the end of this year.

The project, which is being undertaken by Canadian company Giyani Metals Corporation,is intended to explore for Manganese Oxide deposits to be used for electric vehicles batteries.

Speaking in an interview during Kanye South MP, Dr Lemogang Kwape’s tour of the site on Thursday, Giyani Metal Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Mr Robin Birchall said they were carrying out similar studies for two other aspects in Otse and Lobatse.

He said they were currently working on a small demonstration plant at Kgwakgwe hill to determine the location of the main plant once the study has been completed.

He noted that apart from the high grade Manganese Oxide deposit, Kanye also had good infrastructure, including a 167-bed hospital as well as good rail and road connections.

He said that they expected more economic activity once everything was finalised.

For his part, Dr Kwape said he was grateful for the project since it had the potential to revive the historical Kgwakgwe hill.

He said the prospecting was in line with the government’s development objectives which intended to create employment for Batswana.

He noted that setting up the plant in Kanye would not only create employment for the local youth but would also go a long way in enhancing the economic status of the village.

He urged residents to position themselves to offer their expertise and skills once the project was fully fledged.

“As  government, we  do not only want Batswana to be employees but to be shareholders in such projects,” he said.

However, Dr Kwape, who is also the Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation cautioned Giyani Metals Corporation against interference with the water tank situated at the top of Kgwakgwe hill.

He appealed to the company management to ensure that, where possible, there should be no disturbance to water supply in the village.ENDS

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