Electra Mining Botswana, taking place at the Gaborone Fairgrounds in Gaborone from 3-5 September, has set out to create a platform to stimulate trade in the mining and industrial sectors and where commercial companies and associations can use the tradeshow to network and develop business leads. It’s a showcase of business driven solutions, latest products and innovations, and will be introducing new technology to the region.
A joint venture between South African company, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, and local
Botswana company, Soapbox Communications, Electra Mining Botswana has been a year in the making with extensive planning and meetings with government officials and facilitators of trade in the mining and industrial sectors.
The decision to run Electra Mining Botswana was inspired by the many decision-makers from all over the African continent, especially from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, who regularly visit Electra Mining Africa, held every two years in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“Many visitors to Electra Mining Africa are from SADC countries and speaking to them at the show and through follow up research, we realised that there was interest and a need to hold similar events, albeit on a smaller scale, in the SADC countries, which would assist in boosting their economies,” Gary Corin, Managing Director, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery said.
The inaugural Botswana event has attracted over 80 exhibitors across the mining, industrial, power generation and machine tools sectors. There will be many recognised brands on display as well as new brands being brought to market.
“Many of our exhibitors will have technical experts on their stands to pass on knowledge around new technology and the latest innovations and products,” says Corin. “It will be a very interactive and visual experience.”
Visitors can expect to see a wide range of products and services related to mining, industrial engineering and manufacturing, electrical engineering, power generation, materials handling, safety, health and environment, machines tools and construction.
The conference, taking place alongside the exhibition, will provide a forum for discussion and is an ideal platform for knowledge transfer as well as opening up opportunities for business and collaboration.
“Our local Botswana partner, Soapbox Communications, has been driving the conference side of the event and has secured keynote speakers from the Ministry of Minerals Energy and Water Resources, Botswana Power Corporation, Water Utilities Corporation, Botswana Chamber of Mines, Diamond Hub, Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs, Debswana, Intercargo amongst others, who will talk about new technology, trends and activities in Botswana’s mining sector,” said Corin.
Vuyiswa Mojela, Director at Soapbox Communications, says that “the show is expected to attract many Botswana visitors and help link Botswana with other countries to further develop and diversify local industry and business”.
She says that it is also expected to attract visitors from South Africa and other surrounding African countries, adding that “the support and endorsement from the Ministry of Minerals Energy and Water Resources has also influenced the positive interest we have received and we are thrilled that they are also speaking at our conference.”
“Not only will the conference will provide a discussion forum for all involved in mineral exploration and for identifying potential investors for the minerals development sector in Botswana, it will also focus on finding matches between mining opportunities and sources of financing in the region. It is one of the most significant mining investment events in Botswana
providing a platform for mining industries, financiers and other investors to conduct exploration,
investment and development strategies,” added Mojela.
The programme will include an address by Acting Principal Minerals Officer, Modisane Botsile, on the Role of Mining in driving Botswana’s economic growth and Nchena Mothebe of the
Botswana Power Corporation on the power supply situation in Botswana.