The tourism center of Kasane would next week be boosted by the hosting of an international seminar on paste and thickened tailings ÔÇô dubbed Paste08. The seminar is organized by the country’s diamond mining giant, Debswana, on behalf of the Australian Centre of Geomechanics (ACG).
A statement from Debswana said Friday that ACG mandated them together with South Africa’s Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Paterson & Cooke ÔÇô a consulting company that specializes in design of paste and high pressure pumping systems. They were mandated to organize and manage the seminar and around 250 delegates are expected to attend. The delegates will be from Australia, Canada, Chile, Finland, Germany, Holland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, the United States of America, China and Botswana.
The seminar will be the 11th to be held since 1999 and countries that have previously hosted it are Australia, Chile, Canada, Ireland and South Africa.
“The objective of Paste08 is to promote technology that will reduce the water used by mining operations as well as to promote superior management of mine residues to reduce environmental impact,” said the statement.
This seminar is internationally recognized as the premier forum for the promotion of effective water and environmental management and research on related technologies.
“The hosting of this seminar in Botswana will emphasize the importance of responsible water usage in arid regions. Botswana has invested vast resources in numerous water related projects over the years and water scarcity is a reality being dealt with on many fronts in the country,” added the statement.
Debswana says it is not only Botswana that will benefit from the focus on cutting edge technological debate and innovation on its soil “but Debswana believes the business community and, in particular, the mining industry will benefit by showcasing what the country has to offer.
Government departments and mining companies will also attend the seminar. The conference is billed to be officially opened by the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources, Ponatshego Kedikilwe, in May while the closing ceremony will be performed by the Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Kitso Mokaila, on 8 May. A site visit to Orapa on May 9 has been arranged for conference delegates.