Saturday, March 2, 2024

Malema – Botswana mining industry’s Mr Turnaround

Not many bosses get their kicks away from the cushy embrace of their air-conditioned offices.

Minerals Development Trading Company Botswana (MDCB) Managing Director, Matome Tsholetsa Malema, however, is no ordinary industry suit.

The mining and metals executive appears to be into the chills and thrills of trading his business suit for safety overalls and going down into the unforgiving trenches.

Sometime around 2004, the Jwaneng Mine treatment plant hit a rough patch. The troubled plant was spluttering from one breakdown to another. Engineers with tool boxes were cheek by jowl with miners digging for the precious stones. The mine leadership battled headaches and blood pressures as they failed not get the right efficiencies. A parade of international consultants took turns to tinker with the industrial unit, but they all threw up their hands in defeat and left never to return. One consultant had to be carried away from his office in a stretcher and air lifted to a South African hospital emergency ward after his ticker could no longer take the pressure.

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