Sunday, April 18, 2021

Minerals PS ditches Gov’t

BY KABELO SEITSHIRO

The Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Minerals Resources, Green Technology and Energy – Cornelius Dekop is quitting government end of this month.

It has been confirmed that Dekop has landed a job at the African Development Bank (AFDB) Group. His departure means that he is quitting other government assignments such as Chairman of Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB) and board member of Debswana Diamond Company.

In a telephonic interview, Dekop confirmed that he is leaving his job on 31st May 2019.

“I am joining the African Development bank. I am currently serving notice,” said Dekop.

He further stated that he is expected to be based in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast and he expressed optimism in his newly appointed role in the financial sector.

He is also leaving the ministry’s top post when the DTCB Board is expect to conclude a pending matter regarding separation with former MD as well as the replacing of the substantive DTCB MD.

In capacity as Minerals ministry PS ÔÇô Dekop has been providing oversight role at the Botswana Power Corporation (BPC), Minerals Development Company (MDCB), DTCB, Botswana Oil Company (BOL) and Botswana Geosciences Institute (BGI) with its new structure.

His departure comes at time when major developments are still depending in the mining sector particularly the diamond industry such as looking for a new long-term diamond deal with De Beers, diamond giant ahead of the negotiations for the next sales agreement set for 2020.

The discussions are yet to be finalized on the Botswana’s government side. Botswana is the world’s biggest diamond producer after Russia, and most of its gems are mined by Debswana, a 50-50 joint venture between the government and De Beers. Anglo American owns 85 percent of De Beers, with Botswana’s government holding the rest.

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