September 2013 will mark the launch of a new dimension in the local mining industry as local company, Soapbox Communications, alongside South African company, Specialized Exhibitions Montgomery, will be holding the first Mining Expo-Electra Mining, in Gaborone, Botswana.
The Director of Soapbox Communications, Vuyiswa Mojela, explained that this event will “help Botswana link with a broad spectrum of countries and create a broad knowledge platform in minerals development, hence groom a better Botswana”.
This expo will also be held at the Ditshupo Hall and is open to all those with interest in the mining industry. The expo is also scheduled to run concurrently with conferences under the auspices; Exploration Exchange and Mines & Money Botswana.
Mojela said that Exploration Exchange will be focusing on “finding matches between mining opportunities and sources of financing in the region”.
Mines & Money Botswana, on the other hand, will be focusing on providing a platform for miners, financiers and other investors to explore investment opportunities and device development strategies.
Exhibitors and participants should expect to partake in business seminars which will focus on bilateral meetings between them and mining executives. They will also be able to participate in technical visits to their stalls by professionals and specialist, technology tours to sites enabling exhibitors to familiarize themselves with production processes, and other networking opportunities for further discussions in their different mining aspects.
This event will also rope in speakers from local mines and the Ministry of Mineral Energy and Water Resources during the conferences and throughout the event.
Mojela stated that Batswana need to cash in on the relocation of DTC to Botswana and take advantage of the opportunities that may arise due to this monumental move, which could transform the overall industry for the best. She also explained that they intend to make this a biannual event and that for the inaugural expo they are expecting people from Japan, Australia, Canada and South Africa.