Tati Nickel Mining Company Managing Director, Sebetela Sebetela, has dismissed media reports that he is leaving the Francistown mining company for the BCL mine in Selibe-Phikwe.
Addressing journalists who had toured his mine last Friday, Sebetela was adamant that he is not going anywhere.
“I am not going anywhere. There is nothing that suggests that I am going anywhere,” he emphasized during a pep talk he held with the touring journalists.
It was reported recently that Sebetela, who joined Tati Nickel Mining Company in 2009 from diamond miner Debswana Diamond Company where he was general manager for Orapa and Letlhakane mine, was on his way to replacing Montwedi Mphathi who is joining Botash at the beginning of April.
Tati Nickel Mining Company is owned by Russian miner Norilsk Nickel and Botswana government at 85 and 15 percent, respectively.
The mine has ore reserves of 99 million tones plus mineral reserves of about 98 million tonnes and a forecast annual nickel production of 22 000 tonnes concentrate, which is smelted at the BCL mine in Selibe-Phikwe before shipment for refining in Zimbabwe and Norway.
Norilsk also owns six percent of BCL.