Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Union castigates govt. over Masama mine closure

The Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU) has expressed concern at the government’s silence on the Masama Coal Mine shutdown. 

BMWU President Joseph Tsimako said in a statement that this is despite the fact that the Ministry of Minerals and Energy had bankrolled the project with P125 million through the state-run Minerals Development Company (MDCB) and the Botswana Public Officers Pension Fund (BPOPF). 

He revealed that on the 3rd March 2023, the “BMWU wrote to the Minister of Minerals and Energy notifying him the developments at Masama Coal Mine, which developments we believe he was aware of as the sole shareholder of MDCB and major investor in the project. 

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