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MORUPULE COAL MINE AWARDS A MINING CONTRACT TO BOTHAKGA BURROW IN A JOINT VENTURE WITH BASIL READ (BR-BB JV)

21 April, 2021

  MEDIA RELEASE   20 April 2021   MORUPULE COAL MINE AWARDS A MINING CONTRACT TO BOTHAKGA BURROW IN A JOINT VENTURE WITH BASIL READ (BR-BB JV).   Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) has awarded a 5-year mining services contract to a joint venture between Bothakga Burrow, a local citizen owned company, and Basil Read Mining, a South African based company, for the development of an open cast coal mining operation at the MCM, Motheo project. The BR-BB (JV) mining contract was signed off in April 2021.   Motheo is an expansion project established by Morupule Coal Mine to develop an open cast mine, a coal washing plant and associated infrastructure. The ultimate aim of the project is to facilitate MCM’s contribution to Botswana’s economic growth and transformation of coal into unlimited sources of energy. The project is envisaged to increase coal production capacity from the current 2.8 million tons to 3.8 million tons per annum.   The BR-BB joint venture (JV) will be responsible for the development of an open cast coal mine aligned with MCM resource development plan. The team will commence with site establishment and mobilisation in April 2021. Construction of the opencast operation will be aligned to the construction and commissioning of the coal wash plant, commonly referred to as the CHPP (Coal Handling and Preparation Plant). The CHPP is currently at structural construction stage with envisaged commissioning handover and first coaling by December 2021.   The BR-BB JV contract award represents MCM’s commitment to the promotion of Citizen Economic Empowerment and making available more impactful opportunities to local procurement and local employment in Botswana. MCM is at the heart of a prosperous future for the nation. We have made it our mission to mine the coal that powers the nation for the benefit of all our stakeholders.   Morupule Coal Mine has a mining lease area covering approximately 42 531.625ha and a total inventory coal of 4 285Mt both from indicated, inferred and measured resource categories: MCM 1, MCM 2, MCM 3 North and MCM 3 South. MCM is currently operating an underground mine at its MCM1 resource. Motheo project will mine the MCM 3 resource block. The MCM 3 resource block alone has potential to supply power station grade coal for over 30 years.  

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EXPRESSION OF INTEREST - Local Procurement

18 March, 2021

Morupule Coal Mine is located 14 km northwest of the urbanized village of Palapye (the fastest growing center outside the capital city of Gaborone), along the Serowe-Palapye national highway (A14). The company’s vision, is ‘To be a leading coal energy business” In an endeavor to support Citizen Owned suppliers and manufacturers, experienced Citizen Owned companies are hereby invited to submit Expression of Interest (EOI) for the following; SUPPLY OF LIMESTONE DUST REF: MOR/EOI/01/21A SUPPLY OF VENTILATION CURTAINS REF: MOR/EOI/01/21B SUPPLY OF MAGNETITE REF: MOR/EOI/01/21C COAL BRIQUETTING AND BAGGING REF: MOR/EOI/01/21D FABRICATION AND SUPPLY OF CONVEYOR STRUCTURES REF: MOR/EOI/01/21E Follow the link https://www.mcm.co.bw/index.php/mcm-tenders/ for more.

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Morupule Coal Mine hosts a panel discussion at Virtual Global Expo Botswana 2020

15 November, 2020

Morupule Coal Mine took part at the Virtual Global Expo Botswana 2020 and hosted a Panel Discussion under the topic: ‘Downstream Coal Beneficiation Opportunities in Botswana: Alternative Uses of Coal’. The panel discussion was held on the 17th of November 2020, 1400hrs, at Tlotlo Hotel & Conference Centre in Gaborone.      

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MCM Walks for Mental Health - Mascom Batanani Walk

05 November, 2020

On a personal level walking is known to keep one healthy and to reduce chances of illness. It can also help us cope with depression, stress and anxiety. Walking also helps improve your mood and boosts self-esteem. On the bigger picture Morupule Coal Mine recently participated in the Mascom Batanani Walk second edition with an exciting twist of being the first virtual walk under the sponsor’s banner. This year’s walk was themed “Mental health”, as it aimed at bringing attention to mental issues and mental wellbeing. Virtual walk meant that MCM community like other communities across the country participated in their respective neighborhoods. MCM staff members walked within the mine parameters on limited numbers and adhering to COVID-19 regulations and protocols. 

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Honourable Lefoko Moagi visits Morupule Coal Mine

02 November, 2020

The Minister of Mineral Resources, Green Technology & Energy Security who is also Member of Parliament for Ramotswa constituency, Honourable Lefoko Moagi recently visited Morupule Coal Mine on a familiarization tour of the Mine’s operation.  The Minister was accompanied by Officials from the Ministry and the Palapye Leadership including the Member of Parliament for Palapye Honourable Onneetse Ramogapi. Honourable Moagi and his entourage were hosted by MCM General Manager Mr. David Kgoboko. In their tour they appreciated the underground mining operation and plant as well as the Motheo project on which MCM will build a new wash coal plant and commence open cast mining.   Management of Morupule Coal Mine would like to thank all the Palapye leadership for their support in making the Minister’s visit to the mine a success.

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Morupule Coal Mine celebrates women

03 September, 2020

Morupule Coal Mine actively promotes the involvement of women in its mining operations – surface and underground. The company has made deliberate efforts to train women as Miners and Operators and has been consistent in ensuring that it empowers women to take advantage of opportunities that arise in the mine. MCM General Manager Mr. David Kgoboko called on everyone to celebrate women making strides in different professions at a meet and greet held recently with some of the women working at the mine.   “It is in this spirit that as Morupule Coal Mine we would like to celebrate all women working at MCM by bringing the spotlight on them, as we did with some of them through our Women Crush Wednesday feature on Facebook. We also applaud them for actively promoting gender mix in spaces like mining that were commonly identified with men”, he said.

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MCM Laboratory attain ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standards accreditation

06 August, 2020

Morupule Coal Mine Laboratory has been accredited in ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standards by Southern African Development Community Accreditation Service (SADCAS). The Chief Executive Officer of SADCAS, Ms. Maureen Mutasa recently handed over the IS0/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation certification to MCM Production Manager, Mr. Elvidge Radithongwa. This accreditation places MCM in a good position to service its clients as the demand for product verified test results from accredited facilities is ever growing. The certification verifies that MCM laboratory has a top class quality management system and can confidently perform certain test methods and calibration parameters according to their scopes of accreditation.

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MCM to build stadium in Palapye

06 August, 2020

Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) through the organisation’s legacy project will construct a multi-purpose stadium in Palapye.  The community liaison manager Mr Letsibogo Ndwapi told the Palapye Sub-district Development Committee that the mine’s board of directors had approved P12.3 million for phase 1 of the project.  Follow the link below to read more: http://www.dailynews.gov.bw/news-details.php?nid=57537

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Morupule Coal Mine presents its donation to COVID-19 relief fund

28 May, 2020

Morupule Coal Mine has  spent a total of  P1, 524 000 on the fight against Covid-19 pandemic. On 28 May 2020, the General Manager of Morupule Coal Mine Mr David Kgoboko presented a cheque to the Vice President of the Republic of Botswana His Honour Slumber Tsogwane during a handover event held at the Office of the  President. The donation include a cash payment of P773 000 deposited into the Covid-19 relief fund,  Goods in kind totaling P227 000 which include food hampers and sanitizers that were handed to the Palapye and Serowe Administrative Authorities. The mine has also spent P524 000 on hygiene products including masks for all employees and their families as well as contractors working at the Mine. This spend also encompassed personal protective clothing for frontline employees and thermometers for screening visitors, customers and employees at the Mine. MCM will continue to assist in the fight against this pandemic and we encourage all Batswana to practice good hygiene as advised by the health experts.   Remember to maintain social distancing and always wear masks. Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connection or reload the browserDisable in this text fieldEditEdit in GingerEdit in Ginger×   Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connection or reload the browserDisable in this text fieldEditEdit in GingerEdit in Ginger×

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The General Manager's Message- COVID-19 Pandemic

19 March, 2020

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