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OLDM aims to lead by example.

Orapa Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines (OLDM) vision is to lead by excellence and be a global diamond business that other entities can benchmark against.

The mineral resources manager at the mines Mr Cisco Mashibila told Tonota Sub-district councillors during a tour of the mine on June 7 that the intention was to deliver sustainable development.

Mr Mashibila said this also included achieving optimum asset performance, cost efficiency and securing the future of the business.

He explained that the company observed Kimberley process law that ensures that diamonds mined were not in any way associated with blood diamonds, noting that all diamonds revenues should be for development.

Mr Mashabila said the OLDM had a continuous mining plan and a resource development plan that showed the whole mine life.

He noted that they had projects that were focused at sustaining current mining business referred to as horizon one (H1) as well as H2 and beyond projects focused at planning for mining beyond life of the mine.

'Orapa mine is the biggest hole in Africa, 220 metres deep and has been mined for 45 years while its life is expected to go up to 2053,' he said.

He said Orapa mine had mined two cuts for 45 years because of its bigger size and cut one was completed in 2005.

'The mining of cut two, which will go to 2030, has started.

In 2021 we will start mining waste for cut three and diamond production will commence in 2028,' he said.

Their leverage areas, he said were to ensure that the mine had agility and flexibility, citing that they should be able to respond to market demand.

He said they had over 80 kimberlite pipes and the biggest one was 117 hectares at surface.

He noted that Orapa No2 plant produced one million 200 carats per month and 900 tonnes per hour.

Letlhakane Mine, he said, had reached end of life on open pit and evaluation was done to do tailings treatment, which increased the mine life by 21 years while Orapa tailings would increase mine life by 35 years.

Mr Mashibila said it was crucial to have a deep market and diamond mining understanding, adding that it was critical to always be ahead leading the industry.

He noted that since their vision was to be a global benchmark, the goal was that they should be able to dictate benchmark.

He said a mining company should have great commercial attractiveness, citing that it should have good direction and good reputation in terms of its corporate social investment programmes as much as welfare of its employees.

The OLDM, he said, attained ISO 14001 certification in 2015 and retained OHSAS 18001 certification in 2018.

The chairperson of Tonota Sub-district Mr Anderson Moalosi commended OLDM management for the good hospitality, adding that they acquired a lot of knowledge on mining, especially on safety, which he said they could apply in their daily lives.

Mr Moalosi appreciated that most of the higher posts in the mine were occupied by locals.

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Publication:Botswana Daily News (Gaborone, Botswana)
Date:Jun 10, 2018
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