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ABOUT BCM

Foreword and Introduction

Foreword

The Botswana Chamber of Mines is an organisation established to serve the interests of the mining and exploration companies together with associated industries. The mining industry remains the main driver of economic activity in the country and is forecasted to sustain the economy further into the future. More exploration for minerals is taking place in the country and whilst this is a welcome development, it is essential that the progress is achieved smoothly with due regard for legislation. foreword_img The Chamber of Mines aims to ensure that legislation in the country is conducive for mining companies and at the same time developing good working relationships with the legislator. The development of this strategy will assist in guiding its members to build on what has been achieved previously and focus on delivering the right results for all stakeholders. The direction that this industry pursues therefore is not only significant for the mining organisations, but crucial for the country’s purported buoyancy in the world economic fora. The organisation realises the critical success of this strategy to be dependent upon its people.

Introduction

Mining activities have been taking place in Botswana since the nineteenth century with the advent of the gold rush in the northern part of the country. Notable mining activities included the gold mines in Francistown, copper mines at Matsitama, manganese mines at Kgwakgwe hills in Kanye and asbestos mines at Moshaneng. Little is known about this industry in terms of how it operated as well as relationships between the exploration / mining companies and the workforce, during the early part of the mining activities. In 1990, with the industry growing, the mining houses felt the need to discuss issues under a single forum which has since evolved to the current Botswana Chamber of Mines. It is a mining employers organization serving its members to promote their interests in the Botswana mining industry with consultations between the members on matters of common concern. There has been significant progress over the years in terms of achievements by this organization. The Chamber functions from an established secretariat with only a CEO based in Gaborone. The other five executive committee members are drawn from among the industry leaders through an election process at an annual general meeting. It has structures that are aimed at enabling it to function through delivery of outputs that have integrity and are meritorious. The mining companies includes those exploring for and exploiting the varied minerals in Botswana. Other stakeholders includes the government, mining suppliers, contractors and tertiary training institutions. The Chamber has a total of thirty members of different level of participation.

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  • Vision – To be a respected, effective and unified voice for the mining industry that educates and shares knowledge with  its stakeholders.
  • Mission – We represent the interests and needs of the mining industry in Botswana.

We commit to the following values which govern the way we operate and relate with our internal as well as external stakeholders.

  • Unity – We will actively promote our shared purpose and commitments, speaking with one voice, and acting as one team to honour and deliver the Chamber’s business.
  • Good governance – Our operations and ways of working will be characterised by compliance to good practices and ethical standards. We will be transparent and honest in our dealings.
  • Meritocracy – We promote and recognise excellence in our dealings within as well as outside the Chamber.
  • Good corporate citizenship – Our business operations will benefit our communities through well managed corporate social responsibility programmes.
  • Safety – We commit to conduct our business without harm to our people and the environment.
  • Safety Committee
  • Environmental Committee
  • Health Committee
  • Training Committee
  • Chamber of Mines Business Development Forum
  • Human Resources Forum

The development of the strategy for the Botswana Chamber of Mines was necessitated by the desire to strategically position the Chamber to deliver on its mandate. This is particularly critical in the current dynamic environment, characterised by rapid changes, socio-economic challenges as well as increasing rate of globalisation. Thus the strategy not only provides a framework for managing the BCM and focusing on what matters most for the organisation, it is a vehicle for effectively managing BCM’s affairs and responding to the needs of its stakeholders.