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Trade expo to support business growth in Botswana

An all-encompassing event and a forum for trading, networking, learning and product sourcing, Electra Mining Botswana will be taking place at the Gaborone Fairgrounds from 10-12 September. A niche trade show, it is designed to support business growth in Botswana by creating an environment where business partnerships can develop and trade exchanges can take place.

Markets are becoming increasingly competitive and companies are looking for efficiency improvements and cost containment whilst also targeting new market segments as a priority to drive improved profitability and better returns. Spending time at Electra Mining Botswana will enable visitors to find products and solutions to address these priorities.

The mining industry remains a key driver of economic activity in Botswana and is forecast to sustain the economy further into the future. Playing an important role in this is the recent announcement by De Beers that Botswana’s Debswana Diamond Company, a joint venture between the Botswana government and De Beers, has commenced the Cut-9 project to extend the life of Jwaneng Mine to 2035. Debswana will invest approximately US$2 billion over the life of the project underpinning the partnership’s commitment to the future of Botswana’s diamond industry.

Capital expenditure on mines helps to boost business in other sectors such as construction, financial services and transport. This diversification is reflected at Electra Mining Botswana through its focus on mining, industrial, power generation and related industries.

“All stakeholders will benefit at Electra Mining Botswana,” says event director Charlene Hefer. “Exhibitors meet new customers and generate sales leads; visitors find products and services to increase output and profitability; and the Botswana economy sees benefit as every 1 Pula spent on exhibiting brings in 7 Pula to the economy.”

Visitors to the show can expect to see leading local and international companies showcasing the latest technologies, machinery, products and services related to mining, industrial and power generation. It is ideally positioned for visitors to learn about latest industry trends, speak to technical experts and to benefit from seeing the live demonstrations of machinery in action.

Taking place alongside Electra Mining Botswana is the recently launched A-OSH Expo Botswana, which will showcase occupational health and safety products and services. Botswana has a growing need for further awareness around occupational health and safety.

“There are powerful economic reasons for decreasing work-related accidents and ill health. Not only will associated costs decrease, but efficient safety and health management promotes the productivity of a business or organisation,” says Hefer. “A-OSH Expo Botswana is an ideal vehicle to promote all aspects of occupational safety and health concerns in the workplace. To this end, we have partnered with TRM Group, a wholly Botswana citizen owned company. TRM focuses on promoting a safer, healthier and environmentally friendly workplace, and increasing health and safety awareness in the country as a whole.”

In addition to engaging with technical experts at the stands and seeing new products and live demonstrations, visitors will also benefit from a full programme of free-to-attend seminars, taking place alongside the events. “The seminars will provide an excellent learning opportunity for exhibitors and visitors,” explains Hefer. “Speakers will be addressing a variety of topics pertinent to all industries represented at the show, adding value by sharing their knowledge and expertise.”

Electra Mining Botswana is supported by the Botswana government and leading industry organisations. “We are excited to have the endorsement of the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security, the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development – which falls under the Department of Occupational Health and Safety, the Botswana Chamber of Mines, the Botswana Institution of Engineers, Business Botswana, and the Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa for the 2019 show,” says Hefer. “We have also partnered with SACEEC – the South African Capital Equipment Export Council. In addition, the BBF Safety Group, Multotec, and the Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, are sponsors of the show. We appreciate this support and look forward to working together.”

For additional information and online visitor registration, visit the website www.electramining.co.bw

For further information, contact:

Leigh Miller | Marketing Manager, Electra Mining Botswana & A-OSH Expo Botswana

Tel: +27 010 003 3060 | Email: leighm@specialised.com

Gorata Manyaapelo | Managing Director, TRM Group

Mobile: (+267) 72908575 | Email: manyaapelo@trmgroup.co.bw

Charlene Hefer | Portfolio Director: Mining and Industrial, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery

Tel: +27 (0) 10 003 3039 | Email: charleneh@specialised.com