Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mine senior manager Bakani Motlhabani said the mine was being turned into a model to showcase the diamond mining process.
He said the mine is the smallest in Debswana mining hence a need to upgrade it hence the great investment that is being put towards maintenance of its existing fleet and acquisition of new ones.
Damtshaa Mine is well positioned to profile best practice safety, efficiency and sustainability in diamond mining, Motlhabani said.
“These components are all extremely important in the mining industry.
We want to transform Damtshaa Mine into an operation that can internally (within Debswana) be used as a benchmark and possibly inspire other diamond mines around the world with its positive end-to-end results,”He noted.
Motlhabani is optimistic that the transformation will contribute positively towards mining, community and tourism, ensuring a sustainable future for the Boteti sub-district and Botswana at large.
“The latest addition to our fleet is a WA800 – 3EO wheel loader which is expected to set new industry standards for cycle times, operator comfort and long-term return on investment.
This machine is characterized by faster pile-penetration and scooping and is the answer to higher reliability and productivity at the mine,” he said
He highlighted that Debswana remains fully committed to consistently review its processes to ensure continuous business improvement adding that Damtshaa Mine, through its team of 196 employees, is making great strides towards realizing its vision.
“The safety of our employees is our utmost priority as an operation. We continue to embed a culture of high safety standards, good house-keeping and identification (and ultimate resolution) of near-misses within the workplace, which we subsequently use to retain a good safety performance.” added the Senior Manager.