Event Details

Botswana's imports of mining and mineral processing goods from SA recovered to 100 million USD in 2021 from a 2020 low of 80 million USD. Explore how you can grow your involvement in this neighbouring market, as regional and local supply chains gain relevance in the context of global instability, carbon concerns, and renewed focus on Intra-African trade as key to sustainable economies.

Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA) and The South African Minerals Processing Equipment Cluster (SAMPEC), are pleased to invite you to participate in an industry-led, practical and informative webinar on 'Doing Business in Botswana'.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from industry stakeholders, companies already actively involved in the country, as well as the mining companies they supply. Our panellists will unpack the current state of mining in the country amid new policies, regulations and agreements.


10:00 AM - 10:10 AM
Introduction of the Themes
MEMSA CEO Lehlohonolo Molloyi
10:10 AM - 10:45 AM
Panel Discussion: Policy - Cooperation and Collaboration
Policy dictates 'how' we do business and creates opportunities, be it in investment, innovation for enhanced safety and profitability, or support for environmental sustainability.
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 11:05 AM
Comfort Break
11:05 AM - 11:40 AM
Panel Discussion: On the Ground
There is no substitute for knowledge gained from being 'on the ground', however we can draw on the experience of fellow members in open and frank discussion, and in the practical sharing of ...
There is no substitute for knowledge gained from being 'on the ground', however we can draw on the experience of fellow members in open and frank discussion, and in the practical sharing of information.
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11:40 AM - 11:55 AM
11:55 AM - 12:00 PM
Closing Remarks

Panellists and Speakers

Mr. Charles Siwawa

Chief Executive Officer

Botswana Chamber of Mines

Mr. Charles Siwawa is current Chief Executive Officer of the Botswana Chamber of Mines based in Gaborone, a position he has occupied since 2010.

He holds a Masters Degree in Industrial and Administrative Sciences from City University London, UK. Mr. Siwawa has extensive background in the mining industry in Botswana. Prior to joining the Botswana Chamber of Mines, Mr. Siwawa was employed by Debswana Diamond Company in various capacities, including four years (2006-2009) as the Group Mining Manager at their Technical Services Center office in Gaborone. He then worked for Debswana's Orapa and Letlhakane Mines for over twenty four years in various capacities culminating in him being the Technical Services Manager in 2002.

Prior to that between 1997 and 1999 he was seconded to De Beers Corporate Headquarters in Johannesburg. He returned to Debswana in 1999.

Dr. Marit Kitaw, Ph.D

Interim Director

African Minerals Development Center (AMDC)

Dr. Marit Kitaw, PhD is the Interim Director of the African Minerals Development Center (AMDC), a Specialized Agency of the African Union, dedicated to implementing the Africa Mining Vision (AMV). 

Marit has extensive experience in mineral resources governance as founding staff member of the AMDC, as Economist leading the Minerals portfolio in UNECA, and as Chief Technical Advisor on Extractives Industries for Sustainable Development at UNDP Mozambique. She has also previously worked at AfDB, COMESA, and US' Institute of World Affairs. As AMDC's founding staff member, she contributed to major implementing tools pertaining to Africa's minerals for inclusive growth and sustainable development. She received a Ph.D in Economics from University of Nice/ Sophia-Antipolis in France, and an MBA in Leadership and Sustainabillity from the University of Cumbria, UK.

Mr. Alan M Clegg

Independent Chairman & Director Resources Companies

Mr. Clegg is a mining, natural resources & energy industry professional and Independent Chairman & Director of Resources Companies with over 40 years' experience gained from working mining & minerals projects, process & metallurgical industries and related supply industries in more than 160 countries on all the continents. He is a registered Professional Mining Engineer (Pr.Eng), a registered Professional Construction Project Manager (Pr.CPM), a registered Project Management Professional (PMP), and carries professional Fellowship status with South African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (FSAIMM) and the Institute of Quarrying (FIOQ) as well a professional memberships of all the major Mining Institutes globally and is a recognized mining technical assessment, reporting and mining project valuation expert with key experience in stock exchange listings and the requirements for successful capital raising. He has advised a number of governments on Mining Policy, Legislation & Regulation since 1990, as well as being the architect & executor of practical plans for unlocking the potential value of their resources base.

Ms. Esther V. Kanaimba-Senai


Women in Mining Botswana Organisation


Ms. Esther V. Kanaimba-Senai, is the current Chairperson of Women in Mining Botswana Organisation after serving 10 years as Group Manager Public & Corporate Affairs at Debswana  Diamond Company. 

Having worked for one of the world's leading diamond mining companies for 10 years, she has a deep understanding of the diamond mining industry in Botswana and the diamond industry in general. 

Her career at Debswana Diamond Company included Project Lead - Debswana SED Foundation Development Project, Adviser - Public Relations to Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BUIST), Team Leader - Debswana CSI Projects Impact Assessment Project, editorial services for the Morupule Coal Mine Newsletter and Head of Corporate Affairs, as a member of the Debswana Diamond Company Senior Leadership Team.

Her current role is Special Projects Adviser for Vivid Insight, a 100% citizen-owned Communications and Marketing Company.

Ester holds a diploma in journalism from the Tanzania School of Journalism, a Master of Journalism, Carleton University, Canada, and a Master of Public Administration for the University of Botswana.

Mr. Lerang Selolwane

Co-Chief Executive Officer 

The Lucient Group 

The Lucient Group are proud Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA) members.

Co-founder of The Lucient Group, a Pan African engineering services group that provides management and maintenance of heavy-duty transportation, mining, and earth moving machinery, as well as construction machinery and equipment. Selolwane started the company after working as a high-level assistant to a CEO with the De Beers Group in London, a position for which he was selected from 16,000 employees. In 2012, he coordinated De Beers' strategic review of its role in the diamond industry for the next decade. Selolwane previously worked as a trainee engineer with Debswana Diamond Company in Jwaneng in 2004, overseeing a department with 90 specialist maintenance personnel.

Selolwane earned a bachelor of science in engineering, electro-mechanical, from the University of Cape Town and an executive MBA from London Business School.

Selolwane participated in the Seed Transformation Program in West Africa in 2018.

Mr. Innocent Masinga

Founder & Group CEO

Paramount Tracks & Equipment

Current Chairman, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA). Paramount Tracks are proud (MEMSA) members.

Musawenkosi Innocent Masinga is an entrepreneur with vast experience in the mining industry. He gained extensive experience as part of Barloworld Equipment and the Caterpillar Mining Division.

Innocent has strategic business development, commercial business performance, strategy and planning management, excellent leadership qualities, extensive experience and knowledge in the technical, engineering and product support.

He started Paramount Tracks in 2013 and successfully infiltrated the market and provides professional engineering services to high end corporate clients.

Mr. Peter Mbada 

Managing Director: Africa

Multotec International 

Multotec are proud member of The South African Mineral Processing Equipment Cluster (SAMPEC).

SAMPEC is an industry cluster representing the interests of South African mineral processing equipment manufacturers and related services.

Peter Mbada holds a BSc Honours in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's Degree in Business Leadership (MBL) from The School of Business Leadership, UNISA. 

He brings 25 years of hands-on technical, leadership and entrepreneurial experience from various organisations locally, regionally and internationally to his position as the Managing Director of Multotec International – Africa. 

Peter led the start-up of Firestone Diamond's BK11 Mine from an exploration site into a production mine, and has held senior management positions with other major mining and OEM corporations Debswana, Anglo American and Cummins. 

He has received several academic and merit awards including the Benjamin Kass Prize; and Top 5 Young Engineers in Anglo American Corporation.

"Tough times don't last but tough people do! Perseverance breaks resistance!"

Mr. Lehlohonolo Amos Molloyi

Chief Executive Officer

Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA)

MEMSA, a NPC is an industry cluster representing 58 South African OEM's and service providers in the mining industry.

Mr. Molloyi serves on the following committees:


·      Member of the SAMERDI Steering Committee,

·      MerSETA Metal Chamber,

·      Steel Master Plan Working Committee,

·      Test Mine Steering Committee and

·   NFTN-RDI Steering Committee.


Lehlohonolo holds a National Higher Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy from the University of Johannesburg, and a Marketing Management certificate from University of South Africa.

His 25 years' experience as a process metallurgist, operations specialist and experience as an executive manager at mines such as; Anglo Coal, Anglo Gold, Gold Fields, Kumba Resources, TransHex, and Etruscan Diamonds, together with his vast practical experience in mine and process operations, executive and strategic management implementation and passion for the future of South Africa, make him an energetic and formidable champion for local mining equipment manufacturers. 

Calvin Tshililo Phume

Director Africa Bilateral Economic Relations

Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

Calvin Tshililo Phume is the Director for Africa Bilateral Economic Relations at Trade Branch within the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic). Mr Phume is responsible for ensuring the establishment and maintenance of South Africa's economic relations with countries on the Continent, based on the sound understanding of South Africa's foreign policy objectives for the Continent.


Additionally, Mr Phume creates an enabling environment for capital flows to and from the region through negotiating trade, investment, and economic co-operation agreements with countries on the Continent.


Mr Phume also served as Foreign Economic Representative (Economic Counsellor) in Nigeria for 5 years from 2013-2018 responsible for trade and investment promotion, focusing on actively promoting the export of South African goods and services in Nigeria and recruiting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and establishing and maintaining inter-governmental relations.


Currently, Mr Phume is leading a team from the dtic on the implementation and operationalization of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to sensitise private sector, SMME's, export-ready, women and youth owned enterprises on the benefits and opportunities derived from trading under the AfCFTA across the country through the AfCFTA Provincial Awareness Workshops.