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Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR)
BIG BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN SAND MANUFACTURING!
01/06/15
BIG BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN SAND MANUFACTURING!
BIG BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN SAND MANUFACTURING!
The demand for river sand in Botswana has increased dramatically over the past decade, this is generated by the high rate of developments in the greater Gaborone area. This therefore offers a big business opportunity in the production of manufactured sand in Botswana. The Chief Economic Geologist at the Department of Geological Survey Dr. Gomotsang Tshoso explained that the development projects need high quantities of river sand, most of which has been mined out from the rivers. Construction aggregates such as sand and crushed rock are the most important commodities for construction purposes. It is therefore necessary to make sure that sufficient amount of good quality material is available close to the market at an affordable price, hence the need to produce more and more sand to meet the demand. The demand for crushed stones is more pronounced in the western part of the country where there are no commercial quarries to date. This therefore presents a good business opportunity. Dr, Tshoso said.
Moreover, Dr. Tshoso said to further increase the feasibilities of getting into this business, the Department of Geological survey is currently doing an investigation in the Greater Gaborone area to find rocks which are suitable for sand manufacturing. A Partnership for the assessment of construction aggregates has been established with the Swedish Geological Survey. In conclusion she stated that so far 5 recommended quarry sites have been identified and the resources are estimated as follows; Molepolole 1 is 954 Mt, Molepolole 2 is 12 138Mt, Kgomokasitwa is 2 436.6 Mt, Ntlhantlhe is 2 829.6Mt and Mmankgodi is 5,5 Mt.
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