Electra Mining Botswana, from 3 to 5 September, at the Gaborone Fairgrounds in Gaborone, Botawana will drive new business and introduce new innovations.A joint venture between South African company Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery and local Botswana company Soapbox Communications, the tradeshow is a showcase of business driven solutions, latest products and innovations, and will be introducing new technology to the region. The companies have set out to create a platform to stimulate trade in the mining and industrial sectors and where commercial companies and associations can use the tradeshow to network and develop business leads. Electra Mining Botswana has been a year in the making and inspired by the many decision-makers from all over the African continent, especially from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, who regularly visit Electra Mining Africa, held every two years in Johannesburg, South Africa. “Many visitors to Electra Mining Africa are from SADC countries and speaking to them at the show and through follow up research, we realised that there was interest and a need to hold similar events, albeit on a smaller scale, in the SADC countries, which would assist in boosting their economies,” says Gary Corin, MD, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery. The inaugural Botswana event has attracted over 80 exhibitors across the mining, industrial, power generation and machine tools sectors. There will be many recognised brands on display as well as new brands being brought to market.
“Many of our exhibitors will have technical experts on their stands to pass on knowledge around new technology and the latest innovations and products,” says Corin. “It will be a very interactive and visual experience.”Visitors can expect to see a wide range of products and services related to mining, industrial engineering and manufacturing, electrical engineering, power generation, materials handling, safety, health and environment, machines tools and construction. The conference, taking place alongside the exhibition, will provide a forum for discussion and is an ideal platform for knowledge transfer as well as opening up opportunities for business and collaboration. “Our local Botswana partner, Soapbox Communications, has been driving the conference side of the event and has secured keynote speakers from the Ministry of Minerals Energy and Water Resources, Botswana Power Corporation, Water Utilities Corporation, Botswana Chamber of Mines, Diamond Hub, Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs, Debswana, Intercargo amongst others, who will talk about new technology, trends and activities in Botswana’s mining sector,” says Corin. The programme will include an address by Acting Principal Minerals Officer Modisane Botsile on the Role of Mining in driving Botswana’s economic growth and Nchena Mothebe of the Botswana Power Corporation on the power supply situation in Botswana.