PETITION TO THE MINISTRY
OF MINERALS, ENERGY AND WATER RESOURCES
WE, the undersigned People of Botswana, who dedicate our lives to fostering faith and values and work daily to promote love, justice, and fairness for all. Standing on these beliefs, we want to draw the attention of following:
THAT, Botswana's Government move to swiftly liquidate the money gobbling BCL mine to avoid litigation by its creditors can have crusial consequences to local economy and worker's community.
THE closure of BCL will have a devastating effect on the livelihoods of thousands of people, and a negative impact on the regional economies which rely on the BCL smelter to beneficiate nickel, copper and PGM concentrates. It is disappointing to note that the Government of Botswana recently invested in refurbishing the BCL smelter, at an estimated cost of 700 Million Pula, giving hope to the People of Botswana that BCL had a good future with Nkomati able to supply the bulk of concentrates for beneficiation.
MOREOVER, the Selebi Phikwe smelter may become unviable, with the potential loss of more than 5,000 jobs and a negative impact on families and businesses in Selebi Phikwe.
THESE actions by BCL could jeopardise traditional excellent reputation of Botswana internationally as a country with a sound investment climate. Besides, if BCL were to be closed, this means that Tati Nickel, and the Selkirk Project will most likely not proceed, severely impacting people and businesses in Francistown as well.
WE REQUEST, the Governent and all involved officials to rethink the situation and save thousands of workplaces.
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