Morupule Coal Mine
Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) is located on the outskirts of Palapye, Botswana, along the Serowe-Palapye road. MCM started production in 1973 as an Anglo American Corporation subsidiary with the main objective of supplying coal to the then Bamangwato Concessions Limited mine (later renamed BCL) and BPC power plant situated in Selebi Phikwe.
The history of coal discovery in Botswana dates back to the early 1930’s when a major coal seam was discovered through sinking of boreholes. In the course of digging boreholes, coal seams were found in the common coal bearing rocks in Africa through the Ecca series of the Karoo system. The Morupule area is underlain by Karoo sedimentary rocks which form the Eastern margin of the major Karoo basin developed to the West of Morupule. These sedimentary rocks consist of shales, coals, and sandstones of the middle and lower Ecca .
Morupule coalfields of which Morupule Coal Mine is sitting on, contains good quality low Sulphur bituminous coal which produce in either washed or thermal coal. Among other uses of our coal, is by the thermal power stations to generate electricity and in Ferro-alloy industries as a reducing agent as well as in any applications requiring heat boilers such as steam.
Our major customers are the adjacent Morupule Power Station, Botswana Ash, Kgalagadi Breweries Limited, Makoro Bricks and Tiles, Botswana Meat Commission and hospitals. We also export our coal within Southern Africa, to PPC slurry cement plant, the poultry, brick manufacturing and tobacco sectors.
The General Manager's Message- COVID-19 Pandemic
19 March, 2020
General Manager's Annual Charity Cycle Challenge
27 August, 2019
Morupule Coal Mine’s cycling club, Morupule Cycling Club, will be staging the 2019 General Manager’s Annual Charity Cycle Challenge on the 01st September 2019 in Palapye. The Cycle Challenge include short (30km) fun ride, middle (60km) and long (110km) distances starting at Lotsane Junction Mall at 07:00hrs. The cyclists will head northwards on the A1 road through Palapye village up to Palapye Old Mall and curve back to A1 down the Martins Drift road past Lencheng to Malaka village before turning back to the starting. The Club was formed in 2009 with a view to improving the level of fitness and wellbeing of employees of the Mine and surrounding communities as well as to raise funds to assist less fortunate members of the community through various charitable initiatives. Funds raised during the past races were mainly applied towards different projects including construction of houses for indigent families in and around Palapye, construction of classrooms for disabled pupils at Ratsie Setlhako Primary School, purchase of pupils Jungle Nastix and play equipment at Sehunou Primary School among others. The Club recently donated a 2 and half house to a person living with disability in Tamasane village.
Students tour MCM
13 February, 2018
In today’s world, we see the approach to education steadily shifting from theory to incorporating practical teaching aspects. At MCM, we realized this shift and we aligned our empowerment initiatives to accommodate practical learning through guided mine tours. To this far, at least ten 14 schools with over 200 pupils each, have been hosted on an educational tour of the mine. Great interest being on mining methods and processes. Being able to witness the actual mining process plays a vital role in aiding teachers and students understanding of the mining process. Molopo River Secondary School teacher, Mr Kebonang Motshabi applauded MCM for their effort on ensuring that students are well educated on mining processes. Students also were delighted that they see first-hand what they have only been taught theoretically. Mr. Motshabi further said ‘with or without teaching aids, it is a mammoth task to stoke interest of students in processes of any nature if they have not seen any of it in real life’. Anyone wishing to undertake a tour in MCM should contact the communication section for logistics. Tours are conducted on Wednesdays and Fridays. The application takes 7 days for communication section to respond. Upon arrival all visitors must report to Security office and the SHE induction will be done. MCM takes pride in its commitment to sustainable development through education. While educational tours are beneficial to the school, MCM likewise enjoys the brand promotion and stakeholder engagement. The peak for school tours is usually the months of July and August. Employees, contractors, stakeholders and our families are welcome to request for a mine tour.