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.
Morupule Coal Mine celebrates women
03 September, 2020
Morupule Coal Mine actively promotes the involvement of women in its mining operations – surface and underground. The company has made deliberate efforts to train women as Miners and Operators and has been consistent in ensuring that it empowers women to take advantage of opportunities that arise in the mine. MCM General Manager Mr. David Kgoboko called on everyone to celebrate women making strides in different professions at a meet and greet held recently with some of the women working at the mine. “It is in this spirit that as Morupule Coal Mine we would like to celebrate all women working at MCM by bringing the spotlight on them, as we did with some of them through our Women Crush Wednesday feature on Facebook. We also applaud them for actively promoting gender mix in spaces like mining that were commonly identified with men”, he said.
MCM Laboratory attain ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standards accreditation
06 August, 2020
Morupule Coal Mine Laboratory has been accredited in ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standards by Southern African Development Community Accreditation Service (SADCAS). The Chief Executive Officer of SADCAS, Ms. Maureen Mutasa recently handed over the IS0/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation certification to MCM Production Manager, Mr. Elvidge Radithongwa. This accreditation places MCM in a good position to service its clients as the demand for product verified test results from accredited facilities is ever growing. The certification verifies that MCM laboratory has a top class quality management system and can confidently perform certain test methods and calibration parameters according to their scopes of accreditation.
MCM to build stadium in Palapye
06 August, 2020
Morupule Coal Mine (MCM) through the organisation’s legacy project will construct a multi-purpose stadium in Palapye. The community liaison manager Mr Letsibogo Ndwapi told the Palapye Sub-district Development Committee that the mine’s board of directors had approved P12.3 million for phase 1 of the project. Follow the link below to read more: http://www.dailynews.gov.bw/news-details.php?nid=57537