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Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources

The Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Affairs has the portfolio responsibility to coordinate development and operational activities in the energy, water and minerals sector. Specific programmes and projects to fulfill these responsibilities are carried out by Ministries' departments (Geological Survey, Mines and Water Affairs) and parastatals (Botswana Power Corporation and Water Utilities Corporation).

The Ministry Headquarters provides leadership and policy directions to the departments and parastatals. The Permanent Secretary assisted by the Deputy Permanent Secretaries provides administrative leadership under the political direction of the Minister. For this purpose the Permanent Secretary utilises specialised divisions within the Ministry Headquarters, namely the Planning Unit, Minerals Affairs Division, Energy Affairs Division and the International Water Relations Unit.

This Ministry formulates, directs and coordinates the overall national policies on minerals, energy and water resources. It formulates short and long term strategies for implementing the approved national policies and programmes on minerals, energy and water resources. It provides clean water as a direct means of improving people's lives and an essential input for agricultural, commercial and industrial development. It provides effective national leadership and liaises with other related sectors within government and other parastatal, private and international agencies working in the filed of minerals, energy and water resources. For prospecting licenses and mining leases contact the Geological Survey and Mines Department respectively.


VISION:

The Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) will be a global leader in the provision of services in the mineral, energy and water sector for national prosperity.

MISSION:

The Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MMEWR) strives to provide reliable, adequate and good quality water; reliable and accessible energy services and efficient administrative services for mineral exploitation in partnership with stakeholders.

MMEWR ‘s overall mandate:

  • To provide infrastructure and services for sustainable delivery of water
  • To facilitate the development of the mineral sector
  • To provide access to reliable energy services through efficient administrative services and quality partnerships for improvement of quality of life and national prosperity.

VALUES:

People motivation
we will develop, support, motivate staff and reward their performance in a transparent and caring manner.

Results orientation
we will produce results for customers, employees, all communities and for the sector. We will be customer focused, and will at all times begin with the results in the mind. We will employ botho, develop and support the people involved in service delivery recognize achievement at all levels.

Creativity
we will recognize and value innovative thinking and practices and  continuously seek better processes in operations and    service delivery.

Partnership with stakeholders
we will employ botho and a win-win mindset at all levels and value stakeholder contribution. We will pursue synergy through teamwork and seek to      complement our abilities for greater productivity.

Public and Occupational health and safety and stewardship of the environment
Safety and health of staff and other stakeholders is of paramount importance in the delivery of services. We will therefore be responsive to their safety and health needs. The minister will protect and preserve the environment in pursuit of sustainable development by using innovative and appropriate technologies.

How we are organized:

The Ministry Headquarters, Department of Mines, Department of Energy Affairs, Department of Water Affairs are all located in Gaborone while the Department of Geological Survey is located in Lobatse. The two parastatal companies under MMEWR, being Botswana Power Corporation (BPC) and Water Utilities Corporation (WUC) have offices in Gaborone and most villages around the country.

What we do:

Ministry Headquarters

The Ministry Headquarters provide leadership and policy direction to the departments and parastatals. It formulates short and long term strategies for implementing the approved national policies and programmes on minerals, energy and water resources. This Ministry formulates, directs and coordinates the overall national politics on minerals, energy and water resources. It provides clean water as a direct means of improving people's lives and an essential input for agricultural, commercial and industrial development. It provides effective national leadership and liaises with other related sectors within government and other parastatal, private and international agencies working in the filed of minerals, energy and water resources. For prospecting licenses and mining leases contact the Geological Survey and Mines Department respectively.

Department of Mines

The Department of Mines in partnership with stakeholders will provide reliable, effective and efficient administrative services, policies, programs and legislation for mineral exploitation, prevent mining occupational diseases, injuries, and minimize degradation of the environment to enhance socio-economic and other benefits to Botswana arising from the exploitation of mineral resources.

For more information click www.mines.gov.bw

Department of Water Affairs

The Department of Water Affairs assesses plans, develops and maintains water resources for domestic, agricultural, commercial, industrial and other uses in the whole country. It assists and advices in the formulation of water resources development and management policies. It administers the water law and other related legislations, and liaises with the riparian users of national and international rivers on the saving, conservation and protection of water resources.

For more information click www.water.gov.bw

Department of Geological Survey

The Department of Geological Survey (DGS) collects, assess, archive, advices on and disseminate all geo-scientific data related to the rocks, minerals and water resources of Botswana. It provides a service to mineral exploration companies actively involved or interested in prospecting in Botswana. Evaluation of industrial mineral prospects that could support local industry is also done to reduce Botswana's reliance on imported raw materials. The DGS also undertakes research on the major groundwater systems of Botswana to ensure proper utilization and protection of such systems.

For more information click www.geoscience.gov.bw/geos/

Energy Affairs

The Energy Affairs Division formulates, directs and coordinates national energy policy and programmes, and facilitates the availability of efficient, reliable, affordable and good quality energy services. The organisation is committed to improving accessibility and quality of energy services, reducing costs and protecting the environment in order to promote social and economic development in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Mineral Affairs

The Mineral Affairs Division provides policy coordination and administrative services to MMEWR. Mineral Affairs acts to quality control administrative aspects of license and lease permitting and leads the business side of any interest that the Government might wish to take in a mining operation. The Mineral Affairs Division administrates the Mineral Sector to promote local and foreign investment.