Providing efficient, top-quality, value-added services which enhance Botswana’s investment attractions is the mission of the new Botswana Geoscience Institute. The institute was established by Botswana’s government to replace the Department of Geological Survey, which has been mapping the country’s geological resources.
Tiyapo Ngwisanyi, Chief Executive Officer of Botswana Geoscience Institute, explains, “The new institute will be leaner and more efficient than the former organisation as well as offering more value-added services. Some services will be outsourced to boost efficiency. Specialised departments of environmental geology, geophysics, regional geological mapping and drilling will be strengthened to help the institute deliver better and more comprehensive support for its clients.” The institute will also focus on geosciences research and will provide work opportunities for top geoscientists.
Protecting Botswana’s environment and identifying new exploitable mineral resources are priorities for the institute. Its services include continuing to survey and offer up-to-date information about Botswana’s geological resources, testing samples brought in by customers, performing geological studies for proposed development projects. Tiyapo Ngwisanyi says, “The institute aims to upgrade and accredit its existing laboratories to provide more added value and more detailed information to its customers, including international investors, to help them reduce any risks in their planned projects.” He concludes, “The new Botswana Geoscience Institute programs are stakeholder driven.”