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BCL Limited began its operations in August 1956 with a meeting arranged by John Buchunan, Chairman of Minerals Separation Limited between Tshekedi Khama, Regent of the Bangwato Tribe in the Bechuanaland Protectorate and Sir Ronald Prain, Chairman of Roan Selection Trust(RST).

An agreement between the parties signed on the 2nd June 1959 and subsequently ratified by the British House of Lords formalised the mining operations.

This agreement with RST Exploration Limited, a subsidiary of Roan Selection Trust formed Bamangwato Concessions Limited to operate the Mining of Copper and Nickel discovered in the Selebi Area in 1963.

By 1966 higher grade ore was discovered at Phikwe hence the presnt day Selebi Phikwe township. We are a mining and smelting company whose main shareholders are the Botswana Government owning 94% and 6% for Norilsk Nickel

BCL is the largest employer in Botswana based in one town. The entire workforce is around 4200. The company has sound people management practices and provides other amenities to its employees such as accommodation, recreational facilities and opportunities for self development in individual careers.Read more...



BCL Limited mines its ores responsibly and as strictly regulated by comprehensive set of legislation, industry best practice and norms. Read more...


BCL mine's operations are spread over a strike of fourteen (14)kilometers trending North to South. Read more...



At BCL, excellence in safety health and environment performance is a core value and we truly believe that all injuries and occupational illnesses can be prevented. Read more...