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Från till Botswanas diamantgruvor till Råneå älv
From to Botswana's diamond mines to Råneå River Photo: Richard Renberg View original picture , opens in new tab/window

From to Botswana's diamond mines to the cold north

Published: 11 September 2017

Mpho Ndebele was awarded a scholarship by the Swedish institute to pursue his master’s program in Sweden. This initiative gives students from across the world a golden opportunity to further their studies and develop into future global researchers who can come up with innovations and also solve problems. Furthermore, it offers students the platform for cultural exchange and the opportunity to interact with the Swedish society.

Why did you choose to study The Master Programme in Exploration and Environmental Geosciences?

I am a Geologist by profession, which is a very broad subject with various fields such as mineralogy, hydrogeology, structural geology etc. I chose to pursue this master’s program so that I acquire intensive knowledge on using the latest technology in finding commercially viable concentrations of minerals and also to devise new strategies in safeguarding the environment during mining to ensure sustainability.

What is Your background in Botswana?

The mining industry, particularly diamond mining,  has been at the core of Botswana’s economy. Prudent use of diamond revenue by government has seen the country transform from one of the poorest in the world at independence in 1966 to a prosperous upper middle income country. It is because of this that I have developed the eagerness and desire to learn more about minerals and their economic value. I have worked as an exploration Geologist for Morupule coal mine before and have also worked as a hydro-geology consultant in a few projects in the country and mostly at the Debswana Jwaneng mine which is the world richest diamond mine by value.

What do You think of Luleå and northern Sweden?

Well it’s very cold as compared to where I am from. Lulea is a wonderful place to stay; the people are lovely and welcoming. It also has a very beautiful geographical landscape; the water bodies and vegetation add to the beauty of the city. I have not explored much of Northern Sweden but would love to visit Kiruna where the biggest iron ore mine in Europe is located.