Debswana Selects Gemcom Mining Platform for its Orapa Operation

Debswana Selects Gemcom Mining Platform for its Orapa Operation

Gemcom Software International , a global provider of mining software and service solutions, today announced that it has completed a R4.5 million (approximately CAD $680,000) deal with Debswana’s Orapa operation for the implementation of Gemcom’s collaborative GEMS platform.

“Several years ago, we worked with Debswana’s Jwaneng operation to help them improve efficiency at the mine site by enabling timely, accurate information to be exchanged between interdependent functions such as geology, planning, surveying and scheduling,” commented Warren Johnstone, Managing Director of Gemcom’s African operations. “Working together with Debswana, we established best practice workflows between these functions, which Gemcom enabled by tailoring a mining platform to meet the operation’s business goals and mining challenges.”

Debswana is looking to replicate the success of the Jwaneng operation by engaging Gemcom again at Orapa. “Every mining operation faces unique challenges because of the unique nature of the deposit it is seeking to extract. By working with Gemcom, we have gained the capability to make more informed decisions because of the on-demand availability of quality data. One of the key drivers behind our decision to partner with the company again was the significant value-add we have realised,” said Polite Khutjwe, Mineral Resources Manager at Orapa and Letlhakane Mines.

Commenting on the important role partnership plays in its solutions, Gemcom’s President and CEO, Rick Moignard, stated: “To add optimal value to a business, it’s necessary to work very closely with a client. You have to understand their goals, the constraints they face and how they are working today before you, along with the client, can define and implement an effective solution.”

Gemcom’s solutions incorporate mining, business and IT expertise, which are reflected in best practices and a mining platform tailored to support each client’s needs. This approach allows mining professionals to select applications that support specific mining processes, while giving them the opportunity to plug into a larger framework that will enable them to participate in optimising the entire mining value chain.

About Gemcom

When mining companies seek to increase mine productivity, they turn to Gemcom for technology and services. The Company is home to world-renowned mining applications like GEMS, Surpac, Minex, Whittle, Maximiser and Gemcom In-Site(TM), and to industry thought-leaders, who are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in mining.

Established in 1985, Gemcom has a global reach, delivering services and support in all major mining centres in more than 90 countries. Every major mining company, including Alcoa, BHP Billiton, Codelco, CVRD, De Beers and Newmont, is a Gemcom client. In July 2006, Gemcom acquired Surpac Minex Group Pty Ltd., a provider of mining software with complementary clients, channels to market, development teams and products. Upon this acquisition, the Company became the largest supplier of specialist mining software in the market space it services.

More information about Gemcom is available on the company’s website,

About Debswana

Debswana Diamond Company (Pty) Ltd is owned in equal shares by the government of the Republic of Botswana and De Beers Centenary AG. Debswana is the world’s leading diamond producer by volume and value and has played a significant role in the transformation of the Botswana economy. It is the largest non-government employer and the largest earner of foreign exchange in Botswana.

Contact: Mark Bese Gemcom Software International Inc. Communications Manager (604) 684-6550 (604) 684-3541 (FAX) Email:



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