The Botswana Women in Mining conference took place in Gaborone on November 1st and 2nd. Over the course of the conference, women who’ve made significant contributions to the mining industry came together to share their experiences and insights.

This year, the Woman in Mining event organizers introduced the inaugural “Women in Mining Game Changer Awards.” The awards are aimed at celebrating and showcasing the immense hidden talent of women making waves in the sector. To honor their achievements, organizers encouraged the public to nominate individuals who had made a transformative impact in the field. The categories included:

  • Outstanding Operator/Trade/Technician
  • Exceptional Woman in Mining in Botswana
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Champion for Gender, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Emerging Talent in Mining in Botswana
  • Excellence in Health, Safety, and Environment
  • Exceptional Support Services
  • Mentorship Excellence

Digby Wells Environmental Country Manager, Lettie Pitlagano was awarded the Excellence in Health, Safety, and Environment.

Lettie boasts over two decades of experience in Environmental/Sustainability Management. Her expertise encompasses a wide range of aspects Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Management Plan, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Environmental Management System implementation & auditing (ISO14001:2015), Environmental Compliance Monitoring, Legal Compliance Audit, Biodiversity Management, International standard implementation assurance (Towards Sustainable Mining, IFC), Social performance studies including social impact assessment, stakeholder plans & engagements.

Additionally, Lettie is a certified internal lead auditor and Environmental Assessment Practitioner.

Daniel Otto, COO for Southern Africa and Botswana comments “Lettie is an invaluable asset to our team. Her commitment to excellence and genuine desire to Make A is consistently demonstrated.  We look forward to many more years of service to the Botswana and African mining sector”.

Congratulations Lettie on this remarkable achievement.