Debswana, the biggest mining group up here moved a super shovel from their Letlhakane Mine to their Orapa Mine. It was an amazing sight.
Letlhakane Mine is about 20km outside Letlhakane village and it took a week to get to us and 5 days later it reached Orapa a further 20Km on.
This huge structure was not driven, but controlled from a remote device which somebody had hanging from his neck. He walked backwards slowly as the whole thing moved towards him – which gives you an indication of how slow this thing was moving.
Moving a super shovel from the one mine to the other had a dramatic effect on Letlhakane and the whole population lined the roads to see it go past.
The shovel was also to high to get under electricity and telephone lines, so these were taken down.
With no electricity we had no water pumps operating, so we didn’t have any water.
With no electricity – no internet and no computers. With networks down in town we didn’t have any ATM,s working, so we couldn’t draw money.
So our whole life was disrupted for a couple of days but what an experience