Staff Profiles

Dr. Khaulani Fichani

  1. Ph.D., Natural Resource Economics, West Virginia University (2003)
  2. MS, Mineral Economics, Colorado School of Mines (1991)
  3. B.A. Sc. Mining and Mineral Process Engineering, The University of British Columbia (1984)
  4. Diploma, Mining Technician, Haileybury School of Mines (1980).

Dr Khaulani Fichani is a Lecturer in Mining & Mineral Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology at the University of Botswana. He has over 25 years’ experience in the mining sector with the bulk of these at the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources where he rose to the rank of Chief Minerals Officer. He also worked as Principal Mining Economist with the De Beers Group Services in Johannesburg.

Dr. Fichani holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Economics from West Virginia University, an MS in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines and a B.A.Sc. in Mining and Mineral Process Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He has the following professional memberships: Professional Eng. (Mining and Mineral Engineering) registered with the Engineers Registration Board (ERB); member of the Botswana Institution of Engineers (BIE), and charter member of the Mineral Economics and Management Society.

He is currently serving in ERB committees (Professional assessment, and Standards and Professional Practice). Dr. Fichani has served as a Director in the Board of BCL Limited, where he was Chair for a brief period, the Okavango Diamond Company (REMCO Chair). Currently he is in the Board of the Botswana National Sports Commission.

Dr. Fichani is also a consultant in the mining industry and has done work for local, regional and continental clients in areas of mining economics, industrial minerals, and mining policy.

Mineral Engineering

  1. MIP410 Physical Mineral Processes
  2. MIP413 Extractive Metallurgy
  3. MIP512 Plant Process and Flow Sheet Design
  4. MIP515 Mineral Processing Plant Project Development
  5. MIP424 Mining Industry Economics
  6. MIP521 Processing Plant Equipment Selection and Maintenance
  7. MIP522 Material Handling and Transport

  1. Economics of local beneficiation of base metals;
  2. Local content policy and the mining industry
  3. Botswana’s coal and its international competitiveness

Undergraduate supervision of Final Year Projects MIP514 Prject I and MIP524 Project II

  1. Fichani, K. and Masialeti, M. (2019). Prospects for value addition in copper in the emerging Kalahari Copper Belt of Botswana. The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy;
  2. Fichani, K. and Masialeti, M. (2017). How sustainable is Botswana’s base metal mining industry in the face of the recent closure of its only four base metal mines. In Mine Planning and Equipment Selection (MPES 2017) (ed. B. Ghodrati, U. Kumar, & H. Schunnesson), Lulea University of Technology, Lulea, Sweden, pp. 179-188. ISBN 978-91-7583-935-6.
  3. Fichani, K. and Freeman, P. (2015). Minerals and Energy Export and Revenue Projections. In Grynberg, R., Sengwaketse, M. and Motswapong, M. (Eds). Botswana After Diamonds: A Study into the Consequences of and Responses to the Depletion of Botswana’s Diamonds (Part I). ISBN: 978 99968 454-0-6
  4. Fichani, K. and Labys, W. C. (2006). Planning the future of Botswana's coal, International Journal of Global Energy Issues (IJGEI), Vol. 25, No. 1 / 2. p 83-93

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