A Battery Metal Destination in Africa


A Battery Metal Destination
in Africa

In Botswana, Aterian has two mineral projects. Four licences covering 3,516 km2 prospective for Copper and Lithium.

Aterian intends to generate growth through:

  • SUPPORTIVE GOVERNMENT. Strongly democratic country, being politically and socially supportive of mining with a well-established regulatory framework.
  • SKILLED WORKFORCE. Long and active mining sector with a workforce that is well educated; 88.2% are literate and most speak English.
  • MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE. Well-developed infrastructure, with a highly efficient road system and rail network.



  • Interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU. Membership of SACU and SADC
  • No foreign exchange controls – free repatriation of profits, dividends and capital
  • The Ministry of Energy actively seeking to diversify the minerals sector from its dependence on the diamond industry.
Botswana Overiew - Aterian plc
The Kalahari Copperbelt (KCB) Project - Aterian plc


Kalahari Copperbelt - KCB

  • The NE-trending Proterozoic belt, 800km long by up to 250km wide, stretches from northern Botswana into eastern Namibia
  • The KCB district is similar in setting to the Central African Copperbelt sediment-hosted deposits of Zambia and DRC
  • The belt contains copper-silver mineralisation, which is generally stratabound and hosted in metasedimentary rocks that have been folded, faulted and metamorphosed to greenschist facies during the Damara Orogeny
  • Sediments at the base of the D’Kar Formation (on the contact with lower Ngwako Pan Formation) hosts copper sulphide minerals
  • The outstanding potential has been hidden under Kalahari sand cover
  • In 2021, the state-owned Botswana Power Corporation commissioned the North West Transmission Grid Project to supply mining projects in the KCB with reliable, cost-effective power.


Sua Pan – Lithium
Brine Opportunity

  • Three recently granted prospecting licences covering 2,517 km2 over the eastern region of the Makgadikgadi Pans in northern Botswana
  • Main target commodity is lithium hosted in near-surface brines
  • Lithium brine deposits are accumulations of saline groundwater that are enriched in dissolved lithium that form in a closed-basin system
  • Historical data reported in a 1980’s study of the Sua Pan brines by the US Trade and Development Program indicated anomalous Lithium values
  • Samples collected from the northern area of Sua Pan returned values of 103, 117 and 223 mg/l Li (the source and precise location is unknown)
  • Recent processing developments such as Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) reducing carbon, time, and costs
  • DLE uses a resin or adsorption material to extract only lithium, while spent brine is reinjected into the basin aquifers with no aquifer depletion or harm to the environment
The Sua Pan Project - Aterian plc

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