Debswana's Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines (OLDM) employees are mourning the death of their former favourite General Manager Dr Adrian Gale who passed away last week Friday.
Dr Gale, a British national who joined OLDM in 2010 taking over from Sebetlela Sebetlela fed detractors against his appointment humble pie as he transformed Othe mines into one of the best in the country.
He will be well remembered for forming Orapa United team which is currently contesting for championship in the Be Mobile premiers league hardly three years after its formation. When he arrived at the mine he insisted on forming one football team and disbanding other teams within the mining district of Boteti.
In an interview with The Patriot on Sunday before he left OLDM, Dr Gale who holds BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from Kings College in London, revealed that when he arrived there was low morale, poor safety, little management and lack of investment in the lives of the people of Boteti. The well-built OLDM GM said that one of his priorities was to bring stability to OLDM and creating a conducive working environment with Botswana Mine Workers Union (BMWU).
He is credited with coming up with the slogan “Orapa Today, Boteti tomorrow” which opened the once closed up town to the rest of Boteti community. Under his leadership OLDM managed to maintain a clean safety record placing it as one of the best mines in the world in terms of safety further placing Debswana on the world map.
The Briton who came to Botswana in 2010 started his mining career at Zambian Consolidated Copper Mines, and then moved back to the UK and into the Information Technology business holding positions of Operations Director, Group Operations Director and Managing Director.
He then returned to mining and metallurgy working at General Manager level in Uganda (KCCL) and Australia (Western Metals) and at Director level at INCO UK Refineries. Dr Gale also held the position of Deputy Managing Director in-charge of project construction, completion and commissioning of the $4billion Goro Nickel Facility in New Caledonia, in the South Pacific.
Corporate affairs manager of OLDM, Ms Shungu Malikongwa confirmed that Dr Gale passed on the 10th of April and will be laid to rest on the 30th of April.