Damtshaa Diamond Mine to Install Wenco Fleet Management System

March 3, 2013

RICHMOND, BC, CANADA (March 2013) — Wenco International Mining Systems Ltd. is excited to announce that Debswana is installing the Wenco Fleet Management System at their Damtshaa diamond mine. The Damtshaa mine is located in NE Botswana and Debswana is a joint venture between the De Beers Corporation and the Government of Botswana.

Damtshaa, which means "water for tortoises" in Setswana, opened in 2003 and is forecasted to produce 5 million carats of diamonds from 39 million tons of ore in its projected 31 year life span. The mine employs approximately 250 people and is ISO14001 (Environmental Management Standards) certified.

"The Wenco system is currently utilized at the larger Orapa and Lethakane operations and the Debswana management team saw the value of bringing the system to the smaller Damtshaa mine," explains Wenco Regional Director Jayson Bebek. "This will allow consistent operational methodology for all of their mines in the region and they can take advantage of the same real-time tools and reporting."

Installation is expected to be completed within the first half of 2013 and will see nine vehicles equipped with Wenco systems.

About Wenco International Mining Systems

For over 30 years, Wenco International Mining Systems has worked with mining companies to extract unrealized value. Under this mission, Wenco has developed an integrated suite of solutions to support the digital transformation of the mining industry. Fleet management, asset health, data analytics, and other technologies join together in the spirit of open interoperability and scalability to raise mine productivity and efficiency, lower routine costs, and establish a safe and smooth mining operation.

Wenco is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.