Officials from the Department of International Relations and Co-operation have been working with the Burkina Faso government to find Bothma, kidnapped with two other people.
According to the family, one of the other people was a local driver and the other the son of the chief executive of the mining company that employed Bothma as a technical director.
For a while, the family opted to remain mum on the matter and trusted relevant authorities to find and negotiate Bothma’s safe return.
However, with weeks passing without evident promising development, the family’s hopes began running thin. Bothma lived with his two sons and two daughters with wife Amanda. His mother, Brenda, recently turned 75.