Riaan Burger, General Manager, Namdeb Diamond Corp.

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“While the mid-water areas are very important, a huge part of Namdeb’s future is beach accretion of the Southern Coastal Mining area.”

Namdeb currently has eight mining licenses under its purview. Which of these are currently being prioritized?

Riaan Burger (RB): Namdeb Diamond Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Namdeb Holdings (Proprietary) Ltd., which is owned in equal shares (50:50) by the Government of the Republic of Namibia and De Beers. Namdeb Holdings holds nine licenses for both marine and land mining.

Namdeb performs land-based prospecting (exploration), mining, and rehabilitation operations within eight of these license areas on behalf of Namdeb Holdings. The heart of the operation is along the southwest coast of Namibia with the main, land-based operations in Oranjemund and satellite mines near Lüderitz and along the Orange River. Continue reading


Greg Cochran, Managing Director, Deep Yellow Ltd.

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“We will hopefully be producing our first uranium before the end of 2019. It is a tight timeline, but it is not impossible.”

When GBR last met with Reptile Uranium, Deep Yellow’s wholly owned Namibian subsidiary, its main objective was completing pre-feasibility and bankable feasibility studies for the Omahola Project. Have these goals come to fruition?

Greg Cochran (GC): When we slowed down our rate of expenditure to suit market conditions, we re-assessed our projects and decided that the Tubas Sands Project, being a much smaller project, had the potential to be progressed more quickly into production, both cost effectively (from a feasibility study perspective) and with low capital expenditure. The Tubas Sands Project had the potential to produce an intermediate product instead of yellowcake, which could possibly be sold to or toll treated by one of Namibia’s existing producers – Langer Heinrich, Rössing Uranium, or even Husab once it was up and running. We completed a scoping study on the project, which concluded that we were on the right path. Continue reading

Clive Johnson, President and CEO, B2Gold Corp.

In addition to Namibia, B2Gold is developing new assets in Mali.

Johnson,-Clive---B2Gold-BLOGWhat role will B2Gold’s Otjikoto mine in Namibia play in the company’s production forecast for 2015, and how will 2014’s exciting discovery of the Wolfshag zone contribute towards the success at Otjikoto?

Clive Johnson (CJ): With overall company forecasts for 2015 at 500,000 oz gold to 540,000 oz gold, B2Gold is predicting yet another record year. Production at Continue reading

Andre Snyman, Managing Director, Walvis Bay Salt Holdings

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Andre-Snyman-BLOGWalvis Bay Salt Holding’s largest shipment in history has recently sailed to Belgium. Could you speak of the company’s continued growth and provide a few highlights from the past year?

Andre Snyman (AS): Walvis Bay Salt Holdings (WBSH) is going through an exciting time and our new focus is value addition both locally and internationally. In the salt industry, as in many other minerals, efficiency of freight and transport are essential for success. We are focused on optimizing the logistics value chain, including finding the right freight options that can result in competitive freight costs and opened up new markets for us. Continue reading

Peter Cunningham, Director, Otjozondu Mining

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Peter-Cunningham,-Director,-Otjozondu-Mining-BLOGCould you explain the relationship between Shaw River and Otjozondu Mining and provide a few high-lights from the Otjozondu project since Shaw River became the sole owner of the project?

Peter Cunningham (PC): Shaw River had a settlement agreement that positioned the company as the sole owner of the Otjozondu project in 2014. The previous minority shareholder (12.5%) was reluctant to make any further contributions to the project. Shaw River has discovered 17 million metric tons (mt) in the project and is now positioning itself to produce. We hope to be in Continue reading

Martin Inkumbi, CEO, Development Bank of Namibia

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Martin-Inkumbi,-CEO-BLOGCould you highlight the role that the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) plays in the development of the Namibian economy as well as your key objectives as CEO?

Martin Inkumbi (MI): The role of the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) is to finance economic development in Namibia, primarily by extending financial credit or loans as well as business support services to enterprises doing business in Namibia. The bank provides financing for a broad range of economic activities, including infrastructure projects, large corporate enterprises, and even small and medium-sized enterprises. DBN has a local mandate and Continue reading

Brandon Munro, Managing Director, Kunene Resources

Kunene set to begin drilling at Okanihova copper project in Namibia.

Brandon-Munro_MD_Kunene-Resources-BLOGThe past year brought many changes for Kunene Resources including a new joint venture with First Quantum Minerals. Could provide an overview of Kunene Resources’ operations in Namibia over the past year?

Brandon Munro (BM): Kunene is a listed company that has invested fairly heavily in geophysics and structural work. In February 2014, Kunene signed a joint venture agreement with First Quantum Minerals. First Quantum and Kunene Resources are attracted to the project because the geology in the area has a strong resemblance to the Zambian Copperbelt. This theory Continue reading