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2022 Chamber AGM Announcements & Releases

2021 Chamber Annual Review The Chamber of Mines Annual Review captures industry highlights, performance and ...

Namibia’s Performance in the 2021 Fraser Survey of Mining Companies

The recently released 2021 Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies Report shows that the country ...

2020 Chamber of Mines Annual Review

Launch of 2020 Annual Review & Inter-Mine Safety Competition Awards

2020 Chamber Annual Review The Chamber of Mines Annual Review captures industry highlights, performance and ...

Chamber’s Response to The Namibian’s Supplement on Marine Phosphate Mining & Fishing

On 26th March 2021, The Namibian’s Spotlight was published intending to provide perspectives on whether ...

2020 President’s Report & New Office Bearers

Mining Industry Review for 2020 Delivered by Outgoing President of the Chamber At the AGM ...

Chamber response to Southern Africa Resource Watch Report on Namibia mineral sector

Chamber’s Response to Southern Africa Resource Watch Report on Namibia’s Mining Sector

The Southern African Resource Watch (SARW) commissioned a research paper that investigates certain aspects of ...

Namibia’s Performance in the 2020 Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies

The Canadian based Fraser Institute released its 2020 Report on the Annual Survey of Mining ...

Marine Phosphate Mining & the Environment: Interview Highlights with Dr Chris Brown

CEO of the Namibian Chamber of Environment and a well-respected Namibian environmental scientist, Dr. Chris ...

How Will a Phosphate-Based Industry Contribute to Namibia’s National Development Policies and Goals?

The development of Namibia’s marine phosphate resources coupled with a fully integrated fertiliser industry are ...

Socio-Economic Benefits of a Phosphate-Based Industry in Namibia

Independent economic impact assessments and studies reveal that there is huge potential to grow Namibia’s ...

Can Phosphate Mining Co-Exist with Namibia’s Commercial Marine Activities?

Seabed mining in Namibia is not a new commercial activity. Although current marine mining activity ...

Phosphate Mining

Phosphate Mining and Marine Environment with Dr. Chris Brown

CEO of the Namibian Chamber of Environment and a well-respected Namibian environmental scientist, Dr. Chris ...

2019 President’s Report

At the AGM on 16 Spetember 2020, The Chamber of Mines President, Mr Zebra Kasete, ...

2019 Mining Sector Review and impacts of COVID-19

See link below to download the presentation given at the press conference (13 August 2020) ...

2019 Annual Review release

After many a delay this year, the 2019 Chamber of Mines Annual Review is finally ...

Mining and Environment

Happy World Environment day! In commemorating the environment on this day, we also celebrate the ...

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Zebra Kasete

President, Chamber of Mines of Namibia

Zebra Kasete is the General Manager, Vice President and Managing Director at Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb. He brings almost 30 years of mining and smelting experience to the operation, having held senior positions within the mining industry, serving both Rio Tinto and Rossing Uranium. He has extensive experience in the areas of production, processing, procurement, business and strategic development. Prior to joining DPM, Mr. Kasete was the Managing Director of Murowa Diamonds, Zimbabwe, and has held positions internationally including Namibia, Australia and the United States. Mr. Kasete is a metallurgist and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. Mr. Kasete was appointed Vice President and Managing Director of DPM Tsumeb in February 2016.
Hilifa Mbako

First Vice President, Chamber of Mines of Namibia

Hilifa Mbako was educated in England since 1983 where he read Business, Finance, Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Journalism. He worked in the United Kingdom and Mexico for a year before returning to Namibia in 1989. He joined the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) in 1993 as the Head of Radio Services and was subsequently promoted to Senior Controller: News and Current Affairs. He oversaw the transition of the broadcasting services from the pre-independence era to the new NBC. He was appointed Group Manager of External and Corporate Affairs at Namdeb Diamond Corporation in 1997 and was appointed a member of the Executive Committee in 1999. He served as Chairman of the Oranjemund Town Management Company for three years, the fore-runner to a municipal town council now in place. In 2001 he was appointed as CEO of Allianz Insurance Namibia until the organization’s merger with Santam in 2003 where he became General Manager. In 2006 he was appointed Senior Business Development Manager at Alexander Forbes Insurance. He returned to Namdeb briefly in 2007 as Group Manager Corporate Affairs to assist with a transformation process until 2009. In December 2009, he was offered the position of Country Manager at Orano Mining Namibia to prepare the establishment and development of the new uranium mine at Trekkopje. On 1 June 2013 he was appointed as Managing Director of Orano Mining Namibia, Executive Chairman of Orano Processing Namibia and Executive Chairman of the Erongo Desalination plant. Hilifa has a track record as an effective change manager, able to lead organisations through significant cultural transformations in rapidly changing external environments. He has the strong ability to work effectively with multiple stakeholders and has networking power in Namibia and beyond. In 1989 he led a team of Namibian NGOs tasked to seek partnerships with international aid agencies to establish a repatriation, resettlement and rehabilitation framework for Namibia before the first democratic elections. He held extensive negotiations in Geneva, Paris and Belgium on funds, logistics, protocols etc. These efforts led to the successful repatriation of exiles in time for the elections that led to Namibia’s Independence in 1990.
Irvinne Simataa

Second Vice President, Chamber of Mines of Namibia

Irvinne Simataa is an experienced mining executive and a registered Professional Engineer with a set of well-developed competencies and a diversified mineral commodities experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from The University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, a Senior Management Development Programme certificate from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Stellenbosch and further completed the Program for Management Excellence at the Gordon Institute of Business, University of Pretoria. He is currently reading for a Masters of Science in Engineering at The University of Witwatersrand. Irvinne Simataa is currently the General Manager and Director of Skorpion Zinc Mine and Refinery. He has occupied various technical and management roles in the mining industry in the last 13 years. Prior to his current role, he has held key roles such as mining manager, mine planning manager and vessel manager and has an excellent track record managing multi-disciplinary technical and management teams at major mining companies such as NAMDEB Diamond Corporation (Pty) Ltd, AngloGold Ashanti, Debmarine Namibia and now Skorpion Zinc. Given the increasing need to find cost effective techno-economical means of extracting mineral resources safely and sustainability, he brings innovation and robust thinking to the table with this prime objective in mind He continues to coach and mentor a number of young and upcoming engineers in the mining industry. He is passionate about competency development and innovation within mining as strategic levers to achieve a productivity step change
Veston Malango

Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Mines of Namibia

Mr. Veston Malango is the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Mines of Namibia. He is a Mining Engineer with a M.Sc. Degree (1985) from the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany and a qualified Gemmologist with Diplomas (1993) in Diamond Grading and in Coloured Gemstones from the German Gemmological Training Centre in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Mr. Malango holds an MBA (2004) from the Maastricht School of Management, The Netherlands. Mr. Malango has 34 years of experience in the mining industry in the SADC region. He worked in the Zambian copper mines after university studies as a graduate mining engineer, then at the Ministry of Mines and the SADC Mining Sector Coordinating Unit in Lusaka. Mr Malango was the Deputy Director of Mines at the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Namibia for eight years and then joined Ongopolo Mining & Processing Ltd, now Weatherly Mining Namibia for one and half years as Director responsible for strategic projects. He has been heading the Chamber of Mines of Namibia since October 2005. Mr. Malango currently serves on Boards of the Namibia University of Science and Technology – Mining & Process Engineering Advisory Board (Board Chairperson), Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) and the Minerals Development Fund of Namibia (MDF). He has previously served on several other Boards; i.e. Bank of Namibia (Chairperson of the BoN Remuneration Committee), the Council of the Namibia University of Science and Technology as Vice-Chairperson, Namibia Trade Forum and the Namibia Medical Care (NMC) Fund. He is the past President of the Mining Industry Association of Southern Africa (MIASA), a private sector regional body of all Chambers of Mines in the SADC Region. MIASA membership comprises the Chambers of Mines of Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia & Zimbabwe.

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