Outside the daily functions of the Chamber office exist active and passionate committees that are dedicated to making improvements and changes on industry related matters. The committees consist of mining professionals who make tremendous contributions towards solving challenges of mutual concern, impart methods of best practices, and provide input on policies and legislation affecting them.
The Safety Committee consists of industry health and safety leaders, and the Chief Inspector of Mines from the Ministry of Mines and Energy, who meet once a quarter at different mining sites on a rotational basis. The meetings serve as a vital platform to discuss various safety challenges among peer operations, and to draw on the experience of other operations in how these can be overcome through best practice.
Chairperson: Barcelona Tsauses, Director of Operations, Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb
Mining Consultative Forum
The Mining Consultative Forum is a tripartite arrangement which consists of the Chamber of Mines, Ministry of Mines and Energy and Union representatives to address matters of mutual concern and foster healthy and constructive industrial relations within the sector.
Critical Team Member: Veston Malango, CEO, Chamber of Mines of Namibia
Exploration for new mining projects are essential activities to ensure the future sustainability of the mining industry. Over the last decade exploration companies have spent considerable time and money in assessing a number of potential sites within the country. This committee provides exploration companies with a forum to discuss technological and regulatory developments, and issues arising from these. The committee also works closely with officials from the Office of the Mining Commissioner and Geological Survey to address matters of mutual concern.
Chairperson: Karl Hartmann, Director, Hartmann Geoservices
Human Resources Committee
Human Resources are essential for any mining operation. This platform serves as a mentoring forum for managers, where new developments and trends are shared that could potentially impact Human Resources processes and activities. An important function of the committee is to provide input on legislative matters and identify critical areas for skills development and training in the mining sector.
Chairperson: Brumilda Britz, HR Manager, Walvis Bay Salt Holdings
Environmental and Social Committee
Sustainable environmental management and contributions to local economic development are enshrined in the over-arching objectives of the Chamber of Mines. This committee is concerned with expanding the industry’s contribution to socio-economic development in Namibia, while preserving the natural environment and ecosystems that are impacted by mining operations.
Chairperson: Charles Loots, General Manager and Director, B2Gold Namibia
Public Relations Committee
In 2019 the Chamber Public Relations Committee was established to address the negative image of mining in Namibia. This committee plays an important role in consolidating PR efforts of industry and explores innovative ways to reliably inform the general public on the unique characteristics of mining and latest developments in Namibia.
Chairperson: Lauren Davidson, Economist, Chamber of Mines of Namibia
The Chamber of Mines Power Committee represents the industry on issues of electricity supply through various platforms. Their engagements include input to the annual NamPower Tariff review process and consultations on the market framework for electricity generation in Namibia.
Chairperson: Richard Gevers, Resident & Electrical Engineer, Navachab