Nam mine workers want 12 percent in zinc mine

KEETMANSHOOP – The Rosh Pinah branch of the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) wants employees of the Rosh Pinah Zinc Corporation to own 12 per cent of the zinc mine in southern Namibia.

The employees currently have 1.19 percent shareholding, according to a letter written by the union to the mine’s Chief Operating Officer Christo Horn, dated 22 May 2017.

In the letter, seen by Nampa, the union is requesting Canadian firm, Trevali Mining Corporation, to donate 12 per cent of its shares to the Rosh Pinah Employee Empowerment Scheme. This comes at a time when government is trying to introduce a law that will compel all companies in the country to ensure that a 25 percent stake is held by black or previousely disadvantaged Namibians.

Trevali, according to media reports, is in the process of closing a deal in which it will acquire the mine’s 80.08 per cent majority stake owned by Swiss-based company, Glencore.

The remaining 19.92 per cent is shared between Namibian-owned companies Jaguar Investments and PE Minerals Namibia and the employees.

The union said in the letter, signed by branch chairperson Allen Kalumbu, that the value of the donation could still be negotiated by the union and trustees of the empowerment scheme and the new owner.

“The employees are requesting Trevali to donate 12 per cent into the scheme for their empowerment and betterment for the time invested in the company. However, the proposed percentage is negotiable,” the letter reads. Kalumbu refused to discuss the letter and said it is not a matter for the media when approached by Nampa on Tuesday, although a union source said the note was delivered to Horn’s office on Monday.

Repeated calls to Horn and company spokesperson, Kondja Kaulinge went unanswered. – NAMPA

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