16 Jul 2013 12:30
SWAKOPMUND, 16 JUL (NAMPA) ? Rössing Uranium Limited has announced that Werner Duvenhage has been appointed as the company?s new Managing Director.
He will be joining Rössing Uranium from Langer Heinrich Uranium Mine where he held the role of Managing Director (MD) since 2010.
The chairperson of Rössing Uranium?s Board of Directors, Rehabeam Hoveka announced in a media statement issued on Tuesday that Duvenhage will commence his duties at Rössing as from mid-August 2013.
Rössing?s current MD Chris Salisbury, who will be moving back to Australia, will remain in the MD?s role until a comprehensive handover has been completed, he added.
?During his time at Langer Heinrich, he gained experience across all aspects of construction, commissioning and operations. He is the current president of the Chamber of Mines of Namibia, and previously also held the position of Chairman of the Uranium Stewardship Committee,? the statement read.
The announcement comes not long after Langer Heinrich employees accused Duvenhage of alleged mismanagement.
Nampa reported on 27 June this year that 200 disgruntled Langer Heinrich employees staged their third peaceful demonstration this year, outlining their frustration with Duvenhage.
The employees indicated that they did not want Duvenhage as their MD, and accused him of not respecting Namibia labour laws or the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN)?s Constitution.
On a previous occasion, the chairperson of MUN?s branch executive committee at Langer Heinrich, John Narib stated that the mining company ?does not have policies and procedures and whatever happens, Duvenhage decides what the outcome would be?.
It was also alleged that the MD allegedly ?delayed employees? salary increments intentionally to frustrate the workers?.
Approached for comment on Tuesday on what the union?s next step will be, Narib indicated that due to an agreement between MUN and the company, the union cannot comment on the matter without consulting Langer Heinrich.
Attempts to get comment from Langer Heinrich also proved futile.