24 May 2015 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 24 MAY (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob is expected to officially open B2Golds Otjikoto Gold Mine on 01 June this year.
B2Gold Namibias Managing Director Mark Dawe said this during the mining conference held in Windhoek on Thursday.
The conference, organised by the Chamber of Mines of Namibia, ran parallel to the Mining Expo in the capital on 20-21 May 2015 under the theme 'Mining Industry: A catalyst for vision 2030'.
The Otjikoto Gold Mine is located about 40 kilometres (km) north of Otjiwarongo. B2Gold holds 90 per cent of the shares and local mining company, Evi Mining Namibia holds 10 per cent.
This an opportunity to officially publicise the opening of the Otjikoto Gold Mine to local and international stakeholders, including Namibian Government, media and investors, Dawe said.
He added that about 30 American guests are expected in the country, including members of the senior management of B2Gold Namibia. Local businessmen, regional and government stakeholders will also attend the opening.
Dawe said this attendance is strictly by invitation.
He said Otjikoto Gold Mine has achieved its commercial production in February 2015, and celebrated its first gold pour on 11 December 2014.
Dawe said the company aims to integrate environmental considerations into all decision-making; monitor environmental compliance; create environmental awareness among all its employees; and address all environmental stewardship.
B2Gold's Otjikoto Mine is the second gold mine in Namibia after Navachab near Karibib.
B2Gold received its Otjikoto Mining Licence in December 2012 and construction started in 2013.
The mine currently employs over 500 employees.