Environment Chamber donation paves way for lucrative explosives contract with gold mine
A bulk explosives supplier chose the Namibian Chamber of the Environment as the beneficiary for a small premium it is prepared to pay to land a sales agreement for explosives for Canadian gold miner, B2 Gold.
This week, Bulk Mining Explosives, a subsidiary of the JSE-listed Omnia Group, said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with B2Gold with the intent to reach a supply agreement for so-called bulk emulsion. As a sweatener, Bulk Mining Explosives committed to give ten Namibia Dollars to the Chamber of the Environment for every ton emulsion.
The MoU wa signed by B2Gold’s General Manager Corporate, Charles Loots and BME’s General Manager for Africa, Albie Visser.
Visser said that the Environment Chamber is an obvious choice when it came to electing where to spend their CSR funding. “We are not CSR experts, and it was easy to decide to support the chamber as we know our funds will be spent well, and on the right projects.” The chamber represents 54 members, all involved in conservation of the environment.
B2Gold is one of the chamber’s official Namibian sponsors.
BME is a leading supplier of explosives and incendiary services to mines in 14 African countries. The company focuses on safety, supply security and value adding technical services. Its competitive edge lies in its command of technology, regularly participating in research and trials for new blasting techniques.
Captured at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Bulk Mining Explosives and B2Gold, from the left, Gerson Shipena, acting General Manager at the mine, Charles Loots, B2Gold’s General Manager Corporate, Charl Vorster, Country Manager of BME Namibia and Albie Visser, BME’s General Manager for Africa.