Diamonds trading pays dividends
Receiving the cheques, Katali said. “These dividends we are receiving today are indeed testimony that the creation of the NDTC a few years back was a masterstroke. As the engine behind the beneficiation of our diamond resources the NDTC has been and continues to do some great work that is fuelling job creation, skills transfer, technology transfer and helping us to fulfil our NDP4 and Vision 2030 goals. So far 1200 direct jobs have been created and with it another 3600 indirect jobs. And it must be noted that were it not for the global economic challenges, these numbers would be double what they are now”.
On his part, NDTC CEO, Shihaleni Ndjaba noted that “The global economic environment continues to be unstable, hence affecting the diamond industry as well. The markets are slowly picking up, and we continue to hope for a steady recovery.” Dividends paid to the government in the 2012 financial year amounts to N$ 110 million with another N$40 million in February 2013.
Since its inception in 2007, NDTC has paid N$920 million to its two shareholders, the government and De Beers.