New trustees at Dundee Precious Community Trust
This trust acts as the corporate social investment arm of the copper smelter operator.
The new trustees, representing a wide array of professional expertise and experience, were ratified at a recent meeting in Tsumeb and will serve a two-year term of office.
The trustees are Alfeus Benjamin, CEO of the Tsumeb Municipality; Rozina Jacobs, development economist; Alet Jansen, Tsumeb social worker; Max Johnson, principal of St. Francis Primary School (Tsumeb); Batseba Katjiuongua, Windhoek social worker; Inonge Mainga, a legal practitioner; Rino Muranda, head of corporate communications for the Namibian Social Security Commission; Elizabeth Murorua, principal of Tsumeb Secondary School; Petrus Nangula, the magistrate of Tsumeb; and Isai Nekundi, manager of stakeholder and administrative affairs at Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb.
Max Johnson was elected as board chairperson by the other trustees. They also confirmed the appointment of André Strüwig, the Trust’s full-time administrator for the past two years, for another two years. At their first meeting, the trustees adopted a revamped trust deed which regulates how the Trust operates.
The Trust aims at developing programmes, projects and services to support residents in Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region and the rest of Namibia, with emphasis on the underprivileged and focusing on health, social upliftment and empowerment, entrepreneurship, and small- and medium business enterprises.
In 2103, the Trust distributed N$2 million worth of grants to education-, social-welfare- and SME-related initiatives.
In the Trust’s annual report for 2013, it is noted that the allocated funds have a positive impact on the Tsumeb community. Tsumeb residents are gradually taking note of the presence of Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb and the role that the company is playing in the community. This week the company said the community is starting to realise that DPMT, through the Tsumeb Community Trust, is ploughing resources back into the community to uplift residents and enable them to live a better life. “Tsumeb’s small- and medium businesses now have an option to grow faster because of the financial support and business training provided by Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb through the local branch of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.