Key conference on acid and sulphuric acid for mining held at Swakopmund

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Sulphur and Sulphuric Acid Conference hosted by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) was held in Swakopmund on Monday 11th March 2019.
The two day international event received unrivalled industry support and exceptional participation with over 95 representatives and industry leaders from various countries around the world such as Namibia, Zambia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, China, Denmark, Netherlands, United States of America and Canada.
The aim of the conference is to expose delegates to issues relating to the gene-ration and handling of sulphur, sulphuric acid and sulphur dioxide reduction within the metallurgical and other industries. The conference provides an opportunity to introduce new technologies and equipment to producers and consumers of sulphur as well as sulphuric acid and related products in the field.
In addition, the conference enables participants to share information and experience in the application of new technologies, collaborate and provide an opportunity for role players in the industry to discuss common problems and solutions.
In his keynote address Zebra Kasete, President of the Namibian Chamber of Mines and Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb Vice President and Managing Director high-lighted the importance of collaboration between the mining and agricultural sectors, highlighting how sulphuric acid can be a catalyst for industrial revolution in Namibia.
“The mining industry in Namibia contributes approximately 50% of the country’s export revenue and constitutes 12% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The industry-generated revenue of N$29 billion in 2017 of which approximately N$11.76 billion (41%) was spent on goods and services procured from Namibian based sup-pliers. The local spend expenditure demonstrates the industry’s commitment to support local suppliers” Kasete said.
According to Kasete local procurement is one avenue where previously historically disadvantaged Namibians can participate, meaningfully in the country’s economic activities.
“I accept from the on-set that, we miners are not manufactures and we are not skilled on the same however, acid producers have a key role to play in sparking the industrial revolution in Namibia. Sulphuric acid production in Namibia, has contributed to the up-grade of the country’s railway line and to increased bulk transportation of chemicals, which come with additional services as well as skills” Kasete said.
The President of the Namibian Chamber of Mines urged sulphuric acid producers to change their mindsets from believing that their market is limited to the mining industry. Pointing to the diamond industry as a good example stating, the diamond industry goes out of its way and works with customers to create the need for its product.
“I would like to urge, sulphuric acid producers to learn from the diamond industry and consider doing the same. In particular, I would like to encourage everyone, to create opportunities for the fertilizer industry because, if Namibia starts, producing her own fertilizers it will increase productivity in agriculture and reduce dependency on imports” added Kasete.
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Calling for collabo-ration… Zebra Kasete, President of the Namibian Chamber of Mines and Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb Vice President and Managing Director called upon the Namibian government to develop policies, which encourage collaboration with agriculture and mining sec-tors. Pointing out that, the increase in sulphuric acid consumption will contribute to industry revolution as envisaged in national development policies.
About Dundee Precious Metals
Dundee Precious Metals Inc. is a Canadian based, international gold mining company engaged in the acquisition of mineral properties, exploration, development, mining and processing of precious metals. The Company’s operating assets include the Chelopech operation, which produces a copper concentrate containing gold and silver and a pyrite concentrate containing gold, located east of Sofia, Bulgaria; and the Tsumeb smelter, a complex copper concentrate processing facility located in Namibia. DPM also holds interests in a number of developing gold and exploration properties located in Bulgaria, including the Krumovgrad gold project, which is expected to commence production in the first quarter of 2019, Canada and Serbia, and its 10.5% interest in Sabina Gold & Silver Corp.

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