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Zebra Kasete takes over as Chamber of mines president

by Kelvin Chiringa

Dundee Precious Metals Managing Director, Zebra Kasete will take over the reins as president of Chamber of Mines of Namibia as Johan Coetzee exits to chase other ventures, the latter has disclosed.

Coetzee broke the news of his exit from the chamber at its annual general meeting where he wished his successor well as new president. 

“We hope to see the country once again become the most attractive destination for mining in Africa in the 2018 Fraser Survey of Mining Companies,” said Coetzee in his last words. 

The Okahandja born chemical engineer started his career as a Hydrological Technician at the Department of Water Affairs from 1985 to 1990. 

He joined Rössing Uranium as a Senior Environmentalist in 1990, before he moved to the Metallurgy Department working in various areas as Metallurgist and Section Head before being appointed as Manager Processing and Production. 

At the time he left Rössing he was the Manager of Operations, accountable for all aspects of the operation in both the Mining and Processing areas.

He then moved to Ghana in 2003 as Technical Operations Manager at Ghana Manganese Company Ltd, responsible for all technical, operational and logistical aspects of the operation, including the port operations.

Johan returned to Namibia in 2006 where he joined Skorpion Zinc. He held the positions of both Refinery Manager and Strategic & Technical Manager before leaving the mine to join Anglogold Ashanti in July 2011 as General Manager. 

 Johan was subsequently appointed Managing Director of Navachab in January 2012.

Kasete has served in his position at   Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb and Vice President of Dundee Precious Metals Inc. since February 16, 2016 and has over three decades of mining and smelting experience.

He has served in senior positions at Rossing Uranium and Rio Tinto to DPM having held senior positions within the mining industry, serving both Rio Tinto with experience in the areas of production, processing, procurement, business and strategic development. 

In Zimbabwe, he held the position of Managing Director at Murowa Diamonds and has worked in the United States and Australia.

He is a metallurgist by profession and holds a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands.