Vice president and general manager of Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb (DPMT), Hans Nolte, says the copper festival has gradually become the highlight of Tsumeb town in the recent years.
Speaking at the just ended copper festival, Nolte noted the unstable economy the town of Tsumeb experienced in the first ten years of the new millennium could have damaged the copper festival’s name.
“At some stage, even the festival committee feared the event would crash and burn like so many other good intentioned endeavours and end up staining the image of our beautiful town. But just the opposite happened. The festival not only survived the economic doldrums but it also got bigger and better,” he said.
Thus, he congratulated the copper festival committee under the leadership of chairperson, Julius Gaeseb, as well as the Tsumeb municipality for continuing with this very important event in the face of adversity.
When DPMT bought the Tsumeb Smelter three years ago, the company realised the importance of being involved in the Tsumeb community. The move has helped it gain the social license necessary in continuing operations well into the future.
“Our aim at DPMT is to join hands with the entire business and social community of Tsumeb and prove to the rest of the nation that Tsumeb forms an important part of the development and Vision 2030 goals of the Namibian government. Tsumeb shows perhaps the biggest growth potential of most towns in Namibia and one of the greatest tools to demonstrate this is the copper festival. Therefore, a huge responsibility rests with the festival committee to continue making this event a success and showing the rest of Namibia our growth potential. DPMT wants to promote Tsumeb as well, therefore, we offer our assistance whenever and wherever possible,” Nolte stressed.
This is the sixth year DPMT, formerly known as Namibia Custom Smelters, has been the main sponsor of the festival. This year’s leg was run under the theme ‘Copper, the reward of Tsumeb’.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Tsumeb Smelter. It has spent nearly N$1b over the past three years to upgrade all its facets of the smelter and is planning to further spend N$2b to make itself a global competitor.