Dundee Precious Metals (DPM) has appointed a new board of trustees for its recently reconstituted Tsumeb Community Trust, which acts as the corporate social investment arm of Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb (Pty) Ltd.
The new trustees, representing a wide array of professional expertise and experience, were ratified at a recent meeting in Tsumeb to serve a two-year term in office.
They 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); and Batseba Katjiuongua, Windhoek social worker.
Other trustees include Inonge Mainga, legal practitioner; Rino Muranda, head of corporate communications for the Namibia Social Security Commission; Elizabeth Murorua, principal of Tsumeb Secondary School; Petrus Nangula, Tsumeb magistrate; and Isai Nekundi, manager of stakeholder and administrative affairs at DPM Tsumeb.
Max Johnson was elected as the board chairperson by his fellow trustees who also confirmed André Strüwig as the Trust’s full-time administrator for a two-year term, although he has served in the same position for the past two years.
The trustees also adopted a revamped trust deed, which prescribes how the Trust shall operate.
The Trust aims to develop programmes, projects and services to support residents in Tsumeb, Oshikoto Region and the rest of Namibia, with emphasis on the underprivileged. It focuses on health, social upliftment and empowerment, entrepreneurship, as well as small and medium enterprises.
The Trust’s 2013 annual notes the awarded funds have since had a positive impact on the Tsumeb community. People, it adds, are slowly but surely taking note of the presence of DPM Tsumeb and the role it plays within that community.
Tsumeb’s small and medium businesses now have the opportunity to grow faster, because of the financial support and business training Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb provides them through Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI)'s local branch.