Zebra Kasete, DPM Tsumeb Vice President and Managing Director, announced the appointment of Brumilda Britz as the company’s new director of Human Resources, effective 1 June 2022.
Brumilda joins Dundee from the Walvis Bay Salt Holdings, where she has been Senior Human Resources Manager for the past eleven years. She also held the position of State Prosecutor for two years at Namibia’s justice ministry. Brumilda is a seasoned Human Resources professional who significantly contributed to the mining industry. She is currently the Chairperson of the Human Resources Committee of the Chamber of Mines of Namibia. She serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology.
Brumildaholds qualifications in law (LLB, BA Law) and Human Resources (National Diploma Human Resources) and is currently studying towards a Master of Business Psychology. In her off-time, she dedicates her time and expertise to the governance and management of several welfare organizations she is involved with.
Brumilda said, “it is an extremely exciting time for DPM Tsumeb as it transitions towards a more sustainable future. I am fortunate to take over a competent and settled team. My focus will be identifying opportunities for improvement, improving efficiencies in the HR processes and creating a platform enabling value-creating interactions between the HR personnel and the people it serves, namely the employees and management.”
Kasete expressed his confidence in Britz’s abilities to help transform the smelter into a sustainable and agile business. He further expressed that the company’s success depends on how well it creates a positive employee work experience. He stated, “Britz is uniquely qualified to transform employees, attract and maintain talent amongst other attributes she brings to the team.”
He also expressed his gratitude to the outgoing Human Resources Director, Linus Gwala, for creating sound labour relations at DPM Tsumeb; and for mentoring many human resources professionals and union leaders over the years in his long industrious career in Namibia. Britz takes over from Linus, retiring at the end of June 2022.
Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb (Pty) Limited is located in Tsumeb, Namibia, approximately 430 km north of the capital city of Windhoek. The smelter was constructed in 1963 and is one of only a few worldwide that can treat complex copper concentrates.
The smelter produces 98.5 per cent pure copper blisters. With its ability to treat complex copper focuses, it is transitioning from a captive smelter, receiving mainly Dundee Precious Metals (DPM) concentrates, into a toll treatment facility, with brown-fields expansion potential.
Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb is one of the largest employers in the Oshikoto region, with approximately 600 employees.