Dundee Precious Metals, a Namibian copper smelting company at Tsumeb has donated laboratory testing equipment valued at R3 million to the Namibia Institute of Pathology (NIP).
The donation was made to aid the state-owned laboratory to deliver on its mandate of providing quality medical services to its laboratories countrywide.
Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb Vice President and Managing Director, Zebra Kasete highlighted the importance of institutions such as NIP in the advancement of Namibia’s cutting edge medical research treatment.
“If Namibia is unable to detect and contain diseases speedily, the world will be reluctant to trade with us. Therefore, it is important to empower role players in the medical fraternity like NIP.
“These institutions need to be well-resourced to protect us against health threats before they reach our borders. The future and livelihood of our economy depends on this sector,” Kasete said in a statement.
Dundee Precious is committed to complementing government effort to attain the national development goals and objectives as set out in President Hage Geingob’s Harambee Prosperity Plan.
“We have contributed significantly towards employment opportunities. We are the largest employer in the Oshikoto region with more than 1400 employees including contractors,” Kasete said, adding the company has heavily invested in education, including the awarding of 30 bursaries worth R5 million.
“Our corporate social investment stretches beyond Tsumeb and the Oshikoto Region,” he said.
NIP Vice Chairperson Stephen Van Rhyn has commended Dundee for the donation of Thermo Scientific Icap Q ICP-MS.
“NIP plays a cardinal role in the health sector of our country and this noble donation by Dundee Precious Metals will enable us to continue pursuance of our private market share by engaging, in particular the mining sector of Namibia to mention but a few,” said Van Rhyn.
“As the beneficiary of this equipment we will ensure the highest possible quality of patient care, while collaborating with mining companies and ensuring a healthy and productive workforce that will positively contribute to the economic well-being of our country” he added.
Dundee Precious Metals Inc. is an international mining company which also owns and manages the Tsumeb Smelter in Namibia.
The smelter was constructed in the early 1960’s and is one of the few in the world equipped to treat large unblended volumes of complex concentrate. Blister copper is the product of the smelter and sulphuric acid the by-product.