By Business Reporter
DR John Steytler, who is the economic advisor to President Hage Geingob, has paid a visit to Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb, to get a first-hand understanding of the smelter’s operations.
During his visit on 2 May, Steytler acknowledged Dundee’s progressive stance towards the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), as well as its important impact on the town and country.
“President Geingob has always said that the mining sector is a key player in the economy, as it creates employment, which is one of the main strategies to reduce poverty,” he said.
According to Steytler, the private sector is the key engine of growth and is responsible for creating wealth and implementing government acts.
“If the private sector does not fully participate in the Harambee Prosperity Plan, then we will miss key components.
“Government alone cannot create jobs, and so we need the support of the private sector. We want to understand what bottlenecks the private sector faces in executing what we would like to see them doing,” Steytler said.
He cautioned public office-bearers against the dangers of confining themselves to offices, adding that government officials could not afford to plan in isolation.
“In government, we cannot afford to plan in a vacuum, as we have to understand what the real conditions are on the ground. When we confine ourselves to offices, we do what is referred to as planning in a vacuum; it is for that reason I encourage other public office-bearers to go out and visit operations, such as Dundee.
“I was delighted to see the number of people the company employs and the impact Dundee has in the Tsumeb community. The company contributes to housing, educational initiatives, sponsors vocational training institutions and adds to social progression, all of which are key sub-pillars of the HPP,” he said.
He said Dundee has a strong corporate and social responsibility presence.
“Their legacy is to ensure that they have helped residents make the community a better place than before they arrived on the scene.”
This was Steytler’s second visit to the site and he congratulated Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb for having transformed the business for the better.
“This is the true spirit of Harambee, which we would like to see; people are excited to be here. Dundee has completely transformed; the sulphuric acid plant was not here during my first visit,” said Steytler.
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