By Staff Reporter
NAMDEB, a joint venture between Namibia’s government and Anglo American’s diamond unit De Beer, is about to lay off at least 130 of its 1,700-strong workforce as a part of steps to optimise the diamond miner’s business.
According to Namibian media outlets monitored from Lusaka, Shavuka Mbidhi from the Oranjemund branch of the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) said on Wednesday that the diamond miner had written to staff offering voluntary redundancies and that at least 130 workers were anticipated to accept.
A spokesperson for Namdeb, Pauline Thomas, said the miner was taking steps to ensure sustainability of its mines.
“The business optimisation process includes options for all employees to apply for early retirement and voluntary separation,” said Thomas while declining to comment further on the number of staff that could exit employment as a result.
Diamond generates about 20 per cent of the South West Africa nation’s export earnings.