The 11th MTE show in Kathu, Northern Cape, took place on 22 June. With over 230 registered visitors and 50 exhibitors including suppliers of pumps, mining machines, gear boxes, lifting equipment, trackless equipment, fire suppression equipment and conveyor technology, the exhibition created the ideal networking and product showcase opportunity for AeL Northern Cape. AeL exhibited our range of portable charging units, electronic delay detonators and a mobile manufacturing unit (MMU).
AeL’s Divisional Director in the Northern Cape, Thabo Makeki, together with AeL’s technical experts engaged with potential customers and industry partners at the exhibition.
Kathu is the iron ore capital of the Northern Cape and is home to sishen mine, Khumani mine, Tshipi é Ntle mine and other small mining operations. The town and accompanying industrial area of sishen developed due to iron ore mining activity in the Kalahari.
More than 100 exhibitors from the country’s major mines and mining industry service providers participated in the event. These included the likes of AeCI, Rio Tinto, Namdeb, B2Gold and Rössing among others.
The mining industry remains one of the largest contributors to Gross Domestic Product, constituting 12.5 percent in 2015, and contributes an average of 50 percent to Namibia’s foreign exchange earnings. “The benefits of a modern and well-run mining sector to the Namibian economy are plenty and remain important drivers for economic growth,” said Veston Malango CeO of the Chamber of Mines.
The Mining Conference, which is an integral part of the expo, covered crucial topics such as water security concerns, uranium market dynamics and mining contribution to national development, among others.
Commenting on the local mining industry, Malango emphasised the benefits the economy reaps from its well-established mining sector. The Namibian mining industry provides jobs to about 9 000 permanent employees, of which 95.5 percent are Namibians and only 5 percent are expatriates. Together with contractors, the industry provides jobs to about 19 000 people and given a multiplier effect of 7, the industry provides livelihoods to over 100 000 people. In all endeavours the industry has developed solutions to urgent problems, hand-in-hand with government, local authorities, employees, unions and the Namibian nation at large.
AeCI Mining and Chemical services Namibia was represented by Ritzema Nel (Country Manager Namibia) who together with the AeCI and Chemical Initiatives teams exhibited a wide suite of products at the exhibition.