|According to a report by the Namibian Sun, Mbidhi Shavuka, the branch chairman of the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) at Oranjemund in Namibia has revealed that the union was informed a few months ago by the Namibia Diamond Corporation (Namdeb) - a joint venture between De Beers and the Namibian government - that operations at company's four land mines in Oranjemund would come to a halt over the next few years.
The diamond mining operations are expected to scale down over the next few years and come to a complete standstill by 2022, reports the news source.
Shavuka reportedly noted that the Elizabeth Bay operations will be shut down at the end of 2018, with Daberas following at the end of 2019, Sendelingsdrift in 2020, and Southern Coastal in 2022.Mining at sea, however, will continue and possibly intensify through DebMarine Namibia, a company wholly owned by the Namibia Diamond Corporation (Namdeb). This was reportedly confirmed by Tony Bessinger, Namdeb's head of town transformation and sustainability. "Despite reducing land-based production, diamond mining in the deeper sea will become the mainstay to continue contributions to the town for many years to come," said Bessinger, as quoted by Namibian Sun.