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Uranium association announces new appointments

The Namibian Uranium Association (NUA) is an independent association representing the interests of all operating uranium mines, most of the uranium exploration companies and contractors associated with the industry.

It is governed by a board of trustees. The purpose of the association is to promote the development of an efficient uranium industry committed to sustainable development and in compliance with Namibian laws and regulations.

Hilifa Mbako was elected NUA’s new chairperson with effect from 1 January 2016 for the next two years. He takes over from Deon Garbers, the senior executive vice president of Swakop Uranium, who led NUA during the past two years. Mbako is the managing director of Areva Namibia and its subsidiary companies. Mbako joined Areva Namibia as country manager in December 2009 and became chairman of Areva Processing Namibia in November 2011.

NUA also appointment Werner Ewald as the acting deputy chairman. Ewald is the general manager of Bannerman Resources Namibia.

He chairs the NUA sustainable development committee that leads the development of the industry’s positions on key issues affecting the expansion of uranium exploration, mining and exports. His focus during the next two years will be on the importance of water and power supply in the Erongo region.

Gabi Schneider was appointed as executive director of the Namibian Uranium Institute (NUI) with effect from 1 February 2016. Schneider takes over from Dr Wotan Swiegers, who retires after having led NUI since its inception in 2009.

Schneider serves on numerous platforms, notably as the president of the Organisation of African Geological Surveys (2013-2016) and the vice chairperson of the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia.

She is a director of the Minerals Development Fund of Namibia; the vice chairperson of the board of trustees of the Namibian Institute for Mining and Technology (Nimt); a member of the Sustainable Development Council of Namibia, and a member of the Benguela Current Commission.

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