New De Beers Venetia Mine General Manager introduced to the media

The newly appointed General Manager of De Beers Venetia Mine, Gerrie Nortje (left) pictured with the Communications Manager of Musina Municipality Wilson Dzebu and the editor of the Limpopo Mirror, Wikus Lee (right) during the media breakfast sessionThe newly appointed General Manager of De Beers Venetia Mine, Gerrie Nortje (left) pictured with the Communications Manager of Musina Municipality Wilson Dzebu and the editor of the Limpopo Mirror, Wikus Lee (right) during the media breakfast session

The newly appointed General Manager of De Beers Venetia Mine, Gerrie Nortje said he is committed to the continued development of the mine and the communities in which they operate. Nortje was addressing members of the media during the breakfast session which was recently held at Venetia Guesthouse in Musina. The session was meant to introduce Nortje to members of the media. Nortje replaces Benford Mokoatle who left the mine for greener pastures after serving for eleven months.

Nortje is not a novice in the mining industry. He worked as Assistant General Manager responsible for production for a year at the same mine before his new appointment. He also boast several years of experience in senior management positions both at Anglo and Xtrata mining houses.

Nortje said it is important for the mine to develop good working relationship with members of the media to accelerate community engagement. “As Venetia Mine, we are very excited to host you this morning. Media plays a very critical role in community development and as such, we should embrace them as part of our big family at Venetia Mine.  I know that journalists and editors are very busy people but the fact that you have put aside everything to honour this session means a lot to us. We are looking forward to a continued engagement with media to share information that will improve the lives of our people. Open conversations like this one assist us to easily communicate the successes of our social labour plans to our communities. It is through media that community members should know that we have spent millions of rands to improve services in our labour sending areas.”

He added that he will continue with the mine’s commitment of ‘safety first’ and ‘zero harm’ while at the same time consolidating the employer’s obligation of encouraging good health lifestyle to all employees. “We care much about our employees because they are the driving force behind our success. These are the people who will help us to achieve our objective of converting our operations from open pit to underground mining. Let me take this opportunity to inform members of the media that our open pit mining is expected to continue until 2021 and production in the underground mine is scheduled to commence in 2022 and continue to 2043.”

The editor of the Limpopo Mirror, Mr Wikus Lee, is one of the representatives of media houses who attended the media breakfast session. He said: “We take the invitation very seriously because we regard Venetia Mine as one of our main content providers in our news room. We will continue to build our already blossoming relationship with various stakeholders, including De Beers Venetia Mine, to improve the lives of our people through development journalism.”

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