Debmarine Namibia (DBMN) is a joint-venture marine diamond prospecting and mining company owned in equal shares by the Government of the Republic of
Namibia and De Beers. The Company mines in the off-shore mining license area off the southern coast of Namibia, at water depths of between 70 and 140 meters.
DBMN operates five production vessels, namely: the mv. Debmar Atlantic, mv Debmar Pacific, mv !Gariep, mv Grand Banks and mv Peace In Africa. Two mining technologies are deployed, the airlift-drill mining technology and the crawler mining technology. These two technologies are applied to suit different ground conditions. The Company continues to excel in all aspects of its operation, notably in the areas of safety, health, skills development, environment, sustainability and mining.
Safety and Occupational Health
DBMN is committed to Zero Harm in terms of the safety of its employees. The Company was awarded the De Beers Chairman Safety Shield in 2011. All employees participate in regular safety training programmes to ensure continuous safety risk awareness and management.
DBMN has a leading on-site voluntary counselling and testing facility (VCT). The VCT programme makes anti-retroviral therapy available free of charge to all affected employees and their life partners. The Company has regular on-site baseline screening check-ups for early identification of chronic and acute illnesses and to educate, counsel and refer employees with chronic and acute illnesses.
DBMN is ISO 14001, ISM and OHSAS 18001 certified, in line with its commitment to safety and environmental management.
The most important asset of DBMN is its people. The Company puts significant emphasis on skills development through a wide range of bursary programmes, technical training, long-term trainee and self-study assistance programmes, leadership development and safety awareness programmes. The in-house coaching programme enhances employee engagement, accountability, improves performance and entrenches a positive coaching culture in the Company.
Skills development is critical to the Company and ensures that our investment in the development of local talent empowers our employees, our communities and fosters economic opportunity for Namibia in support of Vision 2030.
The Namibianisation of the DBMN workforce is a key initiative that is driven at the highest level. At present, Namibians make up 77% of the DBMN workforce, a major increase from 18% when the Company migrated from South Africa to Namibia in 2002.
Signing of the 2012/14 Substantive Agreement
DBMN and the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) concluded the 2012/2014 substantive negotiations by signing a two-year Substantive Agreement, which provides for increases in basic wages and improvements in other conditions of service. Relations between the Parties continue to be constructive with mutual appreciation, understanding and respect throughout the negotiations.
DBMN’s prospecting and mining operations are certified to the ISO 14001 international standard. This standard specifies requirements for an environmental management system to support environmental protection and prevention of pollution in line with legal requirements and socio economic needs, in close consultation with key stakeholders and affected parties.
The DBMN social responsibility committee continues to make donations to worthy causes, with a focus on education (science and technology), sustainable enterprise development and health.
Protection of the DBMN diamond product is highly developed and technologically advanced.
The Company demonstrated compliance in addressing social, business, mining, environmental and ethical standards, through the Diamond Best Practice Principles Assurance audit programme, as a JV member of the De Beers Group of Companies. The De Beers Group of Companies received a full three-year Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) certification.
Debmarine Namibia aims to be the global benchmark in marine mining.