Dawe is new B2Gold mine MD

OTJIWARONGO: The Otjikoto B2Gold Mine in Namibia on Wednesday officially announced the appointment of Mark Dawe as its new Managing Director (MD).

Dave was formerly the MD at Okorusu Fluorspar Mine.

According to B2Gold’s Public Relations Manager, Gretha du Plessis, the gold mine’s Board of Directors appointed Dawe as MD late in 2014 already.

Du Plessis said Dawe is expected to officially take up his new position on 01 February 2015.

He is taking over from Bill Lytle, who was promoted last year to the position of B2Gold’s Corporate Vice-President for Africa.

“Lytle is expected to hand over the reins to Dawe in the next few months, before going forward with his new position where he is tasked to oversee other mine projects in Mali and Burkina Faso. B2Gold Namibia will still fall under Lytle,” said Du Plessis.

The Otjikoto B2Gold Mine on 11 December 2014 celebrated its first locally-produced gold.

Dawe has a Degree in Metallurgy and was also President of the Namibian Chambers of Mines.

He has a keen interest in environmental protection and corporate social responsibility, Du Plessis said.

The Otjikoto B2Gold Mine is located approximately 300 kilometres north of Windhoek on a farm situated between Otjiwarongo and Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.

The mine was officially launched by Mines and Energy Minister, Isak Katali in May 2013.