The owner of the Kombat mine in the Otjozondjupa region, Trigon Mining Namibia, has built a community garden in the Kombat settlement to employ 80 women and contribute to the community’s sustainability.
After 14 years of closure due to a downturn in copper prices and a power outage that resulted in the mine flooding, Trigon Mining Namibia expects to resume open-pit mining at Kombat Mine next month.
The community garden is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility and has 2,5 hectares of land under irrigation for crop production to plant onions, tomatoes, lettuce and cabbage.
Vice president of operations Fanie Muller says the mine wants to invest in the community to sustain itself well beyond its years of mining.
“Water is the greatest resource at Kombat. So we want to ensure we utilise it well for the benefit of the community as well as the mine,” Muller says.
The company aims to extend the current amount of land under irrigation and has planted maize of 1,5 hectares with the support of a farmer in the Kombat area.
Heinz von Biljon made his tractors, staff and seedlings available for the extension.