A Legacy Worth Celebrating

Namdeb Chief Executive Officer, Riaan Burger shares the progressive culture of excellence that emboldens Namibia’s oldest diamond miner.

Burger has been the Chief Executive Officer of Namdeb Diamond Corporation, since his appointment with the equal partnership between the government of Namibia and the international diamond giant De Beers in 2017. By then, he had already amassed 22 years of experience with the diamond mining company, having joined Namdeb in January 1995. His passion for the business and the lasting legacy this unique business will leave for the country is palpable.

Having successfully steered Namdeb beyond the threat of mine closure, which loomed over the 2 500 employees in the days leading into 2022, Burger shares a candid conversation about the recent down cycle of international diamond prices, ramping up operations to a scale to be able to outlive current and future market turbulence, achieving production targets simultaneously, and the lasting impression made by ‘Mining for Good.’

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