ASX-listed Walkabout Resources has appointed experienced mining executive Charl van der Merwe as GM of the Lindi Jumbo graphite mine, in Tanzania.
Bringing over 35 years’ experience, including senior and executive positions in mine development and management with major, mid-tier and junior miners worldwide, Van der Merwe has held positions as COO, GM and group mining engineer across Africa the Middle East, Europe and Asia.
Over his career, he has managed development projects with budgets in excess of $100-million and across commodities including gold, diamonds, base and precious minerals, uranium and coal.
The initial 40 000 t/y Lindi Jumbo graphite mine is currently under construction and an estimated six months away from the start of commissioning after finalising further funding and shipments of the remainder of the mechanical equipment currently in storage at the engineering, procurement and construction contractor, in China, start.
“We are delighted to have secured the services of a highly experienced executive of Charl’s calibre. His appointment is testament to our confidence in the development of this landmark project as he leads the dedicated team at Lindi Jumbo in advance of its commissioning.
“This appointment significantly bolsters the company as it prepares for an exciting growth phase, with its high-quality, high-margin flake graphite mine earmarked to come on line during a forecast period of severe global graphite supply shortfall,” comments Walkabout CEO Andrew Cunningham.