TSX-listed Ivanhoe Mines has announced that Kamoa Copper SA has appointed Ben Munanga as chairman of its board of directors. Kamoa Copper is the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) operating company of the joint venture between Ivanhoe Mines, Zijin Mining Group, Crystal River, and the Government of the DRC that is developing the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Mine.
Munanga has been the general manager of Ivanhoe Mines Energy DRC (IVEN) – a sister company of Kamoa Copper that is responsible for delivering reliable, clean, renewable hydropower to the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Mine – since August 2015.
Munanga has served as the general manager of Ivanhoe Mines Energy DRC (IVEN) since August 2015. Prior to joining IVEN, Munanga was the head of Power, Infrastructure & Bulk Services with Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) since 2009.
Munanga is an electrical engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Mons, Belgium. He currently is chairman of the Energy Commission of the Chamber of Mines. Before joining the mining industry in 2006, he held various senior positions in Eskom, South Africa for 11 years.
In a concurrent move, Olivier Binyingo, Ivanhoe Mines’ vice president public affairs DRC, was appointed to the board of directors of Kamoa Copper to further enhance Kamoa Copper’s collaboration with government partners and local communities.
Munanga replaces Louis Watum as chairman of Kamoa Copper’s board of directors. Watum has been appointed general manager of Ivanhoe’s Kipushi zinc-copper-silver project, a joint-venture with the DRC state-owned mining company La Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines). Watum also serves as president of the Chamber of Mines at the Federation of Enterprises of Congo (FEC).
“We would also like to acknowledge Ben for his excellent work in upgrading the Mwadingusha hydropower plant; a private-public partnership with the DRC’s state-owned power company La Société Nationale d’Electricité (SNEL) that is providing clean hydro-generated electricity to the national grid for Kamoa-Kakula’s Phase 1 and Phase 2 production, as well as local communities,” said Robert Friedland, CEO of Ivanhoe. “During his six-year tenure at Ivanhoe Mines Energy DRC, Ben has become a trusted leader. His knowledge of our businesses and proven ability to partner across the industry make him ideal to advance our efforts at Kamoa Copper.”