Navachab Gold Mine

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Gold quartz from the Navachab Gold Mine.
Navachab Gold Mine is located in Namibia
Navachab Gold Mine
Navachab Gold Mine
Location in Namibia
Location Karibib
Region Erongo
Country Namibia
Coordinates 21°56′S 015°51′E / 21.933°S 15.850°E / -21.933; 15.850Coordinates: 21°56′S 015°51′E / 21.933°S 15.850°E / -21.933; 15.850
Company QKR
Website QKR website
Year of acquisition 2014

The Navachab Gold Mine is an open-pit gold mine situated near Karibib, in the Erongo Region of Namibia. The operation is owned by QKR.[1]

Navachab, the only gold mine in Namibia, takes its name from the local Navachab farm, which the gold deposit was found beneath. The deposit is located 6 km south of the Okahandja-Swakopmund road.[2]


The first gold discoveries in Namibia were made in 1899. Gold mining begun in the country in 1933 but was later abandoned again because of low grades.[3][2]

The Navachab gold deposit was discovered in October 1984 as a result of an exploration programme conducted. An appraisal was carried out in 1986, followed by feasibility study in 1987, which decided to proceed with the development of the mine. Construction work at the site began in 1988 and was completed within 21 months. Production started at Navachab in 1989, pouring its first gold bar in December 1989.[2] Originally jointly-owned by the Erongo Exploration and Mining Company (70%), the Metal Mining Company of Canada (20%) and Rand Mines Exploration, AngloGold acquired a 70% interest in the mine in 1998, which it increased to a 100% the following year.[3] In 2004, AngloGold and Ashanti merged to form AngloGold Ashanti.

The mine is no longer the only gold mine in Namibia.[3] In 2003, the AngloGold made the decision to switch to owner-mining instead of using contractors. The decision was made after the life of the mine could be extended considerably.[4] It was later claimed by some former contract employees that they had been promised permanent jobs with AngloGold after the switch but not received them.[5] In 2009, the mine employed 578 people, all of which were permanent employees.[6]

For the first time since the start of operations at Navachab, the mine experienced a fatal accident on 2 June 2009 when a drill-rig operator was fatally injured.[6]

Navachab was acquired by QKR from AngloGold Ashanti in June 2014.[1]


Production figures of the recent past were:

Year Production Grade Cost per ounce
2003 [7] 73,000 ounces 1.75 g/t US$ 274
2004 [7] 67,000 ounces 1.59 g/t US$ 348
2005 [7] 81,000 ounces 2.05 g/t US$ 381
2006 [8] 86,000 ounces 1.81 g/t US$ 265
2007 [6] 80,000 ounces 1.56 g/t US$ 419
2008 [6] 68,000 ounces 1.43 g/t US$ 534
2009 [6] 65,000 ounces 1.58 g/t US$ 622


  1. ^ a b [1] QKR website, accessed: 8 July 2014
  2. ^ a b c Henckert, Wolfgang (16 March 2006). "Navachab Gold Mine". Henckert Tourist Centre. 
  3. ^ a b c Country report: Namibia AngloGold Ashanti website, accessed: 8 August 2010
  4. ^ Navachab to switch to owner mining, published: 17 October 2003, accessed: 8 August 2010
  5. ^ Navachab shrugs off claims on job offers The Namibian, published: 7 July 2004, accessed: 8 August 2010
  6. ^ a b c d e Annual Report 2009 AngloGold Ashanti website, accessed: 27 July 2010
  7. ^ a b c Annual Report 2005 AngloGold Ashanti website, accessed: 11 July 2010
  8. ^ Annual Report 2006 AngloGold Ashanti website, accessed: 11 July 2010

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