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OKACOM commends ReconAfrica for transparency

OKACOM commends ReconAfrica for transparency

Business Reporter


The Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM) Executive Secretary Phera Ramoeli commented ReconAfrica for transparency of their project, during a recent courtesy visit to their operations in the Kavango East region of Namibia.


“We want to thank you for your openness and dealing with us in terms of project presentation and information sharing. I’m sure that this is going to be a continuous engagement so that we are able to learn more about what is happening,” said Executive Secretary Phera Ramoeli.


OKACOM is a river basin organisation established by the riparian states Angola, Botswana and Namibia to jointly manage resources of the Cubango-Okavango River Basin.


The OKACOM delegation consisting of six members Phera Ramoeli Executive Secretary of the Okavango River Basin Commission, Tracy Molefi, Programme Coordinator, Portia Segomelo, Reinhold Kambuli Project Coordinator and Dr Casper Bonyongo Senior Scientific Officer at OKACOM, visited the second stratigraphic drilling site and seismic camp for a full understanding of the operations.


ReconAfrica Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission OKACOM Executive Secretary Phera Ramoeli Kavango Namibia
PICTURED: The Executive Secretary of the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission (OKACOM), Phera Ramoeli. Photo: OKACOM


As an important stakeholder, the delegation from the secretariat visited the operation to engage the company about its current activities.


The delegation indicated that they are, on a daily, inundated with questions and comments regarding ReconAfrica’s project and its effects on the environment.


The delegation was pleased to hear and see the environmental protection measures put in place by the company, further stating that they see this visit as the start of an ongoing relationship to keep the secretariat updated and informed about the project.


ReconAfrica presented to the delegation that the company is in all aspects of its operations, committed to minimal disturbances in line with international leading standards, implementing environmental and social best practices.


ReconAfrica recently completed drilling of its second stratigraphic well and is engaging in a 2D seismic programme, following the granting of their Environmental Clearance Certificate for this activity.


“OKACOM is an imperative stakeholder as we are operating in an area that falls under their mandate We are extremely pleased to have hosted the representatives from the secretariat as this provided an opportunity to foster a good working relationship with this important stakeholder,” Reconnaissance Energy Namibia Communications and Stakeholder Relation head, Mwanyengwa Ndapewoshali Shapwanale said.


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