Melbourne, Australia — MININGREVIEW.COM — 27 June 2008 – Following the resignation by Brian Phillips as chairman of Tawana Resources NL – an Australian-based company with a portfolio of diamond projects in South Africa, Botswana and Australia – the board has appointed Neil Barrie as executive chairman.
In announcing the appointment here, the company said Barrie’s brief was to drive development across its range of existing highly advanced diamond interests in South Africa and Botswana, and to seek out – through strategic alliance partners – new mineral opportunities with the major focus on iron ore, coal, gold and base metals in the highly prospective southern African countries.
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Barrie – an honours graduate from the University of Western Australia and a former KPMG Director – resides in Melbourne. He has 20 years experience in mining evaluation and corporate development throughout Australia, South Africa and Botswana.
He commented: “I am very encouraged by the sound technical depth of this emerging company. To date, they have identified some exceptional diamond deposits, with Kareevlei in South Africa proceeding to mining status in the very near future. Additionally, we will be seeking to source and evaluate prospective investment opportunities in additional resource projects, with the aim of increasing our opportunities to enhance shareholder value.”
Barrie went on to say: “I take over at a time where there is increasing focus in South and Southern Africa, and our already established presence and excellent strategic alliance partners provide us with a solid platform for strategic growth.”