Uis small miners getting Govt attention

21 Jun 2015 14:10pm
RÖSSING, 21 JUN (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Mines and Energy is this year putting more effort into upgrading small-scale miners at Uis settlement in the Erongo Region.
The Minister of Mines and Energy, Obeth Kandjoze said this during an interview with Nampa during his familiarisation visit to Rössing Uranium mine near Arandis on Friday.
“The idea is to assist small miners to reposition themselves. This will be done by getting clients to buy their products at national level,” said Kandjoze.
Uis is located more than 80 kilometres east of Henties Bay.
Kandjoze said this is part of his ministry’s contribution to empowerment and poverty reduction.
He noted that the Uis community has been hit hard by poverty since the discontinuation of tin and tantalite mining in 1991, and he is therefore engaging stakeholders and foreign investors in mining to see how this community can be uplifted.
“Let us all join forces to help this unit get strong. To the mining fraternity, let’s continue to work together in the spirit of harambee,” he said.
‘Harambee’, a Swahili word mostly used in Kenya, means “let us all pull together”.
Kandjoze further noted that during his seven-day deliberations with the management of mines in the Erongo Region, he emphasised that the mining industry must be in close communication with his office to share information on poverty reduction.
“Constant discussions on how to properly utilise our resources and create employment should take primary concentration,” said the minister.
He said this communication also includes looking at the market and how grow the country’s economy can be grown.
River Deep Resources with the assistance of Walvis Bay businessman Knowledge Katti last year did their part to uplift the Uis community by availing N.dollars 5 million to the settlement.
Of this amount, N.dollars 4 million was set aside for the revival of the Uis Tin and Tantalite Mine and for the development of small mining projects for income generation.
The remaining amount was used to buy food and upgrade waterpoints at Uis.