20 Mar 2016 10:40am
HUSAB, 20 MAR (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob has applauded Swakop Uranium for creating employment at the Husab Uranium mine located 22 kilometres south of Arandis in the Erongo Region.
There are currently 4 500 temporary workers, mostly women, and 1 300 permanent employees.
Geingob, together with President of Mali Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, visited the N.dollars 20 billion worth uranium mine on Saturday.
I always say we do not eat Uranium, so if someone who will create employment for our people and pay loyalty need the Uranium, then we welcome them, Geingob said after Swakop Uranium Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Zheng KePing presented the mine's employment figures.
Geingob said employment creation is crucial for Namibia.
Some of the workers who are here were unemployed, thats why I openly praise you.
Zheng said when the mine construction started in May 2014, there were 4 000 contract workers but that figure increased to 4 500 as the work reaches the peak in 2016.
He said construction is progressing well, with 95 per cent of the work already completed.
With 1 300 permanent employees already, we are close to reaching our target of 2 000 permanent employees when construction is completed towards the end of this year, said Zheng, also using the opportunity to encourage women to apply for jobs at the mine.
He said this is because the company strives for women and young empowerment in Namibia.
Husab contributes seven per cent to Namibias Gross Domestic Product (GDP) annually and pays about N.dollars 200 million in royalty per annum.
Ore mining from the two pits started in March 2014 and by the end of February 2016, 1.7 million tonnes of ore were mined from one pit.
Ore in the second pit is not reached yet.
On Sunday, the two African leaders proceeded to Walvis Bay to visit Seawork Fish Processors factory and inspect construction work on the expansion of the Port of Walvis Bay.
The Presidents will be in Windhoek for Namibias 26th Independence Anniversary celebration on Monday.