Construction of Swakop Uranium progressing well

18 Sep 2013 12:00
WINDHOEK, 18 SEP (NAMPA) – Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob on Wednesday cautioned a Chinese mining company here not to import its workforce from China, but to employ Namibians.
Geingob issued the warning to chairperson of Swakop Uranium, Zhiping Yu when he paid a courtesy call on the premier to inform him about the development and progress of the mining project.
Zhiping was accompanied by the mine's Chief Executive Officer Zheng Keping and Epangelo Mining Company Managing Director Eliphas Hawala.
Swakop Uranium is currently developing and constructing the world’s second largest uranium mine near the town of Swakopmund. The world’s first largest uranium mine is in Canada.
“We are proud that China has decided to invest in our country, whereby some local companies such as NamPower and Namwater will have an opportunity to provide services,” Geingob said.
Zhiping assured the Prime Minister that his company will obey laws and regulations of the country when it comes to work permits and environment issues.
He said China and Namibia have a long political relationship, which is now needed to be strengthened to economic ties.
The new uranium mining project, which is set for inauguration in April next year, is estimated to create 7 000 permanent jobs to Namibians.
The groundbreaking ceremony of the mine took place on 18 April 2013, and was officiated by Minister of Mines and Energy Isaka Katali.
At the same occasion, Swakop Uranium handed over N.dollars 100 000 to the government’s Disaster Risk Fund as the company’s contribution towards the drought crisis in Namibia.