14 Feb 2017 11:40am
SWAKOPMUND, 14 FEB (NAMPA) The Metal and Allied Namibian Workers Union (Manwu) on Monday officially ceased their representation of construction workers at Swakop Uraniums Husab mine.
Union President Angula Angula made the announcement at a media conference in Swakopmund.
He said although they still have a few members amongst the sub-contractors who are wrapping up their work, the union has ceased their representation.
Being a representative in the construction industry we can no longer represent members because the construction of the mine is completed and our members left.
They have now handed over the responsibility to the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN), which represents mine workers.
Also speaking at the media conference, Swakop Uranium Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Zheng Keping confirmed that construction is complete and they are just finalising work on the processing plant.
He said by 2018, the mine is expected to be in full production even though they had already produced their first 400 kilogrammes of uranium, also known as yellowcake or Urania by 30 December 2016.
Zheng said during the construction phase the mine employed 4 500 temporary employees through contractors and sub-contractors.
These people will now be phased out because they do not have the skills required for mining, but an additional 1 500 will get permanent employment, Zheng said, adding that they are now equipped with knowledge and skills they can use to get jobs in the construction industry.
The CEO said his company had a good relationship with Manwu since their agreement in 2014.
He also said there was goodwill and sound interactions between Swakop Uranium and the contracted companies and their employees.
Located about 22 kilometres south of Arandis in the Erongo Region, the mine is owned by China General Nuclear Power Company and other Chinese partners with a 90 per cent share. The Namibian Government-owned Epangelo Mining has a 10 per cent share.