Rössing maintains training despite low prices in 2016

25 Apr 2017 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 25 APR (NAMPA) - Rio Tinto's Rössing Uranium Limited on Monday disclosed its Report to Stakeholders 2016 and commended its workforce and surrounding community for their resilience and cooperation.
Rössing Managing Director (MD) Werner Duvenhage told reporters that despite many challenges such as the drop of uranium prices during 2016 due to various external factors, the mine’s employees have shown resilience and overcame tough times.
“To our credit, we had an excellent supply of uranium-bearing ore from our open pit,” Duvenhage said, adding the mine is operating on an approved ‘Life-of-Mine Plan’ to 2025.
The large open-pit operation is located in Arandis, about 70 kilometres from Swakopmund, and the MD commended the community they operate in.
The company employs 967 people, of which 98.4 per cent are Namibians and 17 per cent are women.
Duvenhage said the mine’s strategic focus is to continue training employees and funding studies to address skills shortages in Namibia.
In 2016, 11 students received financial support to study at tertiary institutions, and 10 internships were made available.
“Despite challenging economic times, we invested a total of N.dollars 7.6 million in various training programmes, benefitting 130 participants,” Duvenhage said.