21 Oct 2017 19:10pm
ORANJEMUND, 21 OCT (NAMPA) Minister of Works and Transport, Alpheus !Naruseb has made a stern call to all parties involved in the transformation of Oranjemund from a mining town to a local authority, to find a win-win solution for all.
Alluding that he was privately briefed on good and not so good things about the process, !Naruseb urged Namdeb, Government and the leadership attached to the transformation to seriously engage one another.
The minister set aside the prepared speech he was due to deliver on behalf of President Hage Geingob to address the audience off the cuff at the official opening of Oranjemund on Saturday.
Relating that he once too was a mineworker at Rössing [Uranium Mine] in Arandis, !Naruseb urged the Oranjemund stakeholders to avoid a situation with a poor end result.
Arandis is a case in point with a similar situation where workers were housed in close proximity to the workplace. History tells us what happened there, so let us not reinvent the wheel, he began.
!Naruseb said it was important to fix what needs fixing and urged the parties to knock on the door of the President if need be to avert the problems faced.
Resolve the hindrances and focus on what worked in the last 81 years that helped people in Oranjemund to coexist peacefully, he said.
Oranjemund was a closed mining town since 1936 until the official opening over the weekend. This means that permits are no longer required to enter the town.
!Naruseb said Namdeb was on the threshold of handing over everything associated with Oranjemund to the local authority and that this should be done amicably.
There is no them and us. All parties should move forward and no one involved in the negotiations should feel they received the raw end of the deliberations, he said.
He also called for unity and inclusivity in the process.
There is a place under the sun for everyone and my solemn appeal from the bottom of my heart is that we use common sense to co-exist, because we are failing, !Naruseb said.
Namdeb is a diamond mining public private joint venture owned equally by the Namibian government and DeBeers.