Swapo in //Kharas calls out tantalite mine

26 Sep 2018 09:50am
KEETMANSHOOP, 26 SEP (NAMPA) – The Swapo Party in the //Kharas Region has called upon the management of the Namibian Tantalite Mine at Warmbad to come out with clear plans on the future operations at the mine.
The party’s regional coordinator, Matheus Mumbala made the call at a press briefing here on Tuesday.
He said the party is suspicious about the company as it closed down “unceremoniously” after being in operation for only a few years.
Mumbala said the management should be clear about when the 10-20 people, which form the skeleton crew, will start work or with production at the mine.
“These people always come here and do production, go back to their countries and leave our people unemployed. And if they have sold everything, they come back and open the mine again, this repetition should stop,” Mumbala claimed.
The party, he added, expected the mine management to enhance service delivery, increase productivity and improve labour relations, noting that it is sad to have been informed that workers were sent home without clear information about the future of the mine.
Mumbala went on to say: “The tantalite valley qualifies also to be treated as land owned by foreigners, because they just come to mine or harvest what they want, a phenomenon seemly to be exploitation and compromising the job security of Namibians.”
The mine laid off 94 out of 105 employees at the end of August citing water shortage and lack of production.
Mumbala further queried the intention of Namdeb to sell the Elizabeth Bay Mine in Lüderitz.
“We are starting to question the credibility of the people who are supervising Namdeb on behalf of Government, because as citizens we are only updated on the lost side of production but not profits,” he stressed.
It is speculated that the mine is now in the final stages to be sold and the Swapo Party wants Namibians to be granted the opportunity to buy the mine and not foreigners.
“Until when are Namibians going to be denied the opportunity to own their resources in their motherland, especially now with pressing issues of land, our land our mines,” Mumbala added.