Three mines to reopen, 700 jobs envisaged

03 Apr 2019 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 03 APR (NAMPA) – Three mines are expected to be brought back into operation this year - creating 700 jobs, the Chamber of Mines of Namibia has announced.
The three are Uis Tin Mine, Namib Lead and Zinc mine and Desert Lion Energy’s Rubicon and Helikon Lithium mines which closed by the early 1990s.
Chamber of Mines Chief Executive Officer, Veston Malango announced this on Wednesday during the launch of the 2019 Mining Expo slated for 08 and 09 May 2019.
He said about 822 jobs were lost in the mining industry in the past year as a result of the economic downturn and the three mines are expected to offset this number of jobs lost.
Malango explained that the Uis Tin Mine owned by AfriTin closed in November 1990, while North River Resources’ Namib Lead and Zinc mine closed down in 1991 and Desert Lion Energy’s mines between 1989 and 1990.
The annual mining expo will be held under the theme ‘Celebrating 50 years of excellence and dedicated service to Namibia’s mining industry’.
The decreasing life of mines for some of Namibia’s operations is among the topics that will be discussed at the conference which runs concurrently with the expo, to explore sustainability for the sector through the discovery of new mines.