Alweendo dismisses claims over delay in trasferring mineral exploration license

11 Jul 2019 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JUL (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Mines and Energy has dismissed allegations circulating on social media that it has been slow in transferring a mineral deposit retention licence from the Rosh Pinah Zinc Corporation to Gergarub Exploration and Mining Limited Company.
Mines and Energy Minister, Tom Alweendo, said in a statement issued on Thursday that the ministry was disappointed with the allegations that it was slow in transferring the license to Gergarub Exploration and Mining Limited Company.
He said the report(s) allege that approximately 2000 jobs would be lost if the ministry does not approve the licence for a new venture between Skorpion Zinc and Rosh Pinah Zinc in a company called Gergarub.
Rosh Pinah Zinc Corporation holds a 49 per cent interest in Gergarub.
“It is against this background, that the ministry would like to state that the application requesting to transfer the mineral deposit retention licence 2616 was received on 25 March 2019 and the minister approved the transfer of the license with effect from 17 June 2019.”
He said the ministry further encouraged the Mine Workers Union of Namibia to follow up on the matter with Rosh Pinah Zinc Corporation.