By Donna Collins
BIRTHDAY wishes came flooding in from all around the world, as Rössing Uranium celebrated its 40th anniversary recently, which in addition to the official opening of the new mining viewpoint in the open pit area, the momentous occasion was inaugurated by President Hage Geingob.
The day also served as a long service award ceremony for 10 graduates, plus 27 male and female employees – many of whom have been working for the mine since its inception celebrating between 30 to 40 years of service at the mine. The longest serving recipients were Theophelus Ganaseb and Edna Cloete Theophelus who started their careers with Rössing on September 1975 and 4 May 1979 respectively.
“As we celebrate our birthday, we also take note of the Heroes Day celebrations in our region … we commemorate the brave heroes and heroines of the Namibian liberation struggle with great dignity,” said Werner Duvenhage Managing, Rössing MD.
“As such we respectfully connect this theme of celebrating Namibian heroism, by ourselves celebrating the outstanding contributions of our own Rössing heroes and heroines who have contributed towards the success of our company”.
Furthermore the newly completed ‘President Hage Geingob Viewpoint’, which overlooks the panoramic open pit vista as far as the eye can see, was constructed with the aim to bringing mine visitors as close as possible to the action, without any added risk and without interfering with the mining process.
Each year Rossing hosts around 2 000 visitors to the mine, including Government and business leaders, industry peers, students, general public, tourists and employees’ families.
“The rock upon which Rössing was built is a competent and committed team of employees, some of them still with Rössing today – with more than 40 years of service! We are here today because of the ‘Working for Namibia’ ethos of the early teams – a legacy that gives us pride today to be employed by Rössing Uranium,” Duvenhage continued. “Reflecting on some of our highlights over 40 years, and despite our challenges, it is clear to me that we have greatly contributed to developing Namibia, from the economy, education, training and health services, to the community development initiatives of the Rössing Foundation since 1978. “Over the years we contributed significantly to creating value in Namibia by way of paying taxes and salaries; by purchasing goods and services (the majority from Namibian suppliers); by training and awarding bursaries; through development programmes, and sponsorships and donations – all in line with Namibia’s development goals,” he said.
Duvenhage also said that the open pit of Rössing Uranium –the longest-running open pit uranium mine in the world – and started out as a dream more than 40 years ago. Fast forward 40 years later, more than a billion tonnes of rock have been mined and more than 120 000 tonnes of uranium oxide from the same open pit have been contributed to the world’s nuclear power industry.
“As a mine we have shaped and guided future generations of Namibian, mining professionals – heroes in the Namibian mining industry, since we started in 1976, when the first load of uranium ore that came out of the open pit next to us was processed into uranium oxide (U3O8),” Duvenhage concluded.
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