Rössing Uranium Limited
Rössing Uranium – More than 40 Years of Working for Namibia
Rössing Uranium, which is majority-owned by Rio Tinto, is one of Namibia’s three uranium producing mines. It is the world’s longest running open pit uranium mine, celebrated 40 years of working for Namibia in 2016, and contributing to the social and economic prosperity of our country.
The Rössing Foundation, established in 1978, implements and facilitates programmes and projects that express our corporate social responsibility towards Namibian communities. It undertakes a range of activities across a spectrum of community development, vocational education and training. Well-developed programmes and projects of the Rössing Foundation focus on education, enterprise development (e.g. Ûiba-Ôas Crystal Market near Usakos) and the economic transformation of Arandis (e.g. Dreamland agribusiness), thus supporting the Namibian government’s goals for economic advancement, social progression and infrastructure development. These activities are concentrated in the Erongo Region, but they also fan out to the Omaheke, Hardap, Ohangwena, Oshana, Omusati and Zambezi regions.
The Rössing Foundation has been working in partnership with the Government of Namibia since 1990. Activities include social accountability and school governance projects (e.g. school board training and exchange-exposure programmes between schools to share and learn from each other); strengthening the capacity of teachers and learners, leadership and management programmes and resource sharing and exchanging expertise. To address educational challenges facing Namibia, the Rössing Foundation assists the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture by availing opportunities to teachers and learners to acquire subject content knowledge to improve their competencies in English, Mathematics and the Sciences. To this effect the Rössing Foundation built and operates three state-of-the-art English, Mathematics and Science Centres in Arandis, Swakopmund and Ondangwa. The mobile education centre launched in 2015 is a first for Namibia and is a replica of the successful Mathematics & Science centres.
Being an employer of choice, Rössing Uranium provides long-term and rewarding employment. The current workforce of close to 1 000 employees consists of 98% Namibians. Through employment creation we make significant contributions to society and the economy, and strive to keep our workforce engaged through implementing initiatives that benefit both the company and its workforce. Some of these initiatives focus on learning and development (granting of bursaries to support students in various fields; apprenticeship training including bursaries and job attachments for on-the-job learning).
As a major employer and purchaser of goods and services, Rössing Uranium makes a significant annual contribution to economic development in the Erongo Region in particular and to Namibia at large. The mine’s annual procurement spend has a significant “multiplier effect” – the phenomenon where spending by one company creates income for further spending by others. In 2015, procurement of goods and services for our operations amounted to N$ 1.78 billion, of which 73% were spent with Namibian suppliers. Other contributions include Government revenue through PAYE, royalties, tax and dividends, in addition to salaries paid to our employees.
Though the uranium industry is facing tough times, we are particularly proud that our employees have shown resilience, commitment and creativity in overcoming the challenges. We therefore look forward to keep working for Namibia for a long time to come.