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The Working Groups of the Sustainable Development Committee


Services Working Group

The Services Working Group was formed to enhance the uranium mines’ focus on power and water supply issues. Intermediate and long-term power supply security and the sourcing of sufficient quantities of bulk water at viable and cost-effective tariffs are the key issues addressed by this Working Group. Members of the Working Group were also actively involved in the Ministry of Mines and Energy’s process to develop a new National Energy Policy and the formulation of an Integrated Resource Plan.

Members of the Services Working Group

Werner Ewald, Chair (Bannerman Resources)
Frances Anderson, (Langer Heinrich Uranium)
Martin Hirsch, (Reptile Mineral Resources (Pty) Ltd)
John Kandjungu, (Reptile Mineral Resources (Pty) Ltd)
Sandra Müller, (ORANO)
Tinus Prinsloo (Bannerman Resources)
Hennie Steyn (Swakop Uranium)
Dr Gabi Schneider, (NUI)

Radiation Safety Working Group

Uranium mining has the potential to contaminate the environment and to affect the health of workers and the public by exposing them to ionising radiation. Consequently, the discipline of radiation safety in the Namibian uranium mining industry requires skilled professionals able to competently manage radiation safety in the workplace and in the environment affected by uranium mining. Effective radiation protection must ensure minimal harm from ionising radiation to people and the environment. This can only be achieved if adequately trained professionals manage radiation protection in the workplace. A structured uranium product stewardship program is required to ensure that public fears about radiation are addressed factually und unemotionally. The Radiation Safety Working Group was established to address the challenges associated with building and maintaining capacity in radiation safety in Namibia.
The Radiation Safety Working Group consists of members from the operating uranium mines in Namibia, as well as from exploration companies. The Working Group identifies issues relating to radiation protection that may potentially pose a risk to the industry; develops and promotes best practice guidelines for radiation protection in the uranium mining industry; suggests initiatives to promote awareness about radiation protection; and supports the Namibian Uranium Association in its initiatives towards building capacity in radiation protection.

Members of the Radiation Safety Working Group

Nelao Endjala, Chair (Rössing Uranium Ltd)
Frances Anderson (Langer Heinrich Uranium)
Werner Ewald (Bannerman Resources)
Efraim Ihemba (Swakop Uranium)
Fulencia Louw (Swakop Uranium)
Hennie Steyn (Swakop Uranium)
Lourencia Mungunda (Reptile Mineral Resources (Pty) Ltd)
Kaarina Nkandi (ORANO)
Tinus Prinsloo (Bannerman Resources)
Dr Bertram Schleicher (Rössing Uranium Ltd)
Abigail Shidute (Rössing Uranium Ltd)
Dr Gabi Schneider (NUI)

Water and Air Quality Working Group

The Water and Air Quality Management Working Group was established to assist the uranium operations in safeguarding their reputation as a safe and responsible industry. The Working Group assists the Namibian Uranium Association in promoting and sharing leading practices and transferring knowledge with regard to water and quality management and advises the Nambian Uranium Association and the Namibian Uranium Institute from a uranium industry-wide perspective. The Working Group also provides a uranium industry-wide opportunity to discuss and examine water and air quality related risks and advises the Sustainable Development Committee on the co-ordination and prioritization of water and air quality risk management issues throughout the industry. It aims to encourage and foster greater awareness of water and air quality risk management aspects at all levels in the uranium industry, which calls for the identification of risks and the understanding of pressing issues and their effects in the longer term.

Members of the Water and Air Quality Working Group

Sandra Müller, Chair (ORANO)
Frances Anderson (Langer Heinrich Uranium)
Jessica Bezuidenhout (Marenica Energy)
Carlene Binneman (Swakop Uranium)
Michael Binneman (Swakop Uranium)
Stefaans Gaeseb (Rössing Uranium Ltd)
Martin Hirsch (Reptile Mineral Resources and Exploration Ltd)
Julia Kamatoto (Rössing Uranium Ltd)
John Kandjungu (Reptile Mineral Resources and Exploration Ltd)
Vistorina Nangolo (Rössing Uranium Ltd)
Kaarina Nkandi (ORANO)
Tinus Prinsloo (Bannerman Resources)
Rainer Schneeweiss ( Rössing Uranium Ltd)
Ilka Schröer (Swakop Uranium)
Ignatius Shaduka (Rössing Uranium Ltd)
Dr Gabi Schneider (NUI)

Swakop River Farmer’s Working Group

The Swakop River Farmer’s Working Group was put in place in order to address concerns of this particular stakeholder group. Farming in the immediate vicinity of mining operations can potentially lead to conflicting situations, such as competition for water, to name but one example. Indeed, the Swakop River farmers utilise a source of groundwater for their irrigation schemes, which is also utilised in part by the uranium mines, and a coordinated approach is therefore required. Of particular importance here is the quality of the water, as the irrigation schemes are downstream from the mines. Meetings are held to give information about projects and mining operations to the farmers, as well as availing them an opportunity to raise any concerns they might have.

Members of the Swakop River Farmer’s Working Group

Valereis Geldenhuys-Venter, Co-Chair (Farmer Owner)
Rainer Schneeweiss, Co-Chair (Rössing Uranium Ltd)
Frances Anderson (Langer Heinrich Uranium)
Elbe Becker (Gobabeb)
Carlene Binneman (Swakop Uranium)
Siegfried Eckleben, (Plot Owner)
George Ellis (Plot Owner)
Werner Ewald (Bannerman Resources)
Hartmut Fahrbach (Plot Owner)
Sandra Müller (ORANO)
Norwel Mwananawa (SEMP)
Fanie van Niekerk (Farmer)
Tinus Prinsloo (Bannerman Resources)
Titus Shuuya (Gobabeb/NERMU)
Trudi van Rooyen (Plot Owner)
Robeam Ujaha (Swakopmund Municipality)
Theo Wassenaar (Gobabeb/NERMU)
Dr Gabi Schneider (NUI)