Government reviews Moratorium on Marine Phosphate mining

WINDHOEK: Mines and Energy Minister Obed Kandjoze has asked the mining industry to be patient as Government reviews and discusses the moratorium on marine phosphate mining.

Kandjoze said this during the opening of the 36th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Chamber of Mines in the capital on Tuesday.

The minister was responding to the chamber’s concern that the 18 months period of the Cabinet moratorium on marine phosphate mining, which was declared on 17 September 2013, lapsed in March 2015 without much progress on the desired scientific studies to address concerns by the fishing industry.

Cabinet placed a moratorium on marine phosphate mining exploration to carry out research before allowing the exploration of marine phosphate offshore Namibia.

The Foundation for Scientific and Industrial Research (Sintef) and the Institute of Marine Research were contracted to conduct the study. Attempts to get comment from Sintef regarding the progress of the report proved futile.