Husab Mine to start production early 2016

WINDHOEK: Swakop Uranium’s billion-dollar Husab Mine is scheduled to start production in early 2016, with ramp-up to full production in 2017, Chamber of Mines president Werner Duvenhage says.

Speaking at the opening of the 36th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Chamber of Mines in Windhoek on Tuesday, Duvenhage said the construction of the mine is on track.

It is expected that about 6 000 people will be employed during its construction. Over 1 200 people will be permanently employed at Husab Mine once it is fully operational.

The N.dollars 24 billion mine is located about 60 kilometres (km) from Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region.

Duvenhage indicated that the mine will produce about 6 800 tonnes of uranium oxide per annum, exceeding the current level of combined production from Namibia’s two uranium mines – the Rössing Uranium and Langer Heinrich mines.

SUN CITY: Namibian defender Chris Katjiukua is a doubt starter for the Brave Warriors in its last group game at the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup with Zimbabwe.

Namibia will play Zimbabwe in their last game of the group stages today at 16h00 Namibian time (GMT +1).

The senior national footballer injured his shoulder while playing for the Brave Warriors in its second group game of the competition with Mauritius on Tuesday.

National team sport medic Donatha Ngunovandu told Nampa yesterday that she is working around the clock to see the player into the game today.

Other players who are also carrying slight injuries are Deon Hotto, who is nursing a slight groin injury while Benson Shilongo is nursing muscle pains he sustained in the Mauritius clash.