Representation of Namibians in mining jobs worrying

ARANDIS: Minister of Mines and Energy Obeth Kandjoze has expressed concern over the minority representation of women and previously disadvantaged Namibians in executive positions within the mining industry.

He made the statement at the official opening of the third Arandis Investment Conference and Uranium Festival on Friday.

He said his observation is that most of the management positions in the industry, especially in the Erongo Region, are occupied by foreigners while a large number of Namibians occupy lower positions.

The minister said frustrating tactics are employed by predominantly expatriate, previously advantaged staff members to not have previously disadvantaged professionals recognised, while mine bosses allegedly use the scarcity of available skills to keep Namibians out of management positions.

He said what is even more worrying is how work permits are processed and granted.

The minister further noted that it is high time that this status quo comes to an end.

The festival, held under the theme ‘Arandis, the gateway to industrialisation excellence’, was aimed at marketing the town to local and international potential investors, as well as providing a networking platform.