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30 Years of Production

Message of the Chairman of the Rössing Board of Directors, Charles Kauraisa, on the occasion of the Rössing Day celebrations at Arandis on Saturday, 2 September 2006.

The making of a mine is never an easy job - what we have achieved here in the Namib Desert with the Rössing Uranium mine against all environmental and economic odds, is certainly a significant achievement.

Allow me to briefly relate to the early pre-production times of the mine:

-  The pioneering stage was from the discovery by Captain Peter Louw in 1928 of rock from which radiation was detected, until 1965, during which time the prospectors found signs of uranium.

-  This was followed by an exploration stage from 1966 to 1971, when it was recognised that a mining operation could be feasible.

-  The mine’s construction and development stage was from 1972 to 1976 and, around 25 June 1976, the very first uranium oxide was produced at Rössing.

Today, just more than 30 years later, I would like to pay tribute to the many people who have been involved in and greatly contributed to the establishment of the Rössing mine.

In particular I want to salute the many past and present employees who have worked with great passion and initiative in the making of this mine.


This year alone we have 68 employees with 30 years of service.

I want to extend a hearty welcome to all new employees and hope that you will be with the mine over its next 30 years as we plan to keep this mine up and running for a long time to come.

As you may know, the making of a mine means that people, work methods and equipment alike must be flexible and be able to adapt to changing times.

Through the years we have adapted to and simply outlived many setbacks and challenges and we will continue to do so in future. Some of the setbacks were dire economic times, retrenchments and even staring closure in the face.

Without doubt all this is now behind us to allow us to focus on the growth of the mine and its employees, along with increased production of uranium oxide for the world’s nuclear markets.

Rössing is a creditable survivor where we value the health and safety of our employees and their families, along with respect for the community and environment in which we operate. At Rössing safety is always first!




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