Dissaproval over Uranium mines in Namibia

African bloggers have voiced their disapproval over the renewal of the Forsys Metals Corp. uranium exploration licences approved by the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Namibia. But not all bloggers seem to brand the decision to expand Namibia’s uranium mining as suicidal.

“It’s time the rest of the world took notice of what’s happening here” 

Economy more important than the environment

A frustrated blogger commented that the: “Environmental legislation in Namibia (Southern Africa) is weak. As such it is prey to foreign companies obtaining prospecting licences and ultimately mining in extremely environmentally sensitive areas, such as the Namib desert”.

Another stated: “The Namibian deserts are totally unique, lots of endangered species depend on them”.

Continuous Exploitation

Currently there are a number of uranium mining projects in Namibia by various companies (Extract resources Ltd, Kalahari Minerals Plc) and similar projects which African bloggers feel is adding to the cause of pollution in vulnerable areas of Namibia.

Bloggers view on the world’s role

Bloggers however seem to be in two minds on the issue as to what role the rest of the world should play as one blogger said: “Its time the world took notice of what’s happening here and put a stop to economic exploitation of an unspoilt part of Africa”.

An opposing blogger suggested that: “We can not continue to ask for worldwide support and money for any one issue, nature is a huge playing field, if we ourselves are the ground-keepers we must keep it as pristine and undamaged as we can”.

Uranium mining in Africa

Uranium mining extracts low concentrations of uranium ore from the ground and is commonly used to fuel nuclear power plants. South Africa, Namibia and Niger (Africa’s leading uranium-producing nation) are some of Africa’s larger mining sites that produce uranium.         

“Namibia’s economy is expected to grow at 4.7 percent, as opposed to the growth rate of 3.7 percent last year”

Prospects of uranium mining 

Nambia’s mining industry is amongst the world’s elitist mine producers as it grosses up to 50% of Namibia’s export earnings and plays an important role in employment. Catherine Windhoek said: “Namibia’s economy is expected to grow at 4.7 percent, as opposed to the growth rate of 3.7 percent last year”.


Sources: Uranium mining conference, Mining weekly, Namibia’s online community, SADC Review


4 Responses to “Dissaproval over Uranium mines in Namibia”

  1. wolftalk Says:

    Namibia -Forsy Metals : should Namiba stop uranium mining?
    I am reading this comments by readers who are sincerely concerned about the environment with great sympathy. But then , hey who are these advocates of pure nature and mind? Say you live in NY or Frankfurt Germany or in Tokyo. It doesn’t really matter , you live in an a big city ,streesed by noise, pollution, you boss and all the rest of it. You are longing for a quiet ,clean and pure place – a nature reserve untouched by modern civilisation. A paradise where you feel like going back to the origine of man. You read about the Amazone rain forest and the desert of Naibia and you are happy that there are still places worth of your dreams. And then the bad news :Uranium exploration in Namibia , logging in the Amazone forest. It’s a crime! It got to be stoped ! It contributes to global warming ,it affects the whole menkind and besides it will destroy the paradise before you have even been there!
    Here is my view: The globe was covered by rain forest and basically was a huge nature reseve once upon a time. Then came man and cultivated the land. Yes we destroyed our own paradise (were not thrown out of it by the Allmighty ) and in return we enjoy a stressfull but overall still very comfortable life. We traded in nature for natural resources and beautiful landscape for city skylines. Now we have made it and long for a holiday far away in an unspoiled environment like Namibia or the Amazone forest. So don’t dare to touch it you Namibians ,you Brazilians you corrupt global players and greedy shareholders……..

    I will stop here because I think the point is clear. Unless we are prepared to pay the Namibians, the Brazilians and the rest of nature ‘s guardians for keeping their land undeveloped and pure so the rest of us doesn’t have to worry about global warming , the extinction of millions of species and were to go for a retreat . We can’t expect the less developed and educated to make sacrifices for us and not to trade their on resources and with it their environment for the promise of a better life. A life in luxury and comfort on day into the future. No more famine , schools for the children, better health care and jobs for all isn’t it a legitimate dream or better a human right. If we want the developing world to stop depleting their resources for money (and our own sake) than we have to pay them accordingly. Brazil should recieve a global tax for providing the oxgen we need and if we want to enjot the desert of Namibia we should pay Namiba for not taking the Uranium out of the ground. We got to match the annual revenues lost dollar for dollar. But just to think about it ,will we have enough cheap energy in the future without the nuclear fuel from Namibia and will we be able to keep our own economies growing and making enough profit to pay for the luxury of a trip to the desert once in a while?
    Hope our children will be bright enough to solve all the problems they are going to inherit from us!!

  2. Some great links here that show excellent research – but you need to put the blogger quotes in the second par, rather than going straight into background (which should go at the end, or at least towards it). “African bloggers have voiced their disapproval over the renewal of the Forsys Metals Corp” means we want to know what that disapproval is straight away!

  3. A really good article! Thank you

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