PHOSPHATE MINER URGED TO ENGAGE GOVT
LL Namibia Phosphate Company was urged to create a platform to engage multiple stakeholders to discuss the highly contentious issue of phosphate mining.
The Minister of Mines and Energy, Obeth Kandjoze, made the suggestion last week on Friday when LL Namibia Phosphate Company made a presentation on phosphate mining.
He wants the mining company to engage the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Ministry of Mines and Energy to discuss the opposition to phosphate mining in some quarters, and its implications for the ecology of the marine area where the mining will take place at Lüderitz – if given the go-ahead.
Kandjoze emphasised that all stakeholders should look at ways to tackle the issue.
He however praised the company director Kombadayedu Kapwanga’s presentation on phosphate mining, which showed how phosphate mining could co-exist with marine fishing.
!Nami#nus Constituency Councillor Jan Scholtz in his introductory remarks noted that as leaders they have to continue working hard to attract investors to help develop the constituency.
They have to ensure they are ready to accommodate any sector that can contribute to employment, he added.
Scholtz said information, education and communication are very important. “That’s why why we invited the minister of mines and energy and his delegation to come to Lüderitz, so that LL Namibia Phosphate’s director Kombadayedu Kapwanga and his team can do a presentation on the phosphate mining project,” he said.
Also in attendance were Lüderitz mayor Suzan Ndjaleka, the mining commissioner and a representative from RoshSkor Mines in Rosh Pinah.