Namibia / RÖSSING Mine

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2015: Rio Tinto in Namibia - the Connelly Case
This fact sheet reports the case of a uranium mine worker in Namibia who suffered health damages about two decades ago, and his legal battle against one of the largest mining groups in the world. - read more

April 2012: EJOLT research unearths radioactive contamination in Namibia
EARTHLIFE Namibia and CRIIRAD (Commission for Independent Research and Information about Radiation) have organized visits and measurements in areas located in the vicinity of uranium mines in Namibia, especially Rössing. - read more

The mystery behind ‘low level radiation’

What you need to know about the uranium industry in Namibi
Earthlife Namibia

From the Öko-Institut-Report 2005: The company Langer Heinrich Uranium (Pty) Ltd. has, in 2004, proposed to establish and operate a uranium mine in the Namib desert, about 80 km East of the City of Swakopmund in Namibia and within the Namib-Naukluft National Park. Uranium mining and milling as well as the associated wastes from these processes cause several environmental impacts.

Book/Amazon: "Past exposure: revealing health and environmental risks of Rössing Uranium" (1992)

After Namibia on Jan. 25, 2017, announced the lifting of a 10-year moratorium on new applications for exploration licences on nuclear fuel minerals, 14 companies applied for a total of 18 exploration licenses during the rest of January 2017 alone.


The Rössing Uranium Mine is located in Namibia, ca. 60 kilometers inland from Swakopmund, in the mountain range near the River Khan. It has been a cause for environmental, human rights and health concerns for more than 30 years through unsafe working conditions, radioactive effluent and tailings. In the near vicinity is the village Arandis, where the workers and their families live.


As part of the permitting process, LangerHeinrich Uranium (Pty) Ltd. has commissioned the company Softchem of South Africa to prepare an environmental assessm ent report for the planned project. The draft report was issued, written comments were received and the public participation meetings were held in October 2004. The final environmental assessment report was then issued in April 2005 [Softchem 2005]. According to the owner company Paladin Resources Ltd.1, in July 2005 the mining license for the Langer Heinrich Uranium Mine was granted by the Ministry of Mines and Energy. On March 16, 2007, the Langer Heinrich uranium mine was officially opened. In 2017 Paladin suspends mining at Langer Heinrich uranium mine for two years, while processing of stockpiled ore continues.

Namibias Uranium Rush

Uranium mining companies have been exploring the arid country of Namibia looking to open new mines. Rössing, a Rio Tinto mine has already been operational for more than 30 years. The implications. This video shows the negative consequences of uranium mining for workers and communities in Namibia.


Uranium prices drop, Uranium firms in Namibia are in trouble

19. March 2013

Article by Wallstreet Journal Germany on the low demand for uranium on the global market and the consequences for uranium exploitations in Namibia: Schwache Urannachfrage macht Namibia zu schaffen.

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Basil Read Strike declared illegal (the namibian)

4. March 2011

By: ADAM HARTMAN, 04.03.2011, The Namibian A COURT order was issued yesterday against striking Basil Read mine construction workers at Rössing Uranium’s mine entrance.

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Interview with Hilma Shindondola (LaRRI Windhoek) on uranium mining in Namibia (iaknamibia2010, 2011, ger)

19. October 2010

 21. Februar 2011 Interview mit Hilma Shindondola, der Leiterin von Labour Resource and Research Institute (LaRRI) in Windhoek, über die Gefahren des Urantagebaus in Namibia.

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Namibia Übersicht 2010

18. June 2010

Eine kurze Übersicht zur Lage in Namibia.

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Importe gleichen Mangel aus: Bald fließt Strom aus fünf Ländern nach Namibia – Bedarf verdreifacht sich (AZ, 2009, ger)

16. February 2009

 Allgemeine Zeitung (AZ), Windhoek, Namibia vom 16.02.2009 von Stefan Fischer Bis zum Jahr 2030 wird sich der Energiebedarf in Namibia nach Angaben von NamPower von jetzt 450 auf dann 1400 Megawatt (MW) mehr als verdreifachen. Durch Importe sowie Projekte im eigenen Land will der staatliche Stromversorger den erhöhten Verbrauch decken.

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Wasserverbrauch steigt durch Uranabbau rapide (AZ)

9. February 2009

Allgemeine Zeitung (AZ) , Namibia, 09.02.2009 NamWater plant eigene Entsalzungsanlage – 54 Mio. Kubikmeter für Minen benötigt: Bei Meile 6 nördlich von Swakopmund soll eine weitere Entsalzungsanlage entstehen. Für 1,8 Milliarden Namibia-Dollar will NamWater eine 90 Mio. Kubikmeter Anlage errichten lassen.

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