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Mining in Namibia
The mining sector is a paramount contributor to Namibia’s GDP (15%) and a rapidly expanding industry. It was therefore vital to establish a platform for interested candidates to meet each other, catch up on the latest developments and exchange ideas and notions in the mining industry. The two-day Mining Expo in May has more than 80 exhibitors including the Chamber of Mines and various suppliers to the industry. Speakers from the mining industry and related sectors also deliver speeches and workshops at the expo.

A lack of uranium is expected to hit current and projected nuclear facilities worldwide and the availability, impact and cost of fossil fuels have effected the resumption of uranium. In 2008 Namibia became the fourth largest uranium supplier worldwide. Mines presently under construction will soon advance uranium production to higher levels.
The mining sector avails bursaries to Namibians should they wish to pursue a career in mining. They are also closely involved in community projects such as housing and schooling. Mining in Namibia is conducted in a responsible manner with consideration to the community, environment and tourism.


Highlights of the Ministry of Mines and Energy:
The approximate employment rate of the mining sector has gone from 5.4% (2009) to 7.1% (2010).
The ministry prepared a draft for the Namibia Nuclear Fuel Cycle Policy with the support of the Finnish Government.
The Minerals Bill and Mineral Policy analysis will be concluded shortly to incorporate current expansion.
A total of 452 Exclusive Prospecting Licenses, 273 Mining Licenses and 4 Mining licenses were issued in the 2010/2011 financial year.
The finalization of applications for Oshikoto Gold (Otavi), Etango Uranium (Arandis)
and Husab Uranium (Rössing) is pending.
The Omahola Project and Namibia Marenica Uranium Project are in a later stage of exploration drilling.
On- and off-shore exploration for petroleum, oil and gas will continue as intended.
Provision of sufficient electrical energy supply in 2011 will be sustained by the following projects:
The Permanent Joint Technical Commission (PJTC) discussions between Namibia and Angola to launch the Baynes Hydropower Scheme are proceeding well.
Nampower is in an advanced stage with a survey of a Small Hydro Plant in the Orange River.
Anixas diesel power plant in Walvis Bay will be completed shortly.


Do you whish to pursue a career in mining? There are various fields to choose from.

Engineer:
Apply for a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification in engineering at the Polytechnic of Namibia or the University of Namibia. There are different types of engineers like Chemical, Metallurgy, Mining, Mechanical, Electronics and Instruments and Process Engineering. You will need Grade 12 exemption, Mathematics, Physical Science and English as a first or second language.

Geologist:
Apply for a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification in geology at the Polytechnic of Namibia or the University of Namibia. There are careers in Production, Grade Control and Geotechnical geology. You will need Grade 12 exemption, Mathematics, Physical Science and English as a first or second language.

Artisan:
Apply for a NQF Certificate III or higher qualification at the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology.
You will need Grade 12 and English as a first or second language.

Operator:
In-house training will be given by the mine to develop mining and refinery skills. Upon completion of the CAT cycle you can advance to a supervisory level. Opportunities in this field include drillers, blasters, miners, Heavy earthmoving equipment operators, field and laboratory assistants and laborers. You will need Grade 10 or Grade 12 and English as a first or second language.

Other areas in the mining sector you can apply for are finance, the supply chain, information technology, human resources, safety & health and communication.

Should you need support to pursue a career in mining?
There are bursaries, advertised in local newspapers from May to June
There are apprenticeships, for example fitters and turners, welders, plumbers, electrician and diesel mechanics.
There are Internships and Industrial attachments you can apply for in order to gain practical experience in mining and refining surroundings to contribute your higher learning.

Always make sure you have subjects at school level including English, Mathematics and one or more Science subjects like Biology, Chemistry and or Physical science.


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