Namibia halts mining operations amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Husab Uranium Mine in Namibia. (Africa Metro)
Husab Uranium Mine in Namibia. (Africa Metro)

Namibia’s Minister of Mines and Energy said on Saturday that during the country’s partial lockdown for 21 days, normal mining activities will be discontinued.

Minister Tom Alweendo said critical maintenance work and minimal operations in the sector will continue over this period.

Namibia will be on a partial lockdown for its Khomas and Erongo regions from March 27 to April 16, to curb the further spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.

He added that all employers should ensure that when minimal mining operations are being carried out, other preventative measures, such as social distancing, are observed at all times.

“For the orderly implementation of the announced measures, it is a requirement that all mining and exploration companies inform the ministry in writing about the measures they have taken to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

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