ROSH PINAH: Minister of Mines and Energy, Isak Katali on Friday advised all mining companies in Namibia to consider giving house ownership to their employees.
“I acknowledge the beautiful houses built by Skorpion Zinc in Rosh Pinah, but people should get ownership of such houses, so that they can also own properties,” said Katali during the official opening of the Rosh Pinah State clinic here.
Katali said it is necessary for mine employees to be allowed to buy houses while employed, so that when the lifespan of the mine ends they have something to fall back on.
“Now if the mine closes, employees will be left unemployed and homeless. So, it is better if they at least have a house that they might hire (rent out) or sell to make some money while looking for another job,” Katali said.
On his part, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vedanta Zinc International Kishore Kumar stated that his company will continue to improve the living standards of the communities they operate in.
To proof his point, Kumar highlighted corporate investment projects such as the Karas Goat Project, upgrading of the Keetmanshoop sports stadium, Northern flood relief, Karas Science Fair and the construction of the Tutungeni Day Care Centre among other projects.
Skorpion Zinc also handed over its first-ever 2011/2012 report to the Mines Minister and members of the public in attendance.
The Skorpion Zinc report depicts the company’s overall performance in all facets over the last one year, from mining to beneficiating, from employees’ activities to social responsibility.
“It seeks feedback from society on our operations,” Kumar explained.