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Vol 6 (AAC) No 5

Published 1st March 2013


Red carpets and yellow cake

Uranium-rich Namibia is still rolling out the red carpet for Chinese mining and exploration firms. Back in January, it was announced that Zhonghe Resources (Namibia) Development had received a uranium mining licence for a project in the central Namib desert area of Erongo. However, Mining Commissioner Erasmus Shivolo gave no details of the project. Zhonghe has published no information on the size of the deposit or its planned operations. In normal circumstances, a definitive feasibility study must be carried out before a licence is awarded and critics of the governing South West African People’s Organisation contend that Zhonghe, like other Chinese companies, is enjoying preferential treatment.

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