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      Russian company launches uranium bursary scheme

      by Shante Mahalie


      A RUSSIAN uranium company has launched a geology scholarship scheme for the youth in the Omaheke region in an attempt to fully equip them for the uranium mining industry in the region.

      Uranium company Headsprings Uranium says the scholarship will cover all expenses at Russian universities.

      The company says: “Students will be selected to study at top Russian universities in geology and the mining of uranium deposits.

      “During their studies, the students will be acquainted with different mining methods and technology. For example, uranium could very easily be mined through the in-situ recovery (ISR) method, which is an advanced closed-loop uranium mining technology.

      “ISR is more environmentally friendly than traditional open-pit and underground mining methods.”

      According to a statement released by Headsprings Uranium, “once students have completed their training, they can use the knowledge gained to work in the mine in their own country”.

      Namibia is one of the top countries in the world with large uranium reserves, and has the potential to become a world leader in this respect, the statement says.

      Uranium mining plays an important role in the country's economy.

      For example, in 2020, Namibia boasted the third-largest uranium production after Kazakhstan and Australia.

      However, the Omaheke region, where uranium mining exploration is taking place, still ranks among the bottom-three poorest regions in the country.

      Granting education opportunities to its youth would increase the level of employment and would make a significant contribution to Namibia's economic security, helping further sustainable development of the region, the company says.

      Omaheke governor Pijoo Nganate says: “We hope we will soon talk about poverty as something of the past. If the planned mining of uranium in the region becomes a reality, then Namibia will be the first mine to use ISR to mine uranium.

      “This will put the Namibian youth at the forefront of technology, and not only will they be able to be employed by the mine, but they will be sought after throughout the world.”

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