Thirty employees of Rio Tinto Rössing Uranium received special recognition during the mine's annual Long Service Award gala evening in Swakopmund on 29 August 2014. Three of these employees reached a 30 year milestone at the Company, while 27 others were awarded for 35 years of service.
Frans Nanda (35-Year Long Service Award recipient) with Werner Duvenhage (MD)
and Melissa Shanjengange (GM Organisational Resources)
In congratulating the award recipients during the event, Rössing's managing director Werner Duvenhage said: "Tonight, we recognise and celebrate the commitment and dedication of our long-serving employees, who continue to serve as the driving force of the company's performance. You laid the foundation on which our company evolved and at times survived, through most trying times, like what we are going through currently."
Werner Duvenhage (Managing director), Martha Menjono (30-Year Long Service Award recipient)
and Melissa Shanjengange (General manager Organisational Resources)
during Rössing's annual long service award gala evening
Duvenhage also thanked the recipients for their wider contribution: "You have witnessed the many changes both at Rössing and in the total employment landscape since you first started your careers decades ago. Over the years your work delivered value for our shareholders, the national and regional economy, and our broader stakeholder base. You have contributed much to Rössing and by doing so, positively changed the mining industry in Namibia."
In receiving his award, Frans Nanda, who started his career at Rössing as a Fitter in 1978 said, "Rössing has been my employer for 36 years. I commend the Company for recognising experience and loyalty."
The long-service award recipients all received certificates in recognition of their years of service, as well as corporate gifts and cash bonuses from the Company. In pursuit of Rössing's aspiration to be an employer of choice, the mine offers exciting and rewarding employment. In this way Rössing has, since 1976, contributed significantly to society and the economy. Rössing currently employs around 900 permanent employees of which more than 98% are Namibian citizens.
Long service award recipients:
30 Years of Service
Jacobus Petrus Human
35 Years of Service
Christian Mathias Zraunig
Steven Arthur Fielding
Curt Erwin Rabald
Sakkie Iyambo Nangolo
Barend Christiaan Anderson
Neville Gerrit van Rhyn
Silvester Aloysius Stephanus
Ben Elkana Hanaseb
Edna Valerie Cloete
Coenrad Albertus Engelbrecht