On Thursday, 20 October 2022, Rössing Uranium hosted its annual long service awards
ceremony, to celebrate its 45, 40, 35 and 30 years long serving employees.
Eleven employees, who have a combined 415 years of continuous service for Rössing Uranium
were recognised at the glamorous event that took place at the Swakopmund Seaside Hotel.
Speaking at the event, managing director, Johan Coetzee said: “At Rössing, our employees are
pivotal to our business. As such, the long service awards are a clear testimony of the success
of our human resources work, specifically employee retention. The fact that some of you have
been here for such a long time is truly remarkable. Without your guidance, mentoring and
knowledge share, Rössing would not have been able to continue boasting a skilled, motivated
and capable workforce - being the aspiring Employer of Choice.”
According to Johan, It is the long serving employees that the less-experienced employees look
up to for answers when they have questions around how to be successful at Rössing.
“It is from you that we all learn about what has and what hasn’t worked at the mine before, and
why. It is through you that we have a stable platform to build a better Rössing for those who
come after you. I urge you to continue to serve as ambassadors to our external stakeholders
and as an example to all other employees at the mine.”
Also speaking at the ceremony, 45-years serving employee Solly Thomas shared his journey
that started in 1977. Viktor Gonteb, also took to the podium to share his 30-years journey at
Rössing, where he started as an operator to being an electrical foreman today.
“When the opportunity to go for training came up, I took it. I joined NIMT in my late 20’s and
later furthered my studies and today, I’m a foreman.”
Delivering the vote of thanks was Rössing Uranium’s General Manager: Operations, Martin
Tjipita, who acknowledged the partners and families– who he believes are key contributors to
the tremendous success of our long-serving employees, at work and at home.
Martin concluded by encouraging younger employees to tap in the knowledge of the longserving employees because according to him, “There is no book in the library that you can get
that valuable knowledge from.”
|Managing Director, Johan Coetzee (seated) pictured with the long-serving employees of Rössing Uranium that were present at the award ceremony. Standing from left, Shaun Peters (35 years of service), Pieter Wiese (40 years of service), Solly Thomas (45 years of service), Moses Muelihanyeka (40 years of service), Andrew De Koker (30 years of service) and Viktor Gonteb (30 years of service).
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Rössing Uranium Limited