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Rössing Uranium to fund new police station in Swakopmund’s informal settlement

Rössing Uranium announced its commitment to enhancing community safety with plans to construct a new police station in Swakopmund’s informal settlement. The groundbreaking ceremony for the DRC Police Station marked a significant step in the mining giant’s corporate citizenship efforts.

The new police station, as per the approved plan, will feature comprehensive facilities including four holding cells with exercise courtyards, an interrogation room, a doctor’s consultation room, a visitors’ room, an armory, records and archives, an evidence room, four offices (including one for the Station Commander), a boardroom, ablution facilities, a secure passage for inmate drop-offs, a mess room, a pantry, a laundry room, a staff kitchen, and a server/radio room. It will be located on Erf 8443, Extension 31, land donated by the Swakopmund Municipality Council.

During the groundbreaking event, Rössing Uranium Managing Director Johan Coetzee emphasized the mine’s dedication to public safety and community support. “We believe in the importance of public safety and the invaluable service provided by the Namibian Police Force. Our decision to support this project is rooted in our commitment to giving back to the communities that continue to make Rössing what it is today. This is not just a financial contribution, but an investment in the safety and well-being of every individual who calls DRC and Swakopmund home,” said Coetzee.

Coetzee highlighted the close connection between the mine and the local community, noting that many Rössing employees live in the area. “Our employees live here. It is our employees who narrate to us horrific experiences of criminals attempting to rob them while waiting for the bus, and sometimes these criminals succeed in their acts,” he said, underscoring the shared vision with the Namibian Police to ensure community safety.

The new police station is expected to bolster law enforcement capabilities and improve safety for the residents of the DRC informal settlement.