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Battle over phosphate

27 May 2015

Source: The Namibian

Authors: Shinovene Immanuel and Chamwe Kaira

Shinovene Immanuel, Chamwe Kaira
Shinovene Immanuel, Chamwe Kaira

Nambia's Fisheries Minister has warned the government against “blindly” giving approval to companies that want to mine marine phosphate, saying the country's long term future should matter more.

Bernard Esau told The Namibian yesterday that he is aware of lobbying so that one of the companies, the Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP), interested in mining phosphate and others get the green light to do so.

The fisheries minister's comments come about a week after the minister of mines Obeth Kandjoze said, since the phosphate mining moratorium imposed in September 2013 expired in March this year, government should allow those with licences to start mining activities. Kandjoze also said the moratoriums would have no legal standing if they were challenged in court by companies given licences to mine phosphate.

Bernard Esau told The Namibian yesterday that he is aware of lobbying so that one of the companies, the Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP), interested in mining phosphate and others get the green light to do so.

The fisheries minister's comments come about a week after the minister of mines Obeth Kandjoze said, since the phosphate mining moratorium imposed in September 2013 expired in March this year, government should allow those with licences to start mining activities. Kandjoze also said the moratoriums would have no legal standing if they were challenged in court by companies given licences to mine phosphate.

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FISHERIES minister has warned the government against “blindly” giving approval to companies that want to mine marine phosphate, saying the country's long term future should matter more.
Bernard Esau told The Namibian yesterday that he is aware of lobbying so that one of the companies, the Namibian Marine Phosphate (NMP), interested in mining phosphate and others get the green light to do so.

The fisheries minister's comments come about a week after the minister of mines Obeth Kandjoze said, since the phosphate mining moratorium imposed in September 2013 expired in March this year, government should allow those with licences to start mining activities. Kandjoze also said the moratoriums would have no legal standing if they were challenged in court by companies given licences to mine phosphate.
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