Rössing Uranium November 09 www. bus- ex. com 135 in 2005 to evaluate the town's sustainability and since then, a sustainable livelihood strategy has been formulated. " At present the mine is the lifeblood of the local community but we need to educate rural communities on the importance of our wildlife and the natural environment," explains Ewald. " These will allow for the development of tourism if they are preserved and nurtured. Leadership capacity building is another crucial area, because effective leaders in our communities ensure a successful long- term future for all," he says. A separate Rössing Environmental Rehabilitation Fund has now been created to rehabilitate the environment when mining finally ceases. However, closure of the mine is on the distant horizon. " We are seeking out new ore deposits all the time as well as better processes for leaching. Our vision is to continue to be a safe, significant and growing long- term supplier of uranium to the world's nuclear power industry for the generation of electricity," he concludes. - Editorial research by Robert Hodgson At the Ministry of Education's request, the Foundation supports the implementation of the Education and Training Sector Improvement Programme ( ETSIP), part of Namibia's 30- year development plan known as Vision 2030. In this way, the Foundation addresses the needs of local industry as high- school graduates qualify for employment, or enter tertiary education and training institutions. The Rössing Foundation also promotes the advancement of the living standards of all Namibia's people by supporting small- scale miners' initiatives, the Community- Based Natural Resource Management ( CBNRM) programme, and small to medium scale enterprises, especially those led by young people. Arandis is still highly dependent on the benefits flowing into its economy from Rössing's mining activities. Planning for the long- term sustainability of the community in the face of the inevitable closure of the mine at some point in the future is a priority. This means diversification at the earliest possible opportunity. A baseline study was commissioned Businessexcellence ACHIEVING ONLINE Every business aspires to be excellent, but by definition, only a few can ever achieve that status. Even fewer can sustain it. A business that is excellent today can be overtaken tomorrow if it does not commit to continuous improvement. As others improve, standing still means moving backwards.
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