How to Acquire a Licences and Permit from the Namibia Ministry of Mines and Energy
This article is an initiative of the Ministry of Mines and Energy aimed at explaining the types of licenses and permits administered and issued by the Ministry and the application and evaluation processes followed by the Ministry in granting licenses.
The expected outcome of this document is to give possible investors, project proponent and interested parties a quick overview and understanding of how licensing of mining and energy permit activities are undertaken by the Ministry in the context of the relevant legislative framework.
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Mining Permits, Rights and License in Namibia
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Namibia Petroleum Licences, Rights and Permits
When applying for a Licence, please take the following pointers into consideration:
a. Incomplete applications will not be considered
b. Late submissions will be handled in accordance with the provisions of the respective legislations
c. The relevant application fee must be paid and a copy of the receipt submitted with the application.
d. The cashier at the Ministry operates within the hours of 9am-12pm.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON MINING ACTIVITIES IN NAMIBIA
What minerals are found in Namibia?
Namibia’s economy heavily relies on its mining industry and its mineral resources include diamond, silver, tungsten, lead, zinc, tin, uranium, and copper.
Where are diamonds found in Namibia?
This diamond mining area, located in the Namib Desert of southwestern Namibia, stretches from the Atlantic coast in the west to about 100 km inland, from the Orange River, on the border with South Africa in the south, to 72 km north of Lüderitz.
Are there diamonds in Namibia?
Yes, the majority of diamond mining in Namibia is marine mining, along the coast and a few km west into the sea. CDM was granted its first offshore mining license in 1961.
How many mines are in Namibia?
Total revenue by non-diamond mining was N$13.82 billion and diamond mining earned N$11.46 billion last year. Namibia produces approximately 2% of the world’s gem quality diamonds. Namibia has two significant uranium mines, which together provide for roughly 5 percent of the world’s uranium oxide mining output.
What natural resources does Namibia have?
Natural resources: Diamonds, copper, gold, uranium, lead, tin, zinc, salt, vanadium, fisheries, and wildlife; suspected deposits of oil, coal, and iron ore.
Agriculture products: Livestock, millet, fish and fish products, grapes, wool.
Who found the first diamond in Namibia?
Diamonds had already been discovered in German South West Africa in 1908 when railway worker Zacharias Lewala found the first diamond near Lüderitz. He showed it to his supervisor, August Stauch.
Where is gold found in Namibia?
There are many gold mining companies in Namibia.
The Navachab Gold Mine is an open-pit gold mine situated near Karibib, in the Erongo Region of Namibia. The operation is owned by QKR. Navachab, the oldest gold mine in Namibia, takes its name from the local Navachab farm, which the gold deposit was found beneath. Other companies such as Otjikoto Mine, B2Gold Namibia (pty) ltd, Otjikoto Mine, Rossing Uranium Mine, Epangelo Mining, Langer-Heinrich Uranium mine, The Navachab Gold Mine, Husab Uranium Mine, etc also mines gold.
How are diamonds harvested?
Marine mining involves extracting diamonds from the seabed, hundreds of meters underwater. The earliest form of marine mining entailed shore diving, where a swimmer would collect diamond-bearing gravel from the shallow seabed. Today technology has evolved to specialised ships that mine for diamonds deep out at sea.
What natural resources does Namibia have?
Natural resources: Diamonds, copper, gold, uranium, lead, tin, zinc, salt, vanadium, fisheries, and wildlife; suspected deposits of oil, coal, and iron ore. Agriculture products: Livestock, millet, fish and fish products, grapes, wool.
Are there still diamonds in kolmanskop?
Situated on the southern flank of West Africa’s sprawling Namib Desert, the small town of Kolmanskop has been reclaimed by the sand. But 100 years ago it was home to a busy diamond mine
Who owns B2Gold?
B2Gold was founded in 2007 by Clive T. Johnson and other former executives at Bema Gold, after that firm’s acquisition by Kinross Gold for $3.5 billion.
The Ministry of Mines and Energy is committed to serving the public in a free, fair and transparent manner. In case of any queries, please contact the Ministry at the following
Contact the Ministry of Mines and Energy for additional support on acquiring Electricity Permits and License in Namibia
The Ministry of Mines and Energy
6 Aviation Road
Private Bag 13296
Tel: +264-61-284 8111