Background

About Rössing Foundation


The Rössing Foundation was established in 1978 through a Deed of Trust to serve as a vehicle for overseeing and implementing Rössing Uranium’s corporate social responsibility activities in Namibia. The Foundation focuses mainly on programmes and projects which are aligned to the following mandates:

  • To further the education of all Namibians in order to achieve greater national productivity and enhance lifelong learning
  • To encourage the creation and/or to create opportunities for people to use their education
  • To promote the advancement of living standards of all the people in Namibia, and
  • To provide any service, which in the opinion of the Trustees, shall benefit Namibia or its inhabitants.

In order to align programmes and projects to these mandates, the Rössing Foundation focuses mainly on the following:

  • the improvement of primary and secondary education through the implementation of Centre-Based and National Outreach teachers’ and learners’ capacity support programmes
  • the development of the local workforce and of specialised vocational skills through the provision of scholarships, apprenticeship and part-time study opportunities, and
  • the diversifcation and strengthening of the local economy through support to small- and medium-scale enterprises.

All education programmes and projects activities that the Rössing Foundation drives or supports are formulated in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in cooperation with several Education Directorates of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.

The operations of the Rössing Foundation are aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals, the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) and the Harambeee Initiatives in the following manner:

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PILLAR 1: ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION

Support to Arandis SMEs

  • The Rössing Foundation and the Arandis Town Council recognise that small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the high level backbone of the town’s economic development and need opportunities to render services.

Support is provided in:

  • Business Plan Development
  • Micro-fnance collateral
  • Business Linkages and Marketing
  • Desert Agricultural Development, and
  • Training and Mentoring.

PILLAR 2: SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION

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Basic Education: Centre-Based Support

  • The Rössing Foundation addresses the delivery of classes in English, Mathematics and the Sciences at the Rössing Foundation’s Education Centres located in Arandis, Swakopmund and Ondangwa.
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National Outreach Programme

  • The Rössing Foundation’s Mobile Laboratory brings education to rural areas, in the spirit of the President’s motto: “No one should feel left out”.

PILLAR 3: ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Support to Ohungu Conservancy

  • The Rössing Foundation supports the conservancy in institutional development, the reduction in human-wildlife conflict, wildlife monitoring and value addition activities such as crafts and leather works.
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Support to SMEs in Erongo Region

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  • Institutional support is provided to small-scale miners through value addition, business development service and marketing linkage.
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  • The Ûiba-Ôas Crystals Market at the T-junction off the B2 Road to Spitzkoppe that was established by the Rössing Foundation and the Erongo Regional Council to assist small-scale miners in improving their business ventures.
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  • Puma Filling Station: A tripartite arrangement was created between the Rössing Foundation, Arandis Town Council and Puma Namibia with the aim to create a conducive business environment for Arandis, to encourage investors’ confidence and to contribute towards its sustainability.