CNNC Rössing Uranium and Swakop Uranium have installed Stimsonite road studs on the B2 road between Swakopmund and Arandis as part of the mines’ continued efforts in supporting communities in which they operate. This project is geared to improve road safety on this stretch of road.
The project was handed over to the Roads Authority Namibia on Monday, 31 August 2020.
The road studs are installed on the B2 road, covering the area from the roadblock outside Swakopmund to the turn-off at Arandis, a distance of just over 40 kilometres.
The total cost of the project was N$200 000.
Stimsonite studs are embedded type of reflective road studs for use on highways and other roads to improve delineating road markings on the surface of a road and increase a driver’s “preview” time before taking certain actions, particularly under wet or misty conditions and at night.
In addition to the heavy flow of traffic on the B2, the employees of both mines also travel to and from work on a daily basis, using this stretch of the B2 road.
Safety is a key priority for the mines and, therefore, this initiative received the mines’ support as poor visibility brought on by low lying mist on the B2 road can be a hazard in ensuring safe driving conditions.
Speaking at the event, representatives from both mines highlighted that they are, “committed to ensuring the safety of their employees as well as those of other road users.
Supporting the Roads Authority Namibia to improve safe driving conditions on the B2 road between the two towns is but one of the ways in which our companies reaffirm our commitment to contributing to a safer and prospering Namibia and truly living our mottos of “Working for Namibia” (CNNC R?ssing Uranium) and “More than Mining,” (Swakop Uranium).
Research indicates that Namibia’s road network is regarded as one of the best in Africa, yet road accidents are the third biggest cause of death in the country. “This revelation is of great concern to our companies, who both value safety.
It is our sincere hope that this donation can help decrease the number of accidents on Namibian roads.”