International Trade in Namibia's Uranium (An overview of the Expropriation of Namibia's uranium resources)
by Alun R Roberts
New York, New York, United States
November 29 - December 2, 1982
American Committee on Africa
In this paper presented at the International Seminar on The Role of Transnational Corporations in Namibia, Washington, DC, November 29 - December 2, 1982, Alun Roberts discusses the United Kingdom’s involvement in the plunder of Namibia's uranium resources. Beginning in about 1966, Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s Labour government considered the U.K.’s need for uranium for its nuclear power program. The main parties involved in determining the amount and delivery period over which this uranium would be supplied were the Ministry of Technology, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), and Rio Tinto-Zinc (RTZ), the largest mining and finance corporation in Britain. Roberts says that successive United Kingdom governments have become engaged in the plunder of Namibia's uranium through contracts with Rossing; long-term contracts for Namibia's uranium were placed with UKAEA and later transferred to British Nuclear Fuels Ltd. A detailed secret memorandum prepared by Rossing Uranium Ltd about its security operations was obtained by Rossing's African workers and made public by SWAPO at the United Nations Council for Namibia's Hearings on Namibian Uranium in July 1980. Roberts also discusses United Nations Decree No. 1 for the Protection of the Natural Resources of Namibia. • The Involvement of the United Kingdom • 1. Labour Government: 1966-70 • 2. Conservative Government: 1970-74 • 3. Labour Government: 1974-79 • 4. Conservative Government: 1979- • Rio Tinto-Zinc and the Rossing mine • Table 1 • Table 2 • Contracts and Transportation • Table 3 • Japan and contracts for uranium • Conclusions
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