Kolin Foundation Secondary School - September winner in Rössing Uranium's radio outreach for Erongo high schools
(11 October 2011)

The Kolin Foundation Secondary School in Arandis delivered the first winner in Rössing's radio outreach programme for high school learners in the Erongo Region called “The Rössing Story”. Alfeus Abiatar, a Grade 11 science student at the Kolin Foundation in Arandis, answered the question in Week 1 of the competition correctly and was drawn as the first winner of N$500-00 in cash for himself and an automatic N$1500-00 in cash for his school.

Alfeus explained his decision to participate: “I attended the launch of the outreach radio programme at our school and being a science student, saw it as a challenge to test my knowledge about Rössing and uranium mining in general. I am going to spend my prize money very wisely over the upcoming Festive Season and want to challenge all other science students in the Erongo Region to also take part in Rössing's competition on West Coast 107.7 FM.”

Kolin Foundation Principal, Richard Geiseb, said at the prize handover today: “I am over the moon! The fact that Kolin Foundation has delivered the first winner in The Rössing Story radio outreach programme is indicative of our learners' interest in Rössing mine. Alfeus is a science student and we are proud of him for winning. I know that our learners will continue to take part and learn more, because they are determined to secure better futures for themselves. Our Grade 12 and Grade 10 learners achieved the best pass rate in the country in 2010 and I hope they will make the school proud again this year”.

Rössing's Corporate Communication advisor, Anna Ingwafa, who handed over the prizes at the school, said that she was “impressed by the commitment shown by the learners during this time of exams and the accompanying stress to still show a desire to learn more and hopefully make more informed decisions about their academic careers in the future”.

Here are the questions and correct answers for the September competition in The Rössing Story:

  1. 7 September;

    WHAT IS RÖSSING'S URANIUM USED FOR?
    A: AS AN ENERGY SOURCE FOR THE GENERATION OF ELECTRICITY IN NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS.
  1. 14 September;

    NAME ONE OF THE CONTROLS USED BY RÖSSING TO ENSURE SAFETY AT THE MINE.
    C: PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
  1. 21 September;

    COMPLETE RÖSSING'S SAFETY MOTTO: IF YOU CANNOT DO IT SAFELY‚Ķ
    B: WE DON'T DO IT AT ALL
  1. 28 September;

    NAME ONE OF THE HEALTH RISKS AT RÖSSING.
    B: DUST

The Rössing Story competition is open to all high school learners in the Erongo region and continues in October and November with a winner that must be crowned at the end of every month. Episodes are broadcast weekly on West Coast FM 107.7, on Wednesdays at 19:00 with repeats on Saturdays at 10:00 and learners can participate in the competition by getting an easy question right and texting the correct answer to

081 740 6526 after each episode.

Rössing's high school outreach programme is aimed at learners in Grades 11 and 12 and was taken to the radio platform for the first time in September. The 12-episode long programme is presented by a fictional Rössing employee called Ross. Listeners joins Ross on the mine tour bus for an educational visit in every episode where they learn more about the mine's operations, with particular focus on its Health, Safety and Environmental practices and uranium and radiation. Bursary opportunities and possible career opportunities at the mine for school leavers and university graduates are also highlighted.

Issued by:

Rössing Corporate Communications and External Relations.


Contact person:

Botha Ellis
Corporate Communication advisor
Rössing mine
Tel: 064 - 520 2426.
Fax: 064 - 520 1506
Mobile: 081 286 0456
E-mail: botha.ellis@riotinto.com