Town in Namibia

Uis was once an important tin mining town, but since the principal mine closed in 1990, the town has lost past significance. Tourism is replacing tin as the mainstay of the economy; there are a couple of new places to stay in town, and a fabulous new campsite in the Ugab riverbed just off the road to the White Lady. Although small-scale tin mining has taken place in the area since the first half of the 20th century, it was not until 1951 that a full-scale mining operation started. In 1958 the South African mining giant ISCOR took over the mining rights and built the town, which flourished until the mine's closure shortly after independence. Today local miners, with overseas donor assistance, are once again mining tin, tantalite and tourmaline on a small scale.
Phone code: 064. Police: 10111.

Uis - town in Namibia

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