Uis is a village located in Erongo Region, Namibia. It belongs to the Dâures electoral constituency. Located in the former Damaraland, it is known for the local mineral wealth. The settlement has approximately 3,600 inhabitants and owns 10 square kilometres (3.9 sq mi) of land. Uis is located in the shadow of the Brandberg Mountain, Namibia's highest. The Brandberg is home to the World famous The White Lady rock painting, said by some to be over 20,000 years old.
Being also situated on the main road between the coast and the Damaraland interior there is s reasonable amount of traffic and Uis manages to eke out an existence based almost entirely on this traffic passing through the area. There is a small supermarket, guesthouses, bakery and a petrol station, together with a few other small shops.
In 1991, the main mining operation closed down because the price of tin dropped far enough to make it un-economical. There is still minimal work progressing on the mine site today. Technology has improved enough to make it worthwhile to re-process the already excavated ore that was originally discarded and there is a tiny re-processing plant located near the old mine dumps. This ore is processed to an enriched state and then taken to Walvis Bay for export. Uis is in danger of becoming a ghost town if mining cannot be continued. Uis is scheduled to be downgraded to "settlement" status before November 2010.