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Bannerman builds capacity through training

 The Australian government has pledged to support young Namibians to obtain skills as technicians and engineers so that they can join in the country’s lucrative mining sector. Bannerman Resources, the Australian government and the Erongo Development Foundation has joined forces to assists young people who are interested in the mining and engineering fields. (Photograph contributed)The Australian government recently donated a grant of N$226 392 to seven students from the Erongo region, at a ceremony marking the official handing over of scholarships.
The students, who will undertake four-year training study programmes at the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT), will study to become qualified electricians, fitters and diesel mechanics.
The handing over ceremony was attended by Asser Kapere, chairperson of the National Council and chairman of the Erongo Development Foundation together with Australian Honorary Consul, Edward Humphrey, on 18 May at NIMT in Arandis.
The Erongo region training programme is a joint initiative by the Australian government, the Erongo Development Foundation (EDF) and Bannerman Resources. The funding is being provided through the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Programme, which is a small grants scheme designed to assist with community development initiatives.
During the handing over ceremony of the scholarships, Kapere noted that: “As you all might be aware in recent years the Erongo region has experienced increased exploration and mining activities. Unfortunately, due to that surge, the demand for skilled artisans, technicians, and engineers has exceeded the supply of people with such qualifications. In a country such as Namibia that is facing an alarming rate of unemployment, it remains the responsibility of all of us to ensure that our people are educated to fill in the skills deficit experienced in the artisans fields. For that reason I am proud and delighted to receive these scholarships on behalf of the beneficiaries and the Trustees of Erongo Development Foundation.”
The Australian High Commissioner to Namibia, Ann Harrap, said that she welcomed the opportunity to partner with Bannerman Resources and the Erongo Development Foundation to provide a high quality job training throughout the Erongo region.
“Namibia hosts a number of significant mining projects managed by Australian companies. Through innovative partnerships between the private sector and the Australian government, Australia hopes to contribute to the development of a sustainable mining industry within Namibia, including through skills development,” Harrap said.

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