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Skorpion Zinc spends big on Social Investments

On the left is the General Manager of Skorpion Zinc, Satish Kumar, in the middle is the Director of Welwitschia University, Dr Kloppers and on the right is the Minister of Mines and Energy, Hon. Isak Katalim, at the launch of Skorpion Zinc’s CSR report and hand-over of computers (Photograph by Musa Carter)

On the left is the General Manager of Skorpion Zinc, Satish Kumar, in the middle is the Director of Welwitschia University, Dr Kloppers and on the right is the Minister of Mines and Energy, Hon. Isak Katalim, at the launch of Skorpion Zinc’s CSR report and hand-over of computers (Photograph by Musa Carter)

Skorpion Zinc spent approximately N$6 million on corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities during their 2013/2014 financial year as was highlighted at the launch of the mining company’s CR report earlier this week at the premises of the nursing training institute, the Welwitschia University.
the event marked the hand – over of 10 computers and the launch of its CSR report. The Minister of Mines and Energy, Hon. Isak Katali. officiated at both events.
“The launch of the CSR report does not only constitute a public relations exercise but it is a step in the right direction in the sense that it enlightens the very society in which the company is operating of what generous assistance it is able to advance” said the minister.
The CSR report is an annual report that focuses on the CSR investments of Skorpion Mine throughout the year. For instance, the report shows that Skorpion Zinc partnered the government in projects like sharing the cost of N$7 million for the upgrading of the Rosh Pinah State Clinic. Other significant projects include the N$1,3 million upgrading of Hoeksteen Combined School and the Under-17 Soccer Tournament sponsorship at a cost of N1,2 million. The CSR report lists many other smaller projects.

Minister Katali reiterated that apart from being accountable to its shareholders it also has to show a sense of responsibility which comes with accountability to society for having exploited their natural resources.
Speaking at the hand-over of the computers the minister gave a stern warning to the university management advising them to make proper use of the computers as well as to use the other resources in a proper manner so that the institution will be better equipped to produce graduates of a high calibre making sure the country will be self reliant in terms of skilled nurses.

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