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Swakop Uranium joins study push

Recipients of the 2014 Swakop Uranium bursaries, from the left, Simson Simon, Catherine Shifotoka and Immanuel Matheus are all studying at the University of Namibia’s northern campus in Ongwediva.

Recipients of the 2014 Swakop Uranium bursaries, from the left, Simson Simon, Catherine Shifotoka and Immanuel Matheus are all studying at the University of Namibia’s northern campus in Ongwediva.

Developer of the Husab uranium project, Swakop Uranium, has joined the groundswell of financial support for local students by awarding four young people bursaries for the 2014 academic year. The bursaries cover tuition fees, residency, books, meals and incidental expenses. These all-encompassing bursaries are designed to ensure that promising Namibians are given the opportunity to obtain an education and not to worry about the financial strains associated with tertiary education.
Since the inception of the bursary project in 2011, a total of 16 students have received bursaries in  fields such as Mining Engineering and Chemistry.
Swakop Uranium said this week it is committed towards the advancement of gender and strives to maintain a balance in bursaries awarded. Two of the 2014 bursary recipients are thus females: Catherine Shifotoka, who is studying for a degree in Metallurgical Engineering, and Iyaloo Amadhila, who is enrolled for Chemistry.
The other two students, Immanuel Matheus and Simson Simon, are studying for degrees in Mining Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering respectively.

Swakop Uranium emphasised its involvement in education and pledged the company’s commitment to the development of various management and technical fields for the benefit of the company and the country.
The mining company said is has identified an engineering graduate who wishes to study for a Master’s degree in Drilling Engineering. The student, Mateus Vaino Ipinge, will be financed by Swakop Uranium to attend university on 30-month programme in China. He is scheduled to leave for China at the end of February.
Swakop Uranium is also conducting interviews to place at least 10 university graduates in the company to undergo an intensive formal training programme, which will provide them the opportunity of planning their future careers.
Human Resources Director, Percy McCallum, said Swakop Uranium recognises the skills shortages in Namibia. “Through our strategic human resources development drivers, we focus on the sustainable development of our human resources skills. We are focused in developing competent and professional human capital for Namibia thus elevating the skills levels and the employability of graduates,” he said.

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