Orongo cements commitment to mining
Carina Sowden, Marketing Assistant of Ohorongo Cement said, “Ohorongo is proud to support institutions like NIMT. Practical skills are a necessity in our industry and as such it pleases us to contribute towards education and training within the construction industry in Namibia.”
Eckhart Mueller from the The Namibian Institute of Mining & Technology shared the same sentiments and said, “NIMT highly values Ohorongo as a strategic partner towards education & training.”
The Namibian Institute of Mining & Technology (NIMT) has been in existence since 1991when the first trainees were accepted. It is a vocational/educational Institute of repute.
NIMT agrees strongly with the government’s goals that Namibians should educate and enable themselves to take up skilled and managerial positions within the mining and other industries.
With the relatively low numbers of technical graduates required in industry,it is unlikely that the country could support graduate education in the mining extraction disciplines.
There remains, however, a huge demand for artisans, technicians and supervisors in the mining, metallurgy, geology and engineering disciplines. It is here where a gap is perceived in the education facilities within the country, which needs to be bridged for the benefit of the mining,engineering and other industries.
“Only if we focus on training can we provide skilled people to contribute towards the economy in future,and Ohorongo greatly contributes towards us reaching that goal,” said Mueller.
“Companies like Ohorongo Cement and Namibians like Ms Sowden and the Managing Director, Hans Wilhelm Schutte, are vital for training and educational excellence. This annual donation is highly valued and really appreciated,” he added.