Swakop Uranium joins NIMT in skills development

22 Apr 2015 07:10am
SWAKOPMUND, 22 APR (NAMPA) – An official announcement that students of the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) will receive practical training at the Husab Uranium Mine was made on Tuesday.
Swakop Uranium vice president of human resources and business support, Percy McCallum and executive director of NIMT, Eckhart Mueller signed the agreement at Swakopmund on Tuesday.
Speaking at the event, McCallum said the agreement will also ensure that NIMT students and the institution receive donations from his company in an effort to enhance skills development.
He said, “Swakop Uranium is committed to the attainment of Vision 2030 and the fourth National Development Plan (NDP4), specifically the development of skills for the mining industry and the country, to create a better future for all stakeholders.”
The mine employs up to 5 000 contract workers in its current construction, with 1 200 permanent employment expected on completion.
At the same event, Swakop Uranium, which owns the Husab mine, donated N.dollars 200 000 to NIMT, which is to be used for the purchase of training equipment necessary for mining skills.
Mueller welcomed the support and extended applause to all other companies and individuals who support his students.
Stressing the importance of technical training to the mining industry and the country, Mueller said, “I do not know what would have happened should we have not started NIMT”.
He however, expressed disappointment towards some institutions that according to him refuse to let NIMT use their facilities to establish training centres in Windhoek, Rehoboth and Omaruru.
Without mentioning names of those who denied him access to the buildings that according to him, are not even being used, Mueller said he sends back 9 000 applications every year for students who are willing to study at NIMT, simply because there is no space.
“My centres are full to capacity. If I can get the buildings then I can renovate and use them to educate my children. I am really disappointed and we should not allow children to go in the street when we can help,” he noted.
Arandis mayor, Daniel Utapi Muhuura whose town houses the NIMT main campus, thanked the institution for producing technical experts and called for the expansion of centres across the country.