De Beers Namibia partners with UNAM in bursaries

26 Feb 2016 15:10pm
WINDHOEK, 25 FEB (NAMPA) – A De Beers Group of Companies’ delegation, headed by its Chief Executive Officer Philippe Mellier, paid a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob at State House on Wednesday.
The purpose of the meeting was to brief the head of state on the day-to-day operations of De Beers since Geingob took over as Namibia’s third president in March last year.
The De Beers Group of Companies plays a leading role in the diamond exploration, diamond mining, diamond retail, diamond trading and industrial diamond manufacturing sectors.
In his remarks before the closed-door meeting, Mellier announced De Beers Namibia Holdings’ partnership with the University of Namibia (UNAM)’s Southern Campus in Keetmanshoop to provide financial assistance to underprivileged children from the communities of the town.
He said De Beers will make N.dollars 10 million available over the next five years to support the bursary programme, while providing UNAM with the relevant administrative support.
A total of 87 students were already selected for the 2016 bursary programme, of which 61 are girls and 26 boys. The money will be used to support underprivileged students with costs related to tuition, books and accommodation.
“De Beers has a proud history of supporting education programmes wherever we operate,” he said, citing examples of joint venture companies such as Namdeb and Debmarine Namibia that were and are continuing to support Namibian students with bursary programmes, mostly in the fields of science and engineering.
“We know very well that there is no substitute for good education in uplifting people. We are proud that we can make this contribution in supporting Government’s efforts to make higher education accessible to children from marginalised communities.”
Minister of Education Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa and Presidential Affairs Minister Frans Kapofi were in attendance during the meeting.