NYC holds mining tour for youth

28 Sep 2017 06:40am
KEETMANSHOOP, 28 SEP (NAMPA) – Around 200 youth from the //Kharas Region are touring Rosh Pinah and Oranjemund this week to ascertain and celebrate the value of the Namibian mining industry under the ‘Mining Youth Week’ initiative.
The tour, a first of its kind, was organised by the Oranjemund Constituency Youth Forum under the National Youth Council and includes panel discussions, exhibitions, sports events and tours through the Rosh Pinah and Skorpion Zinc mines.
//Kharas Region Youth Forum chairperson, Viviane de Koe explained to Nampa on Wednesday that the purpose of the week was to enable youth participation in the economy.
“It is to engage young people for us to understand our role in the country’s development by familiarising ourselves with existing economic endeavours,” she said of the initiative that started on 23 September and is scheduled to end on Saturday.
The idea was also to directly interact with mine bosses on the social contributions made, particularly to the southern regions and its youth.
So far the participants, including a number of representatives from other regions, visited Rosh Pinah where the tour officially started on Saturday. The group also commemorated Heroes Day with the community of Rosh Pinah alongside national and regional, Government and political representatives.
Swapo Party coordinator for //Kharas, Matheus Mumbala, Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) Secretary, Ephraim Nekongo and SPYL secretary for //Kharas, Samuel Jacobs are also part of the tour.
The youth could not tour the Namdeb diamond mine at Oranjemund due to security reasons and the size of the group, but met with the company during a training session, according to De Koe.
“We had an informative session around diamond mining and the study areas for youth to consider for careers in this field,” she said.
“The management of the mines prepared presentations that opened our eyes to the ins and outs of the mining industry and they motivated us to keep knocking on their doors,” De Koe said.
The group will host an exhibition of youth and mining activities at Oranjemund and attend other social events over the remainder of the tour.