Railway construction students graduate with certificates at Otjiwarongo

29 Nov 2018 11:00am
OTJIWARONGO, 29 NOV (NAMPA) – Nine students on Wednesday received certificates in railway construction from the D&M Rail Construction company based at Otjiwarongo.
The course in railway building, maintenance and upgrading was conducted by D&M Training Manager, Hare Kruger at the company’s regional office here.
The seven men and two women underwent an intensive theoretical and practical training course for a period of 14 months and the company sponsored all costs related to the training programme.
D&M Rail Construction Site Agent, Wilbard Nashima at the certificate handover said the training was started by the company in 2013 to transfer skills from a group of experienced but ageing rail workers to young Namibians.
“So today, we are here proud to see these young people graduate and become specialists in rail plate laying. From here you can get a job anywhere in the world in the rail industry,” said Nashima to the students who will be able to secure employment with D&M.
Chairperson of the Otjozondjupa Regional Council, Julius Neumbo on his part urged the graduates to always offer their best and deliver quality work.
He cautioned that it is on these rail tracks hundreds of people travel on and the most valuable and dangerous goods are transported.
“Therefore, do not associate yourselves with shoddy work that can cause tragic rail accidents. People’s lives will be in danger and our economy at risk; we don’t want that,” he said.
The D&M Rail Construction company was founded in 1994 after the signing of a Black Economic Empowerment deal involving partnering with a group of previously disadvantaged Namibians.
The company amongst others won a tender from TransNamib in 2012 to rehabilitate the railway line between Usakos and Tsumeb.