Rössing donates vehicle to local school

Technical skills boosted

09 June 2020 | Education

Calvin Martin; Principal, Coastal High School; “…the learners will be able to take the engine apart and learn how to put it back together again…”

Swakopmund

A vehicle that served CNUC Rössing Uranium for more than ten years was donated to Coastal High School on Monday. It will serve as a skills training tool for auto mechanic learners at the school.
Daylight Ekandjo, the mine’s manager for partnerships, communication and external affairs, said at the handover that Rössing regards continuous skills training and development as important.

“We provided training to over 100 employees, which included trade job attachments, bursaries, correspondence studies, leadership programmes and non-refundable financial assistance of employees’ children studies in 2019.”

Coastal High School principal Calvin Martin, said that the car may be redundant for Rössing, but is a much needed tool for the learners and will help them achieve better competencies in their field.

“We are the only school in the region offering this technical subject and want to do the training to the best of our ability to ensure that our learners become the best auto mechanics in Namibia. This donation came at the right time. The learners will be able to take the engine apart and learn how to put it back again.”

Natalia Guriras who represented the Erongo regional education director at the handover expressed her gratitude towards Rössing Uranium.

“This type of partnership strengthens the ministry’s objectives. Thank you for bringing hope and inspiration to our learners.”

A learner at the school, Romeo Hangula, said that he can now get the practical skills required of a motor mechanic. “This car will help me practice what I am taught in class.”

Win-win situation

Ekandjo added that the donation is part of the mine’s sustainable development and community relationship approach, which is to seek out win-win situations that can increase economic wealth and social wellbeing for Namibia.

“We view the donation as an investment in the education of our youth. As a technical school, this vehicle will be a tool for motor mechanic learners to hone their practical skills. Who knows, many of the learners may well end up as skilled employee of CNUC Rössing Uranium one day,” Ekandjo said.

She said that Rössing Uranium cares about the health and safety of its employees and contractors.

“We want to impress safe working conditions on the school’s aspiring motor mechanics and other learners. We will therefore leave demarcation paint with them to be able to create an area around all the machines in their workshops. In addition, Rössing’s HSE department will provide health and safety training to the teachers responsible for the metal, auto mechanic and carpentry workshops.”

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