2015 Sanlam Namibia Investment Career Expo launched

WINDHOEK: The annual Sanlam Namibia Investment Career Expo was officially launched in Windhoek on Tuesday.

The seventh Sanlam Namibia Investment Career Expo is scheduled to take place from 26 to 28 May at the NamPower Convention Centre in the capital.

Speaking during the launch, executive director of the expo Abed Erastus said since the inception of the event in 2009, over 16 000 Grade 10 and 12 learners have been exposed to various career, study and training opportunities within the country and beyond.

Erastus said the organisers of the expo are always looking to expand the event’s footprint and promote career development in all areas, and thus a similar event was held at Ongwediva in March for the second time.

Main sponsor Sanlam Investment Management this year made a contribution of N.dollars 150 000 which includes logistical assistance, promotional materials and N.dollars 70 000 in cash.

Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) is this year also providing free Internet services to exhibitors and learners.

Erastus further noted that approximately 36 exhibitors are expected at this year’s expo, of which some will be from Asian countries, Botswana and South Africa.

Also speaking at the launch, Sanlam Investment Management Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tega Shiimi ya Shiimi said an event of this magnitude is important because it guides the young generation on the career path in which they could excel.

“Sanlam Investment prides itself in its efforts to make education better in Namibia, not only that, but in its general involvement in the well-being of society through its corporate social involvement,” he said.

Ya Shiimi said this is the fourth year Sanlam Investment management sponsors the expo, as they believe in investment in education for the greater good.

About 4 000 learners are expected to attend the expo.

In a speech prepared for delivery at the launch, Director of Education for the Khomas Region Gerard Vries said events such as career expos are important because they make a meaningful and progressive contribution to Namibia.