B2Gold Mine funds students from Hai//Om San community

B2Gold has funded 12 trainees from the Hai//Om San Community studying towards four trades at the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) in Arandis.

Of the 12 trainees who are all from Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region, 11 are pursuing six months-long certificates in Clothing and Fabrication, Welding and Plumbing, while one of them is registered for a four year diploma in Boiler Maker.

The close to N. dollars 108 000 funding, which includes registration fee, accommodation and transport to and from the campus, which was handed over on Wednesday, comes after a request from the community's Chief Edward Soroseb to assist the group of students.

B2Gold Namibia Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Manager Ignasius /Awaseb said that the funding, which is part of the B2Gold's CSI, was availed in order to create an opportunity for the students to create a mark in society.

We stand ready to also assist during in-service training and job attachments for the students, he added.

/Awaseb however encouraged the students to work hard for these additional services by bringing their part and excelling in their school performance.

B2Gold Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Steffen Kramer who is based in Canada, appreciated NIMT's contribution to the Namibian society adding that it does not only create great value for the mining industry but also to the country's economy.

Chief Soroseb, on behalf of the students and Hai//Om San community, expressed gratitude towards B2Gold, praising its continuous efforts to assist everywhere it can.

B2Gold continues to assist everyone and has not excluded anyone and for this, we are grateful, Soroseb noted.

He added that he is confident that not only will the beneficiaries be able to assist their families upon completion of their courses but that they would also plough back magnificently into society.

B2Gold Corporation is a Canadian public gold-mining company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. It has five operating mines in Nicaragua, Namibia, Mali and the Philippines, as well as various development and exploration properties.

The 12 students were selected on merit by the NIMT management.

Source: Namibia Press Agency