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Rössing Uranium Hands Over Infrastructure To Willem Borchard Primary School

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Close to 400 learners at the Willem Borchard Primary School (WBPS) in Okombahe, Daures Constituency, will now be able to enjoy their break time meal on comfortable chairs and tables.

This comes as Rössing Uranium handed over infrastructure to Willem Borchard Primary School (WBPS) in Okombahe, Daures Constituency, last week, Thursday 4 August.

The infrastructure support was made available to the school as the set-up around the feeding scheme kitchen only provided a corrugated iron sheet shelter for the cooks with no tables and

chairs inside and no seating for the learners when they come for their meals.

According to the mine’s corporate communication manager, Daylight Ekandjo, the kitchen was moved to the back of the schoolyard and the cement tables and chairs that are

constructed will now serve as formalised seating for the learners supported by the feeding scheme.

“The same area can also be used for assembly or other meetings the school might have. The fence at the back of the school has also been reinforced,” said Ekandjo.

Rössing Uranium also approached the Namibia Institute for Mining and Technology (NIMT) in Arandis to partner in the project.

They refurbished desks and chairs that were broken and

unused at their cost, and Rössing transported the desks and chairs back to the school, where the learners are now making use of the revamped furniture.

“This support is defined under Rössing Uranium’s “Bigger-Than-Me Project’ (BTMP), which aims to stimulate collaboration between stakeholders and beneficiaries, thus having an end result that has a bigger impact than what Rössing Uranium would have achieved on its own,” he said.

He further explained that the project is segmented into seven components, which are in support of 10 Sustainable Development Goals.

“Annually, Rössing Uranium proactively identifies social performance activities that are long-term and focused on improvements in quality of life. As such, our approach was to identify a primary school within the Erongo region with whom Rössing Uranium could establish a relationship over three years – therefore supporting the concept of making an impact that will last beyond our direct involvement,” Ekandjo said.

The school’s feeding scheme kitchen has two cement work

tables as well as a sink for washing vegetables and cutlery and crockery that was installed.

“Sitting on the ground next to the kitchen or in the classrooms during break time will now be a thing of the past,” said Ekandjo.

The infrastructure support was done with a Rössing Uranium-based contractor Shipanga Enteprises, who also employed residents from Okombahe for the building project.



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