Skorpion Zinc through the Karas Governor’s Bursary Fund, for the second year running, will award two bursaries to two deserving students with exceptional academic results hailing from the Karas Region for the 2013 academic year.
This brings the number of students sponsored by Skorpion Zinc through this Fund to four.
Last year, two students, currently in their second year at the Polytechnic of Namibia studying Engineering and IT were awarded full bursaries for the duration of their study programs.
This year’s recipients are Brandon Cloete and Fousy Jaar from Karasburg High School and Suiderlig High School, respectively. The two will be furthering their studies at Polytechnic of Namibia and UNAM respectively.
The Bursary Fund, which was initiated by the Governor, Hon. Swartbooi, and Skorpion Zinc’s General Manager, Satish Kumar, is tailor-made for the Karas Region.
It caters for two best and well deserving students per year in the Karas Region.
The bursary covers tuition, accommodation, and travel as well as book allowances.
Of importance though is that such a child must be drawn from a disadvantaged background but with very good academic results to ensure the successful completion of his/her studies.
Satish Kumar, General Manager of Skorpion Zinc said: “It is of utmost importance for us to invest in the skills of the children of the Karas Region to ensure that they come back and contribute to the development of the Region.”
Besides the contribution to the Karas Governor’s Bursary Fund, Skorpion Zinc has a bursary scheme which caters for the whole of Namibia.
To date, it has sponsored 26 learners who come from all parts of Namibia and are currently studying in various professional courses in South Africa, Namibia and even in India.
For the 2013 academic year seven new bursaries were awarded under this scheme.
The company offers bursaries in various disciplines such as Mining and Mechanical, Engineering, Geology and Accounting. Besides the bursaries, the Mine also offers job attachments to students not directly attached to the Mine, enabling them to gain experience and exposure in an industrial environment.
Karas Region Governor, Hon. Bernadus Swartbooi commended Skorpion Zinc for its continued contribution towards the general socio-economic advancement of the citizens of the Region and Namibia.
“My Office is determined to ensure that opportunities are created and resources allocated for children of the Karas Region to enter institutions of higher learning and finances should not be a limitation.
“I call upon other companies within the region to emulate the commendable job Skorpion Zinc is doing in training and skills development and commitment towards this cause. I encourage all beneficiaries to take their studies seriously,” the Governor stated.