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Telecom Namibia bursary recipients ecstatic

Mon, 27 January 2014 03:31
by Honorine Kaze

For the 15th consecutive year, Telecom Namibia (TN) continues giving bursaries to some of the country’s deserving students.
To date, N$25m has been given as part of the company’s bursary scheme under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.
This year, the ten recipients from various regions including //Karas, Zambezi, Ohangwena, Oshana, Kavango, Khomas, Kunene, Otjozondjupa as well as Erongo share the N$1.2m worth of bursaries.
These will be taking up studies in accounting science, information technology and electronic engineering at either the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) or the University of Namibia (Unam).
Among those recipients is orphaned Domigos David who found himself at a cross road regarding his future, despite his 36 points after the 2013 results were announced a fortnight ago.
“I was lucky to have relatives take care of me; my mother passed away over ten years ago and my father abandoned me when I was very young. I knew my relatives could not afford to take me to university, so I was stuck,” David revealed.
At 21, he will be pursuing a bachelor in electronic engineering at PoN. This is a dream come-true for the former Rundu High School learner.
Levy Hamukoto, from Grootfontein High School in Otjozondjupa Region earned 32 points but because his parents are unemployed, his future was bleak.
“I went through high school by the Lord’s grace. My mom’s odd house jobs would not have taken me through university,” Hamukoto said, adding, he will study a bachelor of information technology at PoN.
“I had applied for a Government loan but for some reason, I made a mistake on my application, so my application was returned. However, they say everything happens for a reason; I ended up getting the TN bursary.”
Twenty-year-old Apronia Shiimi, originally from the Oshana Region earned a whopping 46 points from the Kolin Foundation Secondary School, in Arandis. Shiimi accepts the bursary with both hands, saying, “I am not going to disappoint their faith in me. I will focus on my electronic engineering studies to ensure my dream comes true at Unam’s Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus.”
From Zambezi Region is Carlos Sibalatani who scored 45 points. He plans to join Telecom Namibia once he completes his electronic engineering studies.
All ten recipients will have their entire cycle paid for, including all the necessities, such as food, housing allowances amongst others. They are expected to work for TN at completion.
Telecom Namibia introduced the bursary scheme in 1999 to address the skills shortages in the Namibian market, particularly in the areas of information technology, telecommunication and electronic engineering.
Other recipients include I-Lee Matheus - former Concordia High School learner in Khomas Region - who with 40 points, will be studying a bachelor of electronic engineering at PoN.
Petrus Leonard is from Angra Pequena Senior Secondary School in !Nami≠Nüs and is scheduled to study a bachelor of accounting and finance at PoN.