De Beers Donates to Namibia Mining School

De Beers said it will provide N$2.1 million ($313,658) to enable the Namibia Institute of Mining & Technology to acquire the buildings for its Northern Campus in Tsumeb.

NIMT is Namibia’s premier institution for artisan training. In its first year, the Northern Campus enrolled 64 students and this number is expected to grow to 214 by 2009. This is the second NIMT campus, with the main one in Arandis.

De Beers chairman Nicky Oppenheimer and minister of Mines and Energy Errki Nghimtina officiated at the inauguration ceremony.

During the event, Oppenheimer announced the creation of the De Beers Namibia Fund through which De Beers will support Corporate Social Investment in Namibia. He noted that NIMT was, in fact, the first beneficiary of the new De Beers Namibia Fund.