The Department of Geosciences recently received N$350 000 from Haib Minerals (Pty) Ltd to purchase machinery that will enable geochemical analysis for academic research and mineral exploration.
The donation, made through UNAM Foundation, stems from a 5-year-long partnership between the two institutions, comprising mainly human development.
Head of the Geosciences department, Dr. Absai Vatuva explained that: “With this machinery, we will be able to pulverize rock samples for research and alternative application”.
Students will also be able to practice Mineral Processing Methods, which are essential for extractive industries, accentuated Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Kenneth Matengu, during the courtesy meeting with the CEO of Haib Minerals, John Akwenye, on Tuesday, 21 September.
“We do not just want to train only knowledgeable people – we want to train skilled people who can make a difference in the world. And this partnership creates an avenue to attain that vision,” emphasized Prof. Matengu.
The Vice-Chancellor further lauded the donation and stated that it is imperative to closely interact with the private sector to make sure that UNAM, as a training institution, remains well-versed with what the industry needs.
Mr. John Awkenye, CEO of Haib Minerals, elatedly cited that: “We are blessed to be associated with UNAM and will continue to assist where we can while calling on other players in the industry to be part of this collaboration”.
In attendance was, Prof. Frednard Gideon, Pro-Vice-Chancellor: Academic Affairs; Prof. Nickanor Ndeyapo, Executive Dean: Faculty of Agriculture, Engineering and Natural Sciences; Mr. Tango Kandjaba, UNAM Foundation Assistant Director and Prof. Lischen Haoses-Gorases, Campus Director: Southern Campus, who all lauded the contribution.
“Thank you so much for this generous donation; it is not just for the south but the mining industry at large. We appreciate your generous support, and I believe that this collaboration will continue,” remarked Prof. Haoses-Gorases.