8 NEWS Wednesday, April 18 2018 | NEW ERA Noordgrens scales new heights John Muyamba Rundu Noordgrens Secondary S c h o o l i n R u n d u officially inaugurated its technical block last Friday where learners are being taught technical subjects such as electricals, motor mechanics and school in Kavango East to start with technical education training. /TN1433 6Mbps unlimited Fixed broadband Terms and Conditions Apply Expansion… From left, Kavango East education director Fanuel Kapapero who unveiled the plaque of the Fanuel Kapapero Technical Block at the school, while Noordgrens Secondary School headmistress, Ilse Bekker, and Rundu Urban Constituency Councillor Victoria Kauma look on. SIGN UP AND GET: Get the best of Voice Calls Only 65c per minute unlimited mobile broadband Visit your nearest Teleshop or call us Toll Free on 1100 PAY N$ 2,197 Per Month Incl. Devices PAY N$ 1,999 Per Month Excl. Devices Maxi Advanced 2 “Today we are gathered here to witness a dream which was started and completed to build on a variety of education opportunities to broaden and cater for the needs and skills for the diverse nation,” said the school’s headmistress, Ilse Bekker. “Today we see the grand opening of the new technical block, providing new facilities and a much improved learning environment for our learners. I’m sure that the government’s investment in our school will be good value for money but also to appreciate that money is not everything and certainly not the most important thing. The human spirit is most important as money can improve the school’s physical environment but it cannot buy the vision and passion that guide school development. Let us acknowledge the members of the school management and teachers whose professionalism has helped the school,” she said. “I know how excited learners are with the new technical building as respective learners and teachers move into it. I hope that they will use it wisely and creatively, and with this new development and continuous efforts I’m sure that our school will scale new heights in all aspects,” Bekker added. The technical block is named after the Kavango East education director, Fanuel Kapapero. “Whoever thought about this is highly appreciated and it’s from the bottom of my heart. The greatest gift that one can give to mankind is service. It is on that basis that I accept the naming of the technical block with humility,” Kapapero said. “Of course you have listened to the State of the Nation Address by the president, under pillar number 3 of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) which deals with social progression. It says vocational education and training is steadily emerging as a global front runner,” Kapapero noted. “It is driving the national agenda and features prominently in the strategic and operational priorities of regional economic communities and multilateral organisations and it further says that for Namibia to improve its global competitiveness it is important that our citizens have the required technical and vocational skills. Developed economies were not built by PhD holders only, but by craftsmen and artisans, people that do not even have names but they have the skills – they are the ones that move the economy,” he continued. According to Kapapero the introduction of the technical stream at Noordgrens is part of curriculum reforms and in the near future it will be expanded to other secondary schools. “We are targeting Linus Shashipapo Secondary School. As soon as it is renovated there will be a technical block. I have seen the design, so they start with the technical stream. We have also introduced prevocational subjects at senior primary level,” he told those in attendance.
NEW ERA school to open in June Page 10 Community poultry project opens in Omaruru Page 11 INSIDE USINESS This news is your business Significant cobalt mineral resource declared in Namibia Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed cobalt junior Celsius Resources has declared a maiden Joint Ore Reserves Committee (JORC) compliant mineral resource at its 95 percent owned Opuwo cobalt project in Namibia. The mineral resource estimate comprises 112.4 Mt at a grade of 0.11 percent cobalt, 0.41 percent copper, and 0.43 percent zinc, at a cut-off grade of 0.06 percent (or 600 ppm) cobalt. The mineral resource estimate represents contained cobalt of 126 100 t and consists of 72 Mt at a grade of 0.11 percent cobalt, 0.42 percent copper and 0.41 percent zinc in the indicated Mt at a grade of 0.12 percent cobalt, 0.41 percent copper WINDHOEK Three learners from the Martin Luther High (MLH) School in the Okombahe village in Erongo Region won a trip to Berlin, Germany through the ‘Start-Up Project’ competition organised by the Goethe-Institute. The learners - Vickson Goraseb, Alida Kutuahupira and Bradley Jod - scooped the prize for their ‘Road Monitoring Drones’ business idea, which is meant to assist law enforcement agencies monitor accident prone roads, with the aim of reducing their prevalence. The team will join 12 other teams from Africa that will participate in an entrepreneurship conference in Berlin in August 2018. “They will have the opportunity to understand the environment for entrepreneurs there, share ideas and skills with each other and already established start-ups from and 0.46 percent zinc in the inferred category. Over 95 percent of the mineral resource is comprised of the fresh sulphide ore type, a key feature of the Opuwo project. “The maiden JORC mineral resource for the Opuwo project meaningfully exceeds the company’s expectations. This is an important milestone that has potential future cobalt source at Opuwo,” said Celsius Resources MD Brendan Borg. “The results of the external resource modelling consistent and expansive scale of the project. We drilling, which is already underway, will enable future Germany,” said Goethe-Institute Secretary, Irmi Röder. Röder told Nampa here Monday the Start-Up Project is a competition for high school learners to develop business start-up ideas and plans. The Goethe-Institute, Germany’s worldwide cultural institute, ran the competition with four schools in Namibia that teach German as a foreign language. The project under the Partner der Zukunft (Partners for the Future) initiative empowers learners at MLH, Windhoek High School, Otjiwarongo High School and Swakopmund Private School to be entrepreneurs, noted Röder. “Those four schools participated and we asked learners in teams of three to enter their business ideas, so all these three students had to come together and develop a business idea,” said Röder. She further noted they received 31 entries and only selected the best Now sought after… Celsius Resources says it is aiming The once little-known element cobalt is rapidly rising in price and some warn shortages could hit the metal in the future. The proliferation of lithium-ion batteries, of which cobalt is a key ingredient, in electronics and price. Photo: Contributed upgrades to the maiden JORC mineral resource [which] will underpin our project scoping study, for which key work programmes are advancing well.” six teams to attend two workshops. March in Otjiwarongo. their business idea and develop a business plan and then they got The mineral resource estimate covers a zone of approximately 10 km, with mineralisation remaining open in all directions. Mineralisation, and grade continuity, has already been more than 15 km of strike, with over 100 km of total This is considered to have excellent potential for expansion, with further drilling. Celsius Resources says life, reliable source of cobalt at Opuwo. The company considers the project to have the numerous advantages, including large scale, favourable mineralogy: cobalt and copper sulphide minerals, low in deleterious elements: notably arsenic, invited to another workshop that took place this past weekend, when and marketing issues and then also learned how to pitch to sponsors, or in this case a panel of judges,” cadmium and uranium; mining friendly, politically stable and safe location with excellent infrastructure; and cobalt: best exposure to lithium ion battery boom. The Opuwo cobalt project is located in northwestern part of the country, approximately 800 km by road from the capital, Windhoek, and approximately 750 km from the port at Walvis Bay. The project has excellent infrastructure, with the regional capital of Opuwo approximately 30km to the south, where services such as accommodation, fuel, supplies, and an airport and hospital are available. The Opuwo project consists of four exclusive prospecting licences covering approximately 1 470 km². – Mining Review Africa MLH pupils to attend entrepreneurship conference in Germany Cutting edge… From left, Bradley Jod, their teacher Jo-Anne Xoagus, Alida Kutuahupira and Vickson Goraseb from Martin Luther High School in Erongo Region who won the trip to Germany for coming up with an exclusive business idea of road monitoring drones. Photo: Nampa explained Röder. A panel of four judges assessed the participants based on criteria such as innovation, market assessment, resources and pitch performance. – Nampa Innovative… Material used at Ohorongo Cement near Otavi in the burning process of mixed limestone, iron ore, shale and marl to produce the clinker which is then used to produce cement. From left, the kiln in which the material is heated up to more than 2,000 degrees, the woodchips made from intruder bush and sourced from surrounding farms and then plastic bits provided from recycled waste by Rent-A-Drum in Windhoek. Photo: Roland Routhe