Windhoek — A total of 17 tertiary education students will receive bursaries from power utility NamPower to the value ofN$765 000 during the 2008 academic year.
NamPower's chief executive officer Paulus Shilamba made the announcement last Thursday at a local hotel in Windhoek. Qualifying students were recruited from eight regions in the country. Bursary holders include three from the disabled category, four bursaries for non-technical fields and 10 bursary holders to study in technical fields.
Some of the students will further their studies at institutions in Namibia and at higher institutions in neighbouring South Africa.
Speaking at the occasion, Shilamba said education ranked high on the company's social responsibility agenda.
"This year new students will pursue tertiary studies in the fields of power/electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, education, environmental science, finance/accounting and information technology.
"At NamPower we believe that disability should not be equalled to incapacity.
"It is the social responsibility of Government and the corporate world to ensure that the disabled members of our society are provided opportunities to develop their skills and to contribute to the economic development of our country," he told the large gathering of recipients and family members.
NamPower has chosen a broader scope of sponsorship for people with disabilities by implementing an additional programme for students in that category.
Three of the four students include women that will undertake post-graduate studies in engineering.
The new bursary holders will add to a total of 192 students that NamPower is supporting, with a sponsorship value of between N$3.5 million and N$4 million.
"NamPower Bursary Scheme has created real opportunities for many young Namibians to access higher education," he said, adding that many graduates are taking up leadership positions within the company and in other economic sectors in the country.
He congratulated the successful beneficiaries and said the selection process was tough and very competitive, and that they should focus solely on acquiring skills that they need to make a difference in their respective communities, the country and the world.
Addressing the audience, Dr John Tibane from South Africa said that the company believed in them as recipients, and that all of them have the potential to achieve their goals and dreams. He urged them to develop a positive character as in the end, it will be: "Your character that will take you through life, so the choices you make now will determine your future."
One of the previous beneficiaries, Paulina Iyambo, who is studying towards a masters in electrical engineering in Cape Town, attended the occasion and said:
"The bursary opportunity has opened up so many doors for me and I am extremely grateful to NamPower."
She advised the beneficiaries that this is an opportunity not to be wasted.
The candidates recommended for bursaries, represent eight regions.
Non-technical fields: Bornface M. Mate of Katima Mulilo, Caprivi Region; Silas Ndakolo of Ondangwa, Oshana Region; Johannes Matsi of Ondangwa Oshana Region.
Education (Maths & Science)
Johannes I Shivute - Town / Village - Onaanda, Omusati Region
Electrical Engineering, Iyaloo L M Ndevahoma, Town - Eenhana, Region - Ohangwena
Electrical Engineering, Kamati N I Kbangula, Town - Arandis, Erongo Region
Electrical Engineering (BTECH), Ndapanda N M Uugwanga, Town - Ondangwa, Oshana Region
Electrical Engineering (BTECH), Victoria N Mukengami, Town - Katima Mulilo, Caprivi Region
Electrical Engineering (BTECH), Linda T N Iipinge, Town / village - Onangalo, Omusati Region
Mechatronic Engineering, Wouter T M Vermeulen, Town - Windhoek, Khomas Region
Post-Graduate (Masters), Elsebi Van Sittert, Town - Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region,
Post-Graduate (Masters), Virginia N N Pohamba, Town - Oshakati, Oshana Region
Post-Graduate (Masters), Rosalia Negumbo, Town - Oshakati, Oshana Region
Post-Graduate (Masters), Marco Wolf, Town - Windhoek, Khomas Region
Commerce: Accounting, Janet N. Mundilo, Town - Walvis Bay, Erongo Region
Information Technology, Richard J Eiman, Town - Rehoboth, Hardap Region,
Environmental Science, Stefanie K Urban, Town - Windhoek, Khomas Region.