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Letšeng awards scholarships to students

 

Letuka Chafotsa

LETŠENG Diamond Mine has awarded scholarships and awards to students as part of the diamond producer’s corporate social responsibility and investment initiative at Lehakoe Recreational and Cultural Centre in Maseru.

The mine offers, on an annual basis, full scholarships to Lesotho nationals studying for tertiary qualifications relating to the development of natural resources.

Letšeng Diamond Mine also renewed scholarships for students continuing with their studies and gave awards to the best performers.

The mine’s CEO, Mazvivamba Maharasoa, said the company made an undertaking to provide scholarships to deserving Basotho nationals.

“This is provided for in Section 9 (i) of the Mining Agreement, which states that the Mining Company shall establish an educational trust for the payment of scholarships and fellowships to Lesotho nationals selected by the Mining Company,” Ms Maharasoa said.

“A competitive recruitment process was followed to identify able and worthy students to become the company’s ambassadors.

“The scholarship is a full package covering tuition, accommodation, food, travel, books, medical insurance and a study permit.”

She said that since 2006, over M7 million had been spent on the scholarships in the areas of mining engineering, geology, metallurgy, mineral survey, electrical engineering, engineering management, environmental health and accounting.

For the 2015 academic year, three undergraduate scholarships were available for mineral survey, mining engineering and geology.

“Students are given 24 months practical training at the mine after completing their studies to complement their academic training and ensure they are adequately prepared for the market,” Ms Maharasoa said.

Preferential employment, she said, is given to students who successfully complete their training, and who are then obliged to offer their services to the mine once they graduate.

According to Ms Maharasoa, the mine has awarded 37 scholarships since 2006, with 27 students having graduated, 12 employed on a full time basis by the mine, 10 on internship while seven are continuing with their studies.

Speaking on behalf of the Mining Minister, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Litšoane Litšoane, implored the students to work hard and be grateful for the scholarships Letšeng Diamond Mine has afforded them.

“You should play an important role in the development of the country, and contribute meaningfully to its economic growth,” said Mr Litšoane.

 

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