SCHOOL SUPPORT PROJECT
For the past three years, Langer Heinrich has donated text books to various Swakopmund state schools. While the first two years of this programme benefited secondary schools, this year’s donations went to primary schools on the recommendation from the Ministry of Education. Text books to the value of N$130,000 were purchased, labelled and donated. This initiative was highly commended by the Honourable Regional Governor during the handover ceremony.
GRADUATE TRAINING PROGRAMME
Nine graduates in the geological, administration and metallurgical disciplines were successfully integrated into their respective departments over the past 12 months, following offers of employment by Langer Heinrich. Four new graduates have joined the programme since 3 March 2014 in the following disciplines: radiation, corporate, finance and metallurgy.
Given the mine’s location in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, Langer Heinrich recognises the need to provide support in this area and has consulted with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) and the Namib Ecological Restoration and Monitoring Unit (NERMU) to determine appropriate projects to support. It was agreed to proceed with the following two projects – an upgrade of a station house for park rangers for the MET and the development of a training internship programme for environmental graduates for the NERMU. The latter is expected to run over five years and benefit four Namibian graduates per year.
HIV/AIDS AND WELLNESS PROGRAMME
Langer Heinrich continues to be active with HIV/AIDS related activities through its 18 Peer Educators who undergo HIV and related wellness training and attend pre-shift tool box meetings allowing them the forum to deliver coaching and mentoring on the various chosen health related topics. Peer educators meet monthly with the Occupational Health administrator to discuss World Health Organisations information on HIV/AIDS and thereafter choose the relevant HIV/AIDS topics for discussion. A reputable NGO visits the mine site on an annual basis and conducts voluntary HIV/AIDS testing and pre-test counselling and, for positive tests, provides post-test counselling.
OTHER COMMUNITY INITIATIVES
Langer Heinrich continues to support two feeding programmes for disadvantaged children in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund (catering for between 600 and 700 children per day). This programme now extends to pre-school classes. In addition, Langer Heinrich supports various small scale community projects and sporting activities during the year, reaffirming its commitment to the local community.