Majwe Mining Joint Venture (MMJT) recently awarded best performing students at five primary schools and three junior secondary schools in Jwaneng and surrounding areas at an event that also marked the end of their sponsorship programme.
In 2013 MMJT launched the programme for its eight adopted schools which include Teemane Primary School, Dinonyane Primary School, Maokane Primary School, Kgalagadi Primary School, Jwana Primary School, Morama Junior Secondary School (JSS), Mogale JSS and Kgosi Mpe JSS.
In his remarks, Majwe Mining Business Director, Rod Fraser, noted that people should not be sad that the program is coming to an end but rather should celebrate the wonderful journey that they took with the schools, students, teachers and supporting subcontractors under the program.
“In 2011 we took a deliberate decision to recruit and train hundreds of green recruit, employees who did not have any prior mining experience. Majwe Mining internally has three primary programs to upskill our employees. The programs include Majwe Overseas Secondment Program, the Majwe Internship Program and Majwe Industrial Apprentice program,” he elucidated.
Majwe Mining has employed 85 percent or 850 people below the age of 35 and it was voted as the best training company of the year in 2015 by Business Botswana.
“Only to mention the few projects that we made because there are many, in 2013 Majwe Mining sourced, delivered and assembled an entire demountable office unit that is being used as a staff-room at Lotlamoreng JSS in Goodhope. Majwe has connected internet to one of the most isolated schools in Botswana at Metsimantsho, way out in the Charles Hill Sub District and also provided 12 workstations and a satellite internet connection in far away places,” Fraser explained.
However P1,000,300.00 was distributed over the four years from 2013 to 2016 and the MMJT program will end in November this year.
P300 000 has been used for this year’s prize giving and combined prize giving ceremony and each winner had the choice to select what they want.
Nine students got academic awards from English, Agriculture and Social Studies from standard 5 to 7 and 10 students from the junior category in the same subjects.
Five students got awards in best overall Standard 7 and three from each of the three JSS, five in sports and five in leadership from the primary schools.
Six award recipients got prizes for extra curricular in JSS and 6 were awarded for leadership.
One of the award recipients interviewed by The Voice, 16-year-old Form 3 student, Lone Nthomang, from Kgosimpe JSS who got three awards, the best in English, Leadership and best overall student was awarded Converse All Star worth P 800.00, Nike Roche sneakers for P 400. 00 and Ackermans voucher for P 800.00.
“I am excited for the hardwork recognised after sleepless nights, I also set a motto which says, hardwork and determination are the pillars of success. All I did with the assistance of my parents, teachers and friends. I mostly thank God and encourage candidates to work very hard, be focused, determined and success will follow their way. They should not be afraid to fail but rather fear succeeding in bad things,” she said.
Giving the keynote address, the Minister of Basic Education Dr Unity Dow, noted that the children who manage to pass at school are those with good family support.
She encouraged the students to study more to improve their academic performance.
“Young people make use of the special resources in your town. Start paving your way from now and grow with the attitude you were taught by your parents,” she said.
The event that was held under the theme: “Collaborative Support towards Students’ Academic Excellence” was attended by various officials including Jwaneng Mayor Tsietsi Oodira-Kwenje, Jwaneng Deputy District Commissioner Kolobetso Sejakgomo and Miss Botswana 1st Princess Boni Kamona, just to mention a few.