KENYA, JAN 12 — Australian mining company-Base Titanium has issued scholarship to over 300 new students joining form one this January.
The students come from Lunga Lunga, Matuga, Msambweni and Kinango areas of Kwale County, where the company is mining titanium ores.
The students from Kwale County and Likoni Sub-County now join the list of over 1,012 already in the Base Titanium high school scholarship programme.
Speaking to media, Community Affairs Manager at Base Titanium Pius Kassim said: “We see our community programmes as having a positive impact in Kwale County and in realising Kenya’s national goals including Vision 2030 and the Big Four Agenda.”
He added: “Specifically, in the Big Four Agenda, ensuring an educated and skilled workforce is available will help provide sustainability and inter-generational benefits. We therefore see it as our role to prepare and ensure Kwale youth are ready to harness opportunities brought about by economic growth.”
Base Titanium has a consistent track record of positive community investment in Kwale County which has so far surpassed the Ksh 1.5 billion.
The programmes range from social infrastructure, livelihood and health programmes as well as education programmes.
The scholarship programme which Base Titanium runs in coordination with the Kwale County Government will now have over 2,000 beneficiaries across secondary and tertiary institutions.
This complements the efforts by Kwale County Government which also has over 3,000 students in secondary schools.
The scholarship programme has so far seen Base Titanium invest over Ksh297 million since 2013, with some students already working in health centres within the communities having completed their studies.
Base Titanium Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Australian and UK-listed Base Resources Limited (ASX/AIM: BSE). Its flagship development is the Kwale Mineral Sands Mine (“Kwale Mine”) in Kenya, located 50 kilometres south of Mombasa.
Construction of the Kwale Mine was completed at the end of 2013 and the first bulk shipment of mineral sands departed from Mombasa in February 2014.
The Kwale Mine is creating significant opportunities for economic development – through a focused local employment programme and procurement of goods and services from local vendors.
The firm which is currently Kenya’s top minerals exporter has demonstrated its commitment to responsible and sustainable development.
“With the Kwale Mine representing the first large-scale mining development in Kenya, more than doubling Kenya’s earnings from the mineral sector, Base Titanium is cognisant of, and committed to, its role in setting national benchmarks that are consistent with global best practice in transparency, governance, safety, environmental management and community relations,” the management affirms.
As a recognised Vision 2030 Flagship Project, Base Titanium works closely and constructively with the Government of Kenya to promote further investment in developing the sector.