There are a number of communities in Namaqualand which are faced with deeply rooted poverty related problems. There is therefore a serious need for extensive education and social development programs. Alexkor is committed to the improvement of the standard of education in Namaqualand.
Alexkor currently provides ABET classes to current employees and the community. Alexkor is also involved in learnership programmes.
In the past the Alexkor Development Foundation has provided close to 1000 bursaries, totaling almost R3,000,000, to disadvantaged students of Namaqualand. In addition to this, study loans to the value of close to R1,500,000 have been paid out to students all over Namaqualand. This foundation has been replaced by granting part of Alexkor’s land concession at Witvoorkop area to both a woman empowerment and a local small scale mining company in 2003.
The development of the human resources potential is a matter of the highest priority for the Alexkor Development Foundation. Grants made to schools are aimed at empowering people, especially young people, so as to enable them to take charge of their own lives. By providing equipment and educational aids to schools the Foundation contributes towards improving the educational as well as living standards of the people of Namaqualand. Over R2,750,000 has been provided in direct funding to Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools throughout the region.
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