At the event, the students were required to compete by giving presentations on projects related to the mining industry. Two NUST students, Charne Eimann and Martha Amwele, won prizes in two categories. Eimann, emerged as the best student in Mining Engineering category with her presentation titled: ‘’An investigation into the application of x-ray fluorescence technology to upgrade low-grade Zinc ore.’’ Amwele obtained the second prize in the Metallurgy division, and her presentation was titled: ‘’Improving the leaching conditions of gold at Navachab Gold Mine.’’
Each category consisted of about twelve contestants and despite the tough competition from the traditionally recognised universities, NUST students managed to outperform their fellow competitors. This places NUST at the pinnacle of the prestigious contest.
The SAIMM president, Professor Selo Ndlovu, expressed satisfaction at the participation and enthusiasm from regional institutions. Ndlovu described the colloquium as a unique opportunity for students to showcase themselves to potential employers who attend the colloquium to scout for outstanding talent. The Head of DMPE, and Associate Professor, Harmony Musiyarira said: “This milestone achievement is a culmination of years of dedication and commitment and input from all our stakeholders (staff, students, the Government of Namibia, the Namibian mining industry). I have always told our students that excellence is not a moment of brilliance but a way of life and hence we are not going to sit on our laurels and say we have arrived but we will continue pushing the boundaries of excellence.”
A number of institutions of higher learning offering mining, metallurgical and chemical engineering programmes participated in the competition. These include the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg, North-West University, University of Free State, University of Zambia, and University of Zimbabwe.