13-year old Kago Seselamarumo of Gxhabara Primary School will go down in history books as a student who named the first ever mining institute in Maun – Kavuru Training Centre.
The centre is owned by Barminco Mining Service, contracted by the Khoemacau Mining Company in Toteng Village.
Seselamarumo, won the naming competition which involved Boseja, Kubung and Andrew Wellio primary schools in Maun. Seselamarumo’s name, ‘Kavuru’ from Kavuruvosa, was selected as the preferred name for the mining centre and he walked away with the total prize money of P1500.
The centre provides inductions, safety, equipment operations and maintenance training support to Zone 5 (Khoemacau Copper Mining) and other Perenti group operations. Kavuru which is located at Boseja Ward in Maun was officially opened by Vice President of the Republic of Botswana Slumber Tsogwane on the 26th November 2022.
Speaking at the official opening of the training centre, the young boy explained that ‘Kavuru’ means heavy winds in Sheyeyi language.
He said he chose the name because it has deep meaning of success and it is often used by elder people in the communities of Bayeyi, hence he came up with the name. He added that the name also forms part of the cultural heritage in the Ngamiland area.
Vice President, Slumber Tsogwane who officiated at the event, praised the young boy for his brilliant idea of such a name at his age. Tsogwane pleaded for the training centre to do more than just the price money for the young Seselamarumo.
“The centre will have to do more than what they did and I would love to see this boy, one day graduate in this institution or better still work here as a sign of honoring him for the good job that he has done. This is because it is not easy at his age to come up with this name that will over the years be known to the entire country,” he pleaded.
Tsogwane encouraged Seselamarumo to focus on his education and do well so that this country can benefit from his wisdom and knowledge adding that for his age to come up with such a name ‘Kavuru’ it means he has knowledge about his culture and tribe of Seyeyi.
Barminco Training Administrator Keneo Bonang explained that the competition was rolled out in all four primary schools of Gxhabara, Andrew Wellio, Boseja and Kubung, only for standard 5 -7 classes and Seselamarumo became the winner. She said the Regional Education, School heads and parents were involved in the facilitation of the competition.
She said all the schools were given P4000 stationary vouchers as an appreciation from the training centre with the students getting the first price money of P1500, 2nd price got P600 while in third position received P400.