De Beers donates HOH Building in Kimberley to Sol Plaatje University

Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is delighted to announce that the De Beers Group has donated the Harry Oppenheimer House (HOH) building in Kimberley to the University following the relocation to Johannesburg in January 2023 of its Sightholder Sales business unit from Kimberley, where it has been operating since 1974.  

The donation of the HOH building is part of the De Beers commitment to continue working with the Northern Cape government, key stakeholders and community organisations in investing in the socio-development of the province and its people.

SPU has a long-standing relationship with De Beers, aimed at creating a clear pathway for academically talented young people in the Northern Cape. The relationship dates back to when the province was canvassing for a university to be established in Kimberley, with De Beers providing the necessary support towards this objective. When the establishment of the University was approved by national government, De Beers and Kumba Iron Ore, as part of the Anglo American Group, contributed R96 million towards the establishment of the University infrastructure. In partnership with the Anglo American Foundation, De Beers invested a further R12.1 million in 2021 to support the University’s Talent Pipeline Programme for three years.

“When we relocated our rough diamond sorting and valuation facility from Kimberley to Johannesburg, we made a commitment that our remaining assets would be utilised for the benefit of the city of Kimberley and the Province,” said Moses Madondo, Managing Director of De Beers Group Managed Operations. “This donation will have a long-lasting impact on the future of the province through the development of young people through education – one of De Beers’ key developmental area.”

The HOH building, valued at R54 million, will be used as the main administration block and will serve as the strategic headquarters of the University. This additional administrative capacity will free up space in the University’s current headquarters, Luka Jantjie House, to develop offices for the recently launched Centre for Continuous Professional Development that is driving the University’s short-course platform.

“By donating this building to Sol Plaatje University, De Beers maintains its unstinting support of the University while unleashing its post-mining potential through education for the betterment of the people of Kimberley and by extension for the communities in the Northern Cape Province. Legacy gifts such as this will ensure that the University is able to provide educational and research excellence and innovation far into the future. We are proud partners of De Beers in our joint endeavours to create a better future for the youth in this region,” said Prof Andrew Crouch, SPU’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

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