Namsov Community Trust’s unstoppable corporate social responsibility drive saw a donation by the trust of 1 250 trays of canned fish and 100 netball, volleyball and soccer balls to Gunichas Primary School in Gobabis recently, The Villager can reveal.
Namsov’s latest donation comes after a string of other social responsibility initiatives which hogged media limelight and are in line with the Harambee Prosperity Plan of poverty alleviation by addressing food and nutrition security.
Speaking at the occasion of the handing over of the donation, Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Bernhard Esau said that the canned fish represented progress in value addition activities being promoted by his ministry in the marine fisheries sector.
He expressed his delight over the fact that Namibia was now not only canning pilchards, as was traditionally the case , but also horse mackerel, which were being canned either in brine or oil, and in combination with products such as tomatoes, chili and beans.
“These value added products are tasty and shelf-stable, hence are being marketed conveniently in many markets across Africa and the world. I am happy to note that several companies in Walvis Bay are doing value addition, which is creating much needed jobs for Namibians. Considering the total allowable catches in horse mackerel, hake and other species, there is room to increase value added activities in fisheries in Namibia,” he said.
He exhorted Namibia’s fishing companies and other stakeholders to emulate the example demonstrated by Namsov Community Trust and combine efforts together with his ministry in a colossal effort to avail fish to the people.
“Let us always remember that the fish in our oceans and rivers belongs to all Namibians, and hence should benefit all Namibians. Let us exercise Corporate Social Responsibility by donating fish to schools, food banks and other organizations for the purpose of addressing food security in our less fortunate members of our society,” he urged.
Speaking to The Villager, Project Coordinator for Namsov Community Trust, Anne Marie said in its pursuit of sustainable development, Namsov had the obligation to share a proportion of its harvest to communities as well as selecting schools with the most children for donations.
“We share what we harvest to communities per region, we select a school with the most children, the sharing idea is not for a specific school but all the regions,” she said.
While some companies push CSR activities for brand visibility and marketing, the project coordinator said Namsov’s CSR initiatives were a genuine response to government’s clarion call for the private sector to throw in their lot behind the war against poverty.
“After the call by His Excellency to eradicate poverty calling on stakeholders to join the government, we took the call upon ourselves as well to ensure that Namsov Community Trust is one of those stakeholders that are going to partner with government to make sure that poverty is eventually alleviated and eradicated,” said Marie.
Meanwhile a Namsov partnership with the Ministry of Poverty Eradication last year saw the provision of drought relief to areas hit by the vagaries of the El-nino weather and the trust has pledged its active sustainable involvement in making food provisions available for the president’s availed food bank initiative.