Namibia Port Authority invested over N$3b in 24 different projects through its Namport Social Investment Fund (NSIF) for the economic empowerment of the communities.
Minister of Works and Transport, Erkki Nghimtina officially launched the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport)’s capacity-building and ‘Catch Them Young’ programmes at a gala dinner on Thursday.
The fund was established to ensure that corporate social responsibility is embedded in Namport’s core values and is considered in all aspects of the organisation’s business practices to align community involvement with relevant sustainable projects.
The fund assists initiatives that focus on entrepreneurial and small and medium enterprise (SME) development, health and education.
“Targeted corporate social investment efforts such as that displayed by Namport are encouraging and supports Government to yield speedy results in empowering previously disadvantaged Namibians and bringing them into the mainstream economy,” Nghimtina noted.
The ‘Catch Them Young’ programme introduced at the beginning of the year targets Grade 8 high school learners from marginalised groups, footing the bill for all expenses related to their school careers.
Two learners from the Omaheke and Karas Regions are benefiting from the programme this year. The capacity-building programme is aimed at developing skill and training the ports authority’s employees in marine-related skills. Said Namport Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bisey Uirab, “The corporate social investment is not a once-off affair, but a sustained relationship in developing our people to become contributors to society.”
According to Uirab, Namport has set aside an amount of N$32 million to develop skills in the areas of operations, marine and management training.
Some of the projects that are supported under NSIF are found in various regions of the country in various sectors of education, health, community development and entrepreneurial development.
Some of the recipients include kuisebmond Primary School in Erongo which received N$ 50 000, Onankali Mahangu Paper Making cooperative in Oshikoto that received N$ 300 000 for entrepreneurial development as well as Walvis Bay Multi Purpose got an amount of N$ 50 000 just to name a few.