Leading by example

25 September 2021 | Environment

Close to 100 Namdock employees and locals joined people from 180 countries across the globe in support of World Clean-up Day and Coastal Clean-up Day recently.

The 98 employees led by the CEO Heritha Muyoba voluntarily committed to the event, removing rubbish from the entire Independence Beach area in Walvis Bay.

A skip and transport were arranged to dispose of the waste at the dumping site.

With the initial goal set to fill 50 bags with trash, team members outdid themselves and filled up 272 bags in total.

“We cannot operate in an environment without looking after it,” Muyoba said at the event.

“The Namdock family consists of 658 members who come from Walvis Bay and this is a common area for all of us; we had our year-end function here. I am here to do my part and I am humbled that you made time to come as this also provides us with an opportunity to mingle.

Muyoba announced that, in continuance to the social responsibility of the company towards the Walvis Bay community, Namdock will provide maintenance at Independence Beach by fixing tables and repainting the existing structures.

She pointed out that Namibia subscribes to the Sustainable Development Goals and said that the sustainability of oceans is under severe threat with dead zones rising at an alarming rate from 400 in 2008 to 700 in 2019.

“Seventy percent of our oxygen is produced in oceans, but each year 8 million tons of plastic end up in the seas. Allowing plastic to pollute the ocean will ultimately destroy our livelihood. This is our commitment and promise towards realising the SDGs. If this effort can be replicated, we can turn the country into the cleanest on the continent.”

The clean-up exercise was concluded with a braai and a prize-giving ceremony.

Emelia Paulus (Mechanical Department) and Ivan Silas (Electrical Department) were named the most and best spirited participants.

The Namdock Carpentry Department filled the most (75) bags and the Fabrication and Metalwork Department were the best represented at the occasion.

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