Old police bakkie shines in new splendor
22 September 2021 | Local News
This was made possible thanks to several private companies in Swakopmund who completely refurbished a police vehicle used every day for crime prevention.
The old bakkie, now shining in new splendor, was officially handed over to the Namibian police in Swakopmund on Tuesday and is once again back on the street.
“The idea came from one of our employees who said we should do something for our community,” said Mark Weiss from Weiss Auto Body Repairs.
Since the bakkie was parked outside at the Swakopmund police station for a few years, the car was badly affected by rust due to the climatic conditions at the coast.
Large holes had already formed on the body and the car was anything but pretty.
“We asked other companies and they immediately joined the project. With help from Canopy Centre, Greg’s Motor Spares, Namib Upholstery, Hemco Paints and Steckel’s Toyota, we completely transformed the car,” Weiss said.
The value of the time invested, which lasted three months, was calculated at just under N$40 000.
Upon receiving the vehicle, Erongo Regional Police Commander Commissioner Andreas Nelumbo said he was delighted at the private initiative.
“You did a great service for the community of Swakopmund. We can now serve the community better with this car,” he said.
“As police officers we must serve the community to the best of our ability because they also support us, as we can see here.”
He called on law enforcement officers to take care of and respect the car.