WINDHOEK, 19 JUNE – As part of its Corporate Social responsibility, MTC announced an N$800,000 donation towards the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia.
Chief Human Capital & Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo made the announcement on last Friday at the official handover of the Standard Bank Buy n Brick initiative that is aimed at raising funds for the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia.
“Let me firstly thank Standard Bank for this brilliant initiative called the Buy n Brick campaign, and being selfless to invite other like-minded corporates to share in this initiative. We are well aware of the extreme housing shortage, and the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia has been extremely positive and efficient in making a difference by building a complete house for their members at a cost of N$40,000 only,” he said.
Ekandjo said that the donation would assist in building a total of 20 houses, adding, “I know it is a small difference taking into consideration the huge shortage of houses in Namibia, but if we can all participate and make our contributions, it will become impactful in the fight against housing.”
“Spending an hour with families living in shacks this afternoon in the DRC informal settlement, we realized that there is no difference between them, and us but what distinguishes us is lack of opportunity they never had. They cannot give themselves these opportunities, it is our collective responsibility to create opportunities for them to lift them out of poverty, and today MTC would like to do so with this contribution now and in the future.”
Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Derek Klazen and Standard Bank CEO Mr Vetumbuavi Mungunda were also present at the ceremony.
Through various contributions, Standard Bank raised a total amount of N$3.7 million towards the 2018 Buy a brick Initiative this year. – NDN Staffer