The purpose-fitted Toyota Land Cruiser Double Cab (V8) valued at around N$825,000 (eight hundred and fourteen thousand) will be used to support the Ministry’s efforts to protect Namibia’s wildlife populations across the length and breadth of the country.
Standard Bank’s Chief Executive, Vetumbuavi Mungunda, said at the handover on Wednesday that it was imperative for the current generation of public and private sector leaders to jealously protect and preserve Namibia’s natural heritage for the benefit of future generations.
“Our forefathers handed us land, they handed us a diverse wildlife and they also handed us a thriving ecosystem. I believe that in Namibia we have been the luckiest generation if you look at what has been handed over to us, compared to many other countries. Despite the challenges, we are the envy of everyone for having the most active rhino populations in the world. Our challenge as the current generation is to make sure that in 50 or 100 years’ time Namibia will still have the most active and thriving rhino population in the world,” said Mungunda.
One of the bank’s core pillars in terms of its contribution to society is the protection of the environment and sustainable development. Mungunda expressed excitement that the bank is part of an initiative to protect and preserve the wildlife by using the innovative, fully equipped and technologically-advanced vehicle and combining that with other resources including dogs, their handlers.
Other than preserving for future generations, he said a healthy wildlife population was also a source of one of the biggest contributors in terms of foreign exchange earnings as well as one of the greatest contributors to employment in Namibia through tourism.
Mungunda has pledged the bank’s commitment to collaborate with the MEFT to preserve the country’s current resources for future generations.
The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta welcomed the donation and called on other private sector players to join the effort in combatting poaching in Namibia.