Staff Writer

FNB Namibia, through its FirstRand HOPE Fund, donated 2500 Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits, valued at N$810 000 to the Ministry of Health and Social Services.

Erwin Tjipuka, CEO of FNB Namibia during the handover ceremony said that the banking Group was concerned about the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Namibia and the negative impact the pandemic has on the Namibian economy and society at large.

He expressed the hope that the donation of PPE kits would assist in the further prevention of the spread of Covid-19 while protecting frontline staff, while ultimately contributing towards reviving the Namibian economy and society at large.

“It is true that we are living in challenging times and therefore public and private partnerships, become more vital in critical times such as these. Our business’s purpose of being a trusted partner, helping to create a better world, rings true now more than ever, as we become more innovative and assist, where possible, in helping to keep businesses open, people in their homes, distributing relief efforts, keeping our doors open and our systems functional so that customers can trade,” Tjipuka said.

Health and Social Services minister, Dr Kalumbi Shangula speaking during the event, thanked all the corporates for meeting government halfway in curbing COVID 19.

“When a corporate entity assesses the need on the ground and continues to support Government efforts, this is a clear demonstration of Corporate Social Responsibility at work and for that we are grateful. It is partnerships such as these that will move the country forward,” he said.