N$1 million for whistle blowers
The Ministry of Environment & Tourism (MET), Namibian Police (NAMPOL), Intelligence Support Against Poaching (ISAP) and Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, have partnered up in the fight against rhino poaching.
During the Blow The Horn On Rhino Poaching Campaign launched yesterday, NBL availed N$1 million as incentive to entice the general public to provide tip-offs leading to the arrest of Rhino poachers. The N$1 million be divided into 4 x N$ 250 000.00 separate amounts per successful recipient.
During his statement at the launch event which took place at the MET Headquarters, NBL Managing Director, Wessie van der Westhuizen highlighted the important role the local tourism sector plays in the Namibian economy. He said: “Tourism is a major contributor to job creation in Namibia, ….other key factors driving Namibian tourism are our natural heritage and wildlife, of which Rhinos are a major attraction.”
The number of African rhinos killed by poachers have increased for the sixth year in a row with at least 1338 rhinos killed across Africa in 2015. Since 2008 poachers have killed almost 6 000 African rhinos.
Speaking on behalf of the MET, Permanent Secretary (PS) Dr. Malan Lindeque appreciated the gesture by NBL saying that it will go a long way in contributing to government’s efforts in conservation and in particular curbing poaching. “This initiative is highly commendable and I urge others in all sectors of our society to emulate this example set by Namibia Breweries and ISAP.” he said.