Rikus Grobler | Oct 18, 2017 | 0
OM provides extra ‘eyes’ for wildlife monitoring
Ndangi Katoma (left), Executive: Marketing, Transformation and Customer Strategy, Old Mutual Namibia with Hon. Pohamba Shifeta, Minister of Environment and Tourism at the Fundraising Workshop on Wildlife Protection, Human Wildlife Conflict Management and Protected Area Management last week, in Windhoek, where Old Mutual pledged 5 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drones to the value of N$225,000 to help fight wildlife crime and other related environmental protection applications.
Old Mutual Namibia joined the Ministry of Environment and Tourism which dedicated 3 March to raise funds for the protection of wildlife in Namibia, mainly rhinos and elephant that are threatened with illegal hunting, amongst others.
According to Shifeta, in 2016 alone, 59 rhinos and 101 elephants were killed through illegal poaching.
Making the pledge to support this noble cause, Ndangi Katoma said “as a corporate citizen, Old Mutual Responsible Business drive is embedded in our strategy. We are responsible not only to our employees, customers, investors, shareholders and community within which we operate, but equally important, responsible to our environment.”
“We are therefore equally disturbed by the increasing rate at which wildlife crime against our iconic species is taking place and join other stakeholders in the anti-poaching campaign,” he added..