The Easter long weekend is fast approaching with families travelling far and wide to spend the long weekend together.
“As part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives, Vivo Energy Namibia, the company that markets and distributes Shell fuels and lubricants, is creating awareness about safe road usage during the Easter weekend,” says Elia Tapalo, HSSE Manager at Vivo Energy Namibia.
“We are urging everyone to drive belted, sober and focused,” emphasises Tapalo. “Namibians should protect themselves, because there is normally an increase in road users and accidents during holiday travel periods such as on the Easter weekend,” he added.
To help travelers stay safe, Vivo Energy Namibia recommends taking the following precautions:
- Don't drink and drive as drunk driving is one of the deadliest and most frequent crimes committed.
- Be responsible. All drivers and passengers should wear seat belts every time when traveling in a vehicle.
- If you're traveling with children, remember the best way to protect them in the car is to put them in the correct child safety seat for their size and age.
- Avoid distractions, distracted driving can be anything that pulls your attention away from driving, including cell phone use, texting while driving, etc.
- If there is more than one driver in the car, share the load. This gives everyone the chance to have a nap and recharge their batteries if you are driving a long distance.
- If you are a lone driver, remember to take a break. Rather add extra time to your trip due to rest breaks then drive tired and risk injuring yourself and others.
“We would like to wish our customers and all road users a blessed Easter. Keep safe on the roads this long weekend and have a fun, happy and relaxing Easter!” says Tapolo.
Vivo Energy Namibia is one of the main initiators of the Private Sector Road Safety Forum, which aims to reduce road traffic casualties through public/private partnerships between local industry, civil society and the Namibian government.
Vivo Energy Namibia also contributes to improving road safety through running initiatives involving their employees, the media and other stakeholders. Vivo Energy Namibia wants to make a real and lasting difference to the communities in which the company operates.
“Our community investment programmes matter to us because we employ local people and serve local businesses and individuals. We want to create lasting social and economic benefits for these communities and engage with them to earn their respect and trust,” Tapolo says.
“At Vivo Energy, we choose to focus our community investment efforts on road safety, education and the environment, and are driving a number of high-profile community initiatives aimed at improving the lives of the continent’s people in these three areas.”
Vivo Energy is Shell’s exclusive licensee in Africa. A joint venture between Vitol, Helios Investment
Partners and Shell, offers customers across the continent Shell’s high quality products and services.
The company’s vision is to create ‘Africa’s most respected energy business”. The Vivo Energy country teams are run by Africans and for Africans, with a clear focus on building long-term sustainable growth.
About Vivo Energy Namibia
Vivo Energy Namibia, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in 2012. The Shell brand has been in Namibia since 1975. Vivo Energy Namibia has a storage capacity of 5,115 m³ and 45 retail stations with a majority having convenience retail stores. Vivo Energy Namibia employs 61 people. The company is recognised as the leader in the oil industry especially championing and setting the highest standards for safety and product quality.
Vivo Energy operates in retail; commercial fuels (marine, mining and aviation through Vitol Aviation); liquefied petroleum gas and lubricants in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda.
The company employs around 2,100 people and operates over 1,500 retail stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic meters of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants has blending capacity of around 91,000 metric tons at plants in seven countries (Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal) producing Shell branded lubricants.
Vivo Energy Namibia: Communications Manager
Telephone: +264 61 270 1225
E-mail: [email protected]