Vivo Energy Namibia wants to make a real and lasting difference to the communities in which we operate. 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.
We have chosen to focus on three key areas of community investment. These are road safety, education and the environment. Below are some recent examples highlighting our efforts.
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 our employees, the media and other stakeholders.
Together with the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund and the City of Windhoek, Vivo Energy Namibia recently inaugurated mountable curbs and speed humps in the capital city of Windhoek. This donation was based on findings from the Khomas Pedestrian Road Safety Audit. Vivo Energy Namibia is also collaborating and supporting the schools road safety programme and is working closely with the Private Sector Road Safety Forum.
Vivo Energy Namibia launched ‘Career guidance on wheels’, a Ministry of Education-endorsed initiative that aims to assist pupils with subject and career choices. It introduces them to new and emerging career fields, assists them with profile (psychometric) assessments and provides them with general support and encouragement.
Another programme launched by Vivo Energy Namibia that is also supported by the Ministry of Education is the ‘Spell quiz bee’. This enables students to compete against one another on a local, zonal, regional, interregional and national level. The Spell quiz bee receives comprehensive coverage on the national television network, Namibian Broadcasting Corporation.
Vivo Energy Namibia celebrated World Environment Day 2013 with students from a primary school in a disadvantaged area. ‘Operation Clean-Up’ was undertaken by senior students and some teachers with the assistance of E-Med Rescue, who were on stand-by to assist in the event of an emergency. At the same time, pupils in the lower grades participated in a drawing and essay writing competition which they enjoyed immensely. Vivo Energy Namibia also handed over a much-needed overhead projector as well as educational material to the school. The event was attended by the media, E-Med Rescue, pupils, teachers and the school’s principal, as well as a representative from the Ministry of Education who officiated at the event.
Together with the Namibia Media holdings, Vivo Energy Namibia annually runs a media campaign for World Environment Day, targeting the Namibian public through education and fun participatory campaigns.