Old Mutual supports vulnerable communities in Oshikoto

03 September 2020 | Local News

On 2 September, Old Mutual delivered food parcels to the value of N$136 689 that will benefit 230 households in the Oshikoto Region.
The handover took place at the office of the governor in Omuthiya, marking Old Mutual’s support to the 10th region in the country as part of its Covid-19 food outreach.
In March, Old Mutual made a commitment of N$5 million towards Covid-19 prevention efforts, of which N$1 million was set aside for food supplies to benefit affected vulnerable individuals and communities across all 14 regions in our country.
The office of the governor and the Oshikoto regional council identified individuals in all 11 constituencies of the region that are in dire need of basic food items to benefit from this donation. This brings the total value of Old Mutual’s Food Outreach nationally to N$1 310 670, supporting over 2 622 individuals in 10 regions to date.

‘Certain friend in uncertain times’
“As a responsible and caring business that has been serving Namibians for the past 100 years, Old Mutual will continue to fulfil its commitment as a certain
friend in uncertain times,” said Old Mutual northern region sales manager, Ruben Nikanor.
He noted that Oshikoto is well-known for agricultural activities in the northern part and cattle farming and mining in the southern part, but like other regions, many people are suffering due to poverty, increasing unemployment and other social challenges.
Nikanor further extended his appreciation to the governor’s office and the regional council who played an important role in identifying nutritionally balanced food parcels and handling the storage and distributing process responsibly.

Also in attendance at the handover event was Penda Ya Ndakolo, governor of Oshikoto, who extended a word of gratitude to Old Mutual on behalf of the people of the region.
Old Mutual is anticipating to conclude the roll-out plan in the remaining four regions within the next two weeks, in consultation with the lead ministry’s national health emergency management committee as their key partner.