Cash for fish guards

19 January 2021 | Environment

For the second consecutive year, FNB through the FirstRand Namibia Foundation, donated N$300 000 towards the Gondwana Care Trust/Sikunga Fish Guards’ vital work, which targets illegal fishing due to netting and the use of makorros along the Zambezi River. Since 2018, this voluntary programme has grown to a permanent one, with ten dedicated employees. “Our country and especially our natural resources are a focus area of the FirstRand Namibia Foundation and we are proud of the work done by the patrols of the Zambezi River,” says FirstRand Namibia’s Manager for Corporate Social Investment Revonia Kahivere. “We are aware of the numerous challenges faced by the Sikunga Fish Guards, such as the fear for their well-being due to possible exposure to the armed illegal fishermen. The condition of the tents in which they spend time when on patrol is also poor. Nevertheless, these guards are loyal, willing and motivated and we support their endeavour wholeheartedly.” Photo contributed

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