Waste represents job opportunities: Libanda

10 Apr 2019 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 10 APR (NAMPA) – Waste management has the potential to create 4 000 job opportunities if existing legislation and policies are properly implemented, Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) Chief Executive Officer Benedict Libanda said Wednesday.
Libanda was speaking at the handing over of N.dollars 60 000 by Pupkewitz Megabuild and Kaap Agri Namibia to the EIF, which is to be used for waste management.
Libanda said the fund is advocating for a rapid move to the phasing out of dumpsites and for more recycling to avoid waste being generated in the first place.
He said the public, especially business people, need to start looking at waste differently and see it as a resource instead of a problem, thus creating opportunities for enterprise development.
“We should turn waste into job opportunities,” Libanda stated.
Pupkewitz Megabuild and Kaap Agri Namibia launched the ‘Break Free From Plastic’ initiative in December last year. The voluntary campaign involves all their outlets charging 50 cents for plastic shopping bags.
Pupkewitz Megabuild Managing Director, Marcel Lamprecht said the initiative forms part of the company’s social responsibility, even though some customers were reluctant to accept it.
Also speaking at the event was Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Bernadette Jagger, who said the environmental sector suffers from limited investments even though it forms the foundation of economic sectors such as the tourism and fishing.
“It is because of this funding gap that Namibia created the Environmental Investment Fund to act as an entity outside of the public sector to mobilise the financial resources required to invest in activities that protect the environment,” said Jagger.
She added that the ministry is happy with the achievements of the EIF, which has managed to mobilise N.dollar 560 million over the last three years from international sources for climate and biodiversity related projects.