MTC calls on corporate world to rally behind GBV project

18 Sep 2019 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 18 SEP (NAMPA) – Tim Ekandjo, MTC’s Chief of Human Capital and Corporate Affairs has called on the corporate world to rally behind the personalities who will box at the MTC Knockout Project.
The MTC Knockout Project will see some of Namibia’s top entertainers and prominent personalities trading leather for a good cause of fighting against gender-based violence (GBV) on 12 October 2019.
Speaking during Namib Desert Diamonds (NAMDIA)’s pledge of N.dollars 50 000 towards Luis Munana on Wednesday, Ekandjo said this initiative is not a boxing event but more about tackling GBV through a boxing ring.
“We want to raise N.dollars 1 million from the 20 personalities that were selected to fight on this project, this is apart from the tickets that will be sold. This amount of money can only be achieved if the corporate world pledges N.dollars 50 000 per boxer,” he said.
He added that GBV is a much bigger problem than individual issues, that’s why it’s important for all Namibians to come together and fight it as a nation not only once but for a number of years.
“The money that will be raised from this project will be given to organisations fighting against GBV in Namibia. Every week we read about people abused in the paper and it’s about time we acted on it,” said Ekandjo.
He echoed that this is why they chose a number of individuals who are receiving training through professional trainers and then showing the public the intensity that a woman who is not trained goes through when locked up in the room against a man who is not her equal.
Apart from pledging N.dollars 50 000 towards Munana, NAMDIA also bought a corporate table of N.dollars 10 000 on fight night.
The personalities who will be in action with the aim of knocking out gender-based violence include musicians like D-Naff, Sunny Boy, Tate Buti, Mappz Kapofi, Jossy Joss and KP Illest; business personalities JJ Doeseb, Michael Vermeulen and Sam Shivute; media personalities DJ Cheeze, Mufaro Nengomashe, Theo Ishuna, Paul Da Prince, Max T and political activist Job Amupanda.