By Business Reporter
THE second biannual Sustainable Development Awards ceremony, which took place last Thursday, saw companies, individuals and associations share a total of N$172 000 in prize money, across 10 categories.
Speaking at the event, Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) of Namibia Chief Executive Officer, Benedict Libanda, highlighted that it was important for everyone to join hands in the fight against environmental degradation.
“Our world faces massive threats from environmental degradation, including pollution and climate change. We need action at every level – from the local community, businesses, journalists, and a global commitment – to address these threats,” he said.
Over 90 entries from the Namibian business community, academia and youth entities were received in this second edition of the awards, eclipsing the previous number of 14 in 2015 by a large margin.
Rent-a-Drum Ltd won the Best Established Company or Parastatal Award, for its innovative waste management and recycling program and their collaboration with Ohorongo Cement on Namibia’s first Refused Derived Fuel (RDF) processing plant.
“I am pleased to inform you that we are continuing to improve and grow these awards. This is evident in the increased number of entries we have received, and in the additional number of partners and sponsors that have come on board for this year’s awards,” said Martha Naanda, Vice-Chairperson of the Sustainable Development Advisory Council during the night’s keynote address.
She also emphasised the deliberate approach of broadening the nature of the awards beyond environmental issues, so that they also take social and economic issues into greater consideration, in line with the focus of the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted globally in 2015.
The awards also recognised the Young Achievers Empowerment project as the winner of the Youth Action for Sustainable Development Award, for their region-wide program.
They are an active and well-connected organisation, which brings together a diverse group of young Namibians together, who are empowering their communities to drive a range of sustainability programs.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Winner: Desert Secrets
Runner-up: Tamarind Nott (Mbiri Natural Skincare)
Best Established Company/Parastatal
Runner-up: Nkasa Lupala
Best Eco Entrepreneurship among Business Start-Ups
Winner: Qora Trading
Runner-up: Fillipus Aitembo
Natural Resource Management and Utilisation
Winner: Namibia Future Farming Trust
Runner-up: Nakayale Private Academy
Research and Development
Winner: Department of Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences at Namibia University of Science and Technology
Runner-up: Professor Habauka Kwaambwa
Youth Action for Sustainable Development
Winner: Young Achievers Empowerment Project
Runner-up: Alisa Volkmann
Pioneering Journalism in the field of Sustainable Development (Best Print Media)
Winner: Absalom Shigwedha
Runner-up: Clemence Tashaya
Pioneering Journalism in the field of Sustainable Development (Best Radio)
Winner: Kirsty Watermeyer (99FM)
Pioneering Journalism in the field of Sustainable Development (Best Social Media)
Winner: Gondwana Collection
Pioneering Journalism in the field of Sustainable Development (Best Television)
Winner: Blanche Goreses
Runner-up: Adolf Kaure
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