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EBH Namibia Utilises Project Bonus to Give Disadvantaged Families Assistance
14 September 2013

In striving to reach its aspirations as an astute corporate citizen in Namibia, for Walvis Bay-based ship repair company Elgin Brown & Hamer (EBH) Namibia, giving back to the community is as important as looking after its own employees.

“The importance of social responsibility and investment cannot be overstated: for us it is an essential part of our business ethos and practice,” says Hannes Uys, Chief Executive Officer of EBH Namibia.

“In fact, the sense of responsibility we have fostered for the social environment in which we operate is a key element in our business sustainability,” Uys adds.

The company, which was recently partially acquired by the DCD Group, became part of the DCD Marine cluster along with sister company EBH South Africa and DCD Marine Cape Town. In partnership with its major shareholder, NAMPORT, EBH Namibia provides the international shipping industry with a full in-house service in all aspects of ship repair.

However, it is certainly not all about business and the bottom line. Given its position as a key employer and pre-eminent Namibian and international company, EBH Namibia has become proactively involved in many corporate social investment (CSI) projects, predominantly based on the needs of the local community.

A successfully concluded project for customer Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) recently presented an unexpected opportunity for EBH Namibia to extend some urgently-needed assistance to the economically disadvantaged in neighbouring communities.

“Following the successful project delivery of the PGS vessel Apollo, PGS awarded EBH Namibia a 5% bonus on the contract value for good co-operation between the shipyard and the vessel owner. We decided to use the funds for social upliftment, rather than boosting the company’s bottom line,” says Leeanne Salpeter, EBH Namibia Commercial Administrator.

The additional funding from PGS meant that EBH Namibia was able to donate food hampers to 45 economically disadvantaged families living in areas surrounding Walvis Bay and Rooibank.

“For the recipients of the parcels, it was an unexpected and welcome relief from the burden of not being able to provide even the most basic items for their families,” Salpeter remarks.

A further cash donation together with a grocery basket, was handed over to eight scholars in the Walvis Bay area, whose educational pursuits are hampered by struggles such as the loss of parents and parental unemployment.

“The demand for basic assistance, such as food parcels, for local people living on or below the breadline has reached a critical point. Reaching out to those in dire straits is the duty of every citizen, and, as a key local company and corporate citizen, EBH Namibia is proud to have been able to assist our neighbours and make a contribution towards reducing hunger and poverty in our region. We thank PGS wholeheartedly for their assistance in making this gesture possible,” Salpeter concludes.
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