WINDHOEK – Namibia’s Paralympics gold and silver medalist Johanna Benson yesterday received yet another morale booster, when Old Mutual Namibia awarded the sprinting sensation a Unit Trust Investment (UTI) account to the value of N$ 10 000 – as a token of appreciation for her inspiring achievements.
A Unit Investment Trust is basically a money market investment, with the funds in it being made available on call so that Johanna can access the money at any given time, while she also enjoys and benefits immensely from the competitive interest rates that would be offered to her.
Old Mutual Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Operations, Sakaria Ngikembua, could not heap enough praise on the Namibian ‘Golden Girl’, saying it is a pleasure for the bank to assist Johanna and to help promote her financial wellbeing, adding that Old Mutual will further undertake to make available a special financial advisor to assist Johanna with all her financial planning with regard to her future.
Ngikembua also sent a humble request to all businesses, big or small, and social organisations as well as individuals to step on board and contribute to Johanna’s Unit Trust Investment account.
Also speaking at the handover ceremony was the Director of Sport in the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Dr. Vetumbuavi Veii, who thanked Old Mutual for their unwavering support for sports development. He also advised that all the money offered to the athlete should be earmarked strictly for Johanna’s future needs.
Veii confirmed that three houses had already been chosen in her hometown of Walvis Bay, saying it’s now just a matter of time for Johanna and her mother to go and choose the house of their choice.
Veii further confirmed that the Walvis Bay Municipality will soon be naming a street at the coastal town after Johanna Benson. This follows President Hifikepunye Pohamba’s proposal to that end.