Venessa Mwiya, Group Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Coordinator of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group recently shared Namibia Breweries Limited’s (NBL) DRINKiQ training programme with Karasburg, Lüderitz, and Keetmanshoop as well as Walvis Bay and at two lodges, Mokuti and Ongava, situated in the north of the country.
“Our total DRINKiQ participants to date stand at 2 400 people who have been educated about the DRINKiQ initiative,” said Mwiya.
Mwiya added that the response had been overwhelming. The health ministry’s Tawanda Praise Zata, social worker at Lüderitz, comments that the DRINKiQ programme is a good initiative and adds that the responsibility of educating the community/society on alcohol was not only that of government but a joint effort from all stakeholders, companies, civil society and community leaders.
“We need more educational awareness activities/interactive sessions like NBL’s DRINKiQ training programme to take the message further.”
CEO of the Municipality of Keetmanshoop, Mr Basson, said: “We sincerely appreciate the intervention from NBL. With our current societal concerns on alcohol abuse, this training was timely and needed – thank you NBL for an informative and educational programme.”
Theodore Kotungondo, Nampol Chief Inspector of Keetmanshoop, said that the police appreciated the initiative as alcohol abuse is a great concern.
“In my opinion our people, including police members and the community at large need this type of awareness and education to become an educated and sober minded nation.”