The students’ representative council (SRC) at the University of Namibia (Unam) has started a campaign to generate funds to service land.
Unam SRC president Vincent Shimutwikeni says the ‘land a dollar’ campaign could generate N$1 million that would be used to service plots nationwide.
He says the SRC mooted the campaign to assist government with its massive urban land-servicing programme that got underway on July 29 after an agreement was reached between the government and the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) group to service 200,000 erven countrywide.
Shimutwikeni says the campaign is essentially a plea to every student and members of the wider society to pledge at least N$1 towards government’s nationwide land-servicing plan. He is optimistic they will raise N$ 1 million in time.
He said the ‘land a dollar’ campaign, which will be launched next week Friday aims to create a culture of giving or volunteerism in the country.
Shimutwikeni said the campaign would run for a month and the money will be collected across the country under strict security and auditing standards.
He said that auditors and accountants pledged their support to the campaign and will take charge in establishing the total amount collected.
He said they have 100 money drums, which are sealed and secured. They will be branded and placed all over the country, starting with the three major towns, Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Oshakati.
Drums will also be placed at all Unam campuses across Namibia, banks, malls and supermarkets. The drums have small openings to enable people to deposit coins therein for the campaign.
“Of course there is no restriction to the amount one can pledge. However, in the context of students we will start with one dollar,” Shimutwikeni noted.
“Once we’ve collected all revenue donated to this campaign, we will then present this amount to the Office of the President, as our pledge, support and contribution to this national project,” explained the Unam SRC leader.
Shimutwikeni said this is a charitable, non-profit exercise aimed at establishing solidarity: “It is a strategic initiative from young people from our council and campus at large with the aim to get more youth involved in contributing through their humble efforts to the nationwide programme of the national government with regards to the massive urban land-servicing project.”
Unam student support and leadership development officer, Matheus Haitota called on all citizens to join hands to make a success of this important national housing project.