B2Gold has availed a contribution of US$2 million to assist the Namibian government’s COVID-19 relief program.
This represents one of the largest private sector contributions to the government’s relief fund.
These funds will assist in the purchase of personal protection equipment, food relief packages and hospital equipment (including ventilators) to assist healthcare and frontline workers dealing with the virus and its impact on local populations.
B2Gold’s support will be channelled through Namibia’s Disaster Relief Fund which was established under the Emergency Management Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister. The Unit is responsible for mobilizing resources locally and internationally during a national emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
In making this announcement, Mr. Clive Johnson, President and CEO of B2Gold, said: “B2Gold is proud to assist the Namibian government in dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our contribution demonstrates B2Gold’s sincere commitment to improve the livelihoods of all Namibians.”
B2Gold has made other important contributions this year towards improving livelihoods in Namibia, in line with B2Gold’s overall corporate social responsibility strategy. This includes,$1.7 million B2Gold’s annual contribution that supports projects in the education, livelihoods, health, environment and conservation, and arts and cultural sectors.
The company also made an initial COVID-19 response contribution of $240,000 in April 2020 that supported both targeted government interventions and the Development Workshop of Namibia, a non-governmental organization which operates through the Namibian Chamber of Environment.
This contribution helps fund hygiene, sanitation and food security projects in the informal residential areas of urban townships throughout the country.
B2Gold operates the Otjikoto mine in Namibia and is the largest Canadian investor and the largest gold producer in the country.