Namport Walvis Bay media fun day
The corporate sector is slowly realising the value of creating sound relationships with the media. This is imperative as it bridges the understanding gap between the media and organisations. Recently, the Namibian Ports Authority (NamPort) invited 20 media personnel for a cruise and a desert excursion.
The media personnel were drawn from The Villager/Prime Focus, Republikein, The Namibian, Windhoek Observer, Namib Times, Nampa and NBC.
The outing started on the morning of Wednesday (25th) at Mola Mola where NamPort CEO, Bisey Uirab welcomed the participants and briefed them on the objectives of the day.
He spoke about working relationships between the media and NamPort so that whatever is reported on and about the company would be factual, given that they will now know the company better.
It was also meant to bring together media practitioners to work together, something which very few – if any company – has ever done.
The excursion, the first of its kind, was not meant to ‘bribe’ the media from writing negatively about NamPort but to make it easier for them to get correct facts and information.
The cruise boat left the habour for Pelican Point followed by a dune diner to Sandwich Habour – about 80km off land and sandwich harbour.The group was divided into four groups and asked to build the NamPort logo as one of the activities of the day. Most of the groups managed to build the logo, although it was not emblazoned on the NamPort t-shirts the participants wore on the day.
The group returned to Walvis Bay late afternoon for a bus tour of the NamPort facilities, guided by Elias Mwenyo. He showed the group the Zambian, Botswanan and Zimbabwean dry ports.
In the evening, the team had dinner at The Raft Restaurant for another gathering to mingle and exchange ideas. PF