19 Jul 2013 13:24
WINDHOEK, 18 JUL (NAMPA) The South African High Commission here and Namib Mills on Thursday donated eight tonnes of Top Score maize meal to the Office of the Prime Minister as part of Mandela Day.
The gesture is also in response to President Hifikepunye Pohambas call for everyone to help fight the ongoing drought in the country.
The governments drought relief efforts are coordinated by the Office of the Prime Minister.
The consignment consists of 180 50kg bags of maize meal.
Another 15 bags of maize meal was donated to the Directorate of Education in the Khomas Region for distribution to needy schools in this region.
Namib Mills also donated a further 130 bags to 30 registered charities.
18 July was declared Mandela Day by the United Nations (UN) in 2009 in honour of former South African president Nelson Mandela. The day is aimed at inspiring members of the public to get involved in charitable activities.
It encourages people to use 67 minutes of their time to support a chosen charity or serve in their local community.
The 67 minutes symbolically represent the number of years the former president fought for human rights and the abolition of apartheid.
Speaking during the handing-over ceremony at the Office of the Prime Minister, South Africas Acting High Commissioner, Gareth Rees said his office had traditionally celebrated Nelson Mandela Day by donating food to orphanages or schools, but felt compelled to explore ways to mobilise more resources in support of Namibia at this difficult time in which hundreds of thousands of households are food insecure.
We salute Namib Mills for their generous donation and willingness to work with the High Commission. Together we are taking action for the betterment of the lives of needy Namibians, and one that the South African investment and business community can be immensely proud of, stated Rees.
On his part, Managing Director of Namib Mills, Ian Collard stated that donating maize meal to the people is a small price to pay comparing to what the people of Namibia have contributed to the growth of Namib Mills.
Namibian people made Namib Mills who we are today. Namibia is a country with a small population compared to other countries, and we as Namibians should try and give the little we can, as your donation can make a difference because you are helping those who need it the most, he said.
On receiving the donation, Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob applauded the Embassy of South Africa and Namib Mills for the donation.
This donation will be used for a good cause. The Namibian Government values that no Namibian dies of hunger, he said.