Oshana businesspeople donate for drought

25 Jul 2013 13:30
By Ben Tsuob (Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Oshana Region)
Oshakati, 25 JUL (NAMPA) – Two companies in the Oshana Region have responded to the call by President Hifikepunye Pohamba to help feed people affected by drought in the country by donating meat and other foodstuff to the Regional Council here on Wednesday.
The donation, valued at a combined N.dollars 25 000, came from African Meat Marketing and Rochas Hotel in Oshakati.
It included 500 kilogrammes' meat, 80 bottles of cooking oil, 160 tins of fish and 80 x 12.5kg bags of maize meal.
According to John Kandombo, the chief regional officer of the Oshana Regional Council, the relish came at the right time as there was an outcry for some foodstuff to balance people’s diets, especially for children.
“I am very happy to receive this generous donation today, and we will make sure that it is distributed immediately today to the affected people,” he stated.
Tomany Rochas from Rochas Hotel said he was touched when he heard on radio how severely people are affected by the drought situation, hence his support to the government’s drought-relief programme.
Said Rochas: “I was worried when I heard that children don’t go to school because of hunger, so I decided to do something for them”.
On his part, Johannes Christian Liebenberg of African Meat Marketing said it was important to give back to the people who support their businesses when they are in need, such as the current drought situation.
“The donation that I am giving today is just the beginning, and we will continue assisting our customers as the situation progresses,” noted Liebenberg.
Representing Oshana Regional Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa, his Special Advisor Michael Mwinga said the response by the two companies shows how businesses care about their customers, which is the basis of building good relationships.
“Therefore, other companies should look at this example, and also come forward to give a helping hand,” said Mwinga.