25 Aug 2015 09:20am
CORRIDOR-13, 25 AUG (NAMPA) - The San community in Aminuis under the !Xoo Traditional Authority on Thursday received 175 cattle which were distributed amongst 52 individual members.
The cattle were donated as part of the Namibia-German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP)'s support to vulnerable and formerly marginalised communities.
The cattle will be used by the San as one of the means towards the upliftment of their standard of living.
The cattle were initially donated to the !Xoo Traditional Authority in 2013, but could not be allocated to individual members and were as such kept on a commercial farm in the Aminuis Constituency due to drought at the time.
Officiating at the handing over here, Minister of Presidential Affairs Frans Kapofi said the donation of the cattle spells out Governments commitment towards the development of previously marginalised communities.
He used the opportunity to thank the German government for making the donation possible through the NGSIP.
Kapofi called on the private sector to join Government in alleviating poverty through development initiates for the nation.
Although the Namibian Government has declared an all-out war against poverty, popular participation remains a key imperative in our collective efforts to bring about social prosperity and sustainable livelihoods for those at the periphery, he said.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Chief designate Hendrik Christiaan of the !Xoo Traditional Authority said the cattle will be well taken care of and used for the right purposes.
The donation of cattle to my community will go a long way to assist many households that have virtually no means of survival at this stage, he said.
The Namibian-German Special Initiative Programme was conceptualised and designed by Namibia in 2006. To date, the German government has granted an amount of about 31 million Euro to this programme.
The initiative supports development activities at local and community levels in areas of Namibia where Germany acknowledges special historical and moral responsibility.
The programme aims to specifically improve the lives of communities that suffered during Germanys colonial occupation of Namibia.
The handing over ceremony was attended by, amongst others, the Deputy Minister of Economic Planning, Lucia Iipumbu; Omaheke Regional Governor Festus Ueitele and a representative of the German government.