Drought relief receives a boost in southern regions

22 Aug 2013 09:40
KEETMANSHOOP, 22 NOV (NAMPA) – Supplementary donations to the Government’s drought relief programme in the two southern regions of Hardap and !Karas started to pour in this month.
The latest donations were two tonnes of Cape Hake and 1.8 tonnes of rice given to the office of Hardap Governor Katrina Hanse-Himarwa by Hotago Fishing and Deep Sea Consolidated Investment on Wednesday.
Hotago Fishing donated fish, while Deep Sea Consolidated donated rice at the handing-over ceremony in Mariental.
Earlier this month, Deep Sea Consolidated Investment also donated two tonnes of fish and two tonnes of rice to the office of !Karas Regional Governor Bernardus Swartbooi.
On 06 August, the NovaNam fishing company in !Nami≠Nüs donated two tonnes of Angel fish to the !Nami≠Nüs Constituency office.
Receiving the donation on Wednesday, Hansina Christian, the Special Advisor to the Hardap Governor, gave her assurance that the food will reach the most affected communities in the region.
“Every food donation helps in the fight against hunger, no matter how big or small it is. The Government is addressing the food shortage as best it can by providing food aid/drought relief to the whole of Namibia, thus as the inhabitants we have to appreciate and applaud Government for going the extra mile,” Christian said.
The companies availed the donation in response to President Hikepunye Pohamba’s call to all Namibian companies to support and supplement the Government’s drought relief efforts during the current drought situation.
As the donations pour in, political and traditional leaders however continue to remind local companies and individual citizens to supplement the drought relief and make sure that no one dies of hunger.
The Emergency Food Security Assessment in Communal and Resettlement Areas in Namibia, which was conducted in May this year by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), indicates that an estimated 330 927 citizens do not have any food security, while 447 577 are only moderately-secure with regards to having food.