22 Dec 2015 15:40pm
OTJIMBINGWE, 22 DEC (NAMPA) - More than 200 pensioners from Otjimbingwe on Monday received Christmas food hampers from the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare.
The hampers contain bread flour, sugar, rice and packets of soup.
Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Zephania Kameeta handed over the food at Otjimbingwe settlement situated some 60 kilometres south of Karibib, saying the primary reason for his visit is to assess the needs of the poor, especially that of the elders in Otjimbingwe.
Kameeta said he was briefed about the needs of the Otjimbingwe community by Chief Regional Officer in the Erongo Regional Council, Natalia /Goagoses and Karibib Constituency Councillor, Melania Ndjago before addressing the elders.
The food might not be enough for all of you but I am here to assess your needs so that we can eradicate poverty. By coming here, I demonstrate that Government and myself, as an individual, wants to work with you, he said.
Ndjago and /Goagoses said the settlement, amongst others is in need of a sports stadium, police accommodation, improved mobile network coverage, a youth centre, electricity and a clean water supply.
These are the most important services I will tackle during my five-year-term in office and continue to serve as good role model for our society, Ndjago told the pensioners.
The councillor further noted there is a high unemployment rate in the settlement, which leaves many families without food and elderly people not cared for.
We must protect our elders, they are vulnerable to neglect, abuse and attack from criminals who rob them. I must also warn that children should not be dumped with the old people, especially if there is no support, she said.
In support, Kameeta said he is to consult with other ministries that directly address the identified issues.
Otjimbingwe has approximately 8 000 inhabitants, most of them elderly people.