Food aid exchanged for alcohol in Witvlei: Semba

13 Jul 2016 16:01pm
WINDHOEK, 13 JUL (NAMPA) – Parents should refrain from selling donated food to buy alcohol, the Director of Education in the Omaheke Regional Council Peka Semba has said.
He made the plea during a donation of tinned fish and footballs by the Namsov Community Trust to Nossob Combined School and the Gunichas Primary School at Witvlei on Saturday.
“I want to urge the parents not to go and sell the fish for tombo or beer. The donors will not be happy if they realise that we sell the donations,” Semba told those in attendance.
The tinned fish will be used in the school feeding programme, while some will be donated to learners and parents to eat at home.
The Namsov Community Trust is a 10 per cent shareholder of Namsov Fishing Enterprises and makes contributions toward the upliftment of the less fortunate through donations of food, sport equipment, study bursaries and financial assistance, among others.
The trust donated more than 1 300 trays of fish and over 100 balls.
The majority of the village’s inhabitants are farm workers, and do not earn a decent living.
The closure of the Witvlei Abattoir dealt villagers a blow as it once created employment and an improved lifestyle for the masses there, according to Ben Capro Geingob, the principal of Nossob Combined School.
“Yes, the drinking is a big problem and those who suffer the most are the children,” he said.
Geingob said the situation is so severe that pensioners and parents divert their pension and social grants to feed their habits.
He urged Government to intervene and regulate the mushrooming of drinking outlets at the village.
“It really pains me a lot because they do not even look after the children. During parent meetings we always try and convince them to change their ways but it does not help,” he said.
A Grade 9 learner at Nossob Combined School, Wycliff Hamaseb also weighed in, saying “They take the food from us and sell it for alcohol”.
The alcohol abuse has also resulted in a lot of fighting and theft, according to Benedictus Louter, a pastor at the village.