30 Jul 2016 13:10pm
HUSAB, 30 JUL (NAMPA) - The Swakop Uranium company on Friday donated N.dollars 200 000 towards drought relief.
The company availed the same amount last year towards the national drought relief programme under the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
Swakop Uranium Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Zheng Keping handed over the cheque to Prime Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila during her familiarisation visit to the mine.
The company runs the Husab Mine located 20 kilometres south of Arandis in the Erongo Region.
Our contribution is aimed at assisting the Namibian Government to support the communities affected by drought, said Zheng.
He added that the companys social responsibility programme set aside N.dollars 800 000 to address the needs in the Erongo Region and nationally.
This is to ensure a better future for our stakeholders, he said.
The PM thanked the Chinese company for their support.
We are grateful that Swakop Uraniums donation will assist Government in raising the much needed funds to fight drought, she said.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila explained that close to 600 000 Namibians need drought assistance.
As such, Government is required to provide support by supplying 83 000 tonnes of maize meal at a cost of N.dollars 300 million, she said
The premier added that on top of that, an additional N.dollars 242 million is required to be raised by Government to provide water for livestock and cultivation to ensure food sufficiency.
The drought is not only confined to Namibia and also affects many other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.
This situation, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said, makes it difficult for Namibia to buy food from other SADC countries as they are also affected by drought.
We would therefore like to call SADC populations to join efforts made by governments to make sure no citizens die of hunger and to also prepare to increase food production when rain comes, she said.