Esau appeals to fishing companies to help the needy

12 Sep 2016 12:40pm
OPUWO, 12 SEP (NAMPA) - Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernard Esau has appealed to more Namibian fishing companies to assist drought victims and other needy Namibians.
He made the remarks during the donation of 8 240 tins of fish by Hangana Seafood, a Namibian fishing company, to the Kunene Regional Council to assist drought victims.
The region has been experiencing drought for the past seven years.
“It will be a pity if vulnerable Namibians experiencing hunger and malnutrition were to receive protein-rich food donations from overseas and none from our own fisheries right here in Namibia. They say charity begins at home,” Esau said.
He added that the Namibian Constitution outlines that the fish in the sea and rivers belong to all Namibians, hence the encouragement to those with fishing rights to share the products with less fortunate members of the society.
Esau said the key objectives under the Social Pillar of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) also states that no Namibian should die of hunger.
Managing Director (MD) of Hangana Seafood Herman Theron said they trust their donation will make a positive impact.
“I call on other entities to lend a helping hand in the fight against this drought and in so doing contribute to uplifting the lives of those in need,” he said.
Theron also commended Government for addressing the drought issue as a matter of urgency, and promised that Hangana will join hands with the government by contributing to the ideals and objectives of the HPP, of which one of the pillars is eradicating poverty in the Namibia.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the Kunene Regional Council, Chairperson of the council’s Management Committee, Julius Kaujova, who is also Sesfontein Constituency Councillor, urged the beneficiaries not to sell the donated fish or exchange it for something else.
Beneficiary Mavezupi Tjambiru told Nampa she is thankful for the donation.
“I believe it will make a difference. We are really struggling to make ends meet as all our livestock died due to the drought,” she said.