Insurance companies give to Walvis fire victims

08 Feb 2017 19:40pm
WALVIS BAY, 08 FEB (NAMPA) – Five insurance companies on Wednesday collectively donated N.dollars 50 000 towards the Walvis Bay Mayoral Fund to assist residents who lose accommodation and property from fires at the harbour town.
The money was already transferred to the municipal account in September last year.
Namibia National Reinsurance Corporation (NamibRe), Hollard, AON, African Reinsurance Corporation, and Metropolitan Momentum Insurance are the contributors.
Speaking at the official handover, NamibRe Company Secretary, Ntwala Mwilima said they approached the other four insurance companies to donate money as part of their social responsibility.
She said their response was instigated by people suffering and being left homeless after their shacks caught fire - a common scenario in informal settlements.
Statistics from the Walvis Bay Fire Brigade last December indicated that fires in Walvis Bay destroyed 35 shacks that year.
Receiving the donation, Walvis Bay Mayor, Immanuel Wilfred thanked the companies on behalf of the community.
He said the Fund has assisted several people over the years with the limited funds it has.
Wilfred noted that the community must appreciate the assistance and keep in mind that there is not enough funds to assist everyone at once.
The mayor said last year, the Fund contributed to a pilot student’s accommodation at a South African university, several food and clothes donations to fire victims, funeral assistances, settling electricity bills for elderly people, and a Christmas party for senior citizens.
On her part, Special Advisor to Erongo Governor Bobby Kandjala said the world is full of challenges, especially poverty, therefore those who open their hearts to assist must be praised.
“Those with the means, let’s give to those who are less privileged,” she urged.