SA pledges N.dollars 100 million towards drought relief

07 Nov 2013 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 07 NOV (NAMPA) – The South African government pledged a package of N.dollars 100 million in cash and in kind towards Namibia’s drought relief fund here on Thursday.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and her South African counterpart, Minister of International Relations Maite Nkoana-Mashabane made this announcement when they delivered a joint communiqué on discussions held by the Heads of State of Namibia and South Africa (SA) in Parliament on Thursday.
President Jacob Zuma, amongst others accompanied by Nkoana-Mashabane; arrived in Windhoek on Wednesday.
The two presidents discussed the fact that Namibia is facing what has been described as the most severe drought to hit the country in 30 years.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said in this regard President Zuma, in solidarity with the government and people of Namibia, pledged a package of support from the South African government totaling N.dollars 100 million.
Responding to question from the media on how the package will be coordinated, Nkoana-Mashabane said her office along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Office of the Prime Minister will determine where the need is most dire and what can still be done to alleviate the situation.
“We received instructions that myself and my counterpart here will work under the relationship of our two governments on moving fast to specific areas of need as this is an emergency we are dealing with,” she noted.
Nkoana-Mashabane said as women and as mothers, the two ministers immediately started considering the nutritional needs of mothers and small children in drought-stricken regions.
She pointed out that they also thought about the revitalisation of boreholes, as well as animal feed to sustain the livelihood of people living in rural areas.
“This package is in cash and in kind. When there is a need for us to intervene together on some technical things, we will do that. We will be guided as to where we should go first and fast by the Honourable Prime Minister Hage Geingob here in Namibia,” she added.
In May this year, Pohamba declared a state of emergency due to the devastating drought that has already led to the deaths of thousands of large and small stock.
The nationwide drought has also affected over 300 000 people classified as food insecure.
Zuma and his entourage departed for South Africa at around 18h00 on Thursday.