Bank of Namibia donates 2.5 million for drought relief

19 Nov 2013 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 19 NOV (NAMPA) - The Bank of Namibia (BoN) on Tuesday donated an amount of N.dollars 2.5 million to the Namibia Emergency Disaster Fund in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in the wake of the severe drought currently being experienced in the country.
The donation was made by the BoN Governor Ipumbu Shiimi who also donated an amount of N.dollars 37 244 which was collected by the staff members of the central bank as a donation towards the Namibia Emergency Disaster Fund.
Receiving the donation, Prime Minister Hage Geingob said: “We are running out of money even for buying maize meal. With South Africa's N.dollars 100 million [donation] to the fund, this kind of income will help us.”
President Hifikepunye Pohamba declared a state of emergency on the current drought situation in the country early this year (May 2013).
South African President Jacob Zuma, who visited Namibia earlier this month pledged that his country will donate N.dollars 100 million towards Namibia's drought relief efforts.
According to a media report carried by the daily New Era newspaper in September this year, to date government through the Disaster Risk Management Unit in the OPM has distributed over one million 12,5kg bags of maize meal to needy communities and households countrywide.
According to that report, the first round of the massive food distribution exercise started in March and ended in July this year, whereby 40 000 bags of 12,5 kg of maize meal were distributed to each region.
The combined 500 000 bags of 12,5 kg maize meal, translated into 6 250 tonnes of maize meal distributed countrywide.
During the second round, which started in August this year, the government distributed 60 000 bags to the regions with greater rural populations.