Salini SpA feeds the elderly at Keetmanshoop

05 Dec 2013 13:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 05 DEC (NAMPA) – Salini SpA, the Italian company currently constructing the Neckartal Dam in the //Karas Region, sponsored an early Christmas dinner for 150 elderly people here on Wednesday.
The senior citizens were treated to a full course meal - complete with starters, a main and some delicious dessert.
Other companies that contributed to the dinner are Buruxa Pizza and Catering and Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church.
Speaking on behalf of the companies that had made some contributions towards the event, the owner of Buruxa Pizza Mike Knaus said Salini availed over N.dollars 10 000, while his company and the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Church availed about N.dollars 1 000 each.
“We did this to say thank you to our elders for the good things they did and continue to do for us. It is also a way for us to give back to our customers,” said Knaus.
He said young people and the business community in the region must respect and honour the elderly people for the good things they did for them while they were still young.
Asked for his opinions on the state of old age homes in Namibia, Knaus said most of them do not have enough food, cleaners and cooks.
“I think more should be done for our elders to live in a decent environment. Where I come from (Switzerland), the government takes an extra percentage of money from the working class and uses it to support the old people,” he said.
Also speaking at the dinner party, Special Advisor to the //Karas Regional Governor, Lucia Basson repeated her call for the formal registration of all old people in the region.
Basson said it is important for the governor’s office to have a list of all elderly people who are in need of food and clothing, so that they can receive donations.
She asked members of the community to assist in registering the elders.
The just re-elected Deputy Mayor of Keetmanshoop Gabriel Freyer, who was also present at the dinner, encouraged the elderly to approach the municipality with their challenges for due consideration.
“Do not just keep quiet. Come to our offices and tell us your problems and suggestions on what we should do for you,” Freyer said.