Readiness for natural disasters needed: Kazapua

11 Jul 2019 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JUL (NAMPA) – Although Namibia was not directly impacted by the cyclone that hit some Southern African nations recently, it is necessary for the country to be prepared for natural disasters, Windhoek Mayor, Muesee Kazapua has said.
Kazapua made these remarks on Thursday in a speech read on his behalf during the City of Windhoek’s Disaster Risk Management School Quiz in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.
Kazapua said it is sad to admit that Namibians have adopted an attitude that the almighty will take care of them in the event of a natural disaster, and thus little attention or focus is placed on preparedness or safety in general.
“Since we have often seen weather patterns or veld fires veer away from our city or sometimes passing without much impact, we are convinced that we were safe from natural disasters, but this is a notion that we as the City of Windhoek leadership are seeking to dispel,” said Kazapua.
He added that by adopting a “Train the Trainer” approach, primary and secondary school teachers will be able to impart knowledge learnt over to their colleagues and to other learners, who will then pass this knowledge on to their families, neighbours and communities.
“We must never underestimate the power and intelligence of the school children,” he noted.