NAMIBIANS from all walks of life united in their support for the residents of Twaloloka in Walvis Bay, whose homes were gutted by fire on Sunday.
The reaction to the disaster was overwhelming as truckloads of mattresses, blankets, clothing and food arrived in Walvis Bay over the past two days.
The support was of such a nature that the Erongo Regional Governor, Neville Andre, had to intervene to coordinate and control the stream of aid that reached Walvis Bay barely two days after the disastrous fire.
Ministries and offices of the Namibian Government sent and pledged continuous aid while political parties, mining and other companies, charitable organisations, private citizens and residents of Walvis Bay all banded together and gave whatever they could to help the families that were left homeless to get back on their feet.
Swakop Uranium was among the companies that donated 50 beds, mattresses, blankets and pillows to quench the immediate need of the victims.
Swakop Uranium’s human resources manager, Patrick Chizabulyo, said that the donation from the mining company will be split in two.
“The first donation is to provide for the immediate need of the people, but the second donation will entail the provision of material for them to rebuild their homes. The modalities of the second part of the donation will be discussed with the various authorities to find the best way to further help the victim,” he said.
In the meantime, trucks loaded with material to help the people of Twaloloka arrived in droves and the help of the Namibian Defence Force had to be called in to find storage space for it all.
Soldiers had the responsibility to load several military trucks with the donations to be transported to storage facilities for safekeeping because the Mauta Manene Fire Station that served as the focal point for the delivery of donations ran out of safe storage space.