A consortium of five cooperate companies came together to assist the Namibian Government by donating goods and funds to the extreme drought that has the agricultural sector in a firm grip.
Speaking at the donations, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila stated that Government is not asking for these drought funds due to a misuse of government funds which has resulted in low liquidity but rather because higher allocations are necessary as the funds cover a wide spectrum of issues.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila stated that the magnitude of financial resources needed is quite large as the drought budget covers the provision of food, feed, water for household/animals, subsidies to farmers, and the mitigation of retrenchment by keeping key agricultural scheme afloat.
At the event, Namib Re donation N$500 000 while Omakete Investments, a local fishing company which disperses fish to communities in the north donated an amount of N$50 000.
In addition, ADRA Namibia donated a total of N$1 million, however emphasized that they will not give their funds over to government but rather distribute the food to affected communities. The Chamber of Mines donated N$5, 15 million, and lastly, Pupketwitz Namibia donated a total of N$200 000.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila commended the companies for their efforts, especially when it comes to distributing the relief items themselves, as it saves government personnel and logistical costs, but however added that any company who wishes to distribute donations themselves should do it in close communication with government as to avoid rationing the same communities twice.
The PrimeMinister added that with regard to the 2% donations, a total of N$104 million has been collected so far from individuals, private cooperation’s, and foreign countries