Fire victims plead for donations

The effected residents are fearful of Covid spreading easily due them having to live in close proximity.

20 July 2021 | Accidents

David Uirab; Leader; “…some people are staying together in close proximity and the spread of the coronavirus cannot be controlled.”

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Namibian Breweries (NBL) donated a tent as well as water to victims of the recent DRC informal settlement shack fire.

Ronn Rittmann made the donation on behalf of the company, and called on other corporates to come on board to help the fire victims.

“I would like to encourage all companies who are able to contribute, not necessarily those who are in Swakopmund, but countrywide to do so. These people need the help.”

Although the leader of the group of the fire victims, David Uirab was grateful for the generous the donation, he called for more donations.

“We need more food, tents, more matrasses, blankets and more importantly, sanitisers and masks.”

According to him, these donations will prove to be vital especially during a time where more Covid-19 cases are being recorded.

“Right now, some of the people are staying together in close proximity and the spread of the coronavirus cannot be controlled,” he said.

Uirab, who is self-employed as an artisanal fisherman, was living with his wife and four children in their shack in the DRC informal settlement before the fire destroyed all his belongings.

“I lost all my furniture and important documents,” he said.

The fire destroyed 33 shacks on Friday (16 July) afternoon in the DRC informal settlement.

Swakopmund mayor, Louisa Kativa, urged fire victims who are employed not to use the fire as an excuse not to report for work.

In the meantime, the Swakopmund municipality has set up a shelter at the Mondesa sports field consisting of nine tents and provided 35 matrasses and 35 blankets.

The fire victims were relocated to the site on Friday.

The office of the Swakopmund regional constituency under the leadership of Councillor Ciske Howard, donated 80 cups of soup later in the day.

The fire victims were also served soup and bread rolls over the weekend.