Temporary shelter for Twaloloka residents

Donations pouring in

29 July 2020 | Local News

Erongo governor; Neville Andre; “…government will realize your hope of a better life…”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]


A consignment of food, tents and mattresses from the office of the prime minister was officially handed over to the residents of Twaloloka on Wednesday afternoon.

The fire claimed the life of a 1-year old boy and destroyed around 150 shacks in the informal settlement in Walvis Bay on Sunday evening.

In the meantime, tents have been set up in an open area behind Twaloloka to accommodate the affected residents.

Erongo governor Neville Andre said that over 50 tents had already been erected to house most of the affected households.

Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) also donated 450 tents to accommodate the affected residents.

“I am thankful to those who assisted in making it possible for our people to have a place to sleep, have matrasses to sleep on and blankets to cover themselves, especially during this unpredictable weather conditions,” the governor said.

He called on sympathizers, philanthropists, organisations and the private sector to assist with more ablution facilities.

“Sanitation and hygiene is essential, particularly now when we are battling Covid-19.”

Andre also appealed to residents to be vigilant and to take personal responsibility for reducing the risk of similar incidents from occurring.

Distribution

A room has been created on site to house all donations and distribute it to the beneficiaries.

“We have engaged ErongoRed to look at the possibility of providing temporary electrification at the site. They are looking into it.”

A relocation plan aiming to provide long term shelter to the affected parties and those living in backyard shacks has also been set in motion.

“The three identified sites for relocation will be ready for occupation between 15 and 25 August 2020 on the erf given by the NHE and two portions at farm 37. We are requesting the public’s patience to prepare the identified sites. Further announcements by the relevant authorities will be made accordingly.”

In the meantime, the governor assured residents of Twaloloka that government will help them realise their dreams of a better life.

“Twaloloka means ‘we are tired’, however as brave sons and daughters of this country we can never be tired. We should be strong and shoulder on. It is for this reason that this will now be called Otweya and not Twaloloka anymore. Government is committed and will make sure that we will provide the necessary support during such crises.”

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