The Rock bites the dust

02 September 2020 | Local News

The annual The Rock Spitzkoppe event has been cancelled in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The annual community run and mountain biking events stimulate the Spitzkoppe economy through the attraction of athletes.

However, the event was postponed to next year as the hosts, Orano Mining Namibia, felt that bringing individuals from all over the country to the Spitzkoppe community where many vulnerable individuals with underlying health conditions reside, would pose a serious health risk to the community.

Helping hand

It is a well-known fact that the pandemic has hit the tourism industry hard, completely stripping settlements along tourist routes like the Spitzkoppe settlement of their livelihoods. Thus, Orano Mining Namibia undertook to assist these communities through food parcels which were handed to 140 households along with support for soup kitchens at Spitzkoppe and Naman Pos on Friday, 28 August.

FP du Toit Transport through their Wesbank subsidiary, assisted with the transport of the donated items valued at an estimated N$110 000.

“Orano has always been involved with development efforts in the #Gaingu Conservancy as a whole and the Spitzkoppe area in particular. Besides the community being hard hit by the downturn in tourism, the main income generator in this particular community, a few years of drought had already affected the area negatively prior to 2020. The cumulative effect has left its mark,” the mining giant said in a statement.

The company hopes that their donation will last Spitzkoppe residents a few months and boost recipients’ immunity through the provision of quality food items.

The company also donated surgical masks and gloves to the primary health care clinic at Spitzkoppe in a bid to strengthen measures against the spread of Covid-19 by keep those in the settlement healthy.

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