By Donna Collins
WALVIS Bay residents have been told to “pull up their socks”, and the Municipal staffers have been urged to ensure that their tasks are completed, to ensure that the town is being kept clean, as it is evident that the standards have dropped.
A stern warning was issued by the Walvis Bay Mayor Alderman Immanuel Wilfred during last week’s monthly council meeting, where he expressed his concern regarding the cleanliness of the harbour town, which has become the hub in light of recent milestone events, which will include the town becoming host to the upcoming Heroes Day celebrations.
“Regarding the cleanliness of Walvis Bay, we have to do some serious introspection and we need to re-gather our once lofty efforts to make sure we present a clean and healthy city to everyone who lives here, as well as all those who visit our town on a regular basis,” he stressed.
“We have become host to a number of major events throughout the year, and have had the pleasure of receiving President Hage Geingob as well as a string of Ministers, overseas delegations and international tourists through major groundbreaking happenings which have taken place.
“All of these events have put the spotlight on us as the country’s premier driver of development growth, and the need to project a town that is clean, safe and is paramount to visitors and investors.” Mention was made of the exciting arrival of the biggest floating book fair – the Logos Hope cruiseliner which docked in the harbour for two weeks – was just one of the highlights that put Walvis Bay on the international map. The crew, which consists of 400 volunteers representing 60 nationalities, was officially welcomed by the Vice President, Nickey Iyambo.
In addition to the launch the new expansion project of Walvis Bay Salt Holdings, the opening of the NDF’s Naval Academy, as well as the inauguration of the multi-million dollar Walvis Bay International Airport, by President Geingob last week, have set the bar high for a town that is becoming the gateway to Namibia.
In light of the Heroes Day celebrations taking place in Walvis Bay for the first time, on August 26, the Mayor emphasised it was important for everyone to pull together to make this an occasion that the town can be proud of. “Our top leaders have set the example in so many ways, so it’s now up to us to deliver in terms of their vision and strategy,” said the Mayor. “As a local authority for example, we owe it to our community to deliver efficient and quality services and I am confident that we are more than capable of doing just that.”
Further he pointed out that the annual Mayoral Fundraising Dinner, that was originally scheduled to take place at the end of August, will now be rescheduled in view of Heroes Day celebrations. “These donations and support in kind have gone a long
way in brightening the lives of many destitute children in our community, and it is my hope that you will continue to support this event in order to touch someone’s life in a positive manner.
“On this note, due to the recent freezing cold temperatures we have experienced, I implore businesses and the private sector to please think about the less fortunate people of our town, in particular children who do not have a loving family, and who may be longing for a good meal or something warm to shield them against the harsh winter weather. “We would really appreciate help from all of you in this regard, and suggest you contact the welfare offices to find out how you can play a worthwhile role, or get in touch with our Junior Council to assist wherever possible,” he added.
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