By Eliaser Ndeyanale
CITY of Windhoek has recommended that erf 10709 in Katutura be sold to the Ministry of Poverty Eradication for the establishment of a food bank in Windhoek.
Although last year CoW promised to give the land to the ministry free of charge, documents from last week’s council meeting in Confidente’s possession indicate that the ministry will purchase the plot at a market price of N$2 million or N$552 per square metre.
At a media briefing on Friday last week, City of Windhoek acting chief executive officer Fillemon Hambunda stated that the city was busy finalising the title deed for sale of land to the ministry.
“Management recommended that the request by the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare to the city to donate erf 10709, Katutura for the development of Food Bank Facility be noted and supported.
“The remainder of erf 10 709 measuring 4 720 square metres in extent, Katutura be sold to the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare for the establishment and development of Food Bank Facility at the market price of N$2 605 440.00 or N$552.00 square metres as determined by the Strategic Executive: Urban Planning and Property Management,” the document read.
Asked why the city had retracted its initial plan to donate land to the ministry, City of Windhoek’s manager for corporate communications and customer care Joshua Amukugo denied that the city promised to allocate the land free of charge saying instead it was the ministry that wanted to be allocated land without paying for it.
Food banks to be implemented under the Ministry of Poverty Eradication, will help alleviate hunger and provide for the basic needs of vulnerable people in Namibia by soliciting, collecting and packaging food, clothes, educational materials and other basic necessities for vulnerable people.
The criteria for the identification of the poor and vulnerable persons during the pilot phase to benefit from the food banks are households whose total per capita monthly income is below N$400; meaning that the support is given at household level.
The first food bank initiative in Namibia was officially launched by President Hage Geingob on June 30 as stipulated in the Harambee Prosperity Plan.
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