by Ester Mbathera
THE business community at Walvis Bay has started to sacrifice some of their profits in aid of the fight against the novel coronavirus.
Baleia Do Mar Industrial Safety Supplies has donated face masks, overalls, cover suits and examination gloves to the Walvis Bay Municipality and the Namibian Police. Part of the donation will also go to the new Covid-19 containerised ward that is under construction at Walvis Bay State Hospital.
The donation is valued at N$300 000.
“It is my prayer that God will be with the people of Namibia. We want to assist where we can and keep the citizens of Namibia safe,” said Vincent Fernandes, the owner of Baleia Do Mar Industrial Safety Supplies.
Jonny Doeseb, the president of the Walvis Bay branch of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), is mobilising the resources. The NCCI branch has contributed sanitisers to the value of N$30 000 which will go to the less privileged communities of the Tutaleni and Twaloloka informal settlements.
“We are mobilising these resources because we know what it takes to lose one life, which will be very disastrous. We are being proactive in this exercise so that we can help our community, and be ready when coronavirus strikes our community,” said Doeseb.
Marine Industrial Coatings has contributed paint and labour for the Covid-19 containerised ward, while the office of the Walvis Bay Urban constituency regional councillor is contributing N$130 000 from its emergency fund.
Trust Market is donating refreshments such as tea, coffee, sugar, milk and other dry food that would go to law enforcement and health officials.
“This is a very commendable gesture and leadership [is] being shown by the business community of Walvis Bay. They are showing that they are not here to just do business, but they also want to make a difference within our community. I call upon all others to follow suit because this pandemic that we are facing does not [differentiate between] class, race or creed,” said regional councillor Knowledge Ipinge.
More resources and funds are being pledged by the fishing industry and other businesses in the constituency.