WINDHOEK: The Social Security Commission (SSC) on Wednesday donated 50 blankets and 35 mattresses, worth N. dollars 15 000, to the Khomas Regional Council.
These items will be distributed to community members during the occurrence of disasters in the region.
Handing over the donation to the Khomas Regional Governor Samuel Nuuyoma, the SSC’s Executive Officer Kenandei Tjivikua said the donated mattresses and blankets should benefit the vulnerable members of the society who may at times be left destitute by shack fires in the informal settlement areas.
“As you may be aware, the SSC was established by an Act of Parliament with a mandate to provide social protection to all the working Namibians and their dependents,” he said, adding that this is done through the provision of defined benefits during maternity leave, sick leave, death, disability, retirement and work-related injuries and/or diseases.
“It is, therefore, pleasing to note that today’s gesture brings to fruition, the very reason for which the SSC exists, that of providing a social protection floor and creating a caring society in Namibia,” he noted
Tjivikua pointed out that apart from providing the defined benefits, the Social Security Commission also awarded bursaries and study loans worth over N.dollars 4 million to 61 deserving students studying at various tertiary and vocational centres throughout the country, and in other countries throughout the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
A total number of 134 students have been assisted by the SSC through its Social Development Fund (SSC-DF) over the past four academic years, amounting to more than N.dollar 6.3 million worth of bursaries.
In accepting the donation on behalf of the Khomas Regional Council, Nuuyoma expressed his gratitude, not only for the donation, but also for what the SSC is doing to the Namibian community in general and members of the Khomas Region in particular.
“We are now in a position, as a Council, to assist our communities in all the constituencies in the case of any disaster,” he noted
The governor also assured the SSC that the donated items will be put to good use, and they will be distributed to the intended communities.
He further said that his office has already developed a system for the proper control and management of donations.