Covid Parcel Donation
Walvis Bay Salt Holdings’ 10,000 meals a ray of hope for the restituted
Although the COVID-19 global pandemic has to date spared Namibian lives, many communities across the country have been hugely impacted in terms of food insecurity and livelihoods. Walvis Bay Salt Refiners (WBSR) has extended a helping hand and donated much needed food parcels to alleviate the plight of the elderly and most vulnerable citizens of the coastal town.
‘’Walvis Bay Salt Refiners has been a corporate citizen of Walvis Bay for more than 55 years. We are part of the fibre and heritage of this town. It pains my heart to see fellow citizens of our town suffer during this time. Despite the economic impact of Covid-19, in times of crisis such as this, we cannot stand idly by and see our vulnerable community members suffer,” says Andre Snyman, Managing Director of Walvis Bay Salt Holdings.
According to Snyman, much-needed basic meal ingredients (such as maize meal, sugar, bread flour, yeast, cooking oil, tins of fish, soup packets, coffee and tea) were packed into 20kg parcels, enough to prepare roughly 10,000 meals. “Although this might feel like a drop in the ocean considering the widespread need at the moment, I will sleep better at night knowing that we could at least provide some sustenance for individuals and families for a few weeks to come,” Snyman noted.
Some of the food parcels were handed over to the Office of the Mayor of Walvis Bay on Tuesday, which will be distributed to the homeless and destitute citizens living in shacks. This forms part of the ongoing drive by the Office of the Mayor through the Mayoral Relief Fund for assistance from the private sector to address the most pressing social needs during Covid-19.
WBSR also donated food parcels to Huis Palms old age home and His House Care Centre, a convalescent home that cares for underprivileged and elderly people.
As a producer of a basic and essential foodstuff such as table salt, WBSR were allowed to continue with operations during Stage 1 of lockdown, implementing strict precautionary measures to safeguard all its stakeholders against the potential spread of Covid-19. These measures remain in place and are strictly enforced.
“As one of the largest producers of solar sea salt in sub-Saharan Africa, we have to ensure that we comply with the most stringent health and safety protocols. For example, most of South Africa’s drinking water is treated with salt from WBSR, so we have to keep on supplying into this market in order to ensure sufficient good quality drinking water,” Snyman added.
Fortunately, the company’s international export business has not been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.