REHOBOTH, 15 MAY – Gochas residents in the Hardap Region on Monday donated N.dollars 6 100 in cash towards the ‘Road to Rehoboth’ clean-up campaign during the clean-up action held there.
George Titus of Jora’s Trading and Adam Xamseb of Xamseb Funeral Services donated N.dollars 2 000 each, while Harold Kisting of Harmonic Town Planning and the Aranos Community Development Committee gave N.dollars 1 000 each. The latter also provided black refuse bags while Christine Philander donated N.dollars 100.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, spokesperson of the Hardap clean-up technical committee, Warrant Officer Otniël ||Gowaseb said it is heartwarming and commendable to see people meeting the committee halfway.
“The gesture shown by the Gochas residents is praiseworthy and we are thankful for them coming through and meeting the government halfway in keeping our region and country clean. I call on other towns and villages to emulate this gesture,” ||Gowaseb remarked.
He also said the youth of Gochas should be lauded for coming out in big numbers.
“We had about 250 people of whom the youth were the majority. We always complain about the youth not being part of activities, but they showed they can be hard workers,” ||Gowaseb noted.
He further said the Hardap Namibian Police Force made use of the opportunity and addressed stock theft that is “very rife in the Gochas vicinity [and is] caused by excessive drug use”.
“Gochas area is where most cases of stock theft are reported and we addressed and warned would-be perpetrators about the consequences they will face. Another evil is the drug dealing in that area, which actually is the cause of stock theft due to young boys stealing and selling it for a fix.”
CEO of the Gochas Village Council, Willem Beukes told Nampa that residents along with the councillors were already divided into five groups to keep the village clean.
“We already have a committee responsible for the upkeep of the village and the clean-up campaign is one good thing that complemented our efforts. Our councillors and residents are already busy and won’t stop now as we aim to keep our village clean at all times,” said Beukes, thanking all stakeholders that were part of the clean-up.
The Hardap clean-up campaign, which is part of the national campaign, already covered Maltahöhe, Gibeon and Kriess. It happened in Aranos on Tuesday and Stampriet is next on 17 May, Hoachanas (18 May), Klein-Aub (19 May), Mariental (21 May), Kalkrand (23 May) and Rehoboth (25 May).