The City of Windhoek aims to raise N$1.6 million through its newly established Mayoral Relief Fund to be launched on the 5th of October.
Speaking at a media briefing held recently, the acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Fillemon Hambuda said that the city decided to establish the fund in line with their strategic objective of duty of care and subject to the set policy guidelines.
“We have targeted to raise N$1.6 million with this programme, which will be used towards the alleviation of identified social challenges in our community,” Hambuda said.
According to the acting CEO, The Mayoral Relief Fund will assist vulnerable community members, offer donations and support to victims of emergencies and disasters.
Including providing financial assistance towards the tertiary education of vulnerable learners and will contribute to causes that will promote the image of the City of Windhoek as well as contribute to the building community capability.
Hambuda said, “The fund will also assist with food security initiatives, and the city will host a fundraising gala dinner with tables sitting 10 guests to be sold at N$15, 000 for the gala dinner. Your corporate contribution will indeed make a positive impact on the improvement of the quality of life of those who are less fortunate.”
The Fund will cater for pensioners, people living with disabilities, child-headed homes, individuals in need of shelter, and persons in need of housing, people in need of medical operations and victim’s emergencies and disasters amongst others.
He further emphasised that the Mayoral Fund would depend on financial contributions by the community members of the city and cooperate partners saying that it is all in the interest of good governance.
“The city has put the governing structure in place by appointing the Fund’s Governing Committee before the launch of the fund. In that regards, a six-member committee will comprise of Municipal Council of the city, Private Sector Leader forms the Cooperate industry and from the Public Sector in included Corporate Social Investment.”
“The launch will be first of its kind, a briefing inaugural launch for the Mayoral fund will be held on Thursday, and it will coincide with a fundraising gala dinner to which the Windhoek community, public and corporate alike will be invited,” he said.
The Official opening of the new council building will officially be opened by the President Hage Geingob.