N$29 million sporting boost

27 November 2019 | Sports

The sports ministry this month officially received the site for the envisaged Kavango West multipurpose youth centre, which will be constructed to the tune of about N$29 million at Nkurenkuru.

Sports minister Erastus Uutoni officially received the site from the Nkurenkuru town council.

He revealed that N$5 million has already been budgeted during the current financial year for the feasibility study and the fencing off of the area.

Uutoni further said N$13 million will be budgeted during the 2020/21 financial year, while N$11.6 million will be budgeted during the 2021/20 fiscal year for the construction of the facility.

The minister said the multipurpose centre will comprise of various sports facilities as well as an administration block, ablution facilities, conference facility, library, tailoring workshop, computer room, dormitories, a kitchen and a dining hall.

Uutoni explained that the ministry acknowledges the need for such a facility in Kavango West, as it will enhance the skills of the youth.

“The ministry believes that the empowerment and development of the youth is most crucial for any given country; thus providing safe, structured, and inclusive settings that focus on a broad range of developmental needs can best serve the needs of young people,” Uutoni said.

“The structured activities provide opportunities for skills building and related improvements in specific self-competencies, for positive peer interactions and the development of friendship.”

The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) has already started with the fencing off of the area.

This development comes just months after Ewi lyaNooli reported about the lack of sport facilities in Kavango West, which has been a challenge for sports lovers, more especially the youth of the region, who are unable to enhance their skills.

The multipurpose centre project has been in the pipeline for more than three years, but no progress was made, a situation which saw the Kavango West governor Sirkka Ausiku consistently calling for the project to kick off.

Kavango West regional sports committee chairperson Egidius Mangundu Nambara had also expressed disappointment over the lack of sports facilities in the region.

During the handover ceremony, Nkurenkuru mayor Erastus Sitentu Kandjimi expressed his utmost gratitude towards the ministry for having decided to commence with the project, saying it is long overdue.

Uutoni also used the opportunity to talk about the importance of creating opportunities for younger members of society.

“I would like to emphasise that young people in our society are an increasingly visible and active component in community development efforts, as communities are a first entity that all of us encounter beyond our families,” Uutoni said.

“It is important, therefore, for youth to have clearly defined roles and opportunities, which will allow them to actively participate in their communities, rather than having passive roles.

“A relationship, therefore, between youth and community leadership is a key long-term part of community development efforts.”


Similar News


Ondangwa falls in love with karting

2 months ago - 30 October 2019 | Sports

A 37-year-old Ondangwa taxi driver, Johannes Kweyo, says there is nothing more fun and relaxing than the go-kart racing he has been enjoying for the...

Saving troubled youngsters through football

3 months ago - 25 September 2019 | Sports

Rundu football team Tura Star United aims to transform the lives of unemployed youngsters by keeping them on the pitch instead of on the streets.In...

Ondangwa discovers go-karting fun

4 months ago - 28 August 2019 | Sports

The Ondangwa town council is finalising an agreement that will see the council leasing part of the town's showgrounds to Windhoek Go-Karting.Go-karting proved to be...

Mbappé has big dreams

4 months ago - 28 August 2019 | Sports

A 13-year-old boy from Mpora village in Kavango West dreams of playing for the Namibian national football team.Haushona Thomas, who is a grade 7 learner...

North to host sports awards

5 months ago - 31 July 2019 | Sports

The north is geared up to host the 2019 Namibia Annual Sports Awards (NASA), scheduled for 25 and 26 October.Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) officials, accompanied...

Rural sports neglected

5 months ago - 31 July 2019 | Sports

The chairperson of the JS Kahonzo third-tier league, Lyvere Voito, has accused government leaders of neglecting sport development in rural areas.Voito made the remark in...

Dire need for facilities

6 months ago - 26 June 2019 | Sports

There is a lack of proper sporting facilities in Kavango West, a situation which negatively affects thousands of young people who have an interest in...

Traditional sport continues at Onamatanga

6 months ago - 26 June 2019 | Sports

Despite the drought, farmers made their horses available to participate in the annual Onamatanga traditional sporting event.The event grooms the younger generation in horse racing...

Karate is not a brutal sport

7 months ago - 29 May 2019 | Sports

A Rundu-based karate teacher says karate is not a sport that teaches one to fight better in the streets but one that instils discipline and...

Kavango volleyball in need of support

7 months ago - 29 May 2019 | Sports

The lack of sports infrastructure and support for the development of volleyball in the two Kavango regions is depriving some talented players of the opportunity...

Latest News

Rundu Christian rewards best performers

1 month - 27 November 2019 | Education

Rundu Christian Private School recently rewarded its learners who performed well academically this year.Leaners who obtained 80 percent or more in a promotional subject were...

Constituency offices need more autonomy

1 month - 27 November 2019 | Local News

Nkurenkuru constituency councillor Damian Nakambare is calling for the proposed Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Bill to be passed so that constituency offices can be in...

Millions die globally due to...

1 month - 27 November 2019 | Health

Health minister Dr Kalumbi Shangula says preterm births are among the top killers of children under five years old worldwide. Shangula said this on...

Tov goes commercial

1 month - 27 November 2019 | Agriculture

The Tsumeb-based Tov multipurpose centre has decided to utilise its resettlement farm near Tsintsabis to farm commercially, in order to generate money to feed 65...

A passion for trees

1 month - 27 November 2019 | Agriculture

Lucia Nghilongwa (37) decided to venture into the tree planting business to generate extra income to support herself and her extended family.Nghilongwa has planted over...

N$29 million sporting boost

1 month - 27 November 2019 | Sports

The sports ministry this month officially received the site for the envisaged Kavango West multipurpose youth centre, which will be constructed to the tune of...

333 schools, 16 hostels in...

2 months ago - 30 October 2019 | Local News

The two Kavango regions are faced with a lack of hostel accommodation and many learners have to walk long distances to school.This situation leads to...

Oukwanyama certifies headmen

2 months ago - 30 October 2019 | Local News

The Oukwanyama Traditional Authority (OTA) has certified 14 village heads who were operating without certificates of appointment.The traditional authority also appointed the former Namibian high...

Conservancy wants illegal campsite removed

2 months ago - 30 October 2019 | Local News

The Epupa Communal Conservancy has approached the High Court to stop the development of a campsite which it claims will prevent tourists from reaching Epupa...

Load More