Shoombe is kapana champ

28 August 2019 | Local News

Emiliana Shoombe, 38, a vessel steward from Onepungu village, was named the winner of the fifth Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off, after the final was held on Saturday at the Game Shopping Centre in Oshakati.

She was announced as the winner at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF).

Shoombe won herself a trailer to the value of N$100 000, as well as cash prize of N$10 000 from Nedbank, a meat voucher from MeatMa valued at N$5 000 and 12x10kg vetkoek flour from Bakpro.

Shoombe told Ewi lyaNooli she was excited to emerge as the lucky winner.

“I have been a kapana seller for many years, before I got a job as vessel steward a few years ago. In this competition I just demonstrated my pap, kapana and customer table preparation skills. I was happy when I was called for the final and being the winner is just a blessing to me,” Shoombe said.

“I am now going to use the prizes to start a real kapana business, which I am sure will be able to generate enough income to improve my livelihood.”

The judging was done by the Namibia Chefs Association (NCA), who placed emphasis on hygiene, presentation and taste. Local journalists were challenged to put their best foot forward, in the hope of scooping up the Media Kapana Champion title.

The Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off competition had host rounds in Oshakati, Gobabis, Walvis Bay and Windhoek during the months of June and July and the final was held in Oshakati.

Gernot de Klerk, the head of marketing and communication at Nedbank, said the competition was open to everybody and entry forms for the official national cook-off competition were available at all Nedbank branches.

“Shoombe has been awarded an opportunity to formalise her trade with a fully-fledged kapana container shop, as well as a Nedbank bank account with a N$10 000 cash balance. Additionally, Nedbank provides access to skill-building through an SME mentorship programme,” De Klerk added.

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