New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Huntafrica Hosts Successful Tournament for San

Divundu — The Bwabwata San community and its surrounding areas were treated to an early Christmas present, when HuntAfrica Namibia sponsored a two-day soccer and netball tournament at Divundu, last weekend.

HuntAfrica forked out over N$30 000 for organizing the soccer and netball tourney that saw eight soccer and netball teams vying for top prize monies ranging from N$500 to N$1500.

Hero Soccer Team from Omega won the soccer tourney and walked away with N$1 500, while New Generation FC, which hails from Chetto, finished in 2nd place and pocketed N$800 followed by Black Stars from Mushashani in 3rd place to receive N$500 for their efforts.

New Generation were comfortable winners of the netball tourney and took home a cool N$900, followed by Blue Stars, who also hail from Omega in 2nd place who were rewarded N$500 for their gallant performance, while Black Stars from Chetto came in 3rd and walked away with N$300.

The Bwabwata community extends from Masambo in western Caprivi to the Divundu area in the Kavango Region. HuntAfrica, which has a five-year trophy hunting concession with the Kyaramacan Association, a Community Based Natural Resource Management initiative (CBNRM), which runs the Bwabwata National Park in conjunction with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism also sponsored sewing machines and other supplies to the community, which consists predominantly of San people.

A partner in HuntAfrica Namibia, James Chapman, explained the association's social responsibility initiatives and how they have benefited the community of Bwabwata since the resumption of the concession. "We have a social support programme of different activities. We have sponsored a tournament since last year on a rotational basis at Divundu and Omega with support from various sponsors such as Aquafresh, Morvite and Simba chips. We have also been supporting San children in the Bwabwata area by giving them food, soccer balls, sewing machines, tables and chairs to projects dealing with beadworks in the San community," said Chapman.

Thaddeus Chedau, the chairperson of the Kyaramacan Association, which generates about 4-million per year from hunting concessions, was ecstatic that HuntAfrica has played a significant role in reducing unemployment and imparting skills to the San community. "This is the second year HuntAfrica is sponsoring a tournament. They also trained 11 drivers, while many others have already been employed as trackers, cooks and drivers", said Chedau.

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