Katima MuliloFrom : Newera.com.na
By : George Sanzila
9 December 2011

KATIMA MULILO – History was made in Katima Mulilo recently when the town council held its first-ever annual Mayor’s Civic Awards to reward residents whose selfless efforts in various spheres of life made a positive and meaningful contribution to the town.

According to event organiser, Nadia Mushabati, the awards were a project of the Katima Mulilo Town Council, tailor-made to encourage residents to go the extra mile and contribute positively to the town without merely looking at financial gains.
“The main aim of the awards is to appreciate the hard work of selfless residents and identify and reward positive contributions that are being made to advance our region,” said Mushabati.

The awards, the first of their kind in Namibia, included categories such as youth, the environment, sport, community service, arts and culture and mayor’s merit awards.

Young people involved in different social development activities ranging from a community based recycling project, children’s welfare and music, received trophies made locally at the Zambezi Vocational Training Centre.

One of the organisers, Richard Kambinda, whose institution, the Zambezi Vocational Training Centre, crafted the trophies, said they intend to expand the categories depending on sponsorship.

“We plan to expand categories in these awards and that would primarily depend on whether we get sponsorship.”

Giving his inaugural speech at the event, the Mayor of Katima Mulilo, John Likando, said he was happy that what had been a pipe dream had finally seen the light of day.

“It could have remained a stillborn dream, (but), remarkably, in a relative short space of time, here we are, celebrating the beginnings of what I believe will be an annual event in Katima,” said the mayor.

He explained the aim of the awards. “Civic awards are about recognising those members of society who, in their small way, contribute to creating a better society for all of us to live in. We want to reward those who put their own difficulties aside and extended a helping hand to others.”

Likando appealed to residents to embrace the awards and to sustain the noble initiative which is meant to foster unity and the town’s image. “This event also presents us with the opportunity to unite this town. Through the mayor’s civic awards, we are able to focus on what we agree on rather than what we differ on.”
Likando appealed to the business community to extend their support to ensure the success of the awards.

“The support of the local business fraternity has unfortunately been lacking. We will surely find ways to remove all obstacles to ensure that the mayor’s civic awards are inclusive, with the common purpose of celebrating success,” he said.

The winners in the various, categories include Evans Chika (youth category), Macaravan group (environment category), Liyali Numwa (sport category), Mainstream foundation (community service), Spinny music group (arts and culture) and Mainstream Foundation (mayor’s merit award).