By Maria Kandjungu
NAMIBIAN learners scooped three top positions in the SADC secondary school essay competition as Paulina Hambata, Aune Kamati and Reginald Kalambalalwa came fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in the regional competition. The awards were presented during the just-ended 38th SADC Summit held in Windhoek. Hambata, a learner at Gabriel Taapopi Senior Secondary School, walked away with a cash prize of US$500 for her 4th overall position, while Kamati, from Ekwafo Senior Secondary School, was US$300 richer and Kalambalalwa, also from Gabriel Taapopi SSS, scooped US$200 for coming 6th in the competition. The topic for the SADC essay competition was ‘Partnering with the Private Sector in Developing Industry and Regional Value Chains,’ which was the theme of the 37th SADC Summit. The completion was open to secondary school learners from all 15 member states. Sadishen Vythilingum, of Mauritius, was the overall winner of the completion followed by Thandeka Tshuma (Zimbabwe) and Kelvin Kupaza (Malawi). Apart from the cash prizes, the Namibian winners walked away with a Huawei cellphone each, courtesy of MTC and Huawei Namibia, and Scientific Calculators from the government. Other awards presented at the SADC Summit were the2018 Media Awards in which Namibian broadcast journalist Blanche Goreses won the top award for television. Emma Nakapizye (Zambia) won the first prize in photography category, Calviniah Kgautlhe (Botswana) won first prize in the print category, Mauritius’ Abdel Baulacky scooped an award in the television category and Onalenna Dube from Botswana won the first prize in the radio category. The first prizes are worth US$2, 500 per category.
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