CORRECTION: Veteran journalist Jan Poolman has died

04 Nov 2015 16:20pm

WINDHOEK, 04 NOV (NAMPA) – Veteran journalist, Jan Poolman died in the Roman Catholic Hospital in Windhoek on Wednesday.
He was 61.
Confirming his death to Nampa, his wife Ronel Poolman said he suffered from abdominal pains Tuesday night and they took him to the hospital.
He died at 00h30.
His cause of death is yet to be determined.
Before his appointment at Informanté in March 2013, Poolman was the news editor of the Namibian Sun.
Poolman has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from the University of South Africa. His career in media began in 1980 at the former South West African Broadcasting Corporation (SWABC)’s Oshiwambo service in Oshakati. In 1987 he was transferred to Katima Mulilo where he was in charge of establishing a new broadcasting centre for the SWABC in the Caprivi Region. Towards the end of 1988, he was transferred to Windhoek. In 1989 he was sent to Oshakati to cover the implementation of the United Nation’s Resolution 435 as well as the first democratic elections in Namibia. Poolman headed the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)’s elections desk.
In 1996, he joined the editorial team of Tempo, Democratic Media Holdings (DMH)’s Sunday newspaper, and in 1997, with the paper’s closure, he moved to Republikein’s editorial team before heading to the Namibian Sun in 2010.
Poolman leaves behind his wife, two sons, one daughter and two grandsons.
Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.