NSC happy with sports' inclusion in NDP5

03 Jun 2017 11:10am
By Hesron Kapanga
WINDHOEK, 01 JUN (NAMPA) - Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Chairperson Joel Matheus has welcomed the government’s inclusion of sports in the fifth National Development Plan (NDP5).
The plan was launched on Wednesday and is the fifth in a series of seven development initiatives aimed at implementing and achieving the objectives and aspirations of Vision 2030.
In NDP5, which spans from 2017 to 2022, Government wants to improve opportunities for employment through professional sport from 0.2 per cent recorded in 2014 to 2 per cent by the year 2022.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, Matheus said the commission welcomes the inclusion of sports as it did not feature in previous national development plans.
Matheus said if resources are made available and people learn how to cooperate they will achieve the goals set out in NDP5 by 2022.
“We need to change our mentality and dedicate ourselves to working hard towards all the goals that have been put in place to grow sports in the country,” he said.
Matheus said the commission is working on a plan to start a business arm which will help in raising funds needed to run their operations.
“Our sports plan is in line with the ministry’s plan to improve local sports. We are also hoping for our budget to be increased in future so we can run all our activities successfully,” he said.
Government allocated N.dollars 385 million to the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service in the 2017/18 National Budget, a cut of more than N.dollars 100 million from last year.
The budget is allocated to the three directorates - sport, youth and national service.