New SON board announced

09 Mar 2018 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 09 MAR (NAMPA) – The new Special Olympics Namibia (SON) board of directors, which was appointed in November 2017, was officially unveiled here on Thursday.
The new board members will be in office for the next four years.
They are Taimi Itembu, Wahl Abrahams, Mbanga Siyomunji, Abraham Kanime, Paul du Plessis, Gertrude Garises and Cliff Olivier, who is the chairperson.
SON said in a media statement issued Thursday the board is made up of credible, experienced officials, whose work has contributed immensely to the development of their respective societies over many years.
“The board is also made up of committed personnel dedicated to the advancement of people living with disabilities in Namibia and Africa as a whole,” the statement read.
The board will appoint a few more members to ensure wider representation and to comply with the requirements of Special Olympics International (SOI).
Following their appointment, the new board members put together a plan for 2018 to tackle issues related to administration an activities.
They are also putting together a strategic plan that will spell out some of the board’s high-level initiatives that will be implemented during its tenure.
SON is set to take part in the 50th anniversary of SOI in Chicago, United States of America with some activities planned locally for people with intellectual disabilities.
Other plans include hosting the Special Olympics National Games in September, which will serve as a national selection platform for athletes participating in the Special Olympics Summer World Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in 2019.
The new board will also undertake familiarisation trips to establish the status of SON programmes across Namibia. This will help take Special Olympics programmes to each of the 14 regions.
At the same occasion, SON gave Deon Namiseb a special award “for showing tremendous courage and for being an inspiration”.
“Namiseb [who has an intellectual disability] has been a figure of hope in his community and in the sporting world, reminding us to believe in ourselves and to never give up,” the statement concluded.
Namiseb has been involved with SON since 1998, the year the organisation was established here. He was captain of the SON football team that won silver in 2007 and Special Olympics Global Ambassador at the 2011 Summer World Games.
SON was last year stripped of its license by SOI, due to alleged misappropriation of funds, maladministration and lack of financial supporting documents, among other issues but with the appointment of the new board, the licence was automatically reinstated.