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10 FEATURE Thursday, March 29 2018 | NEW ERA Celebrating 100 years of life Meekulu Fransina Simon, who turned 100 years old last week Friday. Maggy Thomas Windhoek Not many people are fortunate enough to reach the age of 100. One of the lucky few is Fransina Simon, who celebrated her 100th birthday in Windhoek lasyt Friday. When Nampa visited her, Simon was sitting comfortably in her living room, admiring the birthday family to celebrate the big day. “Mweyapo, mweyapo,” she said, welcoming the team in Oshiwambo. Born on 23 March 1918 at Onamakunde in southern Angola, the centenarian looks much younger than her actual age. She said she keeps herself busy every day by sewing and watering plants, among other household chores. Walking is not as easy as it used to be, but she manages to move around to places like her garden, which she adores. Simon can also read and watch television without prescription glasses - something many people younger than her are not lucky enough to be able to do. She told this news agency she has never consumed alcohol or smoked. “It might be one of the reasons Fransina Simon, who turned 100 years old on Friday, is joined by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Photos: Nampa why I’m still alive,” she said. Simon however insisted that there is no secret behind her good health, although some credit could go to her simple diet of mostly Oshikundu (the Owambo traditional drink made from mahangu millet), pap and ekaka (spinach). She also enjoys eating wild fruit and berries. “I praise God every day in everything I do. I praise God for letting me live for 100 years,” the elder said with a smile on her face. Simon and her mother moved to Oshikango in northern Namibia when she was just three years old. It was also at Oshikango where she met and married her husband, Kristian Ngulungu, at the age of 22. Ngulungu passed away in 1961. Simon had six children - two sons and four daughters. Two of her children have passed away. Today, she has 31 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and wa Nelao Max, cried tears of joy. The 79-year-old Max described her mother as a caring and loving person who made sure that they wanted for nothing growing up. Another daughter, 64-year-old the way from California in the United States of America where she currently lives, to attend the birthday celebration. While the Nampa crew prepared to leave, Simon sang a song from the Ehangano book of hymns. “Ove awike jesus wange, move handiliyandjele, owu wakongange mounyuni, ondimone elao ne. Shimha ngaa ndikuna, nena ondawanenwa.” Roughly translated this means, “Jesus you are my only Lord, I offer myself to you, for you have searched for me in this world, so that I receive your blessings. As Simon’s family plans to hold a birthday party in her honour on 31 March 2018 at her home village of Omangela in the Ongwediva Constituency. – Nampa

Friday, March 29 2018| NEW ERA 11 WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY A DELIGHT FOR KATUTURA OLD AGE HOME Official Weekly Communique of the University of Namibia - Volume 09 POTJIEKOS COMPETITION BOOSTS GOODWILL AND HARMONY AMONGST UNAM STAFF The University of Namibia (UNAM) Social Work Department, marked the World Social Work Day on Tuesday, 20 March, by hosting a social interaction session with the elderly at the Katutura Old Age Home. Running under the theme, ‘Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability’, this was an opportunity for social workers, and the social service sector, to celebrate their achievements, as well as to raise awareness of the important role that social workers play in the lives of vulnerable families and communities. More so, it served as a timely reminder of the profound goodness in humanity, which is sometimes forgotten - maybe a little too easily at times. Addressing the modest gathering at the Katutura Old Age Home, which was hosted in close collaboration with the Namibia Social Workers Association (NASWA), UNAM lecturer in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Esther Muinjangue, was keen to recognise the importance of the elderly in society. “Some of you may have raised the doctors, lawyers and teachers in our society. Some of you maybe even took part in the liberation struggle in different ways, as counsellors,” she stressed. “So, we have to truly appreciate your part in the social development of our country.” The Manager of the Home, Mr Poloana, conceded that the Association is playing a collective role, especially with regards to taking care of the elderly. He gave reference of how the city of Windhoek “noted a need to assist senior citizens who are disadvantaged”, subsequently giving birth to the Katutura Old Age Home in 1972. Harold, a beneficiary at the home, applauded the social workers’ dedication towards the elderly. “On behalf of everyone, I would like to truly thank you all for making this day and place special,” he said. Camaraderie and team work is believed to be one of the cornerstones to success in the corporate world. At UNAM, team building events are no exception to this rule when it comes to the staff contingent. One such an event was the recent Potjiekos Competition and traditional game day at the Main Campus. FLTR: Representing the winning teams, Mr Velikoshi (ODS) 3rd Place, Ms J. Izaks (Language Centre) 2nd Place and Ms L. Usebiu (Faculty of Law) 1st Place. Deputy Dean, Lineekela Usebiu, elatedly said: “We were so nervous when we entered the competition, but we worked together as a team and managed to prepare one extraordinary potjie, which left the judges craving for more.” Usebiu teasingly identified fellow colleague Althea Husselman, as the master chef of their potjie. “We prepared The Human Resources Department organised a successful team building event, which they described as one of the greatest team building events they have ever organised. Leading the competition organisation, HR Officer Ms Imelda Nerongo, said: “the event aimed to improve team building and build camaraderie amongst the UNAM staff members.” Teams could enter as a Faculty, Department or Centre/Unit, or they could simply partake in fun activities. a Thai-potjie, which we prepared using orange juice instead of water” described Husselman, who further explained that their potjie was cooked with mostly vegetables and Thai green paste. The Language Centre scooped 2nd place, while the Office of the Dean of Students (ODS) took 3rd place. The event ended in a vibrant atmosphere, with staff members chanting and dancing with each other. ALUMNI ASSOCIATION HEALTH WALK In a bid to promote healthy living and “the aim is to bring all the members varsity mates - some even came along reconnection with the alma mater, together in refreshing and invigorating with their kids to participate in the fun the University of Namibia Alumni initiatives that are close to their walk.” He added: “There are even Association recently organised a lifestyle.” Neshila-Immanuel was taken calls to have the walk monthly or bimonthly.” health walk and braai initiative to sensitise its members, families and friends on the need to stay fit. by surprise with the terrific turnout - among them Mr Sam Shivute, who is an alumni representative on the University Council, on which he serves He assured the Association will look into it and share decisions on the various alumni communication platforms. According to the Alumni and as Chairperson. Networking Development Officer, The walk, which was supported by Ms Kashiwanwa Neshila-Immanuel, Participating in the braai after the Coca Cola and E- Med Rescue, took the walk developed as a result of walk, Assistant Director at the UNAM off from Main Campus and roundedoff the various initiatives the Association Foundation, Mr Tango Kandjaba, at Pionierspark, covering a distance is putting together to rekindle the connection amongst its over 40,500 UNAM alumni members. She said: an alumni and 2008 SRC President, excitedly remarked: “The mood was so jovial! It was also nice to see former of 7.9 km. The next event location and date will be announced in due course by the Association. The Faculty of Law came out victorious in the Potjiekos Competition. Speaking after the announcement, Law Faculty *Article by Joseph Teofelus. Teofelus is a media studies intern at the Communications & Marketing Department

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