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Crime prevention groups conclude successful community games

Crime prevention groups conclude successful community games

The 3rd Annual Windhoek City Police Community Games were hosted in Otjomuise, and since its inception, the Community Games has grown to become a successful event.

This year 14 netball teams, 12 volleyball teams and 24 in football teams registered to compete at the sports field of Chairman Mao Zedong School in Otjomuise. Participants stem from various constituencies in Windhoek, consisting mainly of the youth, neighbourhood watch clubs and crime prevention groups.

Prizes for all sport three codes included a trophy and N$2,500 to the winning team; N$2,000 for second position and N$1500 for third position. Below are the winning teams for 2017.

The teams that won are as follows: Netball; 1st Red Dragons; 2nd Rocky Girls and 3rd Bet-El

Volleyball; 1st Silver Techs; 2nd Naka Green and 3rd Soweto Community

Football; 1st Red Fire; 2nd City Rovers and 3rd Omanga.

In a statement at games, His Worship, Councilor Muesee Kazapua, Mayor of Windhoek, acknowledged the Community Games, as an event that builds on the power of sports as a tool for crime prevention, saying: “It is important to recognise that sports play a significant role in empowering our community and individuals, particularly the youth. Sports have the ability to build life skills that would allow young people to cope with life challenges and stay away from taking part in criminal activities and drug use. Many young people, specifically in neighbourhoods, like Katutura and Khomasdal fall into a life of crime because they do not have extramural activities to keep them busy. More often they join gangs because they are seeking for sense of belonging, and feel the need to be a part of something bigger”.

The Mayor expressed his appreciation and gratitude to Old Mutual for making this event a reality the past three years and thanked the Company for being an important partner in the socio-economic transformation and upliftment of the City, encouraging Old Mutual to continue to support this great initiative, as part of a collective effort to make Windhoek the safest City in Africa.

During his vote of thanks, Chief Abraham Kanime, of the City Police articulated the importance of community policing, an approach that focuses on building relationships and working closely with members of communities to address public safety concerns, saying: “we should always remember that the Police is the community and the community is the Police”.

Caption: Netball Champions of the Windhoek City Police Games: Red Dragons with Mauriza Fredericks, Communication and Transformation Manager, Old Mutual; Abraham Kanime, Chief of City Police; Allvina Kapollo, Community Development committee member and Superintendent Cillie Auala, City Police.



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