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2013 explodes in Rosh Pinah

Early Sunday morning, the last weekend of January and the crowd still wants more at the Rosh Pinah New Year’s Bash.

Early Sunday morning, the last weekend of January and the crowd still wants more at the Rosh Pinah New Year’s Bash.

Rosh Pinah, the isolated mining town a few kilometres from the Orange River, celebrated its own style of a New Year’s party over the last weekend of January. The event attracted over 3000 people from Rosh Pinah and surrounding southern towns Oranjemund, Keetmanshoop, Aus, Aussenkehr and Lüderitz.
The Rosh Pinah New Year’s Bash is hosted by Skorpion Zinc and Rosh Pinah Zinc Corporation, the town’s two zinc mines that are the reason for the town’s existence in this remote southern corner. The festivities were held at the Skorpion Zinc Sports Park.
The entertainment included fun activities for children, a colourful carnival parade, a music festival and a spectacular fireworks display. Entrance to the event was free as all costs were covered by the two mines.
Well-known Namibian artists entertained the crowd until the early hours of Sunday morning. Performers like Tequila, Sunny- Boy, Shikera Band, Vivian Molauly, and Vanity had the crowd on their feet and shouting for more. From Cape Town came The Rockers to add more spice to the flashy festival.
The New Year’s Bash, in its second year running, was initiated by Skorpion Zinc Mine last year. It has now become an annual tradition for the Rosh Pinah community to come together on this day and have fun. It has become bigger and better with people flocking from other towns to join in the party and enjoy the quality entertainment.
A cake was cut on the Saturday as a symbolic gesture between the two mines and to celebrate the New Year.
The day started with a colourful parade through Rosh Pinah, with the assistance of the local police and the local biker community as well as a decorated float with many excited children. Local resident, Beata Ekandjo said this party is a wonderful memory for Rosh Pinah.

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