By Andreas Thomas
The SADC Secretariat last Friday presented an artistic gift to SADC Chairperson, Dr Hage Geingob. The Namibian President visited the SADC headquarters in Gaborone as part of his role as the chairperson of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
The gift, an artistic portrait with a wooden frame and animal skin, speaks to the theme of the 38th SADC Summit, “Promoting infrastructure development and youth empowerment for sustainable development”. The portrait was produced by a youth entrepreneur from Botswana.
While presenting the gift to President Geingob, SADC Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, emphasized that the portrait depicts the three elements of the regional theme - infrastructure development, youth empowerment and sustainable development.
“This part is about infrastructure development, here you have the youth… you can see they are celebrating. We believe that we have made some strides, which also have made the youth happy,” Tax said.
The portrait also featured a picture of President Geingob, who remarked: “I am watching, I am watching and will continue to watch. Look at how I am looking down.”
At the same occasion, the Namibia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah was also presented with an artistic portrait that promotes unity in the SADC region.
Nandi-Ndaitwah is the current chairperson of SADC Council of Ministers.