Federations to start getting funding

• By Michael Uugwanga

FOR over five years sports federations and associations have not been receiving money from the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) due to lack of funding, however this is set to change come next year, the Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Agnes Tjongarero has said.

Before 2017, some federations received funding for administration purposes as little as N$2 000 yearly, while others used to get N$10 000 depending on categorisation and needs, but along the way the funding stopped due to minimal funding from the Ministry of Sport.

In an exclusive interview with Confidente, Tjongarero said that her ministry needs to find a way to fund sport associations in order for them to execute their tasks.

NSC which is responsible for distribution funding towards federations for administration purposes has received a budget allocation of N$8.6 million, even though the budget allocation for the 2022/2023 financial year is N$10 million, with some of the amount going towards the Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB) and the Integrated Physical Education and School Sports (IPESS) programme.

NSC is also responsible for paying salaries at Namibia School Sports Union (NSSU), Namibia Women in Sport Association (Nawisa) and Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia (TISAN).

For the past five years, NSC has only received a total of around N$40 million, while comparing to neighbouring Botswana – which country’s national sports commission gets around N$100 million per annum.

“It is always not easy to come into a thing as this. The little money that NSC gets was supposed to go towards federations/associations. We just have to put our heads together to find a way. The little we have we need to equally distribute.

“We are here because of the federations and associations. Yes, next year they must just start getting funding. The little slice should go to federations. Federations have a big task to do proper administration for development,” said Tjongarero.