WINDHOEK:The 2012 /Ae /Gams Arts and Cultural festival officially kicked off in the capital under the theme ‘Diverse Cultures – One Vision’ yesterday evening.
In a speech read on his behalf by his Personal Assistant Ludwig Hausiku, Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture Kazenambo Kazenambo said there is a need for Namibian children to be exposed to the joy of art as it is not the art alone that they learn, but the art of living, thinking and creating.
He applauded the City of Windhoek for the inclusive activities targeting children in the festival programme.
Kazenambo said Namibians should be encouraged to start visiting museums and art galleries to learn about their history, and see great works of art in galleries.
According to Kazenambo, a nation that cares about art will not just be a better nation, but it will become a more successful nation and a more cohesive one.
Tanzania on Tuesday held the first SADC Troika Summit since that country was elected to chair the Troika on Politics, Defence and Security in Maputo, Mozambique last month.
The Heads of State of Mozambique, Namibia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania attended the Summit, while South Africa was represented by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
It was convened by the Southern African Development Community (SADC)’s current chairperson and president of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza, following talks with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in Kigali last week on the political crisis in the DRC.
Rwanda is being accused of supporting rebels in the DRC, who are fighting against the government of President Joseph Kabila.
A communiqué issued by SADC after the one-day closed-door Summit said the Troika Summit reaffirmed its commitment to the decisions of the Maputo SADC 2012 Summit on the prevailing security situation in the eastern DRC.
The SADC Troika commended the International Conference on the Great Lakes’ Region (ICGLR) for its efforts in finding a lasting solution to the eastern DRC challenges, and expressed SADC’s readiness to work together with the ICGLR.