Shikongo's dream home 'halfway'

Standard Bank, in partnership with the National Housing Enterprise, donated a N$500 000 house to the athlete after he won three medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

15 May 2018 | People

Paralympic T11 200m sprinter Ananias Shikongo's dream of having a place to call home will soon come true, with contractors having now reached the halfway stage, as they work towards finalising his house.

Standard Bank, in partnership with the National Housing Enterprise (NHE), donated a house to the value of N$500 000 to the Paralympic athlete, after he won three medals at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. The bank collaborated with NHE to secure a plot and construct the home for the athlete, which is situated behind Eveline Street in Katutura. The groundbreaking ceremony took place in February this year.

“We donated the house to Ananias because we believe that it is imperative to give recognition to sport as an enabling contributor that fosters unity, national reconciliation and regional and international cooperation.

“It is also important to celebrate achievements, because it not only motivates you to continue on the path of success, but it also positions you as a winner and attracts more success,” Standard Bank communication's manager Surihe Gaomas-Guchu said this week.

Although it has been a long journey to this point, she said she was elated because they were almost at the finish line and the Paralympic athlete would soon have a decent place to call home.

“Shikongo proved to the entire nation that disability is not inability and has emerged victorious against all odds. It was only fitting that we reward him in an equally fitting manner,” she explained.

Shikongo has also been a key figure, raising awareness for the bank's flagship Buy-a-Brick initiative over the past few years. He signed an agreement to that effect with the bank in early 2017.

“The Paralympian's story is demonstrative of the significant importance of choice and the unlimited opportunities it opens up for people, when they just stop focusing on the obstacles they face. In a few short months all his hard work will pay off when he moves into his brand new house and we would like to urge all youth to follow in his footsteps,” Gaomas-Guchu added.

Shikongo said he visited the house a few days ago and was happy with the positive results.

“It's nearly done. I waited for a long time, but I'm so happy because by August I will be sleeping in my own house,” he said.

Shikongo said he will not be living in his house alone, as he will be sharing it with some of his friends, who are also disabled athletes.


Similar News


Loved and hated, Pik Botha dies

4 days ago - 15 October 2018 | People

For all the things they have done, good or bad, politicians eventually have to account after death. These were the last words of Pik...

From strength to strength

2 weeks ago - 05 October 2018 | People

Elizabeth JosephMusic industry game changer turned revolutionary entrepreneur Right after matriculating from Windhoek High School, after moving between schools, Winkler jumped straight...

For the love of creativity

2 weeks ago - 05 October 2018 | People

Amadhila delivers exceptional brand experiencesOver the years, Gabriel Amadhila was fortunate enough to work with world-class creative directors, art directors, copywriters, videographers, strategists, brand managers...

A passion for sharing knowledge with all

2 weeks ago - 05 October 2018 | People

Justicia Shipena She attended primary school at Okambembe Combined School until standard 6, currently known as grade 8, and then continued her education at...

A worthwhile journey

3 weeks ago - 28 September 2018 | People

Elizabeth Joseph Entrepreneurs normally bite off more than what they can chew, hoping they might learn how to chew it. The same can be said...

Leadership is in her DNA

3 weeks ago - 28 September 2018 | People

Elizabeth JosephDiergaardt was born in Lüderitz and raised in Windhoek. She completed her grade 12 at Jan Möhr Secondary School, and obtained an undergraduate and...

Neumbo takes challenges in her stride

3 weeks ago - 28 September 2018 | People

Saara Shivute appointed as head of specialist finance

3 weeks ago - 28 September 2018 | People

Looking at the positive side

4 weeks ago - 21 September 2018 | People

Octavia Tsibes To be profitable in a highly competitive market and with the recession that is already in the eighth quarter, must not be...

Kagola believes each achievement is significant

4 weeks ago - 21 September 2018 | People

Justicia Shipena Leena Ndahafa Kagola is the learning and development practitioner responsible for marine training at Namport. Her role includes analysing learning and development needs,...

Latest News

Nail errant nurses - Haufiku

12 hours ago | Health

Health ministry permanent secretary Ben Nangombe has issued a directive that no nurses may use their cellphones while on duty, and that no health facilities...

No peace for Cheryl's family

12 hours ago | Crime

The police are still working around the clock to catch the killer, or killers, of nine-year-old Cheryl Avihe Ujaha although there has been a lack...

Recruiting the best staff

12 hours ago | Supplements

Below are some tips for employers on how to go about this often arduous task.Improve your candidate poolCompanies that select new employees from the candidates...

Taking Namfisa to new and...

12 hours ago | Supplements

Octavia Tsibes As the deputy CEO of prudential supervision at the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (Namfisa), Erna Motinga is responsible for strengthening its supervisory...

Our dismal public healthcare

12 hours ago | Columns

There appears to be no end in sight to the many and deep-seated problems at the heart of Namibia's public healthcare sector. It goes without...

A vivacious young woman

12 hours ago | Supplements

Born and raised in a small village called Kayira-yira, situated eight kilometres west of Rundu, Zonia worked very hard throughout her school years and moved...

Improving sustainability through change

12 hours ago | Supplements

Justicia Shipena Her key role is to help Namport deliver sustainable performance improvement by utilising people. Futher focusing on how change can influence, which includes...

Airport downgrade a major threat

12 hours ago | Transport

Analysts believe that if Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) is downgraded by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), it would lead to massive job losses,...

'Arrogant' Utoni under fire

12 hours ago | Government

Land reform minister Utoni Nujoma has been described as crude, dismissive and arrogant when it comes to dealing with the media.These were the sentiments of...

Load More