A Night to Remember With the Omongua Superior Breeders

They came from near and far to witness the third and most successful Omongua Superior Breeders’ auction ever last Thursday at Namboer in Windhoek.

The auction raised N$7 500 for Regina Kondombolo, owner of the Hephata Care Centre in Wanaheda in Katutura to contribute towards her admirable work amongst mentally challenged Namibians despite her own physical disability. It was a big smile from Kondombolo when a Boer Goat ewe named Hephata was auctioned off for N$7 500 and bought by well-known farmer,Justus Tjirimuje from the farm Omusorakuumba in the Okahandja Constituency of the Otjozondjupa region.

The third joint annual Boer Goat Production Auction of Nichlas Mbingeneeko of the Skuilhoek Stud and Vaughn Komomungondo of the Tsunami Stud hosted guest sellers Dr Easau Kaakunga and Borry Mbaroro Katjiuanjo. Fifteen Boer Goat rams and 20 Boer Goat ewes of the highest quality came under the hammer, while ten Damara ewes and five Damara rams also sold like hot cakes. Big interest was also shown in the ten Van Rooy ewes, five Van Rooy rams and six Veldmaster rams.

Mbingeneeko says the breeders believe in ploughing back something into the community and for the past three years they have been supporting the Hphata Care Centre by donating the proceedings of one animal sold at the annual auction to the centre. “Regina brings joy to hundreds of people suffering in silence from mental disorders every day. The least we can do is reward her for her outstanding work by giving her N$7 500 in cash tonight,” he says.

Last August this extraordinary women, who has been in a wheel chair, was rewarded when the Omongua Superior Breeders Association auctioned off a one-year old Veldmaster ram for N$4 000 to continue with her humane profession.

This year she was all smiles about the N$7 500. “I don’t know how to thank these wonderful people to me and my care centre the amount of N$7 500 can be stretched to go far. The added bonus is that the Boer Goat ewe is pregnant which means we will see an off-spring soon. The auction was sponsored by Standard Bank Namibia and Auas Motors. Last year, breeder Dirkie Coetzee from Windhoek bought the Veldmaster ram with a final bid of N$4 000 under loud applause from a packed Namboer Auction Ring. Last Thursday’s auction saw the biggest turnout in the history of the combined auctioned with hundreds of people from various regions packing the stands to full capacity.

Kondombolo started her career as a young and eager nurse, and completed 18 years at the Katutura State Hospital. She carried on with her noble calling but for the next 25 years she had been plagued by illness, and eventually had to give up her nursing career. She then turned her focus to the fact that mentally challenged people of all ages were not being looked after properly, and in some cases even sadly neglected.

Eleven years ago the never-say-die woman was once again put to the test when she was diagnosed with diabetes. The illness eventually took its toll when her right leg had to be amputated just below the knee. Many a women would have called it a day, but not Regina. “When I got into a wheelchair for the first time, I realised that I would not be as mobile as before but also reminded myself that I was still alive and able to carry on my good work. The misfortune actually motivated me even more, and to this day I am able to do my work,” she says.

Source : New Era