Lesotho outshines Namibia in Interpensions games

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Bataung Moeketsi

THE Public Officers’ Defined Contribution Pension Fund (PODCPF) beat Namibia’s Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) in both ladies’ and men’s soccer in the 2019 Interpensions Games at LCS Ground on Saturday.

The hosts also prevailed in mixed volleyball and ladies’ netball at the LCS courts.

The sides however, drew nil-all in the ladies 10-minute soccer. Lesotho eventually won the game 2-1 in penalties.

In the men’s game, Namibia took the lead in the first half and Lesotho equalised early in the second half. Namibia went on to score their second goal towards the end of the match but Lesotho again levelled matters before the final whistle.

The winner had to be decided with penalties and Lesotho prevailed 3-1.

It was a heated affair during the mixed volleyball match as the two sides quarrelled over scores as some thought some scores were illegitimate but Lesotho emerged 2-1 winners.

In the last event, Lesotho eased to a 13-8 win over the visitors in the ladies’ netball.

PODCPF’s acting principle officer Makoa Macheli said the event was meant to create a platform for pension funds’ knowledge sharing and while also fostering an arena for employee welfare.

He said the platform enabled them to build an employee support system through shared experiences.

“We also have to be mindful of the integration that has been in existence for so many years in our region, the likes of the South African Customs Union (SACU) have taught us that we need each other for our development in many areas,” Macheli said.

The guests were also taken for a tour of the iconic Thaba Bosiu on Saturday morning.

GIPF’s Darold Sharor was rewarded at a gala dinner at ‘Manthabiseng Convention Centre later that evening for reaching the peak and descending to the foot of the mountain first.

Gottlieb Maruseb received a medal for being the oldest Namibian to reach the top of Thaba Bosiu.

Other recipients of gold and silver medals included members of the teams who participated in the games. Team Lesotho retained the trophy they won in Namibia in 2017.

GIPF’s Melody Mogane-Tiboth said she was unhappy with the dilapidated LCS netball and volleyball facilities and the lack of nearby restrooms.

“The netball game was played on a dangerous court,” Mogane-Tiboth said.

The Lesotho government adopted the pension fund scheme in 2008 and began with approximately M600 million in investments.

Sempe Moshoeshoe, the PODCPF corporate secretary and head of legal and compliance said they were still in their infancy as compared to their Namibian counterparts in terms of assets and management.

“We hope that through our interactions we will build and learn a lot from GIPF in terms of how you have progressed in this pension fund industry,” Adv Moshoeshoe said.

PODCPF currently has M6.7 billion worth of investments and has 36 000 members.

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