WINDHOEK, Sept. 26 – The 2017 Radiowave Summer Bass Classic that was slated for the end of October, was yesterday postponed to an unknown date in 2018 by the Namibia Bass Angling Association (NBAA.)
Due to the fact that the S. Von Bach Dam is still reeling from the effects of drought that Namibia experienced over the last couple of years, the Association deemed it unwise to carry out the event.
In December of 2016, the S. Von Back dam was at 9% capacity.
A statement from chairman Richard Grant read: “Fortunately there was considerable inflow since December in the form of the good rains that Namibia experienced, coupled with the water which Namwater has been pumping to S. Von Bach from Omatako Dam, and S. Von Back currently stands at over 70%. Unfortunately, even though S. Von Bach is reasonably full, the Eco-system is in a state of repair and will take time to recover fully.”
Nevertheless, the move to postpone the Classic tournament was to avoid putting additional pressure as it would not help in the recovery process.
“The NBAA is extremely conservation oriented and feels that putting additional pressure on our most impotrant resource would most certainly not aid the recovery process and as a result of all the above, have made the decision to cancel the 2017 event.” – Ignatius Mutasa