Confusion about Hollywood Donation


By Frederick Philander WINDHOEK Staff at both State hospitals at Swakopmund and Walvis Bay confirmed to New Era that no money from the reported donation of U$315 000 has been received from super film stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as yet. Since the announcement of the financial pledge two weeks ago, there has been some confusion among hospital staff and the Ministry of Health and Social Services. “Only U$15 000 was given in cash to a Mondesa pre-school project and the rest of the donation will be used to purchase medical equipment in Namibia and the United States to be used at the two coastal State hospitals,” said the Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Leon Jooste, in clarifying any misconceptions about the pledge. Film stars Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and their three children left Namibia on Friday evening after a private visit of two months in the country. “I am expecting the stars to honour their pledge within the next month or so. In fact it was a low-keyed pledge for which I took their word on behalf of the Namibian Government and the nation. On this, I am in constant telephonic contact with Angelina and Brad,” said Jooste, presently on leave after a hectic period safeguarding the film stars’ stay in the country. The Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, Simwanza Simenda, yesterday by telephone confirmed that his ministry has neither received any cash donation or a letter of confirmation about the financial pledge from the stars nor from Jooste. In Jooste’s view their stay at the coast could have stimulated the local economy by at least N$3 million in hard cash. “This amount I base on the fact that the stars could easily have spent N$1 million per month for accommodation alone on themselves, their children and their security staff, let alone the purchases in goods and jewelry, gifts and souvenirs they bought during the two months of their stay. It won’t be farfetched to say they could have spent at least N$3 million at the coast,” Jooste said. He confirmed that the mileage the Namibian tourism industry gained by Joli and Pitt’s presence in the country is mammoth. In the meantime, New Era reliably established that heart-throb George Clooney of ER and Oceans Eleven fame, was one of the colleague film stars who visited Angelina and Brad during their stay at Langstrand. In the meantime, a praise song to the stars’ daughter, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, has been recorded by a Namibian female musician, Beaulah Kapepu, it was announced by a local music company, B-Music, at Otjiwarongo. Apparently the song, Sholoh Nouvel, has been aired by several local radio stations such as the NBC’s National Radio, Radio Kudu, Radio Energy and Radio 99. “This single CD, Shiloh Nouvel, is due to be distributed in Namibia and South Africa,” said Beaulah’s manager, Elroy Diergaardt, in the press release.