Twenty-three contestants received awards in the categories Pluimpies, Donsies and Veertjies. Well-known figure in local literary circles, Professor Andree-Jeanne Totëmeyer, won the The Oswald Rall Theart Award, sponsored by the Theart family in memory of the late Oswald Rall Theart. Theart was a Namibian poet, writer, philosopher and lyricist, whose writing career was short but impactful. He published eighteen books and produced three CDs and has entered many creative works for the ATKV Pluimpies.
Totëmeyer received an “A plus" for her anthology “Kaalvoet in die reën en ander verse vir kinders" from the judges. The anthology is targeted at adults who are involved in children as parents, grandparents, educators, kindergarten, pre-primary and primary school teachers. The work is suited to children up to the age of twelve.
The anthology comprises 147 rhymes, verses and poems divided into eight sections, according to age group and themes.
Dr Emma Kirscher, Senior Lecturer at the University of Namibia describes the structures and compilation of Totëmeyer's anthology as excellent. “The divisions are practical, with clear story patterns in the poems, which links strongly to the Namibian world of the reader, integrating the modern world with what is happening on the farm. Very good themes, excellent rhyme, rhythmical patterns, and extremely useful content for the classrooms and at home," she said.
“The judges looked at the creative use of the Afrikaans language, originality, creativity and what contribution the entry brings towards Namibian Afrikaans," concluded Kirscher.
Other award winners includes: