Buddy Wentworth

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Buddy Wentworth
Deputy Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
In office
1990 – 21 March 1995
PresidentSam Nujoma
Preceded byposition established
Deputy Minister of Tertiary Education and Vocational Training
In office
21 March 1995 – 2005
PresidentSam Nujoma
Preceded byposition established
Personal details
James Wilfred Wentworth

17 January 1937
Died(2014-06-04)4 June 2014 (aged 77)
Olympia, Windhoek, Namibia
Political partySWAPO

James Wilfred "Buddy" Wentworth (17 January 1937 – 4 June 2014) was a Namibian politician. He was a member of the SWAPO fraction of the Constituent Assembly of Namibia and served as Deputy Minister in several education-related portfolios in the first, second and third National Assemblies of Namibia.[1] At the time he retired in 2005 he was one of two longest serving Deputy Ministers of Namibia.[2]

Wentworth came to Namibia from South Africa in 1970 and worked as teacher in Rehoboth, and as school principal at Tamariskia Primary School, Swakopmund. He joined SWAPO in 1972.[2][3]

Wentworth was a founding chairperson of the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre in Windhoek, and chaired the National Commission for Unesco. He was a practising Muslim and had 10 children by his first wife. He was a recipient of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques for his contribution to the Namibian independence struggle. He died of heart failure on 4 June 2014 at his home in Olympia, Windhoek, aged 77.[2]


  1. ^ "Buddy Wentworth dies of heart failure". Namib Times. 4 June 2014. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Former deputy minister Wentworth dies". The Namibian. 5 June 2014. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  3. ^ Nakale, Albertina (5 June 2014). "Buddy Wentworth dies at home". New Era.