The NamPower Board has appointed Simson Haulofu as the company’s new Managing Director.
The power utility announced his appointment in a statement released this afternoon His appointment was effected from 1 July 2015.
Haulofu, who has been acting in the position since October 2015, fills the void left by suspended MD Paulinus Shilamba who was axed in July 2015 along with two other executives. The other two suspended officials are chief technical services officer O’Brien Hekandjo and senior manager for energy trading, Werner Graupe.
His appointment comes at a time when the country is working day and night to find a lasting solution to the country’s electricity needs and ensuring that Namibia can cater for its own electricity needs instead of relying on electricity imports to keep the country’s lights on.
Haulofu is quoted in the statement saying: “I am extremely humbled by the confidence shown in me by Cabinet, the Minister of Mines and Energy and the NamPower Board of Directors with this appointment. My task is to provide leadership, especially now that NamPower is tasked with putting in place a base load power station by 2020 in order to ensure security of supply.”
He further said that he will strive to achieve the objectives outlined in the national development strategies such as Vision 2030 and the Harambee Prosperity Plan in terms of electricity supply for Namibia. He is further determined to focus on reducing Namibia’s current substantial dependence on electricity imports from neighbouring countries, by ensuring that sufficient power generation plants are built locally.
The NamPower Board of Directors expressed their support to the new Managing Director. They are confident that his vast experience in the Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) in Namibia and the SADC region will contribute greatly towards strengthening the NamPower brand even more in Namibia and within the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP).
An engineer by profession, Mr Haulofu joined NamPower 18 years ago as Manager: Construction Projects. From 2003 to 2007, Mr Haulofu formed part of the Executive Management Committee of NamPower as General Manager: Engineering Services, and later as General Manager: Power Generation.