Wednesday 21 April 2021
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Parastatals: A flurry of appointments

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Parastatals have been on an extensive recruitment drive this week, with at least three public enterprises appointing new company heads. On Monday Namfisa appointed Kenneth Matomola as its new CEO for the next five years.

Matomola replaces the late Phillip Shiimi who died in a car accident last year.
The company’s board indicated that it is confident that Matomola has the ability to lead Namfisa through its transformational agenda, as it prepares to implement various bills.

The NamPower Board has appointed Simson Haulofu as the company’s new Managing Director.
The power utility announced his appointment on Tuesday.

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 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, Haulofu joined NamPower 18 years ago as Manager: Construction Projects. From 2003 to 2007, Haulofu formed part of the Executive Management Committee of NamPower as General Manager: Engineering Services, and later as General Manager: Power Generation.

Long-serving civil servant Andrew Ndishishi has been appointed to take over the top seat at the Namibian Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM).
Cabinet secretary George Simataa, who is also NIPAM Governance Council chair said the interview process held to find a replacement for Professor Joseph Diescho was not conclusive and no suitable candidate was found, hence Ndishishi’s appointment in acting capacity.
Ndishishi will hold the position until it is filled, Simataa said on Wednesday.

The 58-year-old is currently one of the three permanent secretaries in the Office of the Prime Minister.
Ndishishi’s qualifications include a Diploma in Economics at the Marie-Curie Sklodowskiej University, Lublin, Poland, in 1981, and Masters of Economics and Finance at the Warsaw School of Economics, Poland, in 1987.  He also did Postgraduate Diplomas in Economics, Finance and Business Administration in the UK, Sweden and Malaysia between 1988 and 1995.

NIPAM has been without a substantive head since last year after Diescho was axed for alleged insubordination, material breach of the employment contract, competition with the employer and non-compliance with resolutions of the NIPAM governance council last year.

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