15 January 2013

Namibia: NWR Gets a New Board

NAMIBIA Wildlife Resorts (NWR) has a new board of directors headed by a senior official at the Bank of Namibia.

NWR's acting managing director, Simeon Negumbo, told The Namibian yesterday that the new board was approved by Cabinet recently.

The five-year term of the previous board expired at the end of last month.

The new NWR board of directors consists of six members. Leah Namholo, the director of human resources at the Bank of Namibia, is its chairperson, deputised by Ivans Simataa, the general manager: public and corporate support at Sanlam Namibia.

Other members are Erica Akwenye, Margreth Nashandi, Esther Lusepani, Elly Hamunyela, Simeon Negumbo and Kenny Nguvauva.

Akwenye is the acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), Nashandi works for the Ministry of Finance, Lusapani is at the Ministry of Lands while Hamunyela is a conservation scientist at MET. Nguvauva is a senior official at NWR.

Negumbo, an undersecretary in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, was recently asked to act as MD of NWR while the company tries to fill the position permanently after the departure of Nghidinua Daniel, who had been seconded from the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

The position has been vacant since 2010 when former MD Tobie Aupindi left the company. The vacancy has been advertised twice with no suitable candidate emerging.

Yesterday, Epsom Jossop, who was the chairperson of the previous board of NWR, said his team had recommended a candidate for the position of NWR managing director to the minister of environment and tourism.

"Interviews were conducted and we shortlisted six people," said Jossop.

He said it was up to the new board and the new minister to decide whether to accept the recommendation or readvertise the position.

Jossop became chairperson in August last year, after former board chairperson Jacky Asheeke was shown the door by the then minister of environment and tourism, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.

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