27 February 2013

Namibia: Back to Work, Urges Namwandi

Windhoek — Newly-appointed Education Minister Dr David Namwandi on Monday addressed ministerial staff for the first time since his appointment by President Hifikepunye Pohamba to replace the late Dr Abraham Iyambo.

Namwandi said despite the dark cloud of grief that hovers over the education ministry since the demise of Dr Iyambo, work must continue. "Although his life had come full circle, the work that 'Dr Book' started is not finalised. His dreams and ideals for the education and training sector live on. In education, the work is never fully accomplished, never over, never done," he told staff members.

Namwandi said there were some uncertainties and lots of corridor speculation on who was going to replace the late minister of education. "That period ended last week when His Excellency Dr Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of the Republic of Namibia, appointed a new Minister and Deputy Minister. The Minister is well known to everyone present. He has been working with you for almost three years. He has been striving to meet the same objectives," Namwandi said.

Further, he used the opportunity to introduce his deputy, Silvia Gonaone Makgone who is also a Member of Parliament. He explained that although Makgone appears to be new to the ministry, she has faithfully served the Namibian child in the classroom and has qualified herself well for the task ahead. "Honourable Deputy Minister, welcome to Team Education. Welcome to the 'A' Team, the team that delivers, delivers and delivers. Welcome to the warm heart of Team Education, a team with hardworking, dedicated, committed and energetic members," Namwandi welcomed his deputy.

The Minister implored staff to take ownership of their duties to be able to inspire participation and success in implementation. "Many a time, a beautiful plan becomes an ugly reality, because we do not properly monitor implementation, solve bottlenecks or adjust where necessary. Make sure that your plans contain adequate reporting and monitoring mechanisms," he exhorted the staff members in attendance.

At the same time, Namwandi encouraged staff members to report progress against targets and unbundled challenges. He dedicated the year to punctuality, hard work, commitment and dedication to keep Iyambo's legacy alive.

Makgone thanked the Head of State for entrusting her with such a huge responsibility - as the new Deputy Minister of Education. She said she went through the terms of reference for her position and would avail herself to the Minister, the education fraternity and the nation at large. Moreover, she described herself as a team player.

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