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Ms Koegelenberg leaving CAN

Reinette Koegelenberg, Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) will be leaving the CAN as soon as a replacement has been found to fill her shoes. (Photograph by Mandisa Rasmeni)

Ms Reinette Koegelenberg, the Cancer Association’s vibrant CEO mentioned late last year that the Board of Directors of the association is in the process of interviewing candidates for the vacancy of CEO at CAN. Therefore, her final day will be determined by the date of appointment of the new CEO.
“I will be leaving with my husband, as he has been transferred to Swakopmund by Namwater and I will be joining him and also seek employment there,” she stated. She said that it has been a pleasure working for CAN and her most important achievement there is the relationship she developed with Dr Richard Kamwi, the Minister of Health and Social Services, through the implementation of the anti-tobacco law. She described this as a milestone for her and to the Cancer Association’s cause.

“During 2014, Madam Pohamba, First Lady of Namibia also hosted the 8th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa Conference and the opportunity I was offered to be part of her task force to assist her office in hosting this prestigious and extremely important conference was a honour and a highlight for me personally,” she confirmed. She added that this also brought the importance of cancer prevention and early detection to the attention of the higher office and therefore the rest of Namibia. Her immediate future plan for when she leaves CAN will be joining the Swakopmund volunteer team as the most junior member. “CAN is proud of its many achievements which include the purchasing of several properties to maximize its service to the people of Namibia, presenting the first mammogram machine to the Ministry of Health and Social Services and supplying the Children’s Ward at the State Hospital with a television/VCR and a fully automatic washing machine to make the lives of the children and the staff more bearable” she said reminiscing about her cancer prevention career.
The Economist bids farewell to Ms Koegelenberg and all the amazing work she has done with CAN. All the best for the future!

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