Coen Welsh | Nov 14, 2017 | 0
Pupkewitz a “distinguished business icon”
On behalf of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the entire Namibian business fraternity, express our deepest sorrow and enormous sense of loss in the passing on of an illustrious son of the soil and a distinguished business icon, Mr Harold Pupkewitz or simply Uncle Harold as most of us fondly called him.
We are indeed celebrating the life of a man who was rightly seen by many as the face of Namibian businesses and a true business leader. He has lived life to the fullest, having dedicated his entire life up to the very end, to the building and sustenance of the Namibian economy.
His passion for business and love for his country were indisputable and will continue to be felt in our society for many years to come. Uncle Harold was a man of amazing energy and wisdom even when he became aged. He worked very hard every single day without rest until the end of his life. He was indeed the best example of hard work, effective leadership and utilisation of talent and skills. Personally, I feel uniquely honoured and privileged to have had an opportunity to work with him as a business colleague. He was an unequalled mentor and advisor on business and leadership matters. I truly value his enormous contribution to my own life and the success of countless businesspeople in this country.
Even though we are fully aware that there is no infinite life on this earth, we in the business community still feel that his death came too soon and too fast. We feel robbed off our greatest asset in Uncle Harold. We are deeply saddened and devastated by the end of this colourful life.
But we are at the same time thankful of the gift which the Almighty gave to this country in the person of Uncle Harold. We in the private sector pledge to continue from where Uncle Harold left off. In our mind, the best way to express our appreciation to what he has done for this country is to live up to his ideals of free enterprise system, good governance and the development of enterprises.
While his life has came to an end, we are confident that he has made every necessary succession arrangement to ensure that the Pupkewitz Group of Companies will remain a critical player in the Namibian economy long after his passing on. This is indeed consoling to us all as Uncle Harold’s efforts will continue to be felt for many, many years to come.
May his soul rest in eternal peace!
Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry