The new board members of the Namibian Employers Federation (NEF), were announced last week immediately after conclusion of the annual general meeting, held at a Windhoek hotel.
Incumbent NEF President, Adv Vekuii Rukoro was not able to attend the AGM hence the formalities were conducted by Mrs Elize Fahl in the chair. She announced to the meeting that she is leaving the NEF after serving as the chairperson for the past thirteen years.
The meeting was attended by Hon Erkki Nghimtina, the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation who delivered the keynote address. He thanked the NEF for its contribution to tripartite dialogue over many years. He further asked the federation to impress on its members the need for more commitment to Occupational Safety for their workers.
The guest speaker was the well-known Brandt Pretorius, one time CEO of the McCarthy Group, and who holds two honorary professorships and an honorary Doctorate in Business Management. He gave an address on “Success in the Rapidly changing Business Environment.” As the guest of the Pupkewitz Group, he was in Namibia and agreed to address federation’s AGM.
In a statement released after the meeting, the NEF said it is sad to say good bye to Advocate Rukoro after nine years as president. A successor has not been named yet but one of the new board’s first tasks is to find a suitable person to lead the organisation.
Dr. Johann van Rooyen is the new Chairperson. The new board comprises Mr. L. Nawa (Bankers Association); Mrs. E. Breuer; Mrs. G. Paetzold (Hospitality Association); Mr. S. Mbura; Mr. S. Januarie (Chamber of Mines); Mr. E. Kamatoto (Confederation of Namibian Fishing Associations); Mr. D. van Vuuren (Agricultural Employers Association); Mr. A. Theissen; Mr. T. Makari; Mr. H. Miljo (Security Association): Mr. I. Collared; Mrs. B. Kirchner (Construction Industries Federation); Mrs. V. Muchero; Mr. A. Westraadt (Pupkewitz Group), Mrs. K. Günzel (Contract Drillers Association) with Mr. Tim Parkhouse, the federation’s Secretary General, serving ex-officio.