NovaNam awards first employee to reach 25-year landmark
Anna Halweendo (middle) became the first NovaNam employee to complete 25 years of uninterrupted service. Last week she was honoured by her employer for this milestone achievement, in the presence of the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Hon Bernhard Esau, and company director, Rosy Jacobs (right).
At the same event held at the NovaNam factory in Lüderitz, the company announced its intention to embark on a process of participative ownership by its employees.
“In October 2016, Nueva Pescanova and NovaNam announced their intention to the Minister, Hon Esau to undertake the empowerment of their business to facilitate the inclusive, direct and participative ownership by its staff and its various joint venture partners primarily” the company said adding that this high-level transaction is earmarked to be completed before the end of 2017.
On the detail of the process, NovaNam stated “In order to allow for the full transparency of this project on behalf of the NovaNam staff, the company will be sending five people to Spain for one week to learn and understand more about how NovaNam feeds into the Nueva Pescanova operating, commercial and overall business model. Upon their return, workshops will be set up in Lüderitz and Walvis Bay, and the voices will be these selected people who will share their knowledge, opinions and experiences.”
Since NovaNam’s founding 27 years ago, one of its core principles was always to provide dignified employment to its people. The company employs 1800 people in Lüderitz and 300 in Walvis Bay.
NovaNam is a major investor in its home base Lüderitz.