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Katuka Mentorship programme essential in nurturing young business women – 2018 programme kicks off

Katuka Mentorship programme essential in nurturing young business women – 2018 programme kicks off

The 2018 Katuka Mentorship programme this week kicked off with a three day orientation training workshop held in Windhoek.

The training was conducted by seasoned Human Resources practitioner and trainer, Sabine Ruegg under the auspices of the project coordinator, the Marketing Manager and partner of the Economist, Desèré Lundon-Muller. The Katuka mentorship programme is made possible through sponsorships by Telecom Namibia.

Making Telecom Namibia’s sponsorship of N$69,300 toward the programme, Corporate Communications and Public Relations officer at Telecom, Oiva Angula said that the company regards mentoring as essential for both women and men as it enables them to shape and fast track their careers.

“Great leaders of industry and gifted people in every field always had mentors. By providing guidance, instruction and counseling, mentors help their mentees fully realise their potential. To those of you who will be serving in the role of mentor this year, we thank you for your commitment of time, expertise and energy,” Angula said.

The intake for 2018 is made out of 19 mentors and 19 eager mentees. This year will mark the 17th consecutive year for the programme, having run uninterrupted since 2001 when the founder, the late Lena Markus started the mentoring school as her dedicated project during the year in which she was the Namibian Businesswoman of the Year.

An outstanding feature of the programme is the involvement of many of the mentors, some of whom have been involved in the programme for many years.

The next follow-up training workshop will be conducted in April this year.

This year, the young women will be mentored by Annemarie van der Riet (General Manager, Avis Fleet Services), Anita Awene (Commercial Manager, Telecom Namibia), Dantagos Garosas (HR Manager, The Namibian), Matilda Ishitile (Owner, White Feather Creations), Esmerelda Katjaerua (Legal Practitioner, Katjaerua Legal Practitioners), Olivia Ngaamwa (Snr Manager: Tax Consultant, Deloitte), Barbara Nyathi (Psychologist, Maerua Medial Centre), Ansie Rossouw (Partner/Auditor, Walvis Bay PwC), Simonee Shihepo (Programme Director, SOS Namibia), Sigrid Tjijorokisa Sigrid (Legal Practitioner, Head: Gov & CSI, Standard Bank), Aletta Eises (Deputy Dir. Education), Lydia Horn (Scientific Officer, Min. Agriculture), Nabukenya Muwonge (Manager: HR, Truimphant College), Erna Motinga (ACEO: Supervision, NAMFISA), Erika Preuss (Owner, Ark Trading), Nangula Kauluma (MD, Old Mutual Short Term Insurance), Louise Shixwameni (Deputy Director: MPE), Kobie du Preez (Financial Advisor, FullCrum Bluestart), and Tanya Stroh (Turipamwe Design Studio).

Mentees in the 2018 programme are; Memory Garises (Legal Practitioner, NAMFISA), Adelheid Kanalelo (Asst. Accountant, Guan’s Packaging, Walvis Bay), Ongame Mutorwa (Electronic Media Practitioner, Bank Windhoek), Pehovelo Ngaamwa (Culture Change Strategy Consultant, Capricorn Group), Nangombe Negumbo (PR Officer, Namcor), Saima Nghihalwa (Legal Practioner, NAMFISA), Valentine Nghipandua (Financial Analyst, NAMFISA), Nelago Shitemba (Entrepreneur/Managing Member, Nels Investment), Linea Shitemba (Financial Analyst, NAMFISA), Norma Uazengiza (Entrepreneur, Modern World Design), Marijke Viljoen (Marketing Manager, Pupkewitz Toyota), Hilka Timoteus (Stanfin/Executive Secretary, Northern Regions, Standard Bank), Emmanuela Jossob (Personal Financial Advisor, Old Mutual), Gesche Pinsenschaum (Entrepreneur, Xami Power), Carla So-Oabes (Admin/Cashier, Eros Family Practice), Adelina Hiskia (Teacher, Min, Education) and Anna Itengula (Bank Consultant, Standard Bank).



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