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FNB’s new green head office

President Pohamba and Ian Leyenaar, CEO of FNB Namibia planting an acacia tree, the symbol of FNB’s growth. (Photograph by Ndamanguluka Nakashole)

President Pohamba and Ian Leyenaar, CEO of FNB Namibia planting an acacia tree, the symbol of FNB’s growth. (Photograph by Ndamanguluka Nakashole)

His Excellency President Hifikepunye Pohamba was the guest of honour at a special ceremony last Friday to mark the beginning of construction of the FNB head office at Freedom Plaza in Windhoek.
In his key-note address the President said that he is impressed by the FNB footprint countrywide. He added that all financial institutions should pull in the same direction and do more to support SME sector programmes. The Head of State also stressed the importance of employment creation and advised that the financial sector plays an active role in creating and maintaining jobs.
President Pohamba unwittingly brought honour to an FNB employee when he talked about perseverance. Citing the example of a staff member that started at the enquiry desk and worked as a processing clerk in the eighties, he said that person today is an executive at FNB. Leyenaar stepped in and pointed out the particular employee is Ms Ester Kali, the Retail Banking Executive for FNB Namibia.
Chairman of the FNB Namibia Board of Directors, Claus Hinrichsen said FNB is committed to the future generations of Namibia due to “the confidence in the secure and sustainable future that is currently enabling a great business environment” adding that “this new edifice at Freedom Plaza shall be the symbolic witness to such commitment.
The new building will comprise four floors with 15,948m2 gross lettable area and 6 basements providing 685 parking bays, including 55 public parking spaces. The building will house the head office staff of FNB and RMB Namibia, Outsurance and WesBank.

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