Afrikaans federation honours Nico Tromp for his enterprise
Local entrepreneur and visionary business leader, Nico Tromp was awarded with the FAK Award for Excellence in Leadership for his concern and directional leadership, hard work, perseverance and self-sacrifice that help offer all Namibians a prosperous future. This is the first time since 1929 that die FAK honoured a Namibian citizen in such a way.
Prof. Koos Malan, lecturer in public law at the University of Pretoria, accompanied by FAK chairman, Prof. Danie Goosen, visited Namibia about two months ago to inform Tromp he is in the running for the grand leadership award.
Alluding to the difficulty for many Afrikaners to make a meaningful contribution in their native continent, Malan said over the past two decades, Afrikaners first had to learn how to take care of themselves and their own future. He views culture as an area of conservation as well as contribution, putting it on par with enterprise development. “You have to accept responsibility for cultural citizenship if you perform for your community” the law academic said.
“To be compassionate members within a cultural society, brings personal happiness and opportunities which must be seized” he added.
Individuals who were honoured include Nico Tromp of Namibia who is a founding member of the Namibian Stock Exchange, chief patron of the Voortrekker youth movement and chairman of the Selfhelp trust created for the promotion of Afrikaans culture in Namibia. He was honoured for his outstanding leadership.
Former Springbok hero, Dr. Pierre Edwards, who heads the Afrikaans Boys High School (Affies), received the award for excellence in education. Dr. Danie Langner, Chief Executive of the FAK, said education in English plays a vital role in the challenges in the country. Thanks to Edwards’s leadership, Affies has proven that traditions and excellence can complement each other.