26 Jul 2016 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JUL (NAMPA) - NamPower General Manager for Power Generation Simson Haulofu has been appointed as managing director (MD) of the Namibian power utility, effective 01 July 2016.
NamPowers Board of Directors made the announcement in a statement issued on Tuesday.
Haulofu is replacing Paulinus Shilamba, who was suspended in 2015 over alleged tender irregularities.
Haulofu has been acting in the position since 15 October 2015.
An engineer by profession, Haulofu joined NamPower 18 years ago as manager for construction projects.
From 2003 to 2007, Haulofu formed part of the Executive Management Committee of NamPower as general manager for engineering services, and later as general manager for power generation.
Haulofu started his career at the Department of Water Affairs in various engineering capacities and later on, served as planning engineer at Namibias national water utility, NamWater.
He holds a B.Sc.Degree in Civil Engineering from Tampere University of Technology, Finland.
He currently serves as chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Central Northern Regional Electricity Distributor (CENORED) and Chairperson of the Western Power Corridor Company (WESTCOR Pty Ltd).
He also serves as the chairperson of the Baynes Committee of the AngolaNamibia Permanent Joint Technical Commission (PJTC) on the Cunene River Basin to develop the Baynes Hydro Power Plant.
I am extremely humbled by the confidence shown in me by Cabinet, the Minister of Mines and Energy and the NamPower Board of Directors with this appointment.
My task is to provide leadership, especially now that NamPower is tasked with putting in place a base load power station by 2020 in order to ensure security of supply, Haulofu said on the sidelines of a NamPower strategic workshop on Tuesday.
He said he will strive to achieve the objectives outlined in national development strategies, such as Vision 2030 and the Harambee Prosperity Plan, in terms of electricity supply for Namibia and reducing Namibias current substantial dependence on electricity imports from neighbouring countries.
In the statement, the NamPower Board of Directors expressed their support to the new MD, saying they are confident that his vast experience in the electricity supply industry in Namibia and the Southern African Development Community region will contribute greatly towards strengthening the NamPower brand.