TransNamib must find CEO: Jooste

15 Dec 2016 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 15 DEC (NAMPA) – Minister of Public Enterprises Leon Jooste has instructed the board members of TransNamib to appoint a chief executive officer (CEO) for the company as soon as possible.
Jooste was speaking during a media briefing in the capital on Thursday.
“TransNamib needs to address this issue immediately because there is a leadership vacuum within the company,” he said.
Jooste said the State-owned transport and logistics company has made some progress with its integrated strategic business plan, but it is not yet finalised.
TransNamib has been without a CEO since October 2014 after Sara Naanda was suspended.
Mbahuku Hippy Tjivikua is currently acting as CEO.
There are currently two other State-owned enterprises besides TransNamib operating without CEO’s, Air Namibia and the Roads Contractor Company (RCC).
Jooste further emphasised that it is difficult to find a right Namibian candidate with all the required skills for such complex State-owned enterprises.
“There is a need to enhance the skills and capacity of board members, however it is quite rare to find expertise for some of these complex enterprises,” he said.
The appointment of RCC and Air Namibia’s CEO’s will depend on the strategic plans of these companies as they are also required to come up with their own integrated strategic business plans.
Only once those processes are completed will the minister expect them to start the process of finding substantive CEO’s.
Mandi Samson and Tino !Hanabeb are currently acting CEO’s at Air Namibia and RCC respectively.