Acting Statistician General Appointed

LIINA Ndafewayo Kafidi, the current director of demographic and social statistics at the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA), will take over at the helm of this agency when John Steytler steps down next Friday.

She has been appointed in an interim capacity until a permanent appointment is made.

An announcement in that regard is expected within the next six months, NSA board chairperson Florette Nakusera said this week.

Nakusera said Kafidi holds an MSc in social statistics as well as a post-graduate diploma in statistics from the University of Southampton. Moreover, the acting SA also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Thiele College in Pennsylvania.

Apart from these qualifications, Kafidi also completed the senior management development programme at the University of Stellenbosch.

According to Nakusera, Kafidi has more than 22 years experience in statistical production and research including management and supervision of statistical units. “The board is confident that Ms Kafidi will be able to lead the NSA during the above-mentioned (six months) period according to the best of her abilities. Board assures Ms Kafidi of its full support during this period.”

Kafidi also expressed her gratitude towards Steytler for his role at NSA.

Steytler’s future plans remain hurled in secrecy amid rife speculation that he has been earmarked for a top job in the government of President-elect Hage Geingob.

Source : The Namibian