Pohamba praises Telecom Namibia

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba has praised Telecom Namibia, saying it is fulfilling its mandate and is living up to expectations.

Pohamba said this when a Telecom Namibia delegation paid a courtesy call on State House on Monday to brief the President on the company’s major operations and activities in terms of the Postal and Telecommunications Establishment Act of 1992.

“I am happy and satisfied with what Telecom Namibia is doing. I am saying happy while believing in the philosophy that Rome was not built in a day. Wherever you go, even outside of this country, you will see what Telecom Namibia has done,” he said, citing as an example a woman communicating with her son or daughter in America while being in a homestead in a village in Namibia. “It is wonderful,” the President said.

The delegation comprised the chairperson of Telecom’s Board of Directors, Maggy Beukes-Amiss; Managing Director Frans Ndoroma; and other members of the company’s management and executive leadership.

In her remarks, Beukes-Amiss said the Board is mindful of the fact that the country needs a commercially viable and successful Telecom Namibia to realise the vision of its founding fathers for a national company that can ensure that Namibia has modern telecommunications infrastructure.

“The Board of Directors has put in place proper mechanisms to ensure that the company meets the highest prudential requirements and the highest standards of good governance. Above all, our preoccupation as a Board is to inculcate a culture of excellence, adhere to the highest standards of honesty, transparency and integrity in the conduct of business,” she said.

Telecom Namibia has grown its net fixed assets from N.dollars 95.5 million in 1992 to N.dollars 2.9 billion to date.

The company is also one of the major employers in the country, with a total staff complement of 1 358 of which about 85 per cent are previously disadvantaged Namibians.

In the area of economic empowerment, a significant portion of Telecom Namibia’s procurement has been placed with BEE companies. Last year alone, more than 50 per cent of the procurement was with BEE companies, which amounted to N.dollars 368 million.

Beukes-Amiss extended an invitation to President Pohamba to attend and witness some of the games of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Championship which is to be hosted here in October this year.

It is being sponsored by Telecom Namibia’s tn mobile. Eight African countries, including Namibia, are expected to take part in the competition to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup set to take place in Canada next year.