Loyalty, hard work and growth

Namport boasts with many long-service employees who have showed much dedication over the past 40-plus years.

01 November 2019 | Business

Russel Eyberg

Russel Eyberg has been working at Namport for the last 45 years. He has been an artisan at the Technical Division at the Port of Walvis Bay since he started and is a man with a wealth of knowledge. He looks forward to fishing and making fishcakes when he goes on retirement this month.

Eyberg says he will miss being part of the growth and developments at Namport, specifically with the new container terminal. When he is not at home, you will find him camping and fishing in his spare time, and he enjoys listening to old school underground music.

“I would not trade my experience as an artisan for any other career,” says Eyberg. He encourages all his colleagues to work hard, take the opportunities for self-development when they arise and get qualified because in the end, “that’s all that matters”.

Paul Bostander

Paul Bostander works at the Cargo Department in Lüderitz. Bostander has been in Namport’s service for 42 years and is very happy to be part of the Namport family. He finds that the entity over all these years still looks after its staff members and that it is a well-managed organisation.

Bostander, a father of three, enjoys listening to gospel music and attending church. The graceful gentleman, who goes by the name Oom Paul, is excited about the growth and modernisation that has taken place at Namport since he started there. “From having only three cranes at the Port of Lüderitz to a multitude of improvements and change in equipment is a good thing to see,” says Bostander. He says that having so much more than what they started with just goes to show the hard work that has been put in. “I hope that Namport continues to contribute positively to employment creation in Namibia,” he says.

Onesmus Shilunga

Onesmus Shilunga has been in the service of Namport for 41 years. The soft-spoken Shilunga started off as a general worker and worked his way up the corporate ladder to the position of CAT4 operator. He is looking forward to his last day with Namport so that he can finally be united with his family full time.

“I will miss the teamwork that I have enjoyed over the decades as well as all the learning gained,” he says.

Shilunga enjoys spending time with friends, as well as keeping fit. The regular churchgoer is also fond of listening to old school and gospel music.

If he could get a chance to be young again, Onesmus would like to become an operations supervisor in order to pass on all the knowledge he has gained over the years as well as to tell colleagues about the rich history of Namport.

PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

Capt1- Russel Eyberg from the Port of Walvis Bay hard at work.

Cap2- Paul Bostander from the Port of Lüderitz.

Capt3- Onesmus Shilunga from the Port of Walvis Bay at his retirement party.

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