NCCI turns up heat in the north

Local branches of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry have elected leaders in three northern towns, making the 'illegal' regional branch led by Tomas Koneka Iindji defunct.

18 September 2019 | Business

The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) has held annual general meetings for its Ondangwa, Oshakati and Ongwediva branches, where new leaders were elected.

This effectively ends the 10-year tenure of NCCI northern branch chairman Tomas Koneka Iindji. This follows NCCI president Sven Thieme saying in April this year that the NCCI northern branch, with Iindji as chairperson, was illegal.

The NCCI northern branch was established as a representative committee for the northern regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati and Oshikoto, following a board decision in 2008.

Thieme said at the time that the NCCI has branches in towns, but no regional structures, such as the NCCI northern branch.

When contacted for comment, Iindji, who is a banker, said the NCCI has so far failed to stage a national AGM and he will only comment once this gathering is held.

The northern branch also controls the smaller towns of Eenhana, Omuthiya, Helao Nafidi (Oshikango), Outapi and Okahao. It is unclear when AGMs will be held in these towns.

According to NCCI CEO Charity Mwiya, the Ongwediva, Ondangwa and Oshakati branches held their AGMs recently, where business tycoon Ben Hauwanga, known as BH, Mario Upite of 6000 Investment and Otillie Kaapangelwa of OSK Debt Collectors were elected as the respective branch chairpersons.

The AGMs were administered by the Mwiya, NCCI Ongwediva office business support officer Ruth Shikongo-Heitha and NCCI board member Bisey /Uirab.

“Many businesses in Ongwediva applauded this development, saying that for the first time in the history of that branch its leadership echelon is truly representative of businesses, as they are drawn from Namibia's diverse business spectrum. Members expressed the hope for a truly unifying and effective leadership under Hauwanga, a well-respected local and national business leader,” said Mwiya.

At Ongwediva, Hauwanga is deputised by Amalia Schmidt of the SchmidtCo. Group, while the other committee members are Shafa Kaulinge of Tiger Wheel & Tyre as treasurer, Juliana Nepembe-Haimbodi of Vintage Property Developers and Real Estate as secretary, Advocate Matomola of Extra Defence Protection Services, Leonard Asser of Zone Four Investment and Panduleni Uahengo of Epic Trading Enterprises.

At Ondangwa, Victoria Joel of PJ Investments deputises Upite, while additional members on the branch executive include Martha Negumbo of Eudafano Women Marula Manufacturing as secretary and Philip Haikali of Super Auto Engine Repairs as treasurer. Jonathan Amupolo of Kati Satellite, Tuyenikelao Shatona of Katiki Trading Enterprise and Sisco Shivolo of Sisco Catering Services are also members of the Ondangwa executive.

The Oshakati branch elected Turkie Tobias of Celtu Investments to deputise Kaapangelwa, while Mulanduleni Kasita of Oshana Medical Laboratory is the treasurer.

Patrick Chiyuka of Madmax Automotive & Equipment is the branch secretary, while Tangeni Nghiwewelekwa of Water Engineering Africa, Christophine Shoopala of Shafa Real Estate and Abraham Shaanika of Sasha Trading & Earthworks will also serve on the executive.

Mwiya could not say when they will hold AGMs in the smaller towns of Eenhana, Omuthiya, Helao Nafidi (Oshikango), Outapi and Okahao.

ILENI NANDJATO

Similar News

 

The CFO driving digital change

5 days ago - 09 October 2019 | Business

Riana Esterhuyse - The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) is rapidly redefining the business environment. In this environment, it is no longer enough for chief financial...

US races to build critical minerals alliances

5 days ago - 09 October 2019 | Business

Andy Home - President Donald Trump's offer to buy Greenland didn't go down well with either the inhabitants of the world's largest island or with...

37 000 jobs lost to grey chicken imports

1 week ago - 07 October 2019 | Business

Roleplayers in the poultry industry have for some time reported chicken in the retail sector which they say do not 'belong' in the local market....

Trustco starts trading in New York

2 weeks ago - 26 September 2019 | Business

Trustco Group Holdings, a local company with segments in financial services and resources, today became the first Namibian company to qualify to have its American...

Perfect storm destroys Thomas Cook

2 weeks ago - 25 September 2019 | Business

Roland Jackson - The brutal failure of travel firm Thomas Cook was sealed as a rescue floundered, but it was also sparked by mismanagement, the...

Lifestyle audits: Identifying hidden income

2 weeks ago - 25 September 2019 | Business

Lorenzo Strauss - Have you ever looked at an individual and wondered how he or she affords the lifestyle in line with their job or...

MTC hush-hush on listing, JV partner

2 weeks ago - 24 September 2019 | Business

MTC, which was supposed to be the poster child for a cash-strapped government looking to list its commercial state-owned enterprises on the Namibia Stock Exchange,...

Namport lends a helping hand

2 weeks ago - 24 September 2019 | Business

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport), through the Namport Social Investment Fund (NSIF), recently donated stationery and educational materials to the Queen Sophia of Spain Primary...

Recalibrate your algorithm… and own it!

3 weeks ago - 20 September 2019 | Business

Vennduke Chigumba Have you ever had a piece of meat or corn stuck in your teeth, and it just so happens to be in...

Fearlessly chasing your dreams

3 weeks ago - 20 September 2019 | Business

MARISELLE STOFBERGWhether it is by faith, fate or destiny, Titus Shivute is exactly where he was meant to be in life. This educational officer of...

Latest News

Amupanda KOs Doeseb

5 hours ago | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA - Namibian public figures had a chance to stretch their muscles after participating in the MTC Knockout Project at the Windhoek...

TransNamib gets N$2.5bn

5 hours ago | Transport

TransNamib CEO Johny Smith says Namibian and southern African development banks have approved funding of N$2.5 billion for the parastatal's ambitious business plan that was...

Crashes cost millions

5 hours ago | Accidents

Injury grants totalling more than N$21 million and funeral grants of N$2.5 million have been paid out by the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund in...

Nudo promises welfare state

5 hours ago | Politics

The National Unity Democratic Organisation (Nudo) promised a welfare state when it launched its election manifesto in the Havana informal settlement on Saturday.Addressing a crowd...

Every anti-GBV effort counts

5 hours ago | Opinion

The MTC Knockout Project held over the weekend was a huge success in many ways. Naysayers, spurred on by armchair critics, had a field day...

The Desert Dash is on

5 hours ago | Sports

The 20th edition of the Nedbank Desert Dash is set to take place in the first week of December. The event, which annually attracts...

Pack and leave

5 hours ago | Sports

JESSE JACKSON KAURAISA I am writing this hoping that it will reach those that I believe do not have the interest...

Expired meds limit campaign

5 hours ago | Agriculture

Only some cattle in the northern communal areas will benefit from this year's free lung sickness vaccination.The agriculture ministry would neither confirm nor deny that...

PDM slams LPM's 'blatant lie'

5 hours ago | Politics

The secretary-general of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM), Manuel Ngaringombe, has denied allegations that the party has struck a deal with Swapo to rig the...

Load More