Pushing local brands above and ­beyond

Hosea Kambonde, the co-founder of iMarketing Consultants, has been in the industry several years. He sat down with Careers to explain how he has managed to stay innovative.

14 September 2018 | People

Tunohole Mungoba



Hosea Kambonde's journey started at the Swakopmund Secondary School after completing matric in 2008.

“I did my national diploma in information technology in 2009 and my bachelor's degree in software engineering from 2010 to 2014,” he said.

After completing his internship at the then Polytechnic of Namibia, he started his first job as a junior software consultant at Luminus Consult in 2011.

He then joined Binary City as a software developer, which is where he sharpened his development skills. “Towards the end of 2013, I then joined Schoemans Technologies as the senior software engineer, where my management skills were adapted. I always had an eye for graphic design and as a young boy designed my own comic books,” Kambonde said.

“With the sudden boom of digital marketing on internet and ICT platforms, my two best skills were simply meant for each other. I then pitched the idea of having a department that would incorporate corporate branding through a website that would be backed by social media and other forms of internet marketing channels to my then employer Schoemans Technology.”

This was, however, not in line with their vision at the time, which later led to the establishment of iMarketing Consultants.

Currently iMarketing Consultants has six fulltime and two part-time employees. Their main mission of growing and producing local solutions for global consumption focuses on software engineering, websites and internet marketing.

“We also have three shelved software solutions such as an invoicing app, a procurement solution, as well as our latest solution called System-N, which is an innovative data collection tool, used in the 2017-2018 National TB Survey, by the Ministry of Health and Social services.

The product managed to attain international interest and has been implemented in South Africa as well, with prospects of other SADC and African institutions showing interest in the product,” Kambonde said.

He told Careers that the importance of having a good marketing team all comes down to selling.

“A good marketing team allows us to sell; it brings in the work, and unless you have been around for a while and word-of-mouth recommendations are good, your business will die out.”

Kambonde lists his father as one of his biggest mentors “who cemented my hard work and commitment in delivering in anything you embark on”.

iMarketing Consultants develops the industry by hiring interns, some of whom become permanent employees. The company also has activities, from time to time, aimed at assisting disadvantaged people.

“We are currently starting up a training room with second-hand acquired computers to help equip kids between ages of 12 to 18 years with software development skills for free.

“When you discuss software, especially when custom developed, we would like to be the first company that comes to mind. We also aim to have more than 200 students passing through the company, equipping them with a mindset of local development for global consumption. Lastly, we want to be the developers of software solutions used internationally,” Kambonde added.

Similar News

 

No limits for Doeseb

17 hours ago | People

Michelline Nawatises Axali Doeseb has been playing ice hockey since 2003.Every day after school he would jump the Tagesheim aftercare centre’s fence to watch...

Chief Kauluma laid to rest

1 day - 18 February 2019 | People

The deputy chairperson of the Council of Traditional Leaders in Namibia, Chief Immanuel #Nu Axa /Gaseb, has urged young Namibians to emulate the virtues and...

Mutorwa’s journey with science

4 days ago - 15 February 2019 | People

Justicia Shipena Marius Mutorwa is a lecturer at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) in the department of health...

Getting your affairs in order

4 days ago - 15 February 2019 | People

“Death may be an inevitable part of life, but it is in our human nature not to want to think about it – be it...

Being a car rental agent

4 days ago - 15 February 2019 | People

Rental agents rent cars and other forms of transportation for private use by clients.They are employed by car, boat and other companies at airports, resorts,...

Cooking with Kyle

1 week ago - 12 February 2019 | People

Tunohole MungobaKyle Farrer, a 22-year-old culinary arts student at the Silver Spoon Hospitality Academy in Windhoek, represented Namibia at the Young Chef Olympiad (YCO), which...

Robyn on the rise

1 week ago - 08 February 2019 | People

Justicia Shipena Robyn Nakaambo was born in Oshakati and raised in Windhoek and Bloemfontein.She holds a double major degree in media (public relations) and...

Mwilima hailed as champion of women

2 weeks ago - 04 February 2019 | People

The office of the United Nations in Namibia, along with the health ministry, was in attendance at a memorial service held for the late Global...

At home in nature’s splendour

2 weeks ago - 01 February 2019 | People

Justicia Shipena Danene van der Westhuyzen started off her career journey as an optometrist. In 2002 she graduated from Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) in South...

Not a walk in the park

1 month - 18 January 2019 | People

Elizabeth Joseph Business and economics have always fascinated Danny Meyer, the founder of SMEs Compete.For as long as he can remember, Meyer has always harboured...

Latest News

Ondangwa creates 'home' for illegal...

17 hours ago | Government

ONDANGWA – The Ondangwa Town Council plans to relocate over 100 illegal settlers from Uutala to the Onantsi area, where it recently serviced 120 plots.Uutala...

Gold at two-week high on...

17 hours ago | Business

Gold prices rose to their strongest level in more than two weeks yesterday as the US dollar weakened on hopes the United States and China...

Noordoewer seeking status as a...

17 hours ago | Government

NOORDOEWER – The councillor of the Karasburg West Constituency, Paulus Ephraim, has urged government to consider proclaiming the settlement of Noordoewer a town as the...

No retrenchments at ODC, NDC

17 hours ago | Government

The head of the newly established Namibia Industrialisation Development Agency (NIDA), Uparura Kuvare, says no staff members of the former Offshore Development Company (ODC) and...

Drought fear looms large

17 hours ago | Disasters

ELLANIE SMIT Namibia faces a 150 000-tonne grain shortfall by the end of April this year, as...

Two in court after record...

17 hours ago | Justice

ILENI NANDJATO Northern businessmen Paavo Hatutale (47) and co-accused Nicodemus Shekunyenge (21) appeared before the Ohangwena Magistrate’s Court yesterday in connection with...

No limits for Doeseb

17 hours ago | People

Michelline Nawatises Axali Doeseb has been playing ice hockey since 2003.Every day after school he would jump the Tagesheim aftercare centre’s fence to watch...

The weight of expectation

17 hours ago | Columns

A huge weight of expectation will undoubtedly rest on political leaders vying for office later this year. While there is a sense that the current...

The lack of sexual ideology...

17 hours ago | Columns

Justicia Shipena Not only does thinking about sex matter, it matters more to humanity than sex in itself. There are many instances of the...

Load More