NamPower’s acting managing director (MD), Simson Haulofu, has been confirmed as the substantial MD for the national energy utility corporation. His appointment is with effect from July 1.
An engineer by profession, Haulofu joined NamPower 18 years ago as manager for construction projects and went on to form part of the executive team, serving as general manager engineering services and general manager for power generation.
He has been acting MD since October 2015, following the suspension and subsequent termination of contract of the previous MD, Paulinus Shilamba.
Prior to joining NamPower, Haulofu started his career at the government’s Department of Water Affairs in various engineering capacities and later served as planning engineer at NamWater. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from Tampere University of Technology, Finland. He currently serves as chairperson of the board of directors of Central Northern Regional Electricity Distributor (Cenored) and chairperson of the Western Power Corridor Company (Westcor (Pty) Ltd). He also serves as the chairperson of the Baynes Committee of the Angola–Namibia Permanent Joint Technical Commission (PJTC) on the Cunene River Basin to develop the Baynes hydro power plant.
According to the statement by NamPower, the national utility’s board of directors has expressed confidence that Haulofu’s “vast experience in the electricity supply industry in Namibia and the SADC region will contribute greatly towards strengthening the NamPower brand even more in Namibia and within the Southern African Power Pool.”
In the same statement Haulofu said he is determined to focus on reducing Namibia’s current substantial dependence on electricity imports from neighbouring countries by ensuring that sufficient power generation plants are built locally.
“I am extremely humbled by the confidence shown in me by Cabinet, the Minister of Mines and Energy and the NamPower Board of Directors with this appointment. My task is to provide leadership, especially now that NamPower is tasked with putting in place a base-load power station by 2020 in order to ensure security of supply,” he said.
The board of Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (Namfisa) has also confirmed acting chief executive officer Kenneth Simataa Matomola as the permanent CEO for a five-year period with effect from August 1. Matomola has been acting CEO since September last year, following the death of previous CEO Phillip Shiimi who died in a tragic car accident.
“Matomola possesses a wealth of leadership experience in strategic and technical management and we are confident of his ability to lead the authority through its transformation agenda as it prepares to implement various Bills,” said the statement issued on behalf of Namfisa’s board.
Matomola joined Namfisa in 2011 as manager for investment institutions and went on to be appointed as assistant CEO responsible for supervision.