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WINDHOEK - Prime Minister Nahas Angula last week launched the Institute of People Management (IPM) , calling on its leadership to be at the forefront of harnessing human capital to develop the skills that Namibia requires to grow on all fronts.

The IPM strives to be the gateway for Namibian HR professionals by providing world class HR services and advice, offer accreditation and provide leadership and direction in the HR profession.

Prime Minister Angula called on the IPM to be the active voice of the HR profession through the delivery of services related to development of technical competencies, enhance talent identification and optimize human capital. “Of all the professions that we have in the world, human capital or human resource development has been identified in our national document as a key imperative for the growth and industrialization of our country by the year 2030,” the Prime Minister noted.

The HR profession was, according to Angula, therefore uniquely positioned to play a catalytic role in contributing to the realization of positives outcomes for Namibia.

While calling on the IPM leadership to foster closer ties with both employer and employee organisations, Angula also called on the Institute to be at the fore-front of the fight against HIV/AIDS and other challenges that affect productivity at the workplace.

In order to mitigate skills shortages, Angula has proposed to the IPM to consider the creation of a national internship scheme that will afford school leavers and graduates the opportunity to gain the necessary experience and technical know-how to perform the required jobs when they are eventually eployed.

He said a well-structured internship scheme could be the first step in reversing the bleak unemployment scenario in Namibia.

IPM Interim President, Tim Ekandjo said at the occasion that the Institute, while still in its infancy, has aims to change the face of Human Capital Management in Namibia.

He said the Institute will host its very first HR Conference in November of this year with the theme, “Leading the HR Africa Agenda” with speakers expected to be invited from within Namibia, from the region and internationally.

He said the IPM has already signed an agreement with South African-based online People Management magazine called Human Capital Review to which all signed-up IPM members will have access on the IPM website.

Ekandjo said the IPM will continue to design programmes that are responsive to both local and global challenges in the future.

Ekandjo called on HR professionals to put an end to nepotism in recruitment, rent a darkie schemes just for the sake of saving face with Affirmative Action and discrimination on the basis of race and colour in the workplace. He also called on doctors to put an end to dishing out sick certificates to employees knowing they are not sick Also speaking at the same occasion, Johannes !Gawaxab, Managing Director of Old Mutual Africa Operations said in today’s market place, organisations do not just compete on productivity, but on knowledge, service, nimbleness, agility and general responsiveness. “It is a known fact that a healthy organisation culture produces healthy business results.

Companies with a clear vision and a culture where employees live the values of the organisation tend to be more successful and outperform their competition by a wide margin,” he emphasized. Wishing the IPM and HR executives well on the road ahead,!Gawaxab said HR practitioners are needed now more than ever before. He said the most successful HR Managers will be those who “think from the outside” – thinking from the customer back to the organisation; those who partner businesses, driving a high-performance culture, establishing leadership accountability and ensuring top talent is allocated to the strategic roles that create the most value. “It is those managers who pay attention to employee commitment; focus on leadership, talent management and rewards merit and performance incentives to drive certain behaviours.”

The Chief Executive Officer of IPM South Africa, Elijah Litheko welcomed the establishment of IPM Namibia and shared a few experiences about his own Institute with the Namibian executives who attended the launch. He also pledged his and IPM South Africa’s support and cooperation to its Namibian counterpart.

At least 170 HR executives and heads of institutions attended the launch at the Hilton Hotel in Windhoek and MTC is the platinum sponsor while Shell Namibia is Silver sponsor of IPM Namibia, with the Gold category still vacant.


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