Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) Limited has effected changes within its operations that it says were necessitated to prepare the organisation for the remainder of the year and beyond. Resort managers at Dolomite, Halali, Onkoshi and Waterberg have thus been reassigned.
At the same time, the organisation’s operations have been split between two operational managers, with one having oversight over the northern parts of the country, and the other over the southern resorts, inclusive of the coastal areas. Equally, the organisation enhanced its in-house maintenance capacity, leading to maintenance-related matters being attended to internally at various resorts.
“To improve operational efficiencies and provide growth opportunities to our team members within the organisation, we decided to reallocate some of them. Thus, Mr Elly Nuule, the former Halali resort manager, has been reassigned to Waterberg. Mr Johannes Pitji is now the Halali resort manager after previously heading the Sesriem campsite. Ms Foibe Kapofi was transferred from Onkoshi to Dolomite, whilst Mr Coster Shakwa was moved to Onkoshi after being the Khorixas rest camp manager. At Mile 108, Mr Albert Awarab is now the camp administrator,” explained Matthias Ngwangwama, NWR Managing Director.
At the same time, NWR appointed some camp/resort managers in an acting capacity. They include Salomo Kuwa, who is now acting Gross Barmen Resort manager, and Morris Mbeha, who is the acting Khorixas rest camp manager. Also, Betty Kavangu is the acting manager at the Naukluft camp, and Sophia Burger is the acting Hardap Resort manager.
Operationally, Sunday Nelenge, who previously served as the Hardap Resort manager, is now the Senior Operations Manager for southern resorts, inclusive of coastal facilities. Rebekka Horaes, who headed the Gross Barmen resort, is now the Manager of Operations Support at the head office whilst at the same time also the caretaker Senior Operations Manager for the northern resorts.
According to an NWR statement, these changes were necessitated by the departure of the previous Chief Operations Officer, Sebulon Chicalu, who has taken up the position of Director of Tourism in the environment ministry.
Likewise, to reduce maintenance costs, an in-house maintenance team headed by Acting Maintenance Manager Simeon Amakutuwa has been developed. Thus far, they have attended to maintenance issues at various resorts.
“Recently, the Halali swimming pool, campsite braai stands and sitting areas were repaired by them with the assistance of the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism”, says Mufaro Njabulo Nesongano, NWR spokesperson.
“All these efforts are aimed at ensuring our ability to withstand the current challenging times, but equally prepare for the future ahead.