Developing Talents

sebby_kankondiBidvest Namibia inaugurated a new training centre on Friday at Walvis Bay. Known as the Talent Development Centre, the facility is aimed at developing and enhancing business orientated skills for Bidvest companies and the wider public. In his opening remarks , the Chief Executive Officer of Bidvest Namibia, Sebby Kankondi, noted that there is an urgent need to develop skills in Namibia. “We must realize that our employees are people first, and therefore we need to train them and equip them with the necessary skills, if we are to make a meaningful contribution to the realization of Vision 2030.

With the TDC, Bidvest aims to focus on developing talents, and allowing people to become the best that they can be. I don’t believe that Namibia’s high unemployment rate is due to a lack of jobs, but rather it is due to a lack of skills. I would like us to join hands to produce more skilled people, to develop talents and to address the issues of unemployment and poverty. This is the main thrust of TDC, and our investment in building skills,” he said.

Kankondi was addressing a number of high ranking business people and HR managers of the coastal towns. The opening also included a short motivational talk on training needs in a high performance business culture, presented by the well-known speaker and lecturer at the Business School of the University of Cape Town, Dr Linda Ronnie. In her presentation she urged companies to ensure that they recruit the right people for the right jobs. She also noted that there is a need to provide exemplary leadership, that will motivate people to be more productive. “It is ironic that in a depressed labour market where there is very little employment opportunities, that people would rather cling to jobs they are not satisfied with. Management should not blame poor performance on employees, but rather on their management skills. When employees buy into a company’s values and vision, they are often more willing to put in more effort, and thus become more productive, because they are happy with their jobs. A high performance business is rigorous, not rigid,” she added.

The new training centre is equipped with the latest in conferencing equipment and lends itself perfectly to one-on-one consultations, board meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences of up to 60 people. A SMART Board (interactive white board), an ultra-quality sound system and a computer training lab allow for hands-on IT training for up to 18 delegates. A number of courses including Debt Collection and Fraud Prevention have already been presented successfully, while the centre is a popular venue for workshops and seminars. According to the General Manager: Human Resources of Manica Group Namibia, Trudi van Rooyen, the TDC has also attracted considerable interest from businesses outside the Bidvest Namibia group.

“We have a number of courses scheduled for November and December. These include Finance for Non-financial managers and one on Customer Services. These courses are also presented at our Windhoek facilities. We source reputable and expert trainers according to the training needs we receive. These courses are not meant only for Bidvest companies, but we encourage the wider public, businesses and government institutions to book seats for their staff members. We also welcome suggestions for other training needs or courses,” she said.

TDC is housed in the building known as Othithiya (meaning fountain in Oshiwambo). This building had previously been an office block of the old Metal Box factory (now the Manica Logistics Centre), but was recently renovated to the tune of N$3,2 million to pave the way for dedicated training facilities. It also houses the Manica HR department, and plans are underway to introduce a light health-lunch eatery.

For more information on courses and the facilities contact Bärbel Kirchner at Tel: +264 (0) 81 351 0266 or e-mail:

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