Board Management

Windhoek, 12 May 2016 – From 27 to 28 April 2016, Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) had its sixth (6th) Strategic Retreat at Gross Barmen. This was in line with previous retreats that have been held since March 2013.

This retreat was brought together for the Board, Senior Management and Resort Managers to reflect on the status of the company and chart the way forward towards profitability and sustainability.

This particular retreat was very important in that it provided an opportunity for the newly appointed Board Members to meet with Management, especially the Resort Managers who are at the coalface of the NWR’s operations, and hear directly their challenges and perspectives on the way forward.

The retreat also provided for an opportunity for Management, including the Resort Managers, to hear from the Board on the strategic direction for the company and their own as well as the shareholder’s expectations. That expectation is in the immediate term to break-even and in the medium term to be profitable.

Ambassador Leonard. N. Iipumbu, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of NWR in his address to Management, emphasized amongst others the importance of TEAMWORK as the necessary cornerstone for achieving the set strategic targets during his presentation. He further said, “In order for NWR to achieve its set objective given to it by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, we need to follow the company’s Policies and Procedures. As the management, you set the tone of the correct culture that the company should have. If for any reason this tone is not correct, those below you will do as they please making it difficult to operate effectively”.

The retreat also benefited from a presentation by Mr. Digu Naobeb, the CEO of Namibia Tourism Board (NTB), who outlined various strategic options for synergies between NTB’s focus on Destination Marketing and NWR’s own marketing efforts as well as the need for NWR service offering to speak to the marketing message. He was clear that Namibia’s credibility and attractiveness as a tourism destination rests on NWR’s shoulders and the time for heavy lifting is now especially with a new Board focused on supporting Management and staff to perform.

Ms. Zelna Hengari, NWR Managing Director, credited for having initiated these retreats upon assumption of office, provided a status report on NWR outlining current challenges and future opportunities. Her presentation was augmented by departmental and resort level presentations that provided a basis for further in-depth discussion and identification of areas for action by the different departments and resorts.

All stakeholders left the Strategic Retreat with a renewed sense of purpose and clear deliverables on which they need to report on at the next quarterly retreat.


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NWR’s Vision is to be “a recognised leader in tourism and hospitality services in Namibia”. For more information, please consult our website www.nwr.com.na or liaise with us directly using the details below.


Mufaro Nesongano
Manager Corporate Communications and Online Media
Head Office - Namibia Wildlife Resorts
181 Gathemann Building, Independence Avenue - Windhoek
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