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O&L suspends job portal after record number of applicants

25 January 2019 Author  
The Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, the biggest employer in the country outside of Government with over 5,000 employees across it several operating units, announced Thursday that it will temporarily suspend its current recruitment portal,, due to an increase in traffic from job seekers.
In a statement, the O&L Group with a diverse portfolio, which spans a variety of sectors, including Namibia Breweries, Hangana Seafood, Broll Namibia and Model Pick ‘n Pay, said its recruitment portal cannot accommodate its current application traffic due to the high influx of job applications, forcing it to resort to other means to effectively and successfully attend to, and host job applications from external parties.
It said, effective 01 February 2019, it will solely make use of government’s recruitment platform, The Namibia Integrated Employment Information System (NIEIS), during upgrades of its current system to accommodate the rising influx.
“All job applications will thus be placed on NIEIS until the new O&L Integrated Human Resources Management System (HRMS) is implemented. Once the HRMS system [becomes] functional, recruitments will, as in the past, run on both systems again,” the statement from the group said.
O&L Group Manager Organizational Development, Jenine van der Westhuizen, said applicants will now be required to upload their profiles and supporting documents on the NIEIS when applying for job opportunities at O&L.
“For now, we will recruit on both systems from 22 January 2019 to 31 January 2019. The NIEIS system will temporarily become our main recruitment application site from 1 February 2019,” van der Westhuizen said.
O&L Group Director: Human Capital, Berthold Mukuahima, said he is confident that the government-run recruitment portal will continue to function effectively and successfully for O&L job applications.
“The NIEIS system serves all our needs and should be able to accommodate our recruitment applications traffic. It has the ability to manage engagement with applicants really well, which involves a personal touch with applicants – inclusive of SMS or email based communication. This function makes the system accessible to everyone,” Mukuahima said.
According to Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation Deputy Minister, Tommy Nambahu, NIEIS has placed over 5,000 people in jobs at various organisations across the country since its inception in 2013.
The system has to date registered over 80,000 jobseekers, 809 designated employers and training institutions.
NIEIS was created by the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation to collect, store and update information about vacancies, as well as information on employers in Namibia and the names and qualifications of jobseekers.
Meanwhile, many desperate Namibians are becoming victims of fake job adverts on social media.
They are told to send a certain amount of money to an unknown person before coming for interviews.
The latest scam involved the ministry of defence. Ministry spokesperson, Lieutenant colonel Petrus Shilumbu was forced to deny this week that the ministry had not placed adverts asking members of the public to apply for jobs.
NDF and Nampol have not been recruiting for almost three years after posts were frozen due to the current economic crisis in the country.

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