Don’t be tenderpreneurs - !Gawaxab

17 February 2017
Author   Cecilia Iyambo
Former Old Mutual Managing Director, and current EOS Capital Executive Chairman, Johannes !Gawaxab, says that ‘tenderpreneurship’ should be replaced with hard work, patience and a focus on education.
Speaking at the launch of the latest edition of Who’s Who magazine this week.! Gawaxab said that the country needs leaders in every sphere.
“You need to cultivate patience, work hard and focus on your education. Instant gratification is not sustainable in the long-term,” he said.
 “We need to graduate from ‘tenderpreneurship’ and wanting the top job in a short period of time, to building lasting and sustainable businesses, and achieving suited roles after proper preparation, experience and exposure,” !Gawaxab told those in attendance at the Windhoek event.
“This requires a lot of patience and even more hard work.”
Who’s Who magazine is a publication that aims to become a standard source of reference, on a wide range of Namibian sectors, including Government, business, media, law, architects, the medical field and the arts.  The magazine is published annually by Virtual Marketing, a research and marketing company based in Windhoek.  According to Thea Visser, founder and editor of the publication, about 15 years ago she looked at the publications that were available in Namibia and realised many of them did not have information especially on the management of companies, the media and other important industries .“I did a lot of research for South African companies, that is when I realised that there was no publication that had the information they needed especially on management of companies and other key data and contacts. 
Quizzed on what stood out in this year’s edition, Visser said “normally the magazine mostly featured business people and profiles of prominent people, however our readers demanded that we also include ordinary people in society that are successful.
“The 2017 edition introduces the Movers and Shakers, Rain makers and Pot-stirrers. Featuring twenty well- known Namibians.  This edition does not feature the Who’s Who Women Namibia section anymore that appeared on the flipside of the previous editions.”
Also present at the event was the Dean of the School of Computing and Informatics at the Namibia University of Science and Technology, Anicia Peters, who called on young people to take their education seriously and invest in themselves.
“An education is very important, but so is experience, so you need to put in an extra effort. Young Namibians need to be doers, instead of talkers. Act now; try and don’t be afraid to fail,” she said.
Peters urged graduates that are sitting without jobs, to do something innovative about their situation.
Letshego Namibia CEO, Ester Kali, also advised young people to work hard, adding that people should stop asking what the Government can do for them, but rather contribute to the country.
“The best and most consistent way to ensure that you are achieving your goals is to keep a record of your achievements, the actions you are taking and the results of those actions,” Kali said.


The Windhoek Observer is an English-language weekly newspaper, published in Namibia by Paragon Investment Holding. It is the country's oldest and largest circulating weekly.

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