The Public Enterprises Governance Act, 2019 (Act No. 1 of 2019), commonly referred to as PEGA, came into operation on 16 December 2019, as gazetted in Government Notice No. 390. The Act makes provision for the efficient governance of parastatals as well as monitoring their performances and restructuring them. It also outlines the powers and functions of the minister of public enterprises.
On 27 April 2020, the Minister of Public Enterprises, Honourable Leon Jooste, appointed the new Meatco Board of Directors.
At the PEGA announcement Jooste added that commercial public enterprises such as Air Namibia, Meatco and Namibia Airports Company would resort under his ministry.
He drew special attention to Section 42(4) of PEGA 2019, which states that “All public enterprises listed in schedule 1 of the Public Enterprises Governance Act, 2006 (Act No. 2 of 2006) are deemed to have been declared to be public enterprises under section 2.”
Furthermore, Section 1 and Section 4(7) of PEGA have made the Minister of Public Enterprises the “relevant minister” responsible for commercial public enterprises and the “shareholder” of a company that is a commercial public enterprise on behalf of the State. This ensures a proper and smooth transfer of the commercial public enterprises to the Ministry of Public Enterprises.
Minister Jooste added that his ministry and respective line ministries would work together to handle outstanding and emerging issues until all the relevant processes thereto are undertaken and finalised.
The appointments are as follows:
Johnnie Hamman (Expert and Chairperson)
Clara Bohitile (Expert and Vice-Chairperson)
Cloretha Garises (Employee Representative)
Usiel Kandjii (Communal Representative)
Kay-Dieter Rumpf (Commercial Representative)
Mesag Mulunga (Ministry of Agriculture, Water & Land Reform Representative)
The newly appointed board of directors’ term comes into effect from 1 May 2020.
Meatco would like to express its sincere confidence and trust in the appointees’ ability, commitment, fairness and professionalism with which they will discharge their national duties and responsibilities as members of the Meatco Board of Directors.