A more inclusive industry

15 March 2019 | People

Elizabeth Joseph



As Namdeb continues to create a positive legacy, employees will be featured under the theme of Mining and Inclusivity during this month, in which Namibia celebrates its independence.

Meet Shoopala Iipinge, a Namdeb employee, who started his career with Namdeb in 2016 as a payroll control clerk. Careers asked Iipinge what his views are on mining and inclusivity in an independent Namibia.

Although Iipinge started as a payroll control clerk, he was promoted to accounts technician in 2018.

Mining is predominantly a male- dominated environment.

“Having been exposed to the unconscious bias training at work, my views on diversity and inclusion within Namdeb has shifted to understand that diversity and inclusion is much more than creating opportunities for women in a predominantly male-dominated environment.

“Inclusion is about being open and one’s ability to value and accept the multiplicity in our company, towards achieving our objectives. Namdeb is well on track by creating awareness for employees through the unconscious bias training,” Iipinge said.

Employee wellness is an important aspect for Namdeb.

Iipinge knows balance and he knows how to do it well. When it comes to balancing your professional and personal life, some struggle, but Iipinge says he firmly believes that a healthy mind and body is a productive one.

With safety being one of Namdeb’s core values, he makes sure that he maintains a balance between work and his personal life, in order to be safe.

“I keep active by living a healthy lifestyle and prioritising everything that is important in my life,” he added.

His job

As an accounts technician he is responsible for coordinating, distributing and following up on information and data flow between human resources and payroll, to ensure the correct payments for employees.

He coordinates computer input/output through monitoring as well as assisting with data preparation and payments.

Iipinge controls and reconciles all bank schedules and credit transfers to the bank at month-end. Furthermore, he assists with changes on the SAP system, related to company policies.

The qualifications one would need to be able to fill his position is to have a diploma/degree in finance and accounting or equivalent qualification, majoring in accounting, mathematics/statistics or taxation law. You will also need to have two years general accounting experience.

Iipinge is inspired by greatness and sees beauty in freedom.

“Namibia’s independence means the empowerment of people, having complete freedom to live without fear of worrying about my ethnicity and the colour of my skin. It also means freedom of expression on important issues in society and having access to information,” he added.

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