With 45 years of service Russel Eyberg was the star of the night when the Namibian Port’s Authority rolled out the red carpet to honour 129 long serving employees at the Annual Long Service Awards Ceremony on Friday.
The staff members from the Port of Walvis Bay received certificates and trophies at the function, with the main objective being to celebrate the efforts of colleagues who have contributed towards the productivity of the company, over a continuous period of years.
Speaking at the function, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr Kavin Harry said that the commitment and dedication displayed by the recipients has earned the state owned enterprise the status of being an employer of choice.
Russell Eyberg upon receiving the most senior category, which was 45 years of uninterrupted service, advised all his colleagues that it has been commitment and a love for his job that made him come back to his workstation year after year.
Encouraging the recipients with congratulatory remarks was Namport’s Alumni, Benny Farmer who had dedicated 43 years of his life to the before he retired
Farmer reminded the guests that “without teamwork it is impossible to reach one’s goals, and further urged everyone to continue working as a team at all times”.
Long service awards and certificates are conferred to staff members, who have been in the employment of the company for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 continuous years.
A special expression of appreciation also went to eight employees who has served Namport at the Port of Walvis Bay continuously for 30 years. Inthis regard Shaheed Saban, Richard Goliath, Josef Nghiholiwe, Ernest Strauss and Kathleen van Heerden were recognised.
In the 35 year category, Johannes “Wikus” Oberholster was recognised and Israel Oskar was recognised for giving 40 years to the company. Russel Eyberg was also honoured for his 45 years of service to the company.
According to a statement issued by Namport, the Port of Lüderitz will have their long-service awards function on 4 December 2019 when 16 staff members will be recognised and appreciated.