Advocate Mandi Ellaine P. Samson


elainAdv. E.P. Samson, holds the degrees B. Juris (University of Namibia), LLB (Hons)(University of Cape Town), Master of Laws (LLM) cum laude (Leiden University, the Netherlands), Master of Business Administration (MBA)(Commonwealth Open University) and is completing a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) with Leiden University.

Adv. Samson previously served in the Office of the Attorney-General of the Republic of Namibia as a Principal Legal Officer and also served as General Manager: Corporate & Legal Services at the Namibia Airports Company. She is currently the Chairperson of the Board of  Trustees of the Government Institutions Pensions Fund (GIPF), a Trustee of the GIPF Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), and a Commissioner of the Minerals Ancillary Rights Commission (MARC).

She has previously served as a Commissioner of the Law Reform and Development Commission (LRDC), Member of the Cabinet appointed Task Team on the De Beers Sales Agreement, Member of the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) on the Orange River and Maritime Boundaries and as a Member of the Committee Evaluating Applications for Fishing Rights of Exploitation.

Helena Itamba


DSC_3007-723x1024-1-e1459856825157 Ms Itamba attended the University of Witwatersrand (2000-2001) Johannesburg, South Africa- Department of Mining Engineering where she completed a Graduate Diploma in Engineering as well as an MSc. Mineral Economics. She has attended the University of Namibia (1992-1994) where she completed a Bachelor of Economics.

She is currently the Deputy Director- Controlled Minerals and Minerals Development Division in the Ministry of Mines and Energy Counterpart to the National Project: Development and formulation of Uranium Mining and Nuclear Policy and Regulatory Framework. She represents the Ministry on NDP III focal person for Mining Sector and is the Director of the Atomic Energy Board.

In the past she has served in the Ministry of Mines and Energy as Chief Mineral Economist, Assistant Mineral Economist; in the Ministry of Finance as Customs Officer, Section Audit of Enterprises; in the Ministry of Justice she served as a Legal Clerk, in the Criminal Court.

Roger Matthew Gertze

Gertze Director

Mr Gertze has 17 years of professional experience. He started off as an accelerated trainee at First National Bank and after successful completion of his training he joined the Commercial Bank now known as Nedbank as an Internal Auditor. He then joined the City of Windhoek as Internal Auditor towards the end of 1996 and was promoted to Chief Internal Auditor at the end of 1998 a position he held up until November 2003.

In the same year he took over the Finance Department and was formally appointed as Strategic Executive for Finance as from May 2004. Mr Gertze served on the Board of Trustees of The University Centre for External Studies in Namibia (TUCSIN) (1999-2001). He was further elected as a member- elected trustee on the Board of Trustees of the Retirement Fund for Local Authorities in Namibia in 2000. He held various board positions on the board of the Retirement Fund for Local authorities in Namibia which happens to be the largest defined contribution fund in the country of which the latest was Chairperson of the Board up to his appointment on the Board of NAMFISA.

He resigned from the Board of Trustees after his appointment as Director of Namfisa to prevent a conflict of interest. Mr Gertze was a member of the Audit Committee of NAMFISA during his term as a board member of NAMFISA. He however resigned from the Board of NAMFISA after his term of three years came to an end. He then rejoined the Retirement Fund for Local Authorities and Utilities in Namibia as a trustee late in 2008. Mr Gertze was appointed as director of Telecom Namibia Limited on 27 August 2007 for a three year term. He is currently serving as Chairperson of the Remuneration Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee of Telecom Namibia Limited. Mr Gertze holds a B Com degree from the University of Namibia (1993) and a Masters of Business Leadership (MBL) from the University of South Africa Business School (SBL), (2004). He has also completed a Development Programme for Middle Management through Maccauvlei Training Centre (2002) and an Executive Development Progamme from the University of Stellenbosch Business School (2003). He further attended various other short courses and conferences on issues like corporate governance, internal audit and other business related topics.

Mathews Amunghete


Mathews Amunghete was born at Elondo East in 1965 and completed his primary education at Elondo Primay School in Namibia. He attended school at Oshigambo High School where he had a short stint before going into exile in 1980. In 1981, Mr. Amunghete was awarded a United Nations sponsored scholarship to study in Czechoslovakia and matriculated from the Secondary Industrial Technical School in Trnava, Czechoslovakia in 1986. Cognisant of the minerals endowment of the Namibian soil, upon matriculation he enrolled with the Mining Faculty of the Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia in 1987.

In 1989 he returned to Namibia to participate in the UN supervised elections that brought about Namibia’s independence in 1990 and was employed by CDM (currently NamDeb) in Oranjemund in a capacity of a Trainee Mining Official as part of his internship. He later resigned to pursue further studies and graduated from the Technical University of Kosice in Slovakia in 1994 with a Master of Sciences Degree in Mining Engineering majoring in Applied Geostatistics.

Upon completion of his studies as a mining engineer, he joined the offshore diamond mining company, Namibian Minerals Corporation (Pty) Ltd (Namco) where he worked himself up to the position of a Production Superintendent. After the liquidation of Namco in 2003, Amunghete joined the Ministry of Mines and Energy as an Inspector of Mines and completed his industrial attachments at various mining companies in Namibia such as Ongopolo Mining and Processing (Pty) Ltd and Rossing Uranium Mine as part of his career development. Mr. Amunghete is a member of the Engineering Council of Namibia. In 2005 he was promoted to the national statutory position of Chief Inspector of Mines in the Ministry of Mines and Energy which oversees all mining and prospecting operations in Namibia, a position he holds to date. His over eight years of mining experience range from Marine Diamond Mining, Open Cast Mining, Underground Mining and Shaft Sinking coupled with over six years administrative skills in Public Service at both Professional and Management levels. Mathews Amunghete holds valid Blasting Certificates for both Open Cast and Underground Mines and is well versed with the Mining Legislative Framework in

Apart from his responsibilities within Public Service, Mr. Amunghete serves as a Director of DeBeers Marine Namibia (Pty) Ltd and serves on various committees in both public and private sectors. Mathews Amunghete

Eliphas Hawala

eliphas Managing Director

Eliphas Hawala finished High School at Frank Harcourt Secondary School, in Kumba, Cameroon, West Africa (1980-84) after leaving Oshigambo High School in Namibia, in 1980. He lived in Angola and Zambia before obtaining a United Nations scholarship to study in the United States. Eliphas Hawala graduated from Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado, USA, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering (1994) and a minor Certificate in International Political Economy. Mr. Hawala started his career as Assistant Mining Engineer in the Ministry of Mines and Energy, where he was assigned to various projects including the Sysmin Project or Support Program to the Namibian Mining Sector, funded by the European Union. The “Sysmin Fund” as it was known, is the forerunner of the Minerals Development Fund. His work at Sysmin entailed preparation, execution and monitoring on-lending agreements for projects such as the metallurgical feasibility of Skorpion Zinc and the expansion drilling of Navachab Gold Mine. Mr. Hawala’s experience outside the public service has mainly been with Namdeb Diamond Corporation where he was employed as a mining engineer, starting as shift Supervisor to Process Manager, Section Manager as well Contractor Manager for the Shallow Marine business unit. He is a holder of a Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency (South Africa), for mines other than fiery mines.

Prior to his appointment, Eliphas Hawala was the General Manager of NamGem Diamond Manufacturing Company, a subsidiary of Namdeb; reporting to the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Hawala is also serving as a Director on the Diamond Control Board of Namibia, appointed by the Minister of Mines and Energy. Mr. Hawala was appointed to the position of Managing Director from 9 August 2010.


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