Namport promotes employee development
Iréne-Mari van der Walt
Twenty-five years ago, Jan Smit took up employment at the Namibia Ports Authority (Namport) as a general worker and after being promoted to the position of a technical process worker, he settled into his position as a mechanical lifting operator in 2006.
Smit first crossed paths with Namport as a casual worker doing piecework, before the management of Namport took notice of his diligent work and opted to employ him fulltime.
Namport’s recognition of its employees is one of Smit’s favourite qualities of his employers. “They notice you and appreciate what their people do for them and they give you the opportunity to grow and develop,” he says.
Despite the fact that he believes the Namport he works for now is still the same old Namport that he grew to love, he says that the capacity for growth has drastically increased.
“It wasn’t like that before. You couldn’t really grow with the company, but after recent developments, there is space to grow within the company,” he says.
Smit says that his loyalty toward Namport has been earned by the company’s attitudes toward its workforce.
“This is the best company to work for. They make sure to look after their employees very well,” he says.
Smit dreams of achieving even greater heights at Namport.
“I would like to be cargo coordinator,” he says.
Smit says the working environment at Namport has also allowed him to form close bonds with his colleagues.
“I am close with my colleagues; we work really well together,” he says.
Smit is stationed at the port of Lüderitz, which is one of two ports controlled by Namport. Smit has also reported to the port of Walvis Bay, but after 13 years of it he relocated to Lüderitz.