Newly appointed Minister of Education David Namwandi said he is honoured to be appointed to his new post and promises to deliver in the sector.
Speaking in an interview with The Villager a few minutes after being appointed by President Hifikepunye Pohamba Namwandi said, “I am very honoured and I accept this appointment with humility and promise to deliver at the best of my ability. The current plans to be implemented in education were made as team and I cannot say what I plan to do differently at the moment.”
Newly appointed Deputy Minister Silvia Gonaone Makgone said she felt honoured by the appointment.
Namwandi who served as Deputy Minister to the late Abraham Iyambo since 2012 was born at Okapya in northern Namibia in 1954.
He has an advanced Diploma in Business Administration from the Association of Business Executives. He is the founder of the Institute of Higher Education a forerunner of the only accredited private University in the country the International University of Management (IUM).
Namwandi holds various professional and academic qualifications including MBA and a Doctoral award from the Commonwealth University of Malawi. He is also a PhD candidate with Asia University of Malaysia.
Gonaone-Makgone was born in 1963 at Aminuis, Omaheke Region.
She attended the Roman Catholic Primary School before going to Okakarara Secondary School and then to the Academy (now Unam) for Higher Education Diploma (HED) in 1986.
She also attained Baccalareus Artium (BA) degree, completed in 1990 with the Academy and then a Baccalareus Educationis (B ED) degree, completed in 1995, through Unisa correspondence.
Next was a National Diploma Human Resource Management (Nat HRM) completed in 2007 through Polytechnic of Namibia and then another Baccalareus Technolae Human Resource Development degree (BTech HRD), completed in 2008 through Unisa.
From 1987 to 1988, she taught at Drimiopsis Senior Secondary School, currently known as Mokganedi Tlhabanello Senior Secondary School and then from 1991 to 1996, she was at Gunichas Junior Secondary School.
The three years saw her at Mokaleng R.C Combined School as the principal. She introduced the Junior Secondary Phase at this school.
Her next stop from 2000 to 2005 was at Johannes Dohren R.C High School, at Gunichas where she introduced the Science field of study and local languages, Khoekhoegowab and Setswana up to Grade 12.
An elevation came in 2006 when she became deputy director administration at the Omaheke Regional Council until 2009. Deputy Director Administration at the Omaheke Regional
She has been an MP since 2010.
Her political career started when she was at school in 1978 and she became a member of Swapo in 1983 while at the Academy.
In 1986, she travelled to North with Dr Shiyavali, to let comrades sign for implementation of Resolution 435 before she joined Nantu in 1987.
She became Swapo party section leader at Gunichas in 1991 when she also became the Nantu regional secretary for the same area until 1995.
She was Swapo Party Branch Treasurer for Aminuis until 1999 and has been a member of the Swapo Party Heroes Branch Gobabis since 2000.
She was elected to the National Assembly in 2009 and was assigned as National leader to Tsumkwe Special Area in 2010.
From 2010 till 2012, she served as the Swapo Party Women Council District Information and Mobilisation Secretary, Gobabis District while 2011 saw her representing the party at Congress of the Botswana Democratic Party in Botswana.
She has served in various portfolios among them
• Member of Gender Equality and Family Affairs, and Vice Chairperson of the Committee
• Member of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Committee
• Member of the Information, Communication and Technology Committee (ICT)
• Member of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU)
She also took active part during discussions of the following Bills and Motions:
• Appropriation Bills
• Employment Service Bill
• Conferment of National Honours Bill
• Earth Science professions Bill
• Property Valuers Professional Bill
• Motion: Alcohol abuse
• Industrial Policy
• Veterinary and Veterinary Para-Professions Bill
• Universal Access and Service Policy for Information and Communications Technologies
She is married and is mother to two daughters aged 13 and 16 years.