By Confidente Reporter
THE National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) has reportedly renewed the contract a South African industrial psychologist – Sean Germond – to run the parastatal’s team building exercises at the expense of locals.
Sources privy to the matter said that the parastatal has since spend in excess of N$1 million for services, travel and accomodation expenses of Germond who owns a Cape Town-based consultancy and coaching practice, Pygmalion.
Germond has reportedly been running the parastatal’s team building exercises since 2014 at least three times a year at various resorts in the country. He is reportedly flown in and out of the country at the request of the parastatal and is normally booked in hotels. Disgruntled employees are reportedly not content with Germond’s services that normally involve light to strenuous exercises. “On top of paying for his (Germond) services that could be performed by locals, the parastatal is also paying for his travel and accomodation fees. They could have cut cost by sourcing such services locally. In addition, sourcing such services locally means empowering a Namibian company. Do we really need a foreign company to do team building exercises such playing volleyball?” the sources quizzed.
However, Namcor’s communication and public relations specialist, Utaara Hoveka said that Germond’s services complement the company’s “high performance culture”. Hoveka also explained that Germond’s credentials were outstanding when three companies including locals were interviewed.
“When Namcor commenced with its performance management journey in 2014, it was necessary at that time to partner with a service provider to not only facilitate a team building intervention but further complement our intervention on creating a performance driven culture.
“A brief was written to three service provided and quotes were obtained. One of the most outstanding credentials that Pygmalion company had was the oil and gas and international experience in Europe and Africa in organisation development, leadership, coaching, team building and performance management. He was the best fit for the organisation and we had retained him to continue to embed the high performance driven culture that is currently evident at Namcor,” Hoveka said.
According to Germond’s website, his work experience is in leadership, organisational development and executive coaching. Having completed his professional qualification as Health Psychologist (1991), he started out in Occupational Health, focusing on rehabilitation coping with chronic disease, health/wellness promotion, stress management and comprehensive occupational health risk mitigation programmes including executive health medicals.
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