By Victor Angula
ONE of the business pioneers in the north of Namibia, Jonas Sheyavali Hedimbi, was honoured on his 65th birthday with a ceremony marking a major milestone on his journey of unmatched service to the community.
The event took place on 13 October at the premises of Efidi Church where hundreds of villagers and community leaders gathered to celebrate the continuing legacy of one of their own luminaries in the business sector.
Tomas Indji of the northern branch of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry delivered a speech extolling the virtues of hard work and commitment, which Hedimbi personified during his youthful years.
“On behalf of the NCCI northern region’s leadership, I would like to congratulate you on the occasion of your jubilee 65th anniversary, Tate Hedimbi, a business guru and a role model of servant leadership of our time,” Indji said.
“I want to extend my best wishes to you on the significant occasion of your birthday. Over the course of your long and distinguished career, you have been a great ambassador for our economy in business in our country. You managed to put Namibia on the world map.”
Indji said Hedimbi was a living legend and an extraordinary business mentor who touched lives of many through his many decades of service. “You are especially remembered in this country for your inspiring work ethic, which helped to create the wonderful economy of our country. You will remain part of the economic and political struggle history of the land of the brave.”
Hedimbi started his business activities when he was a young man on contract labour in the 1970s. While he was employed in Walvis Bay as a railway worker he worked part-time on his businesses selling clothing in the community for two years before he resigned from work and concentrated full-time on his business.
Although during those years being a full-time businessman was an uncertain undertaking Hedimbi persisted and continued to put in all the necessary hours to succeed. In 1978 he bought his first car, and another car the following year. Soon he started opening shops in Windhoek and in Ohangwena Region.
His hard work paid off during the years after Independence, as he became a prominent businessman in the north, owning shops in several towns and settlements, such as Ondobe, Eenhana, and Okongo, as well as smaller settlements in Ohangwena.
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