PROFILES - MME MANAGEMENT

Hon. Kandjoze joins the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) as the Minister on 21 March 2015.  He holds a Master of Science degree in Geology with the University of Helsinki-Finland, a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology with Cape Town University (UCT-RSA) and a Management Development Program Certificate with the University of Stellenbosch.

Prior to being appointed as the Minister of Mines and Energy, he was the Managing Director of the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR), and has over 17 years of experience in the petroleum industry.

During his period as MD, Hon. Kandjoze successfully drafted and implemented NAMCOR’s Interim Strategic Plan. Amongst the many achievements and milestones achieved by Minister Kandjoze, it is imperative to mention, that he also successfully spearheaded the Kudu Gas Project, which is in its Final Investment Decision and is the biggest project of that kind in SADC.

Prior to his appointment as NAMCOR’s MD, in 2012, he held several position within NAMCOR such as Exploration & Production Manager (2007-2012), New Venture & Promotion Unit Manager (2006-2007), Senior Petroleum Geologist (1999-2006), just to mention a few.

Hon. Kandjoze was an integral member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.  He was also a member of the Society of Exploration Geologists, Geological Society of Namibia, a member of the Government Negotiation Technical Team (GNT) and a member of the National Energy Council Board (NEC). 

Hon. Kandjoze is also a researcher.  His publication reference is:  O.M. Kandjoze (1994), " Regional Mapping in the north-western Namibia and Satellite Imagery" Unpublished MSc Thesis, University of Helsinki, Finland.  

Hon. Kornelia Shilunga was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy and became the first women Deputy Minister at the Ministry. 

Hon. Shilunga holds two Masters Degrees, one in Business Administration with (ESAMI), and another Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Namibia (UNAM).  She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Nursing Education and Community Health and a Diploma in Nursing Science General, Community Psychiatry and Midwifery Sciences, also from UNAM.

Before joining the Ministry of Mines and Energy, Hon. Shilunga constructed a satisfactory employment history.  The assiduous Deputy Minister worked in various positions as a teacher and a registered nurse.   She also worked as at the Office of the President as a Liaison Officer for the Department of Women Affairs, where she headed two regions, respectively Oshana and Omusati region. Hon. Shilunga also worked for the Ministry of Gender and Child welfare where she held the position of a Chief Liaison Officer. 

Hon. Shilunga has been an entrepreneur for the past nine years. She was also a member of the Advisory Committee of Skill Share International in Namibia, and a member of the Women and Child Protection Unit Committee for Oshana Region. A member of the Prison`s Zonal Release Board in the Ministry of Safety and Security, responsible for Oshana, Omusati, Oshikoto, Ohangwena and Kunene Regions.  She was also a member of the Oshakati East Constituency Development Committee (CDC) and a member of the Oshana Regional Food Security & Nutrition Program.   

Mr. Simeon Niilenge Negumbo is currently the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, and was appointed to that position effective 01 July 2015. He was born in Elondo, Omusati Region, in the north-western part of Namibia. Mr. Negumbo is currently studying towards an MBA, Final Year (Thesis), Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA holds Diploma in Business Administration from the same institution. He also holds Further Diploma (Advance Certificate) in Education (Management and Administration) - with Distinction from Vista University and a Higher Secondary Teacher's Diploma from the University of Fort Hare.

Mr. Negumbo started his career as a Bank Clerk before independence and also worked at the Ministry of Education as a Teacher, a School Principal and later as an Education Officer. He joined the Omusati Regional Council as a Deputy Director of Administration, where at the same time he was also acting as the Chief Regional Officer, before he was promoted to the position of a Director, General Services.

In 2008, Mr. Negumbo moved to the Ministry of Environment as Undersecretary, and later became the Permanent Secretary of the same Ministry. He also acted as the Managing Director of NWR.

Mr. Negumbo has extensive experience in Banking, Education, Finance, Human Resources Administration, Natural Resources Management and Tourism.

Miina Auene Gahutu Mrs. Miina Auene Gahutu is the current Deputy Director and the Acting Director for the Directorate of Diamond Affairs at the Ministry of Mines and Energy. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics at the University of Namibia. In 2004 she obtained an MSC in Environmental and Development Economics from the University of Oslo, Norway. Further to that, In March 2008 she completed a short course at the International Institute of Mining and Technology, Kosaka, Japan in Geological Mapping and Mineral Information Management and in October 2011 she signed up with the Western Australia, School of Mines, Curtin University whereby she obtained a qualification in Mineral Resources, Regulation and Management.

Position 1: Director of Applied Geoscience Directorate
Position 2: Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary for the Geological Survey

Gloria Simubali Ms. Gloria N. Simubali was born on 7 June 1980 in Katima Mulilo. She started school (Grade 1) at the age of four at Bukalo Primary School, and then proceeded with upper primary education at Mavuluma Primary School. She attended secondary school from 1992 to 1996 at Kizito College in Katima Mulilo. Upon completion of formal education, she worked as a Bank Teller at Bank Windhoek Oshakati Branch in 1997, before proceeding with tertiary education from 1998. She graduated from the University of Namibia in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science with double major in Geology and Chemistry. She then proceeded with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geology in 2006 at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

After completing her undergraduate degree in 2001, Ms. Simubali had a one year stint (February 2002 - April 2003) as a Teacher at Iipumbu Secondary School in Oshakati, teaching Mathematics and Physical Science for Grade 11 and 12. She then joined the Ministry of Mines and Energy on the 1st of May 2003 as a Junior Geologist within the Economic Geology Division of the Geological Survey. After completion of her B.Sc Honours degree in 2006, she was upgraded to entry level Geologist in December 2006 within the Geochemistry and Laboratory Division until March 2008. She further served as Senior Geochemist (April 2008 - March 2010), Chief Geochemist (April 2010 - August 2012), Deputy Director for the Geochemistry and Laboratory Division (September 2012 - August 2016). After the re-structuring of the Geological Survey, Ms. Simubali was appointed as Director of Applied Geoscience Directorate within the Geological Survey Department (September 2016 - Present). In Addition, she serves as the Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary for the Geological Survey (September 2016 - Present).

Among the various committee and bodies that Ms. Simubali is affiliated to, it is worth noting that she represents Africa as a Governing Board member (Councilor) for the UNESCO International Centre on Global-Scale Geochemistry since May 2016 until May 2021. She also serves as a Board of Trustees member for the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT); has served as an Advisory Committee member for the Faculty of Science, University of Namibia.

Dr. Vickey Do Cabo Dr. Vickey Do Cabo is the Director for Mapping and Geo-Information at the Geological Survey, Ministry of Mines and Energy. Dr. Do Cabo holds a PhD. in Earth Resources from the Camborne Schools of Mines, UK (2014) and a MSc. in Geology and Mineralogy from Helsinki University, Finland (1997). She took General Geology studies from the University of Natural Sciences in Brno, Czechoslovakia (1989) and an ordinary level studies at Hendrick Witbooi High School, Cuba (1987).

Dr. Do Cabo served as a teacher at the Hosea Kutako secondary school in Cuba (1986) and at UNAM Geology Department (2002-2003). She worked at the Geological Survey as Geochemist (1998 - 2002) Chief Geochemist (2002 - 2004), Deputy Director, heading Economic Geology Division (2006 - 2016) and Deputy Director at the Directorate of Diamond Affairs (2004 - 2006). She served as Non-executive Director for Namdeb Diamond Corporation (Pty) Ltd, Namgem (Pty) Ltd, Board of Trustees of Petrofund, Councillor and chairperson of the Scientific Committee of the National Heritage Council, Chairperson of the Geological Society of Namibia, Commissioner of the NCRST and chairperson for the Research Foundation committee and tender committee. She is a member of the Namibian Government Negotiation Technical Team on NAMDEB - De Beers Joint Shareholding Agreements (2006 - 2010). She also served on several management committees for the implementation of government directives and programmes.

Presently, Dr Do Cabo serves as director of Namibia Diamond Trading Company (NDTC) PTY (Ltd) and Chairman of the Diamond Sales and Marketing, Member of the Government Committee on Natural Resources Management and Co-leader of the PanAfGeo Project. Amongst all, Dr. Do Cabo is a member of the technical advisory committee and the Government negotiation team on petroleum exploration licenses.

Mr. John Titus Mr. John Titus graduated at the University of Namibia with majors in Physics and Chemistry. He was then employed at the institution as Junior Lecturer from 1993 to 1995. He joined the Ministry of Mines and Energy in 1995 as Petroleum Inspector and was promoted to Deputy Director in 2001 and then to Director: Administration and Finance in 2005. In December 2014 he was appointed as Director of Energy.

Mr. Titus is the Head Gas Commissioner, representing the Namibian government to ensure that the Bilateral Gas Trade Agreement between Namibia and South Africa is implemented. In addition he is a member to the Natural Sciences Programme Committee of the Namibia National Commission for UNESCO and a member of the National Tender Board of Namibia

Erasmus Shivolo Mr. Erasmus Shivolo holds a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in General Engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology, Socorro New Mexico, USA (1995). He attended several engineering courses in Geology, Mining and Electrical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado in USA (1987 1991). In 1984 he obtained a National Diploma in Electrical and Electronics circuits from the City & Guilds of London Institute, as well as Trade Certificate in the same course from the Government Technical and Commercial College Ombe, Cameroon.

Mr. Shivolo has served as a teacher at Kwanza Zul Education Centre in Angola (1984 1985). He has served in several positions at the Ministry of Mines and Energy; as Inspector of Mines Machinery, Chief Engineer, Deputy Director of mines and Director of Mines. During 1997 - 2002, he was responsible to manage the European Union funded Sysmin Programme. In 2004 he was appointed Mining Commissioner and further confirmed to the position of Under Secretary in 2008.

Mr. Shivolo currently serves on the board of Rossing Uranium Limited, a Director of NamGem Manufacturing and Director to the Minerals Development Fund Control Board. He also serves on numerous government committees for the implementation of government directives and programmes. He is a registered Engineer with the Engineering Council of Namibia. Mr. Shivolo is currently a member of the Government Negotiation Team with De Beers on the Diamond Sales and Marketing Agreement. Before he went into exile, he was a student at Oshigambo High School.

Maria Moses Ms. Maria Moses is the Director for Administration Services at the Ministry of Mines and Energy. Ms. Moses has over 16 years of working experience in the finance field cutting across the ICT, pension fund, and the transportation industry.

She holds a Master's Degree in International Business (MIB) from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), a Degree in Accounting and Finance and a Diploma in Accounting from NUST, a Certificate in Business Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), a Certificate in Telecommunications Policy, Regulation and Management through the University of the Witwatersrand, a Certificate in Management Development Programme and a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Stellenbosch. Ms. Moses is a member of The Southern African Institute of Business Accountant (SAIBA) and a student member of CIMA.

She has a passion for research and has published a qualitative research paper with the International Institute for Science, Technology and Education (IISTE) Journal.

Immanuel Nghishoongele Mr. Immanuel Nghishoongele was born on 27 July 1970 at Eenhana, Ohangwena Region. He attended primary school at Eenhana and completed secondary school at Oshigambo High School in 1991. For tertiary studies, he attended the Academy, which later became the University of Namibia graduating with a Bachelor of Economics in 1995. He further obtained a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in economics with the University of London for which he graduated in 1999. He further holds an MBA in general and strategic management with the Maastricht School of Management (MsM) in the Netherlands.

Mr. Nghishoongele started working for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) based at the Ministry of Environment and Tourism as a Resource Economist from 1996 to mid-1998 before joining the Ministry of Mines and Energy as an Economist. He was later promoted to Chief Energy Economist and later Deputy Director for the Petroleum Distribution and Supply Division. From 16 August 2016, Mr. Nghishoongele is currently the Acting Director for Petroleum Affairs.