Namport women honored on International Women’s Day

Namport celebrated International Women’s Day in solidarity with the rest of the world, guided by the theme, “#BalanceforBetter”. NAMPORT’s own theme, “Let’s build a gender-balanced world”, was a progressive step in the right direction.
Chief Executive Officer Mr. Bisey /Uirab encouraged the audience, “have trust and have faith”. His message involved trusting in oneself so that one can trust your peers in order to become “meaningful to those around you”. He added that “life is an engagement with people” and that as colleagues we should develop a more trusting nature of each other which will only improve our relations.
In conclusion, the CEO thanked all the ladies for a remarkable working environment that they have fostered amongst each other and urged them to continue investing in themselves to become better and stronger individuals.
The guest speaker for the event was Ms. Nosipho Siwisa-Damasane, an award-winning CEO and Logistics expert in South Africa, Africa, East Asia and Middle East. She was inducted in the “Hall of Fame for “Women in Logistics 2017”. She is a John Maxwell and Les Brown certified professional speaker and executive coach who has delivered keynote addresses and research papers globally, focusing on Port and Rail Logistics, and skills development. She is passionate about women and youth development in Africa. She is the current Chairman of Richards Bay Coal Terminal and is a consultant in Logistics and Supply Chain; Change Management and Employee Engagement; and the Ocean Economy cluster.
Siwisa-Damasane, an author as well as a motivational speaker and mentor, strengthened the ladies who were present with her story of how she became the first female Port Manager in South Africa for the Port of East London, General Manager for the ports of Port Elizabeth and East London and the first female Chief Operations Officer for ports nationally.
She furthermore encouraged women to not carry the challenges of work-life balance, but to rather find their own work-life balance. Siwisa-Damasane concluded with advice for depression. She said, “As leaders we need to talk”, referring to therapy. “Therapy is a place to talk with a stranger, because you can talk about anything”.
The celebration was held at Protea Hotel by Marriott, Walvis Bay and attended by women from various departments and divisions within NAMPORT.

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