The Company’s core values of accountability, open communication and excellence are instilled via a code of ethics applicable to all employees throughout the Group. This code is adopted annually. Employees behave ethically and honestly under the leadership of the Bidvest Namibia executive committee and board of directors. The code sets out our business principles and provides guidance to employees on how to apply them.
Bidvest Namibia acts with honesty, transparency, fairness, responsibility and professional integrity in its dealings with employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers and society at large. A fraud hotline through an independent third party enables employees to report any perceived irregular or unethical behaviour in a confidential manner. Any irregularities are reported to the audit committee. During the year under review, six issues were reported which were investigated and handled appropriately.
The chairman is not considered an independent director. The board believes the individuals on the board make quality, independent judgements in the best interests of the Company on all relevant issues. The roles of chairman and CEO are separate and clearly defined. No individual director has unconstrained decision-making powers. The board is governed by a board charter that sets out the roles and responsibilities of the board. The board is responsible and accountable for providing effective and ethical leadership.
Responsibilities include addressing material and strategic issues, directing the strategy and operations of the Group to ensure the building of a sustainable business, monitoring regulatory compliance and codes of best practice, ensuring the communication of adequate and timely information to stakeholders, securing new acquisitions, monitoring operational and investment performance, empowering executive management, risk management and IT governance and promoting good corporate governance within Group subsidiaries. An effectiveness appraisal of the board of directors is conducted every two years through internal evaluation. The development of directors and induction of new directors are conducted informally. The main issues highlighted by the previous evaluation include improving public perception, engaging key stakeholders and driving growth through projects and opportunities.
We are committed to conducting healthy business practices which support our company values of respect, honesty, integrity and accountability, ensuring a stable employment environment and the ongoing success of Bidvest Namibia. We believe in empowering people, building relationships and improving lives. Entrepreneurship, incentivisation, decentralised management and communication are the keys. We subscribe to a philosophy of transparency, accountability, integrity, excellence and innovation in all our business dealings.
To demonstrate this commitment, Bidvest Namibia has made available a free and anonymous ethics line. The service is managed by Deloitte and is independent of Bidvest Namibia. All calls will be reported in total anonymity and without fear of discrimination. The law also provides protection in the form of The Protected Disclosures Act which protects you from being victimised, harassed or dismissed for “blowing-the-whistle” on wrongdoing in the workplace. With your help, we aim to create an open and transparent workplace.
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Pursuant to the cautionary announcements by Bidvest Namibia published on NENS dated November 8 2017, December 20 2017, January 31 2018, March 14 2018, April 25 2018 and June 6 2018, shareholders are advised that Bidvest Namibia, through its wholly owned subsidiary Bidvest Namibia Property Holdings (Proprietary) Ltd (“Bidvest Namibia Property”) has acquired the remaining issued share capital of Namsov Industrial Properties (Proprietary) Ltd (“NIP) and United Fishing Enterprises (Proprietary) Ltd (“UFE”), as at the effective date, subject to the terms and conditions as set out herein (“the transaction”).
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Pursuant to the cautionary announcements by Bidvest Namibia published on NENS dated November 8 2017, December 20 2017, January 31 2018, March 14 2018, April 25 2018 and June 6 2018, and the voluntary announcement published on NENS dated 1 2 July 2018 relating to the acquisition by Bidvest Namibia Property Holdings (Proprietary) Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Bidvest Namibia), shareholders are advised that Bidvest Namibia has disposed of the entire issued share capital of Bidvest Namibia Fisheries Holdings (Proprietary) Limited (“Bidfish”) and/or any of the company’s subsidiaries as at the effective date to Tunacor Fisheries Limited (“Tunacor”) (“the transaction”), subject to the terms and conditions as set out herein.
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Further to the cautionary announcements dated November 8 2017, December 20 2017, January 31 2018, March 14 2018 and April 25 2018, shareholders are advised that the Company has entered into discussions, which if successfully concluded, may have a material effect on the price of the Company’s securities.
Accordingly, shareholders are advised to continue to exercise caution when dealing in the Company’s securities until further announcements are made.
The Board of Bidvest Namibia hereby announces the appointment of Mr. Mark Steyn to the Board of Directors effective May 23, 2018.