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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Shareholders of Bidvest Namibia are referred to the circular to Bidvest Namibia Shareholders containing details of a conditional take-over by the Bidvest Group to Bidvest Namibia Shareholders, to acquire all remaining Bidvest shares not owned by the Bidvest Group by way of a take-over scheme (‘offer’). Subsequent to the acceptance of the Delisting Resolution by the requisite majority, the offer has been declared unconditional by the Bidvest Group and has become effective, irrevocable an open for acceptance during the Acceptance Period.
Further to the cautionary announcement released on the Stock Exchange News Service (“NENS”) of the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”) on 12 December 2018, the subsequent renewal of the Cautionary Announcement released on NENS on 23 January 2019 and 1 March 2019 and the announcements released on NENS on 11 April 2019 and 25 April 2019. Shareholders are hereby advised that the requisite majority of Bidvest Namibia shareholders eligible to vote, have approved the delisting. In terms of this passed resolution, the listing of all the Bidvest Namibia Shares of
Bidvest Namibia on the Main Board of the NSX be suspended and terminated with effect from 11 June 2019 or at such times and such dates as will be approved in accordance with the Bank of Namibia and by the NSX
Further to the cautionary announcement released on the Stock Exchange News Service of the Namibian Stock Exchange on 25 April 2019 relating to the circular to shareholders, supplementary information relating to the sum of the parts valuation, culminating in the fair and reasonable valuation range of N$8.95 to N$9.45 as per the E&Y Fair and Reasonable opinion included in the circular, is available on the this website.
Further to the cautionary announcement released on the Stock Exchange News Service of the Namibian Stock Exchange on 12 December 2018, the subsequent renewal of the Cautionary Announcement released on NENS on 23 January 2019 and 1 March 2019 and the announcement released on NENS on 11 April 2019. A combined circular has been issued today by Bidvest Namibia Limited and the Bidvest Group to a conditional Take-over offer in terms of sections 320 – 327 of the Companies Act….