Young, buoyant and raising the stakes
Sibangani Dube - May 2012
At the helm of Tulipamwe Consulting Engineers; the newest engineering consulting firm, is Oshoveli Hiveluah; a young, dynamic engineering professional driven by a fierce entrepreneurial spirit.
Tulipamwe an Oshiwambo word for ‘we are together’, briefly encapsulates a sense of teamwork and belonging to all those who join the engineering firm. It is also meant to add a sense of “Namibian-ness”.
Tulipamwe is set to take and give engineering consultancy a new character, given a predominant situation where most engineering firms have their roots in either South Africa or the UK. They are only five months old but seem to have done their home work thoroughly as projects are already rolling in, keeping them on their toes.
While Oshoveli may be new on the business front of things, he has been in the engineering field for a long time, having started at the Ministry of Works & Transport in 2002 and later with the Windhoek Consulting Engineers where he stayed for nine solid years.
Coincidentally, he joined the former after being seconded to work on the Northern Railway Extension Project. This is because he wanted to learn and get involved in this project.
“Projects of this scope and nature only occur once in a lifetime if one is fortunate,” he argues.
However, he is grateful for the experience he gained at Windhoek Consulting Engineers, which made him the well-rounded engineer he is today.
Young as it may be, the firm comprises of 12 personnel with Oshoveli Hiveluah and Lindsay Kriel as the directors. In addition, their personnel comprise of four registered civil engineers, six registered civil technicians, two technical assistants and two supporting staff members.
That the firm has attracted the crème de la crème of the local engineering world is an early sign of great things lying ahead for the firm and Namibia at large to which Oshoveli attributes their fairly straight-forward approach.
This, he says, is based on the strategic intent to attract older and more experienced personnel; those who have the necessary knowledge, experience and expertise to ensure mentorship and knowledge transfer as well as young engineering professionals with the drive, vision and the eagerness to learn. It is also to ensure continuity in the firm and to have a succession plan.
For Oshoveli, the thrust of this business pivots around meeting the needs and ex...
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