The Team

The Megabuild Team

 

 

 

We believe in family values where every employee is willing, able, encouraged, and allowed to develop their competencies to the maximum and perform the highest standards of productivity and efficiency. With us, a fun and positive work environment is highly valued. An organisational culture of togetherness and equality is important to us. By encouraging a combination of self-development, ownership, and various in-house skills development initiatives, employees can explore their strengths and interests.

We offer unique opportunities to join Namibia’s most respected and fastest-growing trading group. We are an equal opportunity employer offering market-related remuneration associated with a large corporate organisation.

Meet some of our staff below and get to know their journeys with us!

Joel Gaweseb

Joel Gaweseb

 

For the Love of the Job
Serving Pupkewitz Megabuild with Pride for 20 Years 

Joel Gariseb was born in Windhoek at the “old hospital” where the new building of the Ministry of Home Affairs is currently located. He did his primary school at “Damara Nommer Een Primary School” which is today is called Auas Primary School. From there he continued his journey to Baumgardsbruhn-//Anaxas Secondary School and lastly finished school at Okahandja Secondary School in Okahandja.

Upon the completion of school, he started working at his Uncle’s shop called Express Puncture Repair in the suburbs where he fixed tires. “I worked there until I joined the Pupkewitz Group in 2000 through a friend and started my career with a salary of N$75.00 a week and here I still stand today. I have come a long way,” he says proudly.

Today, Joel is a senior salesman and does general sales in the paint department. He is part of the Pupkewitz Megabuild family for 20 years now. “The main reason for staying this long with the company is the late Harold Pupkewitz. He was a true inspiration for me on so many levels,” he says. He adds that Harold was always there and was willing to help, no matter what. He further adds that the other inspiration for him was to work hard for what you want and where you want to be.

“Do not settle for less. You need to set a long-term goal and stick to it. We always shared our personal goals with Mr Pupkewitz as he would always encourage you to reach your goal.”

Joel strives daily to give his customers the best information possible. His day consists of assisting customers as he does one on one sales, quotations, and invoicing. “I give our customers advice on their paint projects,” he says. He keeps track of all the latest product knowledge, development, and techniques of paints as well as painting styles. His biggest achievement was when he was an acting supervisor for the paint department and one day would like to become a manager at our company.

Paulina Kornelius

Paulina Kornelius

 

Penetrating the Male-Dominated Career
Making the Stare Worthwhile 

Paulina Kornelius was born and raised in a village called Ombwana – Okalongo constituency far in the northern part of Namibia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Transport Management as well as a Logistics honours degree from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She joined the Megabuild team in 2019 through Pupkewitz Megabuild Graduate Program at the fleet department where she got the chance to put theory into practice. Our Graduate Program is an excellent platform for graduated students as a way of market entry.

From the Graduate Program Paulina secured full-time employment with us and is currently employed as Fleet Coordinator, where she is responsible for managing our entire fleet. From the acquisition of the fleet, maintenance up until such assets is disposed of. ”I ensure legislation compliance and monitor the life cycle of Megabuild’s commercial vehicles,” she says. Lately, Paulina realised that she is in a male-dominated career, and everywhere she goes, she gets a certain stare as if she is at the wrong place and being redirected to a different section. “I am proud to say that I have managed to hold my head and boldly get what I need to get done. The fact that I have penetrated the industry gives me countless advantages,” she says proudly.

On a daily basis, she inspects the vehicles for defects and take corrective actions, monitors fuel usage to detect mismanagement and takes the necessary action, makes use of the fleet management system to monitor driver behaviour, liaises with service providers for repair and maintainer jobs that need to be done and manages service providers relations. Paulina is inspired by perseverance. "Besides all the million reasons that someone has to quit and yet they still find one to keep going, that is the real inspiration for me. I long to be that person and continuously be persistent,” she says.

The advice Paulina would give to aspiring young people is to “JUST DO IT” whatever it is that you need. At some point, fear will take over, but that may not go away, so you will have to action things whilst petrified. “I am currently reading a book titled: “Screw it, let’s do it” by Richard Branson; you might want to get yourself a copy. Believe everything can be done and just do it!” she says.

The focused lady would want to pursue her master’s degree in a field that will allow her to grow within the retail industry. When asked about the best phase of her life, Paulina said that she is currently living the best phase of her life. She hasn’t realised this until this moment. “Apart from the global pandemic and natural disasters that we are relentlessly fighting, it is an interesting era to be alive. I strive to live in the present and only reminisce of the past event,” she concludes.
Heinrico Gertze

Heinrico Gertze

 

Honoured to be part of a Truly Namibian Company

Heinrico Gertze was born and raised in Windhoek. He matriculated from Dawid Bezuidenhout High School in 2003 and completed his Bachelor of Accounting degree at the University of Namibia in 2007. Heinrico completed his external audit articles at Price Water Coopers (PwC) and subsequently fulfilled various roles in the finance function of several corporate entities. He then joined the Advisory department of Ernst & Young Namibia in 2017 and set out to obtain his Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) qualification, which he completed in 2018. 

2021 Heinrico joined our company as our Internal Auditor. He says the reason he joined the company is to be part of a truly Namibian company with a well-established footprint that makes a significant contribution to the Namibian economy. He is responsible for providing professional assistance and advice to senior management on all internal, financial and system controls. This entails a process of risk assessment, monitoring the operating effectiveness of internal controls, reporting, and making appropriate recommendations for improvement as well as the overall management of the Internal Audit Department. His daily workload comprises the planning and conducting of internal audits, compiling the relevant reports and any related duties.

“My time at the company has been great thus far. The culture and work environment at Megabuild is exceptional and I have learned a lot during my time here. The people here are friendly and create a welcoming atmosphere,” he says.

Heinrico's greatest accomplishments thus far have been studying and obtaining his qualifications within the allowed timeframe, while working full-time and balancing family responsibilities. The most challenging aspect of his job thus far has been the planning of audits amid unpredictability in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Communication of audit findings in such a way that the key take-away is viewed in a positive light can also be very challenging at times,” he says.

When we asked, what success looks like in this position, and how he measures it, he mentioned that it is helping the company to accomplish its objectives by assisting in the overall improvement of the business processes. “Success in this position is measured by identifying a potential weakness in a business process and witnessing the benefits derived from the implementation of internal audit recommendations,” he says. Heinrico is urged to explore further studies specifically in the areas of risk and governance. “This will allow to me add even more value and contribute to the success of the company,” he says. 

The advice he would give to people is to work hard at achieving their goals and to know that success requires sacrifice and commitment. As Thomas Edison said: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”.



 

 

 

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