Posted on: July 15, 2008 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

Namibia. Total Namibia’s  stance on Health and Safety issues is clear: “It is not something we compromise on,” said managing director, Fanuel Tjivau commenting on findings of a survey on fuel service stations around the country.

“Imagine a fire at a petrol service station in a residential area. We do train the dealers on Safety issues and  the training is sort of a licence to operate,” said Tjivau.

The Labour Resource and Research Institute (LaRRI) recently conducted a survey that looked into the working and living conditions of workers in the petrol service station industry. The survey found that many owners of service stations were unaware of the oil companies’ Health and Safety policies and did not have appropriate policies or a Health and Safety committee at their service stations.

Tjivau is the only Namibian Managing Director of an oil company in Namibia. He said it should be understood that this industry is a highly specialised one, with Health and Safety being the key issues.

“We must understand the risk that comes with the petroleum industry. Then there is the price sensitivity, which in itself makes the industry very specialised,” said Tjivau.

Total Namibia is a committed to the development of skills , with the company’s current workforce being fully Namibian.

“Our idea is to try and plough back into our people. We currently have some young people who just joined our company, and we are committed to this approach. We need Namibians who are skilled and able to manage Total Namibia,” said Tjivau.

A number cruncher by profession, with a Master’s degree from Stellenbosch, Tjivau has been in the petroleum industry since joining BP in 1997. Total Namibia poached him from BP.

Source: New Era – Windhoek
By: Desie Heita
Tuesday, 15th of July 2008