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THE Ohlthaver and List Group of Companies stands accused of discriminating against black Namibians by deliberately overlooking them for top management positions within the group.
This is despite the O&L group being named the best company to work for in Southern Africa in 2012 and 2013. The group is one of the largest private sector employers in the country. Its biggest subsidiaries are Model Pick 'n Pay, Hangana Seafood and Namibia Breweries.
A handful of O&L employees raised concerns, stating that the company was using loopholes in the Affirmative Action Act to avoid employing blacks in key positions.
Sources said the O&L group has about 14 subsidiaries known as operating companies and none of the 14 entities has a black managing director or financial director.
Interestingly, the sources further said, it appears that only the function of head of human resources at the operating companies and at group level is reserved for black managers and that all human resource chiefs under the group are black.
The Namibian has seen the group's Affirmative Action report of 2014, which states that the O&L group was aiming to appoint a racially disadvantaged woman at executive director level but that no such appointment was made. According to the report, the company claims that it had no vacancies at that level.
The report further stated that the group intended to appoint two black men and one black woman at senior management level, but by last year only one black man was appointed since there were otherwise no vacancies at that level.
Sources at the group complained, stating that towards the end of last year, three managing director vacancies were available but that these were all filled by whites. The three are the MD of the O&L Centre for Excellence, the MD of Model Pick 'n Pay and the MD of Namibia Dairies.
The group's workforce profile indicates that the group has only one black Namibian man out of four at the executive director level, while at senior management level there is only one black Namibian man out of 12. There are no black Namibian women out of five.
The concentration of black Namibians in the group only starts at middle management level where it employs seven black Namibian men out of 12 and nine black Namibian women out of 21.
Sources at the company pointed out that the group leadership team, which is responsible for running the whole group of companies consists of six members and only two are black, although one is not considered an executive director, but the group's website states that it has two black executive directors.
The two are chief corporate relations officer Gideon Shilongo and O&L Group Human Capital Director Berthold Mukuahima.
Below the group's leadership team is the group executive, which consists of the group's marketing director and nine managing directors of the operating companies. The only blacks in this structure of the group's management are Mukuahima and Shilongo.
Oddly, O&L group's executive chairman, Sven Thieme, is highly regarded by government and was last year appointed as a Commissioner for the National Planning Commission, a government agency responsible for the country's development.
Thieme is also the chairman of the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation and Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino. Previously, he served as chairman of the Development Bank of Namibia. Ruling Swapo Party deputy secretary general Laura McLeod-Katjirua also serves on the board of the O&L group.
Employment Equity Commissioner Vilbard Usiku said the O&L group's AA report was approved in November last year and that approving it does not mean everything is in order.
Usiku also confirmed that the company had a skewed workforce profile which favoured whites for top management level.
The Namibian could not obtain comment from the O&L group or from Thieme at the time of going to print, despite sending an email and various text messages. Calls went unanswered by the relevant authorities.