In celebration of PwC Namibia’s 40 year anniversary, which was on July 1, 2015, the company hosted a gala dinner at Moltke Street between PwC offices and Ministry of Finance in Windhoek on last month. The dinner was attended by Namibia’s Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, other members of parliament, and representatives from the finance and business sectors, along with a host of other invited guests.
The gala dinner, with its unusual venue, was an engaging evening, meant to honour the past, celebrate the present and serve as a springboard for the future. PwC, a firm that has been in existence pre and post-Independence, has gone through many significant changes. Before Independence, the firm was predominantly a white male organization and now its demographics show a firm that is inclusive.
Around 75% of staff are from previously disadvantaged groups and women make up 66% of all employees. PwC Namibia believes in harnessing individual differences and integrating people from different backgrounds to ensure that our clients receive excellent services.
This 40 year celebration marked not only the company’s success, but signified 40 years of service to Namibia. The firm has been able to adjust to the country’s needs, modifying itself to fit a bigger agenda, actively partnering with the government towards the vision of an economically independent Namibia, through raising leaders, imparting skills and discharging a considerable number of qualified individuals into the national economy.
PwC supports various projects through its Omuhoko Trust, a Trust that all employees contribute to on a monthly basis and the firm matches the contributions dollar for dollar. The Isaiah, SPES, Jonathan Jacob and Nurturing Ground projects are some of the projects funded by the trust with the sole purpose of helping people living under the pressure of poverty.
PwC, a professional services firm, originated from Hanekom & Kie, founded by the late G.J Hanekom in 1975. Over the past 40 years, the firm has gone through a number of significant mergers, leading to several brand changes. In 1991 Hanekom & Kie merged with the international firm Coopers & Lybrand, taking on that name, and in 1998 there was a worldwide merger of Coopers & Lybrand and Pricewaterhouse, forming PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 2010 the PricewaterhouseCoopers brand changed to PwC.