Namibia’s business umbrella NCCI has expressed shock and sadness on hearing the news of Mr John Akapandi Endjala’s death.

Endjala who was a noted businessman of Namibia over the last two decades succumbed to an illness yesterday afternoon in Windhoek.

“The NCCI and Business Namibia have learned with sadness about the passing of one of our former presidents and a formidable business personality Mr John (Akapandi) Endjala. At this difficult moment, we extend our sincere condolences to Mee Penny, the children and the entire family,” said NCCI president Mr Bisey Uirab in a statement.

“We thank Akapandi for his role in advancing the interest of the business community and upliftment of the formerly disadvantaged business people.

“He will surely be remembered for his unequivocal commitment to forge the Chamber’s pathway by contributing to the successful achievement of enhancing entrepreneurship through mentoring, inspiring and connecting our country’s entrepreneurs.

“May his soul find peaceful repose.”

Endjala, who with his wife co-owned the John & Penny Group of companies, served as president of NCCI from 2008 to 2010.

In the photo: The late businessman John Akapandi Endjala.