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Published: 24 October 2018

Preparation for the 60th Windhoek Oktoberfest is well underway!

Preparation for the 60th Windhoek Oktoberfest is well underway! Preparation for the 60th annual Windhoek Oktoberfest is well underway, and ready to host guests from all corners of the country, and the globe. “Annually the Windhoek Oktoberfest hosts close to 5000 festival goers – and the same can be expected for this year”, says Chairman of the Windhoek Oktoberfest committee, Norbert Wurm.

Tents are already up and the set-up is in strong progress at the Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW) – host of the annual Windhoek Oktoberfest. “SKW is super-excited for this year’s event!”, says SKW Chairman, Vincent Molzahn. According to Molzahn, Windhoek Oktoberfest goers can expect a change in the lay-out for 2018. Molzahn: “As always, we are very excited to host the 2018 Windhoek Oktoberfest, and even more excited that we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of this outstanding cultural festival in the country. There will definitely be a change in the layout of the venue this year. We deemed this necessary after 7 years since the last time we changed the layout. It is time for something different again.” Molzahn further stressed that the annual Windhoek Oktoberfest has always been one of the highlights on the SKW calendar, and that they intend to remain committed to making sure that festival goers have the best time possible.

The Oktoberfest hosts a perfect mix of traditional games for all ages, accompanied by good traditional Bavarian cuisine and world class entertainment from the original Oktoberfest band from Munich, Germany, the Kirchdorfer band, which will this year also share the stage with Die Broers.

Brought to you by Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group -; SKW, and Pupkewitz BMW, the 2018 Windhoek Oktoberfest is scheduled for 26 and 27 October, and in Cape Town, South Africa (for the 4th consecutive year) on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2018, at the Meerendal Wine Estate, Durbanville.

Tickets to the Windhoek Oktoberfest are available at any Pick & Pay (PnP) outlet in the country, or can be purchased online through Webtickets. The website: www.oktoberfestnamibia.com can be visited for more information on the Windhoek Oktoberfest, as well as details on the Shazam #BeerForAYear competition.
Published: 23 October 2018

Namibia Dairies (ND) honoured for quality and consistency

Namibia Dairies (ND) honoured for quality and consistency Namibia’s leading supplier of fresh and long-life milk, dairy products and other beverages in the country, Namibia Dairies (ND) - a subsidiary of Ohlthaver & List (0&L) Group - is proud to announce another milestone in the history of the company. Its passion and dedication to excellence, and high quality products has landed ND international recognition in quality, and has been awarded the first accredited Certificate of Conformity to ISO 9001:2015 by the Namibia Standards Institution (NSI) on Friday, 19 October, at a special gala event.

“We are excited to earn certification to ISO 9001:2015 and believe it provides additional assurance to our customers that we are focused on continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. Namibia Dairies previously earned certification under ISO 9001:2008 in 2006 and has been audited and registered annually by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). Our move from ISO 9001:2008 to the updated standard demonstrates our desire to always perform at the highest levels of quality and efficiency,” said Heinrich Lesch, ND Manager: Quality Assurance.

The certification to Namibia Dairies is, according to the Namibian Standards Council chairperson, Martha Kandawa-Schulz issued in recognition of the company’s commitment to have its Quality Management System (QMS) certified, which was audited by the NSI, and found to be in conformance with the requirements of the of the ISO 9001:2015 – Quality Management Systems requirement standard. Kandawa-Schulz: “This certification of Namibia Dairies is a confirmation of their ability to demonstrate conformity to quality management system requirements, consistently provide products and services of a high quality and consistently meet customer and regulatory requirements.”

The NSI Certification Body also received its Accreditation Certificate to ISO/IEC 17021 for Certification of ISO 9001:2015 QMS from the Southern African Development Community Accreditation Services (SADCAS). ND Managing Director, Gunther Ling: “Namibia Dairies partnered with the NSI during their transition period and are equally proud of their achievement and this breakthrough for our country. This truly lives the O&L purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’.” 
Published: 19 October 2018

The popular Kirchdorfer band to rock the 2018 Windhoek Oktoberfest!

The popular Kirchdorfer band to rock the 2018 Windhoek Oktoberfest! A significant contribution to the entertainment factor of the annual Windhoek Oktoberfest, is the official, and original Oktoberfest band, the Kirchdorfer band from Munich, Germany that travels all the way every year to Windhoek to keep local goers to the festival, dancing. Without this band, the Oktoberfest at large, and the Windhoek Oktoberfest in particular will not be the same – a sentiment shared by many Oktoberfest fans.

From Germany to Chile, and Russia, also Japan, Namibia, South Africa, Dubai and India, and even the D.R. Congo – you name it, the Kirchdorfer band is there for the annual Oktoberfest. The Kirchdorfer band has performed at the Munich, Germany Oktoberfest (which is the largest cultural fair in the world, and draws up to 6 million visitors over the 10-day period) since 1994, and has so far done 100 tours in 17 countries, with 2500 concerts, and beholds a repertoire of more than 500 songs of a significant variety of genre. Other countries that have also enjoyed the world class entertainment of the Kirchdorfer band so far include Austria, Brazil, China, France, Italy, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, South Korea and Thailand. At the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, the Kirchdorfer band play 16-18 days nonstop every year in the world famous Hacker-Tent in the "heaven” of Bavaria. This year (2018) the band has also been made official band at the Salvator-Strong Beer Festival of Paulaner Brewery at Nockherberg in Munich since this year (2018).

Kirchdorfer band member, Thomas Wohlschläger says they are ready and excited to once again entertain at the Windhoek Oktoberfest. Wohlschläger: “One of our highlights of every year is the Windhoek Oktoberfest! The event in Windhoek has always been a great event for us and we enjoy that we can entertain the people in Namibia with our original and authentic Oktoberfest Music, of course always 100% LIVE. We love the people in Namibia - such a great audience! We are well prepared and the band will bring a big repertoire again to Windhoek including the newest Oktoberfest Hits from 2018, with 13 musicians including 2 female singers, Chrissie and Julia.”

Windhoek Oktoberfest committee member, Norbert Wurm says the Kirchdorfer band is a significant contributor to the excitement and authenticity of the annual Windhoek Oktoberfest. Wurm: “The Kirchdorfer band is a must to create that authentic experience, which is what we as Namibians, and the Windhoek Oktoberfest stand for. Many of the festival’s supporters and fans come to this event simply to enjoy the entertainment provided by the Kirchdorfer band, they are truly world-class and one-of-a-kind.”

Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018, the Windhoek Oktoberfest, brought to you by Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group -; Sport Klub Windhoek (SKW), and Pupkewitz BMW is scheduled for 26 and 27 October in Windhoek at the SKW Sport Field, and in Cape Town, South Africa (for the 4th consecutive year) on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2018, at the Meerendal Wine Estate, Durbanville.

Tickets to the Windhoek Oktoberfest are available at any Pick & Pay (PnP) outlet in the country, or can be purchased online through Webtickets. The website: www.oktoberfestnamibia.com can be visited for more information on the Windhoek Oktoberfest, as well as details on the Shazam #BeerForAYear competition.
 
Published: 17 October 2018

Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) concludes wage agreement in good spirit

Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) concludes wage agreement in good spirit Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group - successfully concluded its wage negotiations with the Shop Steward Committee members for the next two years.

The two-year substantive agreement which affects 417 employees in the bargaining unit (grades 1 – 5) is effective 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020, and includes a 7.5% wage increment (1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019), and a 7% increase for period 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2020. The agreement also includes a housing allowance of N$ 1,202 per month, and an incentive bonus for the duration of the agreement – based on company performance. Affected employees are also guaranteed a 13th cheque equal to one month’s pensionable salary for the duration of the agreement. The full time shop steward at NBL will also receive an allowance of N$ 1,200 per month, as well as cell phone allowance of N$ 250 per month.

NBL Manager: Human Capital, Timothy Izaks stressed on the amicable negotiation process with the Shop Steward Committee members and what a huge difference such a positive and understanding relationship between the two parties make. Izaks: “Although we had a very lengthy and tough negotiation process both parties were focused on improving the living standards of the employees, while maintaining the sustainability of the company. Our people remain our greatest asset as they keep our business going despite the harsh economic times. We understand that they too need to take care of themselves and their families while the cost of living in the country is on the rise. It is important for us to make sure that we add to their standard of living and live up to our purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’.”
Published: 16 October 2018

Hangana Seafood & Escalate Investments improve livelihood at Dr. Fischer School Hostel

Hangana Seafood & Escalate investments improve livelihood at Dr. Fischer School Hostel Conducted by the Prime Minister, Hon. Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, 200 mattresses and beds were last week Friday handed over to the Dr. Fischer Primary School at the Aminuis Reserve, in the Omaheke Region. Donated by Hangana Seafood – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group -, and Escalate Investments respectively, this donation was a response to the need for a healthier and more stable environment at the school hostel, and will contribute to a better night’s sleep for the learners, and a more conducive learning environment.

Delivering the keynote address at the handing over ceremony, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila stressed that schools need to be adequately resourced in order for effective learning to take place. She also expressed appreciation that some schools have to operate with less than what they need, but stressed that much more can be achieved with the resources available, and that the dismal performance of some schools cannot be explained away by arguments of inadequate resources. Kuugongelwa-Amadhila: “The Government will, however, continue to strengthen funding to schools and improve the targeting and utilization of such funds to achieve more results from our limited resources. In this regard, I wish to applaud our private sector partners, Escalate Investments and the O&L Group for their generous donations to this school. Corporate social responsibility has become more important now more than ever, given the limited resources available to Government to deal with the unyielding challenges facing our country, including in the education sector. I encourage the rest of our corporate sector to follow this good example of trying to meet Government half way so that we can pick up speed in reaching all our people with essential services, bearing in mind that an investment into our communities is an investment in the future of our country and is thus an investment in all of us and not a form of charity to the individual recipient communities.”

The O&L Group Manager: Corporate Relations, Patricia Hoeksema who handed over the mattresses on behalf of Hangana Seafood emphasized on the O&L Group’s comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy that sees the Group investing extensively into community upliftment throughout Namibia, with particular focus on education, support to children from marginalized communities, people with disabilities, and orphaned and vulnerable children. In addition to contributing to these initiatives, Hangana Seafood directly supports various charities and rural communities which benefit from fish donations on a regular basis. Hoeksema: “This morning’s humble donation speaks directly to the O&L Group purpose ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’ – a purpose Hangana Seafood is very passionate about, hence our immediate response to support the Dr. Fischer Primary School sponsorship request, to improve the living conditions of the children in the hostel. We are optimistic that this humble contribution of 200 mattresses valued at close to N$ 120,000 will encourage the children to enjoy school and study hard, and do great in further enhancing their education to make greater contributions to our economy and country. When we invest in our children, and in the local education sector, we invest in the future of Namibia - our children, their children and generations to come, and hope that this morning’s contribution will go a long way in the future of the Dr. Fischer Primary School, its learners, and also in the future of education in Namibia.”

The 200 mattresses donated by Hangana Seafood complements the 200 beds donated by Escalate Investments.
Published: 15 October 2018

Kraatz takes in more NIMT students

Kraatz takes in more NIMT students The Internship program by Kraatz – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – is still going strong with more students from the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) taken under its wing, in aid of developing their knowledge and skills, and preparing them for the real world working environment.

According to the Human Capital Manager at Kraatz, the internship program, which has started in 2011 enables students to do their job attachment to gain practical experience to prepare them for the job market. January: “Students get exposure in the Industrial & Mining Division, Workshop, and also in the Marine & Offshore Division where they get exposure in the ship repair industry. Generally students taken on board by Kraatz from NIMT specialize in Boiler making, Welding, and Fitting & Turning. These students are mentored and coached by Master craftsmen that have worked in the engineering sector for many years and possess a wealth of experience locally and internationally. It is of utmost importance and we are keen on developing young Namibians to afford them the opportunity to gain practical experience to better prepare them for the job market and at the same time contribute to our country’s development and vision 2030.”

Nine (9) more NIMT students were just welcomed on board the Kraatz internship program, specializing in Boilermaker and Welding Level 1; Boilermaker and Welding Level 2; Fitter & Turner Level 1, and Fitter & Turner Level 2. One of those students is 21 year old Maxwell Diergaardt who specializes in Fitter & Turner Level 1. “I am very happy and excited to be here at Kraatz Marine. I work with awesome people. I am growing so much as a person and in my profession. My people skills are also improving tremendously, and I am extremely excited at the skills I am acquiring here.”

Hafeni Shikulo specializes in Boilermaker Level 1 and has been a NIMT student since March 2018. “I feel proud and fortunate to be part of the Kraatz team. Things are going really well with me, and the work environment is absolutely inspiring. The Kraatz team is as awesome bunch of people, and I get good exposure for my trade”

O&L Group Director: Human Capital, Berthold Mukuahima: “If we as Business Namibia do not support government in growing this nation, by doing what we can to develop and nurture, we can forget about growing stronger as a nation. Skills development is a critical pillar in government’s Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), and indeed can contribute significantly to curbing the high unemployment rate, and reduction of poverty levels. 
Published: 04 October 2018

Namibia Plastics making strides in local manufacturing

Namibia Plastics making strides in local manufacturing Only six months since the official groundbreaking of its manufacturing plant, Namibia Plastics is already making strides toward its goal of entirely curbing the import of plastic products. It was a proud moment for CEO and co-founder, Johan Struwig and his team when he officially handed over packaging to Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – for its premium and world class beer brand, Windhoek Lager.

Significant about this handover, is the fact that the Windhoek Lager packaging has been an import service for many years, but will now be manufactured locally, as a result of the new Comexi F2 flexible packaging printer acquired by Namibia Plastics – a machine which, according to Struwig, is a first of its kind in the country, and is the ideal start to realizing the local plastic manufacturing dream. Struwig: “If Namibian companies believe in each other, take hands and support each other, we as a nation and as Business Namibia can compete internationally, by manufacturing world-class, quality products, locally. The stringent quality expectations of NBL, coupled with the commitment of the O&L Group to conduct business in an environmentally responsible way, gave Namibia Plastics the confidence to invest into world-class equipment when erecting our new factory at Brakwater.”

The Comexi F2 flexible packaging printer received a Red Dot Award when it was launched. The “Red Dot” has become established internationally as one of the most sought-after seals of quality for good design. Other companies that also received the “Red Dot” includes Porsche, when it launched its new 911 range, and Apple, when it launched the MacBook Air, among others. Struwig: “Our Comexi F2 flexograhic CI Press can print up to 8 colours and is capable of running speeds of 400 meters per minute. This means almost unlimited possibilities for our customers, most of them factories, who need to brand the packaging of their products before sending to the market - an advantage that will proof invaluably to our Namibian clientele, many of them which also exports their products and need to be able to compete in the international arena.”

NBL was Namibia Plastics’ very first client back in 2011 when the company was established. Struwig stressed that NBL’s support opened even further doors for the manufacturer on the local front, which has seen significant growth in Namibia Plastics over the past seven years - so much so that earlier this year, Namibia Plastics had its ground-breaking of a N$95 Million factory at Brakwater which will close the gap of an estimated 50% of plastic currently imported from abroad.

Accepting the Windhoek Lager 6-pack brand packaging, Managing Director of NBL, Wessie van der Westhuizen was very pleased at the result and expressed excitement in the relationship with Namibia Plastics going forward. Van der Westhuizen: “We are proud to be associated with Namibia Plastics, and are very happy with the services so far received from this proudly Namibian establishment. The quality is world-class. NBL is dedicated to supporting local and passionately supportive of government’s “growth-at-home” strategy. We will always be committed to supporting local first before looking abroad. Well done Namibia Plastics on proving that if we put our minds to it, we can!”

Struwig says the Namibia Plastics manufacturing plant will eventually replace approximately 1,000 tons of imports and manufacture it locally, thereby providing even more jobs in Namibia and adding value locally. “With the financial assistance from DBN and local investors which include Spitz Capital (Pty) Ltd, (a Regulation 29 compliant unlisted investment vehicle with the Government Institutions Pension Fund as principle investor), Namibia Plastics now has a 2660 Squares state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at Brakwater.

“Our Vision at Namibia Plastics is to become the market leader everywhere we serve, and at the same time actively taking part in turning the flexible packaging printing and converting industry into an environmentally sustainable industry. Herewith below some indicators which specify the environmental benefits of our machine. With the new Comexi F2 Machine Namibia Plastics has seen a total reduction of 65% in emissions reduction.”