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Published: 30 November 2015

Namibia's first in-house micro-brewery restaurant inaugurated

Fltr: Hans Herrmann, NBL Manager: Supply; Stefan Koepp, Brew Master of the Swakopmund Brewing Company; Wessie van der Westhuizen, NBL Managing Directo

Situated on the iconic Swakopmund Mole, the Swakopmund Brewing Company – hosted within the Brewer & Butcher restaurant at the Strand Hotel Swakopmund - was officially inaugurated on Thursday, 26 November 2015. This first-of-its-kind restaurant hosts a bar, terrace, beer garden and most excitingly, Namibia’s first ever Micro-brewery which brews three different beers right on site.

Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – describes its N$7 million investment into the Swakopmund Brewing Company as yet another opportunity to add value in, and for, Namibia, in line with the O&L Purpose of Creating a Future, Enhancing Life. Managing Director of Namibia Breweries Limited, Wessie van der Westhuizen: “NBL has a proud heritage not only of providing quality, World Class Beers, but also for giving back to the community. In Swakopmund this has not only seen NBL’s support to tourism which is a major driver of the local economy, through our sponsorship of the Museum, Museum’s Café and Martin Luther tourist site, but also various other initiatives like Project Shine and the Schools Recycling Competition. Our investment into the Swakopmund Brewing Company again reaffirms NBL’s commitment to giving back to the town and community of Swakopmund, while complementing the uniqueness of the Strand Hotel offering.”

The Brewer & Butcher - one of the restaurants found in the Strand Hotel Swakopmund which was officially opened by the President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Hage Geingob on the 6th of November - is home to Namibia’s first ever restaurant-micro-brewery. Stefan Koepp, Brew Master of the Swakopmund Brewing Company: “Different recipes such as Helles, a Bavarian style beer; Red Summer Ale – new to Namibia; and Märzen, a stronger beer with a dark amber colour can be enjoyed at the Swakopmund Brewing Company’s Brewer & Butcher here at the Strand Hotel Swakopmund. For our customers who prefer non-alcoholic beverages, we offer Lemonade brew - an alcohol-free product also known as Fassbrause available in various flavours. Furthermore, the Brewer & Butcher which has a rich blend of Namibian and German culture specializes in beef and game, making it an excellent steakhouse for the meat lover. Continuing the tradition of the Strand Hotel Swakopmund’s commitment to freshness, to the environment, and to Namibia, most cuts are from free range, authentic Namibian beef and game. And even more special is that the micro-brewery is manually operated, therefore not only staying true to the German Purity Law of 1516 - the Reinheitsgebot, but practicing the craft of brewing in the old traditional way.”

Managing Director of O&L Leisure – also a subsidiary of the O&L Group – Terence Makari stressed that the destination of the Swakopmund Brewing Company’s Brewer & Butcher is perfect. “The Swakopmund Strand Hotel is representative of a place where the richness of Namibian culture meets international standards to provide a warm home away from home. It is destined to become a Namibian icon worthy of its unique location on the historic Swakopmund Mole. The Strand Hotel offers its customers a variety of 3 unique restaurants: The Farmhouse Deli; The Ocean Cellar, and the Brewer & Butcher. At the end of the day, what makes the Brewer & Butcher a stand out is the unique, unforgettable and enriched experience we hope our guests will walk away with because the Strand Hotel Swakopmund is a place with great food, great people and of course, great fun. Thank you to each and every one who came out tonight to join us and share in a celebratory spirit as we give back and welcome Swakopmund’s first in-house micro-brewery restaurant”, Makari concluded.

Published: 26 November 2015

O&L Subsidiaries proudly stand out as leaders in employment equity

O&L Subsidiaries proudly stand out as leaders in employment equity

The Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group is fully committed to the national agenda of creating a fair employment environment in Namibia. The Group applauds and supports the Employment Equity Commission’s annual initiative to recognize and reward deserving employers in terms of section 5(9) of the Affirmative Action Act as these endeavors and initiatives fall in line with O&L’s Group purpose of “Creating a future, enhancing life” for all Namibians.

 Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia and Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – both subsidiaries of the O&L Group - were recognized as leaders in the promotion of Employment Equity in Namibia and awarded 2nd place in the Best Performers category (PnP) and Overall Top Performer in the Workplace category  (NBL) at the annual Employment Equity Commission Awards ceremony last week.

 O&L is fully committed to transformation within the Namibian labor sector, and the Group’s dedication to growing a fairly balanced, honest and fair workforce is evident in the awards to two of the Group’s subsidiaries at the annual Employment Equity Commission’s Award ceremony. The Affirmative Action (Employment) Act, 1998 (Act 29 of 1998) was passed by Parliament with a view to redress imbalances at the workplace, arising from the past discriminatory socio-economic dispensation which existed in the country.  The legislation is intended to foster fair employment practices with regard to matters such as recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, and equitable remuneration for previously disadvantaged people - more particularly, previously racially disadvantaged people, women and persons with disabilities, referred to as designated groups in the Act. The overall objective of the Act is to achieve equity through the elimination of employment barriers against persons of designated groups. The purpose of the Act is to transform the Namibian Workforce to be representative of the demographics of the country.  Transformation of the workforce has many challenges and opportunities; hence it is not only a necessary Act, but it also falls in line with the country’s democratic principles.

 O&L Human Capital Director, Berthold Mukuahima: “In the Namibian context, transformation of the workforces’ present distinct benefits. Not only does it bring in new talent and equip existing talent with new skills, but it also presents and unlocks many opportunities for businesses. Businesses can use the process of workforce transformation to balance their demographic profiles.”

  “We are very proud of our subsidiaries – Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia and Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – for their outstanding achievements. We also congratulate all other companies and organizations that have been identified as promoters of employment equity,” Mukuahima concluded.

Published: 26 November 2015

O&L Brings Christmas cheer to orphans & vulnerable children at the coast

O&L Brings Christmas cheer to orphans & vulnerable children at the coast

The year 2015 marks the 7th year of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group’s Coastal Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Christmas Party. Children from the Erongo House of Safety; Swakopmund Tears of Hope; Promise Land Soup Kitchen; Promise Land Play School; Kids Haven, and Jonah Home were treated to a party filled with lots of games, delicious snacks and goodies as well as gifts from Santa Claus.

Each year, the operating companies of the O&L Group namely Pick n Pay Namibia; Namibia Breweries Limited; Namibia Dairies; Broll Namibia; Dimension Data; O&L Energy; O&L Leisure; Hangana Seafood; Kraatz Marine; Kraatz Steel; Eros Air and Brandtribe support this initiative in line with the Group’s purpose of “Creating a future, enhancing life” to make this event a memorable experience for the children. Tanja Payne, a Hangana Seafood employee and member of the OVC Christmas Party committee: “Every year we look forward to this event as it brings such joy, not only to the hearts and faces of the little ones, but also to us as employees. We try and accommodate all orphanages in the Erongo Region and also venture out to look for other vulnerable children within our community to spoil during the festive season.” 

External sponsors that contributed to making this year’s OVC Christmas party a reality include  Guans Packaging; Salon Nailika; Omega Security; Afrox; Extreme; Party Kidz; Rent-A-Toilet; Chip & Dip; Susan Herridge; Fruit & Veg Walvis Bay, and The Abbotts.  “Seeing the smiles on these children’s faces makes all the hard work worth it. I love being part of such priceless experiences, and being part of uplifting the lives of those less privileged. I also appreciate every single helping hand that made this event possible,” Group Corporate Social Investment Coordinator, Venessa Mwiya concluded.

Published: 25 November 2015

O&L - Committed to growing its people

O&L - Committed to growing its people

O&L Group, its employees are the most important asset. For several years O&L was awarded ‘Best Company to Work For’ in Namibia and the SADC Region in the large category of the annual Deloitte Best Company To Work for Survey. We believe that this achievement is a result of our commitment to making our employees our number one priority where everyone is afforded growth and development opportunities and as such our value ‘We Grow People’ is applicable to every single employee within the O&L Group.”

An excited Borney Britz can’t wait to take on his new challenge as Director: Agribusiness at the !Aimab Superfarm, Mariental. After working in the Human Resources department of TransNamib Holdings for almost 13 years, Borney joined the O&L Group in 2008 as a human capital generalist at Namibia Dairies. His commitment and outstanding performance led to him eventually becoming responsible for all dairy farms. He was involved in the structuring of the !Aimab Superfarm and the setting up of the Human Resources department. In 2011 Borney was appointed as Employee Relationship Manager at Namibia Dairies, and not long after that was appointed as the Head of Human Capital. On 1 October 2015 Borney was appointed into a new leadership position, Director: Agribusiness at the Mariental Superfarm. He will be responsible for the strategic management of the facility, and engage with external stakeholders. Borney: “Superfarm is a very critical element in Namibia’s dairy industry, and I am grateful for the O&L Group for entrusting me with this position. I am also grateful for the growth opportunities they provide not only for me, but for all O&L employees. The opportunities provided to us are reflective of the Group’s commitment to growing its people. “

Adri Erwee joined the O&L Group straight from University. She was one of O&L’s Talent Attraction Program (TAP) intakes in 2008, and was placed at Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia as a Human Resources Practitioner. In October 2009 she was promoted to Organizational Development Manager at PnP Namibia, following her outstanding performance in her previous position. Her dedication to standing out in her performance continued, and led to her appointment as Human Resources Manager of O&L Leisure in July 2014. She now returned back to where she started in the Group, only this time as Human Resources Manager of Pick n Pay Namibia.

 Adri completed a B.Comm degree in Industrial Psychology at Stellenbosch University, after which she completed her Honors through the University of South Africa (UNISA). Adri: “The O&L Group is an amazing group to work for and I really feel so privileged to be part of this dynamic team with its strong values and organizational culture. O&L has provided many learning opportunities for me in the past and I have made use of each one to get to where I am today. This is proof that the O&L Group really does grow its people. It is just up to every individual to make a success of it.”

Amanda van Zyl is also a product of the O&L TAP Program. She graduated from Stellenbosch University in 2008 with an Honors degree in Industrial Psychology, and started with the O&L TAP program in 2009 at Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL). She worked there for 7 months in the Human Resources Department, and moved on to O&L Centre where she was appointed as HR & Organizational Development Practitioner for two years. In July 2011 Amanda was promoted to Group Manager: Organizational Development, and outstandingly performed in her duties.

Amanda has now been appointed as Head of Human Capital at Namibia Dairies. Amanda: “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity and for the trust invested in me to take up the Head Human Capital position at Namibia Dairies. I am looking forward to becoming part of the ND team and learning about the dairy industry. I enjoy developing interventions that assist people to increase their effectiveness and improve their performance and therefore hope to further create Human Capital Excellence & Best Practices in Namibia Dairies as well as live my purpose which is to empower and assist people to become the best that they can be.”

Amanda also holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch, and is in the process to register as a Registered Industrial Psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

After obtaining his Human Resources B-Tech Degree at Technikon SA, Timothy Izaks started his career in HR at the Ministry of Environment & Tourism in 1994 before he stepped on board the O&L Group as HR Officer for O&L Leisure (the then Namib Sun Hotels) in 2003. He moved forward in 2005 when he was appointed Group HR Officer for the O&L Retail Group which included PnP Namibia, Windhoek Schlachterei and the Kilimanjaro restaurant group - Mugg n Bean and Ocean Basket. In 2007 Timothy was appointed Human Capital Manager for PnP Namibia. He maintained his commitment to excel which led to his most recent appointment as HR Manager at Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) on 1 November 2015. Timothy: “I am extremely humbled and thankful for this opportunity which is 100% in line with our values and leadership competencies. I am truly happy to know that O&L’s value ‘We Grow People’ has proven to be applicable to all O&L employees as I was never limited to any growth opportunities in my journey so far.”

O&L Group Human Capital Director, Berthold Mukuahima concluded by saying: “We can’t be successful without a developing workforce. In order to be an employer of choice who recognizes the value of developing its workforce, we constantly explore opportunities of growth for our people. We are very proud of Adri, Amanda, Borney and Timothy and we wish them all the best in their new positions as we are confident that they will continue to excel in all they do.”

Published: 25 November 2015

O&L subsidiaries proudly stand out as leaders in employment equity

O&L Human Capital Director, Berthold Mukuahima

The Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group is fully committed to the national agenda of creating a fair employment environment in Namibia. The Group applauds and supports the Employment Equity Commission’s annual initiative to recognize and reward deserving employers in terms of section 5(9) of the Affirmative Action Act as these endeavors and initiatives fall in line with O&L’s Group purpose of “Creating a future, enhancing life” for all Namibians.

Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia and Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – both subsidiaries of the O&L Group - were recognized as leaders in the promotion of Employment Equity in Namibia and awarded 2nd place in the Best Performers category (PnP) and Overall Top Performer in the Workplace category (NBL) at the annual Employment Equity Commission Awards ceremony last week.

O&L is fully committed to transformation within the Namibian labor sector, and the Group’s dedication to growing a fairly balanced, honest and fair workforce is evident in the awards to two of the Group’s subsidiaries at the annual Employment Equity Commission’s Award ceremony. The Affirmative Action (Employment) Act, 1998 (Act 29 of 1998) was passed by Parliament with a view to redress imbalances at the workplace, arising from the past discriminatory socio-economic dispensation which existed in the country. The legislation is intended to foster fair employment practices with regard to matters such as recruitment, selection, appointment, training, promotion, and equitable remuneration for previously disadvantaged people - more particularly, previously racially disadvantaged people, women and persons with disabilities, referred to as designated groups in the Act. The overall objective of the Act is to achieve equity through the elimination of employment barriers against persons of designated groups. The purpose of the Act is to transform the Namibian Workforce to be representative of the demographics of the country. Transformation of the workforce has many challenges and opportunities; hence it is not only a necessary Act, but it also falls in line with the country’s democratic principles.

O&L Human Capital Director, Berthold Mukuahima: “In the Namibian context, transformation of the workforces’ present distinct benefits. Not only does it bring in new talent and equip existing talent with new skills, but it also presents and unlocks many opportunities for businesses. Businesses can use the process of workforce transformation to balance their demographic profiles.”

“We are very proud of our subsidiaries – Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia and Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – for their outstanding achievements. We also congratulate all other companies and organizations that have been identified as promoters of employment equity,” Mukuahima concluded.

Published: 25 November 2015

O&L brings Christmas cheer to orphans & vulnerable children at the coast

O&L employees were excited to dish out the special Christmas cake baked for the coastal orphans and vulnerable children at the annual O&L OVC coastal

The year 2015 marks the 7th year of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group’s Coastal Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Christmas Party. Children from the Erongo House of Safety; Swakopmund Tears of Hope; Promise Land Soup Kitchen; Promise Land Play School; Kids Haven, and Jonah Home were treated to a party filled with lots of games, delicious snacks and goodies as well as gifts from Santa Claus.

Each year, the operating companies of the O&L Group namely Pick n Pay Namibia; Namibia Breweries Limited; Namibia Dairies; Broll Namibia; Dimension Data; O&L Energy; O&L Leisure; Hangana Seafood; Kraatz Marine; Kraatz Steel; Eros Air and Brandtribe support this initiative in line with the Group’s purpose of “Creating a future, enhancing life” to make this event a memorable experience for the children. Tanja Payne, a Hangana Seafood employee and member of the OVC Christmas Party committee: “Every year we look forward to this event as it brings such joy, not only to the hearts and faces of the little ones, but also to us as employees. We try and accommodate all orphanages in the Erongo Region and also venture out to look for other vulnerable children within our community to spoil during the festive season.”

External sponsors that contributed to making this year’s OVC Christmas party a reality include Guans Packaging; Salon Nailika; Omega Security; Afrox; Extreme; Party Kidz; Rent-A-Toilet; Chip & Dip; Susan Herridge; Fruit & Veg Walvis Bay, and The Abbotts. “Seeing the smiles on these children’s faces makes all the hard work worth it. I love being part of such priceless experiences, and being part of uplifting the lives of those less privileged. I also appreciate every single helping hand that made this event possible,” Group Corporate Social Investment Coordinator, Venessa Mwiya concluded.

Published: 17 November 2015

O&L treated more than 200 children at the annual OVC Christmas Party

The arrival of Father Christmas remains the highlight for the children -  Gunther Ling, Managing Director of Namibia Dairies dressed as Father Christm

This year marked the 12th anniversary of the annual event that was hosted by the O&L Group on the 12th of November 2015. More than 200 children from the Moses Garoëb Project School attended the Christmas party. The school is situated in an underprivileged area, Havanna and accommodates close to 1300 orphans and vulnerable children. Each year, the operating companies of the O&L Group namely Pick n Pay Namibia; Namibia Breweries Limited; Namibia Dairies; Broll Namibia; Dimension Data; O&L Energy; O&L Leisure; Hangana Seafood; Kraatz Marine; Kraatz Steel; Eros Air and Brandtribe support this initiative in making it a memorable day for the children.

This year’s party was a fun fare, which included a fun park with Jumping Castles, Slip-a-Slide, water tumbler, hotdogs, candy floss, ice cream, a giant cake and other goodies. Group Corporate Social Investment Coordinator, Venessa Mwiya: “This is one of my most fun-filled events each year. It is very close to my heart, and it excites me to see the joy and happiness amongst the children. The OVC Christmas party is annually planned and organized with the greatest passion by O&L employees and the Management team.

The day for the children ended on an even higher note when Santa Claus appeared and blessed each of them with a gift pack. Head of Department at the Moses Garoëb Project School, Florah Kakujaha: “Most of these children have not even seen a Santa Claus before today. I do not have words to describe how joyful and grateful I am for this platform provided to them, which I have no doubt makes them all feel very special. This will be a day they will never forget. I hope this encourages other people and organizations to follow suit, and strive to make a difference in the lives of others. I, and the rest of the Moses Garoëb Project School teachers are very grateful for this. The children are clearly having the time of their lives.”

In addition, the O&L Group extended gratitude to Ian’s Shuttle Services for their services each year to safely transport the children to and from the school. A warm thank you also to IFS Catering and Square Café for their meaningful contributions to making this event a success.

Published: 11 November 2015

NBL tightens relationship with Namibia's tourism sector - in support of upcoming annual major events

NBL Managing Director, Wessie van der Westhuizen proudly hands over a checue of N$100 000 to the National Chairman of the Hospitality Association of N

Namibia’s tourism industry contributes immensely to the country’s Gross Domestic Product, and is one of the key drivers of this economy. Namibia is also one of the most adored African countries in the world, with its unique landscapes and rich natural heritage, which has up to one million tourists flocking to the land of the brave on an annual basis. In preserving and ensuring an even better future for the Namibian tourism industry, Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) - a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group - once again takes hands with the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) in support of hosting two annual big events on the local tourism sector-agenda. On 10 November 2015, NBL at the launch of the HAN Congress, Tourism Trade Forum and Awards Gala 2015 handed over a sponsorship of N$100 000 in contribution to the success of these events. This sponsorship re-affirms NBL’s commitment to keeping the local tourism sector alive.

Managing Director of NBL, Wessie van der Westhuizen emphasized the tourism sector’s potential to contribute greatly to government’s vision of eradicating poverty in the country. Van der Westhuizen: “With poverty alleviation being a major priority for the government of Namibia, and specifically that of the Head of State, President Hage Geingob; the tourism sector is certainly bound to play a significant part in this journey. We can never lack in our efforts to keep the Namibian tourism sector in growth, but rather remain committed, and continue to increase all aspects of this industry in order to keep on generating funds for our country, and most importantly creating jobs which will lead to the alleviation of poverty.”

CEO of HAN, Gitta Paetzold stressed the need for events of this nature, and placed emphasis on the potential the Namibia tourism industry has. Paetzold: “For a sector which holds so much significance to a country’s economy, it is important that we make time to have a closer look, in order to analyze its growth, and of course identify challenges on which we can build to grow the sector even bigger. It is also very important that we identify and recognize those that have made significant contributions to the growth of the Namibian tourism sector. These platforms also allow for role-players to meet and greet and discuss the way ahead for Namibian tourism. Namibia has the potential to fly even higher with its unique landscapes and natural gemstones found nowhere else but here. Events like this guides the relevant stakeholders on how to go about marketing and increasing tourists to the country, and sponsors like NBL makes such platforms possible, which makes worlds of differences to the local sector.”

The 2015 HAN Congress, HTTF and Awards Gala will be elevated to international level, - not only by the amazing line-up of speakers planned for the HAN Congress but also because the Namibia Tourism Board has agreed to combine its annual Namibia Academy with the HTTF. This means, that the participants of the HTTF will not only be able to negotiate and trade with the local industry representatives, but will get the opportunity to meet the 60 international tourism & travel agents, that the NTB is currently soliciting to visit Namibia during that time.

Swakopmund will be the host of this year’s activities. The HAN Congress will take place on Friday, 27 November at the Strand Hotel Swakopmund, while the HTTF and Awards Gala Dinner will be hosted on the beach South of Swakopmund on Saturday 28 November.

Published: 09 November 2015

Kraatz Marine continue to invest in skills development of young Namibians

Kraatz Marine continue to invest in skills development of young Namibians The Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group is proud to announce that Kraatz Marine – a subsidiary of the O&L Group - has taken another six students from the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) under its wing. In light of the Group’s purpose of “Creating a future, enhancing life” Kraatz Marine annually takes in between 12 and 16 students, in aid of developing their knowledge and skills and preparing them for the real working environment.

According to Roberto January, Kraatz Marine Senior Human Capital Practitioner, the internship program which started in 2011 will enable students to do their job attachment to gain practical experience to prepare them for the job market. “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. We took in 6 students with this year’s September intake while we retain an average of 12 to 16 students throughout the year as some students stay for 6 months and others 12 months, depending on their level”, said January.
Students from NIMT taken on board by Kraatz Marine generally specialize in Boiler making; Welding, and Fitting & Turning. January adds: “These students are mentored and coached by Master craftsmen that have worked in the engineering sector for many years and that possess a wealth of experience locally and internationally. It is of utmost importance and we are keen on developing young Namibians and 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.”

Meanwhile, Kraatz Marine in September had its first intake of students from the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) Engineering School based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the institution in July this year. The MoU makes provision for attachment of students and academics to Kraatz Marine for capacity-building exercises, research, teaching and learning.
Two students, Jason Kavara and Mwahafa Ngodji studying towards their Mechanical Engineering Degrees have started working at Kraatz Marine. “Work Integrated Learning (WIL) forms part of their curriculum that allows them to gain practical experience in a formal work setting, and is a requirement to complete their studies,” January concluded.
Published: 09 November 2015

President Hage Geingob officially opens the new Strand Hotel Swakopmund

President Hage Geingob officially opens the new Strand Hotel Swakopmund Friday, 06 November 2015 marked a special day for O&L Leisure and the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group at large, when the Head of State, President Hage Geingob officially opened the new Strand Hotel Swakopmund. Accompanied by the Erongo Regional Governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua and other esteemed guests, President Geingob was the guest of honor at the special Presidential Gala Dinner, at the Strand Hotel Swakopmund.

In his address, the President re-iterated his vision of working towards eradicating poverty, and creating a country that will see better livelihoods for all Namibians. The President welcomed the new Strand Hotel Swakopmund to the local tourism sector - a sector which he emphasized is earmarked by Government as a key driver of economic growth and employment. Geingob: “I am pleased to note that the hotel has created numerous employment opportunities. I also note that in addition to the direct investment into the development of the Strand Hotel, the O&L Group has already invested into its employees through an extensive training programme, equipping them with the necessary skills to deliver excellent service to its guests, and also adding much needed skills. I am also delighted with the inclusivity I have witnessed. “

Erongo Regional Governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua, said that Swakopmund - as one of the country’s main tourist attractions - always welcomes investments that attract more feet to the town. Mutjavikua emphasized that Tourism is an integral part of the local economy, and many people in the area depend upon thousands of visitors each year. He added that in recent years Swakopmund has witnessed development on a large scale, and the modern town is experiencing a building boom that is taking many people by surprise. Mutjavikua: “In the midst of the current development the Erongo Region finds itself in, not to mention the gigantic investment into the Walvis Bay Port which will see massive boosts into the local economy, the Strand Hotel Swakopmund comes at the right time. The Namibian tourism sector has over the years proven to be a very critical and solid industry in the local economy, and the growth this fraternity experiences is overwhelming. And because Swakopmund is one of the main tourist attractions in the country, constant development, especially on interests of attracting even more tourists and investment, is critical. The employment creation and growth at home support it contributes to government’s vision makes this development an important part of the Namibian tourism sector, and the country’s economy at large. The Erongo Region thus wholeheartedly welcomes this new establishment.”

The O&L Group Human Capital Director, Berthold Mukuahima – who delivered a statement on behalf of the O&L Group Executive Chairman, Sven Thieme - thanked Government for creating an environment which not only supports the building of the nation, but also industries as a major contributor to creating a better future for the Namibian people. Mukuahima: “Our purpose of ‘Creating a Future, Enhancing Life’ acknowledges that through sustainable businesses and doing the right thing right, we can impact many lives positively. This is also manifested in our Vision metrics one of which is to create an additional 4 000 job opportunities by 2019. The O&L Group currently directly employs 5 596 people while the new Strand Hotel has created 250 additional permanent jobs directly, and various indirect opportunities.”

The O&L Group continued to thank Government for the visible commitment to eradicating poverty, investing in education, creating a healthy investment climate and supporting local economic development. “We are proud to support, amongst others, Government’s Growth at Home strategy that aims to develop the economy through local growth. I also wish to reiterate that in addition to investing into building sustainable businesses, we will continue to invest in our people, within and beyond our business, in order to secure a better future for all. The O&L Group – through our hospitality portfolio, O&L Leisure - is extremely proud of the Strand Hotel Swakopmund that has seen a total investment of more than N$ 360 million into the Namibian economy. This exquisite Namibian product has brought about a number of opportunities such as job creation, building innovative and sustainable businesses in Namibia, and in this case the Erongo Region, thereby boosting the country’s global tourism profile and contributing to socio-economic wealth and ultimately complementing Namibia’s profile as a major tourist destination”, Mukuahima added.

Managing Director of O&L Leisure, Terence Makari shared his excitement on what the Strand Hotel Swakopmund will mean for the Namibian identity. Makari: “Strand Hotel Swakopmund will be a hub for Namibian pride. The locally brewed craft beer, local seafood and variety of products from Namibian farms, gardens and orchards contribute to the success of keeping it local. The Strand Hotel Swakopmund is destined to become a Namibian icon worthy of its unique location on the historic Swakopmund Mole. It is our wish that all guests at the Strand Hotel Swakopmund will walk away with a unique, unforgettable and enriched experience, because the Strand Hotel Swakopmund is a place with great food, great people and of course, great fun!”
Published: 09 November 2015

Ondangwa Clean-Up campaign a great success

A massive 4000 people turned up and lend a helping hand in cleaning the town of Ondangwa

A massive 4000 people turned up and lend a helping hand in cleaning the town of Ondangwa on Friday 06 November at the Ondangwa clean-up campaign. The Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group is proud to announce that this initiative by the Ondangwa Town Council was a great success with 2550 bags being filled. The annual campaign, which started in 2001 has grown stronger every year with more residents and businesses coming on board.

The volunteers included employees of the Ondangwa Town Council; members of the Namibia Defence Force (NDF); members of the Namibian Police; members of Correctional Services; Cosdec Training Center; Oshikoto Regional Education; Kayec Trust, Lenyfas College of Andragogy, and Ondangwa residents. Cleansing Officer, Environmental Health Department at the Ondangwa Town Council, Loide Shiimi: “A clean and well preserved environment is likely to attract investors and visitors alike. It is for this purpose that the council is cleaning the town. It is very important to keep our environment clean. It is our environment in which we live. Keeping it clean and neat is our responsibility. An unclean environment leads to health risks, and with ever-increasing use of technology and industries flourishing, the amount of pollution in our environment is increasing at a rapid pace.”

O&L, specifically through its subsidiaries Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) and Pick n Pay Namibia is proud to have partnered up with the Ondangwa Town Council, and be associated to this valuable initiative. Also brought to life by O&L, the Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF), of which O&L is also a member, has this year for the first time stepped on board in support of this campaign. RNF Coordinator, Anita Witt: “The Ondangwa Clean-up campaign was an impressive showcase of an entire community at work and doing so with Great Spirit and enthusiasm. Singing could be heard across town as groups cleaned up their areas, before proceeding back to the offices of the Town Council where the prize-giving took place at lunchtime. The involvement and support of schools, the local business sector and others makes the Ondangwa Clean-up campaign a stand out initiative.”

Other RNF members that support and sponsor this annual campaign include Rent-a-Drum and Coca Cola Namibia. Witt stressed that the Ondangwa clean-up campaign also presented an opportunity for the RNF to emphasize and highlight the need to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. “We are confident that in future years, this clean-up campaign will significantly contribute to recyclables being collected in this area, thus minimizing the volumes sent to the local dumpsite. The Recycle Namibia Forum is honoured to, for the first time, be involved with the Ondangwa Clean-Up campaign, and we hope that this is the start of a long and fruitful relationship. We would like to thank the Town Council and all the people of Ondangwa, and urge them to continue with this great initiative, and for inviting us to become involved as well. It is at a very appropriate time, given the recent appeal from the Government – via the Ministry of Environment and Tourism - to urge all Namibians to become involved and clean up their country,” Witt concluded.

Published: 02 November 2015

Windhoek Draught Boyz II Men live concert successfully hosted

Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) (sponsor of the Windhoek Draught Boyz II Men Live Show) and Ogopa Butterfly (events promoter) have expressed their satisfaction with the success of the much anticipated Boyz II Men Live show that was held on Friday, 30 October 2015 at the Hage Geingob Stadium in Windhoek.

NBL National Marketing Manager, Rosemary Shippiki: “After months, weeks and many hours of hard work, commitment and perseverance, we as sponsor are extremely delighted with the positive outcome of the Windhoek Draught Live Music concert that was launched in August this year. Our commitment to bring amazing experiences and enduring impact to our people was certainly manifested in the large turn-out of not only Namibians but even foreign visitors from as far as Zimbabwe; Angola; Botswana, and South-Africa, amongst others.”

Safety and security was a top priority for the organizers who brought on board a leader in safety and security provision of such events, Hilltop Live Productions. Hilltop Live has been in the event industry for over 20 years and is one of South Africa’s leading festival and event organizing group of companies. In Namibia, Hilltop Live has hosted the popular Hart van Windhoek event with great success for four years. Other events that the company’s portfolio include are Jacaranda Day; Cape Town Carnival; the Annual Oppikoppi music festival; Drum Beat Soweto, and Ramfest - to name but a few. “Other than Hilltop Live, we are extremely pleased with the sound relationship we share with our Namibian counterparts, the Namibian Police; City Police; Namibian Fire department, and the City of Windhoek Disaster Management services, amongst others, who gave their full support in ensuring the safety and security of every concert-goer”, said Shippiki.

Music lovers were treated to a strong and vibrant local line-up of top local Namibian talent by the likes of Selly; The Dogg; Oteya, and Gazza who had the audience on their feet all the time. Sula Kyababa, CEO of promotional partner to the event, Ogopa Butterfly: “The platform provided our Namibian artists a unique opportunity to perform live to an international group, Boyz II Men. I am confident that this platform also introduced the artistic creator and increased awareness for our local artists’ talent and body of work by ultimately securing international tours.”

The legendary R&B group, Boyz II Men, who embarked on a world-wide tour that started in September 2014 after the launch of the trio’s new album, Collide were hit with severe fatigue and jet-lag upon their arrival in Namibia. As a result, the media conference that was organized by the sponsor and promotional partner as an additional “treat” for the media, could not take place. Boyz II Men: “After months of travelling for our world tour, the different time zones and having to adapt to each of those, we were unfortunately hit with vocal fatigue that required us to rest our vocal chords in order to deliver on the expectations of an unforgettable show for our wonderful Namibian fan-base. Our greatest expectations were certainly surpassed by the wonderful, warm and loving Namibian hospitality we received. Walking onto the stage seeing a fully-packed venue filled with love and warmth was magical and humbling to us! Our short stay of less than 48 hours made us fall in love with the friendly people of Namibia and therefore we definitely want to come back on holiday to experience your beautiful country with its amazing landscapes, diversity and people which we’ve only heard and read about. A heartfelt ‘THANK YOU, Namibia’ - for your amazing hospitality!”

Shippiki: “2015 marked the launch of our annual music event, Windhoek Draught Live whereby we have embarked upon a journey of bringing the best experiences and the best talent the world has to offer to our Namibian audiences. In light of the successful P-Square concert that was held in September 2014, and the just-concluded Boyz II Men Live show, we are excited to bring more unforgettable, For Real experiences to world-class people with world-class entertainment, enjoying our world-class beer. We believe in real experiences and we want to share these experiences with the people who love our beer. Nothing can be more real than seeing your favourite band or artist live on stage. Therefore, watch this space as this is only the beginning of lifetime memories.”

Published: 02 November 2015

Weathermen & Co. celebrates 1000 days

Weathermen & Co. celebrates 1000 days

The Namibian advertising agency, Weathermen & Co. Advertising – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group - celebrated 1000 days of existence on 30 October 2015. Determination has been the key in the growth of this establishment, which has not allowed challenges to be a distraction, but to keep focused on the goal. O&L thus proudly announces the 1000 day anniversary of Weathermen & Co – a company bound to become a great contributor to creating a future, and enhancing the lives of many Namibians.

What was started in The Jupiter Drawing Room in Cape Town (one of Africa’s greatest advertising agencies) in February 2013 by a group of agency folk, with loads of expertise in the management and creative execution of numerous O&L brands’ needs and wants, who went into a discussion with one of Africa’s greatest advertising agencies, has turned into a company determined to take over the world of advertising in Namibia.

“It has been a very rewarding and inspirational journey so far”, says Managing Director, Leon Crous, who shares overflowing excitement of the “passionate” team he has on his side. “As a team we thrive and feed off of progress and the energy that’s created by successes big or small, I think our biggest achievement on our journey thus far has been to keep the momentum going through the continuous improvement in our ability to deliver quality work for our clients,” Crous said.

Crous on what was achieved in a 1000 days: “Going from a start-up to an agency that is delivering quality strategic work that’s making a real difference to our clients’ brands and being trusted as a valued partner in their business.”

Creative Director, Leon van Rooyen describes advertising as much bigger in society than what many perceive for it to be. Crous: “We are in control of a surprisingly powerful tool, which, at the heart of it, can change human behaviour. The advertising and marketing industry can greatly impact perceptions of consumers – making us a major role player in informing and influencing consumer behaviour. Advertising is a multi-faceted communication machine. We offer all of the expected and more. Wherever the best ideas for the brands we service can grow and become even better is what excites us. Apart from O&L Group brands, Total Namibia; United Africa Group; Giant Lotto's; Mobipay, and Bonlife are but some of W&Co’s clients. Weathermen is also a former “ad of the week" winner by renowned SA marketing blog marklives.com for its recent Tafel Lager TV commercial.

Crous: “The real heroes behind our success story has been the W&Co team who has consistently raised the bar and delivered breakthrough results in all aspects. We're exceptionally proud of what we’ve managed to achieve in our first 1000 days as a business, but know that this is just the beginning of our journey to become the most sought-after agency in Namibia.”

Weathermen & Co more than doubled its staff complement over the past 12 months. By January 2016 the company will have a total of 14 staff members. 

Published: 02 November 2015

Namibia Dairies opens factory shop in Swakopmund

Namibia Dairies opens factory shop in Swakopmund

Namibia Dairies (ND) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group - proudly opened its factory shop at the Swakopmund Depot on Friday, 30 October 2015. This achievement falls in line with ND’s mission to make locally produced milk and other dairy products available to all Namibians in all corners of the country.
Situated at 47 Mandume ya Ndemufayo Avenue in Swakopmund, the factory shop’s operating hours are from 07h30 to 16h00, Mondays to Fridays. Manager: Demand Chain at Namibia Dairies, Riaan Jantjies: “Following the overwhelming support for our products sold through our agent in Rundu, and in line with our commitment to serve, ND has opened a factory shop in Swakopmund to provide consumers and customers with the convenience of having all their favourite ND and Windhoek Schlachterei products in one spot.”


Through this initiative Namibia Dairies aims to create an opportunity and expand its customer portfolio to nearby informal trade. Namibia Dairies also wants to make its products easier available to passer-by consumers; to provide products to the new industrial area in Swakopmund, as well as to provide a conducive call and collect facility to customers.


The product range available include the Nammilk range; Rietfontein juices; all cultured products; Windhoek Schlachterei Products (rolls and v/packs).