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Published: 14 November 2017

RNF celebrates a successful year of clean-up campaigns throughout the country

RNF celebrates a successful year of clean-up campaigns throughout the country The emphasis on the importance of cleanliness and proper ways to dispose of waste collected, saw several successful clean-up campaigns taking place during the course of 2017. The Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF), and its members supported a number of such campaigns – not only with sponsored items, but also in guiding the organizers on how to plan, and organize a successful clean-up campaign, and encouraging the three R’s of Reducing, Reusing and Recycling.

In all the clean-up campaigns, according to RNF Coordinator, Anita Witt, the organizing teams include community leaders, representatives from the local town councils, schools and other educational institutions, thus bringing together the entire community. Witt: “During 2017, the RNF and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) also joined forces with clean-ups held in Kongola and Omuthiya earlier this year. At the Omuthiya clean-up in May, the Deputy Minister of MET, Tommy Nambahu and Environmental Commissioner Theofilus Nghitila both participated in the event, which saw two bags short of 400 of refuse collected, and resulting in 1 ton of recyclables transferred to the Rent-A-Drum facility in Oshakati. This was followed by a clean-up in the Otjozondjupa Region in June, with the Okakarara Town Council, and approximately 400 volunteers which saw 300 bags of refuse assembled. However due to no recycling facility close by, no refuse could be collected, and was thus taken to the local dumpsite.”

Witt went on to say that in August, the Omaruru community hosted a large-scale clean-up campaign, with 700 participants collecting 1 500 bags of refuse – which resulted in 6 tons of waste picked up during the four hour period. Here too, the waste was separated into recyclable and non-recyclable waste. In the South, the Fish River clean-up campaign took place in September and was organized by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET). Close to 40 volunteers collected 83kg of waste from the Canyon. Witt: “It is a concern that nature lovers are responsible for littering in the Fish River Canyon with items ranging from used beverage containers to broken shoes.”

At the coast, several clean-ups were hosted said Witt, as part of the annual Biodiversity Week organized by NACOMA (Namibian Coast Conservation and Management project) during the month of September. Coastal towns from Lüderitz to Henties Bay actively participated by organizing individual clean-ups. In Swakopmund, 350 volunteers collected 187kg of recyclables, which according to Witt is indicative that the area from Tiger Reef to Platz am Meer, is relatively clean. Witt: “The final event for this year, and possibly the largest clean-up campaign in the country, took place recently in Ondangwa. The week-long clean up saw the business sector, educational institutions and community leaders all take part by cleaning different sections of the Ondangwa town and surroundings, with prizes on offer for the most successful teams. Close to 3 500 refuse bags were collected during the week-long clean up, resulting in 43 trips to the local dumpsite. A total volume of 480kg of recyclables were sourced from the waste collected.”

RNF Chairperson, Gloudi de Beer expressed pride in a successful year of clean-up campaigns ticked off. De Beer: “In total, the RNF and its members contributed generously towards these events, with each clean up receiving at least 1000 refuse bags from Plastic Packaging, at least 40 cases of soft drinks and mineral water courtesy of the Ohlthaver & List Group through its subsidiary, Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) - and Coca Cola Namibia, whilst Rent-A-Drum assisted with making available transport, skips and clear bags for the recyclables.

De Beer continued to highlight the challenges faced by the RNF. De Beer: “Although we are encouraged by the keenness and commitment of local authorities and the communities to clean up in and around their towns, the challenges faced with waste management in the majority of towns remains a concern, pending the implementation of the new Waste Management Act. This notably refers to the lack of proper dumpsites and landfills, as well as the absence of recycling facilities, and equipment to transport to the closest recycler. Once implemented, clean-up campaigns should then become more sustainable.”

During the course of the year, a booklet: How To Organize a Clean Up has been compiled by the RNF, and contains useful hints and tips to host such an event. The booklet can be downloaded from the RNF website – “The RNF would like to thank its members for their ongoing support and commitment towards a cleaner, greener Namibia”, concluded De Beer.
Published: 13 November 2017

Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia says goodbye to a veteran

Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia says good bye to a veteran He started his journey at the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group on 16 July 1996 and was captured by the environment which he found impossible to sacrifice for any other opportunity outside the group. Twenty-one (21) years later, Gilbert Botha hands over his leadership position to the young and vibrant Victoria Moller, as he retires as one of the most valuable and committed members the proudly Namibian O&L Group has ever seen.

Botha: “When I look back, I realize that it is the environment this organization creates for its people that kept me in the O&L Group. The group’s values, and its purpose ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’ for all Namibians have become such a vital part of my life. It has been a fantastic journey in this body that beholds so much opportunity for growth, and simply maintains an environment of freedom that allows you to explore all your skills and talents.”

Botha started his O&L journey at Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) as Divisional Manager for the North of the country, and in August 1998 moved to Namibia Dairies (ND) to occupy the position of National Sales Manager. Two years later in July, he returned to NBL as Trade Marketing Manager – a position he held for eight years until Namibia Dairies appointed him again – this time as Field Sales Manager/Trade Marketing Manager. In April 2008 Botha was appointed by PnP Namibia as its Marketing Manager until earlier this year, in January when he reached retirement. Botha: “I have always had a passion for retail – a career I have embarked on since 1972, and I cherish the exposure to sales and trade marketing in the O&L Group over the years, and of course the tremendous amount of experience I have been fortunate enough to receive. It hasn’t always been easy – there were some tough times on this journey, but through it all, and as crowned countless times by the Deloitte SADC Survey, I can personally attest to it that the O&L Group is most certainly the ‘Best Company To Work For’ in Namibia, and the entire SADC Region.”

No stranger to the PnP family, the young and vibrant Victoria Moller – former Brand Manager for PnP Namibia, takes over from Botha as the Marketing Manager. Botha: “I am extremely proud of Victoria – or Vicky as she is affectionately known - as she is an ambitious young lady with a lot of energy and drive. I would like to take this opportunity to wish her the best in her endeavors, and I am excited to see her grow within the O&L Group.” Moller says she takes with her a wealth of invaluable knowledge and wisdom, on this journey, gained from Botha. Moller: “I cannot put a price tag to the immeasurable tools and teachings I have learned from a man that has paved the way for me. Somewhere Gilbert saw something in me that I didn’t even see myself and identified me as his successor hence I was put on a growth plan that helped me fill the gaps and become a worthy successor. I am eternally grateful for what he has done as a coach and mentor and am where I am today because he believed in me. Gilbert has been a mentor, a friend and a fantastic teacher, and passer-on of knowledge in the time that I have known him. I am excited to take on this journey, and wish him everything of the best.”

PnP Managing Director, Norbert Wurm says it is both Botha’s passionate contributions professionally, as well as his outstanding personality that makes him one to never forget. Wurm: “Gilbert has delivered an enormous contribution to the business and our people. He always has a joke on his lips, a smile on his face and continuously explores ways of helping, coaching and mentoring others, while always retaining a passion for high standards on execution. I would like to thank Gilbert for his contribution to PnP over the past 7 years, and to the entire O&L Group over the past 21 years. His experience, commitment and loyalty have undoubtedly been of great value to all of us.”

Wurm went on to say that Botha will not entirely leave the business just yet, as he will continue to stay on as a coach, mentor and training of PnP staff, while he will also be participating in a number of Special Projects. As such, although he is retiring officially on 30 November, he will remain part of the PnP team in a part-time consultancy role.

Botha: “I would like to thank the Group Executive (GE), my Senior Leadership Team (SLT), and all my colleagues at O&L for a great 21 years of camaraderie, friendship and support. I would like to wish each and every one, all of the best and may you all be blessed going forward.”
Published: 09 November 2017

“Working towards an awakening world”

“Working towards an awakening world” Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – is once again proud to continue the journey as main sponsor of the annual 2017 Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN) Congress, HAN Tourism Trade Forum (HTTF), as well its 30th anniversary Gala as part of this year’s program.

At the launch event which took place at the NBL Headquarters in Windhoek this week, Managing Director of NBL, Wessie van der Westhuizen handed over a cheque of N$130 000 to HAN National Chairman, Shepherd Chinhoi – up from last year’s N$100 000.00. Van der Westhuizen: “NBL has for the past 27 years enjoyed a fruitful and longstanding relationship with HAN. We have become more than just partners in promoting and marketing a sustainable tourism industry – in fact, we are more like family. Therefore, we are and remain committed to the cause as can best be described in the O&L Purpose of “Creating a future, enhancing life. The tourism industry presents countless growth opportunities for us, BUT - we need to seize them by raising our game and gear up for growth. We must uplift our value proposition, innovate and transform ourselves to rise above competition. It cannot be business as usual. Namibia is a fantastic brand! It has a great offering for tourists and even locals to experience the time of their lives. Therefore, marketing the brand is a key element for success, and in promoting Namibia as a brand, everyone’s goal should be to strive for equity, where input and output are well balanced and result in optimal results.” Van der Westhuizen further highlighted on NBL’s commitment in support of local tourism with reference to other initiatives supported by the company. These include the Save the Rhino campaign; Television programmes like ‘Groen Namibie’ (aired on DSTV’s KykNet channel) & Wild Jobs Namibia (Season 3 aired on local broadcaster, NBC). These programmes are proudly sponsored by NBL’s Premium Beer Brand, Windhoek Lager. NBL is also a partner with the Intelligence Support Against Poaching (ISAP); the Fish River Ultra Marathon (with all proceeds going to the Ministry of Environment & Tourism (MET), and has the Tafel Lite/Light Educational drive at the annual Tourism Expo, amongst others.

According to HAN Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Gitta Paetzold, Namibia’s tourism industry has made tremendous strides, with the past two years seeing some of the highest visitor numbers ever recorded. Paetzold: “As HAN reaches a major milestone this year, able to look back on 30 years of service to the Namibian tourism industry, the organization is eager to reflect on and plan for a sustainable tourism industry for the next decades together with its key partners and stakeholders, who jointly contribute to the success of this industry. Together with its valued and trusted sponsors and partners, HAN has realized that in view of global developments, be they environmental or political, it has become obvious that the world is changing rapidly and the ability and responsibility to adapt to such changes is vital to ensure continued business success. The massive growth in tourism in Namibia calls for thorough review and strategic planning to ensure continued and sustainable growth, making this year’s HAN event all the more important.”

Other sponsors for the 2017 activities include Standard Bank Namibia, Bannerman Resources and Air Namibia. This year’s program will include an Awards Gala to celebrate HAN’s 30th Anniversary in style. The evening includes internationally renowned musicians and entertainers as well as magicians to mesmerize guests and inspire us all to be ready for the challenges to come. Paetzold: “For the 2017 event, HAN will provide a platform for the entire tourism industry and all participants to ‘work towards an awakening, changing world’. Interactive engagement with the renowned international facilitator Saffron Baggallay will enable delegates to recognize the challenges of a changing world and identify individual potential and responsibility to adapt and manage such changes effectively, to be able to run successful businesses. This is an opportunity not to be missed, and HAN is confident that this interaction will enable not only this association, but all its members and participants to the Congress and Trade Forum to step into the next decade with confidence and adaptive skills needed in this ever-changing environment, and more importantly, to do this as a unified team of tourism service providers!

The HAN Congress will take place on Thursday, 23 November at the Safari Hotel Conference Centre, followed by a tourism networking cocktail at the Safari Hotel Pool Area, while the HTTF takes place the next day at the Nossob Hall at Safari, with the 30th Anniversary Gala in the evening at the Namib Conference Hall.
Published: 08 November 2017

Dimension Data (DD) Namibia receives a CISCO accolade

Dimension Data (DD) Namibia receives a CISCO accolade Dimension Data (DD) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – and leader in the Namibian Information & Communications Technology (ICT) solutions market, focusing on systems integration for business clients in the country, is recognized and celebrated as one of the most impactful players in the sector by the worldwide leader in IT and networking, CISCO.

Recognized as one of the top 100 players in the field of ICT, out of 65000 partners worldwide, DD was awarded the ‘Cisco Winners Circle’ Award for 2017 – the same accolade they received from CISCO in 2015. DD Managing Director, Rowan Kleintjes: “We are recognized this year as leading the mid-market performance in Namibia for overachieving on the targets Cisco set out. Winners will receive their awards at an international event in Cape Town later this year, at a prestigious gala dinner, and network with the executives of Cisco. Partners from all around the world are recognized for their contribution and performance in their respective markets. We are indeed honored to receive this award, despite a challenging economic climate for midmarket. This achievement is simply testament to the great team spirit at Dimension Data and the outstanding services delivered.”

This year Dimension Data Namibia, according to Kleintjes registered to take part in the Partner Plus FY17 program from Cisco which is built for channel partners with a holistic framework of ‘Accelerators’ that enhance the partner’s sales, marketing and technical capabilities, whilst offering commercial rewards for growth and lead generation in the local markets. Companies that reach their goals are eligible for the ‘Winners Circle’ events which happens annually. The Dimension Data group won 24 Cisco awards - more than any other partner in the industry, in Dallas Texas about 2 weeks ago.

CISCO is a technology vendor listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) that recognizes the contributions of IT companies to the sector at large, and annually awards those that makes a difference, and achieves outstanding results. Kleintjes: “Being recognized internationally definitely makes us really proud. It shows we are doing the right things in Namibia. We can be very proud of our people because without the team and their hard work this would not have been possible.”

According to O&L’s Manager: Group Information Systems, Rainer Rusch, DD always pursues being ahead of the game. Rusch: “With the ever-evolving IT sector and digital sphere, it is critical that businesses always be aware of the developments that could either make or break them, depending on how they react. And, DD does an excellent job in its contribution to keeping Namibia and its business fraternity aware, and of course using their exceptional expertise to help companies get where they need to be.”
Published: 08 November 2017

The game is on at the 2017 Dr. Hage Geingob Cup tournament

The game is on at the 2017 Dr. Hage Geingob Cup tournament The field is set, and the ball ready for kick-off at the annual 2017 Dr. Hage Geingob Soccer Cup tournament, which will see the Tafel Lager Brave Warriors go up against the Zimbabwean national team. For the fourth consecutive year Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – through its brand Tafel Lager is a main sponsor – alongside MTC Namibia - of this much anticipated annual event on the local sports and entertainment calendar taking place this coming Saturday, November the 11th.

An exciting line-up of local artists including Adora, Tswazis, One Blood, Kalux and PDK stand ready to keep the audience enticed and on their feet prior to, in-between, and after what promises to be a beast and fighter of soccer matches by passionate entertainers of the ball. Furthermore, this year’s event promises to be even better says NBL Brand Manager: Mainstream, Samanthe Heyns. “Apart from the fact that the Dr. Hage Geingob Soccer Cup tournament continues to grow from strength to strength, and has become one of the most anticipated events in the year by soccer fans, players, and the public at large both locally and across the borders, this year we are as excited about the fact that the format has changed to now become an officially recognized FIFA international, which provides our national team, the Tafel Lager Brave Warriors, with an extra opportunity to prepare for the all-important road to Morocco, after successfully progressing through the qualifying stages. Obviously Tafel Lager has a double vested interest in this event as the founding sponsor of the Dr. Hage Geingob Cup as well as being the title sponsor of the Tafel Lager Brave Warriors." Heyns added that in discussions with the NFA it was evident that the national team needed as many friendlies and as much game time against good opposition as possible to be competitive in the African competitions going forward. She expressed her gratitude towards the Zimbabwean Football Association for agreeing to this fixture and looked forward to a great contest and an even better vibe in the stadium.

Since its inception, Head of State, President Dr. Hage Geingob has shown passion and excitement over this event – his personal attendance to the tournament every year has proven his love for the game and the event named after him. Organizers and sponsors have ensured even more excitement for supporters, with best selfie competitions as well as cell phones, beer, soft drinks and airtime among others as prizes up for grabs.

Other sponsors of the 2017 event are Air Namibia, Huawei and Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR). This year the Dr. Hage Geingob Soccer Cup tournament will take place at the Sam Nujoma stadium. The cost of tickets bought beforehand are N$20 and they were available from Webtickets Namibia at all Pick 'n Pay's country wide, while limited tickets would be sold at the gates for N$ 40.00.
Published: 06 November 2017

NBL launches construction of new depot at Walvis Bay

NBL launches construction of new depot at Walvis Bay In line with its vision of “being the most progressive and inspiring company” as well as “creating amazing experiences with enduring impact” for its customers, consumers and employees, Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – announced the construction of its new coastal depot in Walvis Bay.

At the groundbreaking ceremony that took place on Friday, 03 November 2017, Managing Director of NBL, Wessie van der Westhuizen said the new depot to be constructed serves as an imminent relocation of its coastal depot from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay. Van der Westhuizen: “The current property used in Swakopmund for distribution services used to serve as the Old Hansa Breweries until 2003 when the facility was closed. While all Brewing and Packaging equipment have been removed, a portion of the erf and buildings are currently being used for Warehousing, Admin and Distribution services, with limited repair and maintenance services. The current deteriorating condition resulted in enquiries and concerns raised by the local community and Municipal Council. After much deliberations and extensive discussions pertaining to the deteriorating condition of the existing building that posed major health and safety risks for our employees, customers and clients; and in line with our vision of “being the most progressive and inspiring company” as well as “creating amazing experiences with enduring impact”, a decision was reached to identify a new allocation for our coastal depot that would also complement the future economic growth in the harbour town.”

The construction of the new depot will cost N$27 million (including the purchase of the new erven 5198 and 5203 in Extension 14, Walvis Bay), and is expected to be completed towards the end of 2018. While Van der Westhuizen expressed excitement over the new depot, he stressed that this facility will be world-class, with a very pleasant and safe working environment. “Health and safety precautions are critical to the future of any organization. These are elements that should be taken seriously and nurtured through appreciation for both the employee and the customer, for they are our most valued assets.”

Van der Westhuizen also highlighted on the strong presence of the O&L Group at the coast, which includes the recently opened Pick n Pay (PnP) store at the new Dunes Mall, the Strand Hotel Swakopmund in Swakopmund, Kraatz at Walvis Bay, Hangana Seafood at Walvis Bay, and also NBL’s micro-brewery situated at the Brewer & Butcher Restaurant in the Strand Hotel Swakopmund.