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Published: 11 November 2018

200 OVCs treated to an early Christmas party by the O&L Group

200 OVCs treated to an early Christmas party by the O&L Group For the 14th consecutive year, the annual Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group Christmas party for Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC) took place last week. On Thursday, 08 November 2018 approximately 200 OVCs were treated to an early Christmas party.

Hosted at the headquarters of O&L subsidiary, Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL), the party treated children to a fun park, face-painting, as well as goodies including soft drinks, cupcakes and food. Santa Clause also pitched and spoiled each child with a gift-bag.

The annual OVC Christmas party by the O&L Group, is a collaborative effort by the group operating companies, which according to O&L Centre of Excellence Managing Director, Martin Theron is an event highly valued by O&L and its staff. Theron: “Seeing the smiles and excitement on these children’s faces is what inspires us to continue hosting this event annually. Their smiles and happiness keeps this event alive. It is always an honour, and a great pleasure to make a difference in the lives of those less privileged.”

O&L Group Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Coordinator, Venessa Mwiya says children and education are key focus pillars in the O&L CSI strategy, Mwiya: “This annual initiative would not be possible at all without the support and drive of the O&L operating companies and staff. I am driven by the passion of my colleagues for this project. Their support to keep this event alive and commitment to making it a success every year, is very inspiring. These children are Namibia’s future. It is important for us to reach out to them and make as much as possible a difference in their lives by positively contributing to their development.”

O&L subsidiaries at the coast of Namibia also hosts a Christmas party annually for OVC’s which will take place later this year
Published: 06 November 2018

Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF) launches ‘Green Directory’

Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF) launches ‘Green Directory’ The Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF) has recently launched Namibia’s very first “Green Directory” – whereby Namibians will be able to determine and contact the closest service provider in their area.

The on-line directory will reflect not only manufacturers and suppliers of green / environmental related products and services in the country, but it will also list organizations, etc. that have a vested interest in promoting- or offering environmentally friendly practices.

The need for such a central information service was clear, according to Anita Witt, Coordinator of the RNF: “Given the number of enquiries received by the RNF from residents across Namibia to find out who to contact in their area for recyclables, or where to safely dispose of products, it became evident that compiling and creating an online directory would be welcomed. Although originally intended only for the waste management industry, the increasing trend of environmental consciousness on so many levels by not only individuals but also the corporate sector, resulted in the decision to expand the categories to include a larger variety of services and products."

Witt stressed that all citizens that offer a green-related product or service – ranging from solar to bio-friendly products, to the removal of building rubble, are welcome to register on the site. Witt: “As the site expands, it is hoped to include retailers and outlets that focus on reduced packaging, those that offer the refilling of containers, etc. in an effort to minimize waste. It is also envisaged to cover the hospitality industry and highlight which establishments are “eco-friendly” by limiting single use items such as disposable and plastic straws, cups and cutlery. It should also be a platform where organizations selling “upcycled items” can be listed.”

The chairperson of the RNF, Gloudi de Beer regards the directory as perfect timing, with the growing interest in recycling and go green, in the country. De beer: “Over the past year the Namibian people have shown increasing concern with regards to their environmental footprint, with a significant number of new initiatives being borne from this new dawn. The RNF sees itself playing a vital role in supporting these initiatives by creating a pathway between customers and organizations. Without the support of its various members, however, the RNF would not have been able to offer this service at no cost at this stage.”

Registration on the site will be free of charge, and can be done via the RNF’s website http://rnf.com.na/green-directory/ 
Published: 06 November 2018

NBL backs the Namibia National 7s Rugby team to Nairobi, Kenya

NBL backs the Namibia National 7s Rugby team to Nairobi, Kenya The Managing Director of Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group -, Wessie van der Westhuizen on Tuesday, 06 November announced NBL’s full support (through its premium beer brand Windhoek Draught) of the Namibia National 7s Rugby team which is headed to Nairobi, Kenya for the annual Safari 7s tournament.

During his handover address, van der Westhuizen emphasized on NBL’s commitment to contributing to, and supporting the future of sports, including the development of local talent. Van der Westhuizen: “NBL is committed to the O&L Group purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’, and this include sports in Namibia as well as our athletes of sport. After all, our athletes are our most important asset when it comes to the game. While this is a once-off sponsorship that include all expenses for this specific tournament for the National 7’s team, we have to sit down and look at the future of this code in Namibia holistically, and the maintenance thereof.” Van der Westhuizen further encouraged the team, represented by team Captain Aurelio Plato at the official sponsorship announcement, to make Namibia proud. Van der Westhuizen: “Results create opportunity. And while I do not necessarily expect you to bring home the cup this time around, we are confident that you will represent Namibia well. Give your all on and off the field and let our country shine at this tournament through your passionate and winning approach, as well as your discipline and pride on the field. We wish you all the best, and know that we are 100% behind the team!”

The Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) president, Corrie Mensah during his address expressed gratefulness at NBL for stepping on board and supporting the team in this tournament. Mensah: “We are extremely grateful for the support which is a definite boost for the team to make Namibia proud and we look forward to a great future in our relationship with NBL.”

The Namibia National 7s team is set to leave for Nairobi, Kenya on Wednesday, 07 Wednesday. The Safari 7’s tournament, which has grown to be one of the most anticipated sporting events on the African continent – with more than 20 participating teams from Africa and abroad, will take place from 9-11 November 2018.