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Published: 26 April 2018

Windhoek Draught transforms the Hage Geingob stadium

Windhoek Draught transforms the Hage Geingob stadium Namibia’s national rugby stadium, the Hage Geingob stadium sports a new look courtesy of Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – through its premium beer brand Windhoek Draught.

Officially launched on Thursday, 26 April 2018, the face lift of the Hage Geingob stadium according to NBL Managing Director, Wessie van der Westhuizen who officially handed over the revived stadium to the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) serves to transform the stadium into an iconic landmark that the whole of Namibia can be proud of. Van der Westhuizen: “NBL’s history with this much loved sport that unites people from all over the world, spans over many years. Through our Premium Beer Brand Windhoek Draught, we have supported the Namibian National Rugby team, for the past couple of years, including their preparation and participation in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. As a proudly Namibian company, we are committed to build Namibian Rugby by bringing spectators through the turnstiles, and filling up stadiums, restoring the pride and passion for Namibian rugby. In addition to growing the sport, it instills confidence in the game and attracts further private sector investment to grow our local talent. We have identified the need to restore back life into this iconic home for Namibian rugby as well as for players and supporters of the sport from Namibia and all over the world. As a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List Group driven by its Purpose of ‘Creating a Future; Enhancing Life’, our decision to get involved as the main sponsor of Namibian Rugby was in service of our Purpose. Sport and in this case Rugby, has the ability to unite people, to share collective passions and to create amazing experiences with lasting impact. Providing the opportunity to Namibian rugby players to compete in the Super Sport Challenge, Currie Cup and African Cup competitions, is most definitely creating a future for the sport whilst enhancing the lives of those that participate.”

Chairman of Namibia Rugby (Association incorporate of section 21), Bradley Basson during his acceptance statement said the newly revived stadium, and the initiative by NBL, and Windhoek draught in particular means a lot for Namibian rugby. Basson: “This gesture sends the right message. It shows support and commitment. If one looks at the new colorful, rebranded stadium, it brings life to this home of Namibian rugby. This will encourage local supporters – not only those interested in the sport, but every Namibian to appreciate and support sport in Namibia. This shows the commitment of NBL, and its support to taking sport, and in this case, rugby to another level. We are very pleased by this and are truly grateful for NBL’s involvement and support of Namibian sport. The only thing left to do is for us to work harder and to come up with further initiatives to get the stadium full again. And this initiative comes at the right time – with the Currie cup world cup qualifier year in our midst.”

The captain of the National Rugby Team, Rohan Kitshoff expressed excitement over the revived Hage Geingob stadium. Kitshoff: “As a player when you now walk in to the stadium, you cannot help but feel proud and feel a sense of excitement and “gees” about the transformation taking place. As a Namibian company, NBL truly lives the O&L purpose of ‘creating a future and enhancing life’. The new look stadium has created massive excitement among the players and we would like to play a brand of rugby that will also create that level of excitement among our faithful supporters. On behalf of the players I would like to thank NBL and Windhoek Draught for sharing this vision with us and even though Namibian Rugby has shown tremendous growth since Rugby World Cup 2015 I believe the best is yet to come and we can’t wait to walk the road together and celebrate with an ice cold Windhoek Draught.”

NBL Senior Brand Manager, Claudia Opperman: “Rugby comes a long way in Namibian sport. It is a discipline that has represented the country on international platforms several times, and is a code worth celebrating and appreciating. The redo of the stadium is simply to support and uplift rugby in Namibia, and to revive the passion for the sport. We are proud to be associated with Namibian rugby and trust that this vibrant new stadium will unlock even more interest, and attract more supporters to games on this field. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the rugby journey going forward.”
Published: 19 April 2018

Swakopmund Brewing Company Collaboration Brew a Huge Success

Swakopmund Brewing Company Collaboration Brew a Huge Success The Swakopmund Brewing Company (SBC) located at the Brewer & Butcher Restaurant in the Strand Hotel Swakopmund was a hub of entertainment and education on beer brewing when it hosted world renowned craft brewer from Germany, Christian Hans Müller for a special collaboration brew with Namibia’s very own brew master and head brewer at Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) -, Christian Muller.

“This 3rd annual initiative in pursuit of providing memorable experiences for local brewers, NBL and SBC customers and consumers has grown bigger and more successful year after year since inception”, says Senior Brand Manager at NBL, Claudia Opperman. “We were really surprised at the turn-up of our invited guests and stakeholders including NBL customers and the media, and were even more surprised at the number of walk-in customers who came to witness and experience the special collaboration brew by these two masters in the craft. It was an absolute delight and pleasure to have Christian Hans Müller with us to share in his experience, and put to practice his skills and knowledge as a world renowned craft brewer, alongside our very own Christian Müller.”

This annual initiative for SBC to create memorable experiences for its stakeholders, taking hands with brewers across the globe, as a special annual activity and engagement started in 2016 when Namibia’s 1st Collaboration Brew was with Paul de Beer from South Africa. The 2nd was SBC’s participation in the Best Brew Challenge in 2017, which brought the micro-brewery onto the same stage as other best practice breweries across the globe. This past Friday, the public had the opportunity to see two masters in brewing, collaborate a special craft beer which will be ready for tasting in about six weeks.

Müller: “It was such an honor to work alongside a legend in craft brewing. The experience was absolute fun and such a pleasure to get together with other experts in the field and just enjoy doing what we love. It has also been a learning and growing experience since the inception of this annual initiative, as well as an opportunity to compare our craft with that of the best in the world. We are always excited to learn from the best, and co-create exciting experiences with them.”

Guest brewer, Müller says his experience during the collaboration will remain one of his most memorable experiences in his career so far. Müller: “It is always great to brew with people who enjoy the same passion I have, and who knows their craft – people I can also learn a thing a two from on this journey of perfection. Today was fun and I definitely take home with me, a refreshed inspiration and excitement to continue to experiment even more in craft brewing. It was such pleasure to spend an awesome day with Christian and his team.” 
Published: 19 April 2018

NBL, HoRN.NAM AND ISAP CELEBRATE NAMIBIAN HEROES

NBL, HoRN.NAM AND ISAP CELEBRATE NAMIBIAN HEROES On Wednesday, 18 April 2018, four (4) farmworkers each received a financial reward for their brave and courageous act and contribution that led to the arrest of three (3) suspected rhino poachers. The arrest of the suspected rhino poachers in the Omaheke Region over the Easter weekend by farm workers is testimony of Namibians’ bold and courageous stand to protect our environment and its wildlife, in particular the endangered rhino specie.

Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group - and Help our Rhino NOW.Namibia (HoRN.nam) (both supporters of the Intelligence Support Against Poaching - ISAP), collectively availed funding to reward the individuals who provided information that led to the arrest of the three (3) suspects. Jaco Muller, Chairman of HoRN.nam expressed their gratitude to the farmworkers who took action and apprehended the criminals: “Their action represents the type of mentality we need to strive for as Namibian citizens, to do the right thing and stop any type of crime, rather than passively ignoring or becoming part of illegal practices. We need to stand up for our country and national heritage by fighting wildlife crime. We salute these 4 individuals for their brave, unselfish act and want to congratulate and reward them for their good work. We as HoRN.nam want each and every Namibian to know that the reward and satisfaction for doing good will be far greater than a reward promised by crime syndicates.”

NBL Marketing Manager, Rene Duffy: “NBL’s involvement in the national fight against rhino poaching is simply testament of our passion and commitment to the O&L Group purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’, which also includes preserving the unique landscape and wildlife of Namibia. In fact, two (2) years ago, NBL through our Windhoek Lager brand availed N$ 1 million as incentive to encourage the general public to provide tip-offs leading to the arrest of rhino poachers through the Blow-the-Horn-on-Rhino-Poaching campaign. Furthermore, we have for the past three (3) years proudly supported ISAP by strengthening its operations with an annual sponsorship of N$100,000 as well as the sponsorship of an aeroplane that would enhance their ability in curbing the sad act of poaching. We are thus very proud and excited to reward these four individuals for the stand they have made in contributing to curbing the act of rhino poaching which has been a national concern for many years now. As a proudly Namibian company, committed to the future of our beautiful country and its natural heritage, NBL will continue to support where necessary, to make sure Namibia and its beautiful and unique environmental attributes still live and grow for generations to come.”

Fritz Kaufmann, Director of ISAP said: “NBL and HoRN.nam availed funding to individuals who provided information about persons who either engage in the act of rhino-poaching, have rhino horn in their possession or are part of a syndicate of rhino horn smuggling. Previously these reward monies would only be presentable on conviction and subsequent sentencing of the poachers. Together with our partners, HoRN.nam and NBL, we would rather reward an individual/s who are responsible for the prevention of the act of poaching as opposed to the actual poaching having taken place. The prevention of a poaching incident far outweighs the consequences of the death of any animal in a poaching related act. To this end we commend the efforts of the 4 individuals who showed the courage and fortitude to provide the information which swiftly resulted in the arrest of the suspects and the confiscation of incriminating evidence, namely being their ‘tools of trade’. This certainly prevented the wounding or death of another one of our rhinos!”

“Our collaboration with NBL & HoRN.nam once again illustrates the need for likeminded organizations to work together in unison. To this end, ISAP encourages and is supportive to work with organisations and authorities in formulating common goals to combat poaching and all associated crimes. This collaboration can only strengthen and better equip those that are in the forefront to not only apprehend poachers and syndicates but to stamp out the tide of poaching in a significant way”, concluded Kaufmann.

Sometimes all it takes is a single person’s commitment and determination to make a difference and positive impact in support of initiatives aimed at preserving and securing the future of Namibia and its heritage. Then again, imagine the power and impact more than one (1) person with the same drive and commitment can have. As for these four (4) Namibians - the heroes of the day – this heroic act has contributed to securing the future of the rhino and Namibian tourism as a whole!
 
Published: 10 April 2018

Swakopmund Brewing Company to Host World Famous Craft Brewer

Swakopmund Brewing Company to Host World Famous Craft Brewer Friday, the 13th of April will see history made in the Namibian beer brewing sector, when world famous craft brewer from Germany, Christian Hans Müller from HansCraft & Co, will be hosted at the Swakopmund Brewing Company (SBC), for a special collaboration brew with Namibia’s very own brew master and head brewer at Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – Christian Müller.

In 2016, SBC embarked on a journey of taking hands with brewers across the globe, as a special annual activity and engagement, in pursuit of providing memorable experiences for local brewers, NBL and SBC customers and consumers. Müller: “It is always exciting to get together with other experts in the field and just enjoy doing what we love. More importantly, this annual journey has always been a learning and growing experience as well as an opportunity to compare our craft with that of the best in the world. We are always excited to learn from the best, and co-create exciting experiences with them. I am extremely excited to spend a full day with Christian Hans Müller, exchanging ideas and widening our respective brewing scopes.”

Namibia’s 1st Collaboration Brew was held in 2016 with Paul de Beer from South Africa. The 2nd was SBC’s participation in the Best Brew Challenge in 2017, which brought the micro-brewery onto the same stage as other best practice breweries across the globe. Between 12:00 (12PM) and 17:00 (5PM) on Friday the 13th, the public is welcome to meet the two brew masters at the SBC, located inside the Brewer & Butcher Restaurant and enjoy some craft tasting and viewing.

NBL Senior Brand Manager, Claudia Opperman: “It is with pride that SBC, as a truly Namibian craft Brewery attracts the attention and interest of internationally renowned craft brewers who, like Christian Hans Müller choose our high-class and uniquely located brewery to co-create beers. The brewing of beer is an interesting and fun process to experience especially when seasoned brew masters like our very own Christian Muller and Christian Hans Muller (from Germany) come together and work their craft. So, please do join us for this wonderful experience, both to see the process and then taste the outcome!”