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Published: 28 June 2018

Tafel Lager – celebrating Namibian pride world-wide!

Tafel Lager – celebrating Namibian pride world-wide!

Tafel Lager – Namibia’s iconic and most loved beer brand – through our associate, Heineken South Africa, has seen exceptional growth in the South African market over the last two (2) years.

Wessie van der Westhuizen, Managing Director of Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group: “Through Tafel Lager – a brand adored and enjoyed by consumers across Namibia and South Africa – we identified the opportunity to further bolster our portfolio of brands in our export markets through expanding our footprint into the export market and increase sales in South Africa in particular. Tafel Lager is performing exceptionally well in this market, which is our biggest export destination, and can be attributed to increased marketing investment into Tafel Lager in 2017. Amongst many other activities this also included the successful sponsorship of the Tafel Lager Griquas Rugby team that has resulted in growth which exceeded our expectations. We are extremely proud to take Namibian pride across our borders and in so doing, create unique consumer and customer experiences.”

Van der Westhuizen went on to say that being one of the only few independent commercial breweries in Africa, NBL is extremely proud to build on this legacy by investing not only in the business itself, but also investing in Namibia and the rest of the African continent at large. “As Namibians we should be bold enough to compete against market leaders. With Tafel Lager, just as we have done before with Windhoek Lager in other markets, we again confirm that we as Namibians, and our brands, can stand proud in a highly competitive market like South Africa. This exceptional performance perfectly reflects our Group’s purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’, which is not only applicable to Namibia, but every country where our brands are sold and supports our 2019 Vision which is ‘to be the most progressive and inspiring company in Africa’. In fact, our share of benefits and profits from the success of Heineken South Africa flows back into Namibia, paving the way for reinvestment into our country”, Van der Westhuizen concluded.

Namibia Breweries has over the years made significant investment into the Namibian economy and prides itself of its continued support and passion for Namibian sponsorship platforms , amongst others, through its sponsorship of the Tafel Lager Brave Warriors; Windhoek Draught Welwitschias; regional soccer tournaments, and many more. 

Published: 21 June 2018

Broll Namibia signs wage agreement for three years

Broll Namibia signs wage agreement for three years A wage agreement which includes a 6.5 % annual wage increment over the next three years, was signed on Thursday, 21 June 2018 between Broll Namibia – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – and the Broll Namibia Workers’ Representative Council.

According to Broll Namibia Manager: Human Capital, Sara Kapiye, the agreement which affects 31 employees, covers the periods: 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019; 1 July 2019 – 30 June 2020, and 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021. Kapiye: “I am really inspired by the attitude and vision that the Workers’ Representative Council approached the negotiations with. It was a great experience and it took us just a few discussions to come to an alignment. Our Council has fully embraced all circumstances and it is very clear how our purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’ has influenced our negotiations. We believe that our joint relationship with the Worker’s Representative Council is a key enabler on this journey towards enhancing the work experiences for all our employees, every day, as their Employer of Choice”.

The O&L Group Manager: Employee Relations (ER), Shane Johr stressed on the outstanding partnership between the Worker’s Council and the company. Johr: “The O&L Group ER is committed to the partnership with the Worker’s Council of Broll Namibia, and remain committed to promoting and serving the interest of Broll employees together with management. We are pleased that the negotiations have been concluded successfully and rapidly - very well done to all.”

Broll Namibia Worker’s Representative Council member, Herman Katjinaani added: I would like to extend a word of thanks and gratitude on behalf of the Broll Namibia Worker’s Council. We are really grateful for the management of Broll - they really understand us. The vital part is that management has managed to give us an increment above inflation and meeting our demands in this difficult economic crisis. We are also grateful for other benefits such as a guaranteed 13th cheque, which many companies are not in a position to offer in these challenging times.” 
Published: 14 June 2018

O&L - A GREAT PLACE TO WORK!

O&L - A GREAT PLACE TO WORK! The Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group has announced with pride and excitement its outstanding performance in the 2018 Great Place To Work (GPTW) survey results.

At a recent ceremony held in the Nigerian capital, Lagos, O&L – represented by its Director: Human Capital, Berthold Mukuahima; Group Manager: Employee Engagement, Sonja Thieme, and NBL Human Resources Manager, Timothy Izaks – received six (6) awards in various categories. The O&L Group, together with its subsidiaries, is the first Namibian employer to participate in the annual continental Great Place To Work (GPTW) survey that measures the employees’ experience in the workplace through the Trust Index employee survey; and the Culture Audit that evaluates the leadership and HR practices that create employee experience.

The GPTW team says: “Our decades of research have revealed that a great workplace is one in which employees trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do, and enjoy the people they work with. The survey uses each of these components of the employee experience and equips you with accurate, in-depth views of the current state of your company’s culture from employees across the organization while it benchmarks the company's culture against the global standard of a great workplace.”

According to the O&L Group Director: Human Capital, Berthold Mukuahima, following the group’s annual accolade as ‘Best Company To Work For (BCTWF)’ in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region (an annual survey by Deloitte & Touche) for the years 2010 to 2014, the O&L Group embarked on participating in a survey focused on a continental platform, hence its decision to partake in GPTW since 2017. Mukuahima: “We are truly humbled by the GPTW recognition, which to us is confirmation that the efforts we embark on to keep our most important asset – our employees – happy, is bearing fruit. We moved from Deloitte’s BCTWF survey for the SADC Region, to the GPTW survey based on the entire African continent, because it is important for us to benchmark ourselves against a wider group of employers. Simply because of our dedication to driving the O&L working culture to the best it can possibly be, for the benefit and well-being of our people. The bigger and stronger the pool against which we are benchmarked, the better our chances to work towards an international standard workplace. Our workforce is a critical element of the O&L journey, hence very important that we continue to pay attention to the experiences they have in the group.”

The O&L operating companies that received Great Place To Work (in Africa) Certification are:
Large Corporate Organizations (500+ employees) - Namibia Dairies was awarded 3rd place overall on the continent as a GPTW.
In the category Small & Medium Organizations (below 500 employees), Weathermen & Co. was awarded 5th place; O&L Centre in 7th place, and Broll Namibia in 8th place.

Under Special Categories, Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) won the award for Health and Wellbeing Excellence, while O&L Group won the award for the Best Learning and Development – both under the Large Organization category.

O&L Group Executive Chairman, Sven Thieme: “I am ecstatic at this humbling achievement, which is a clear manifestation of the phenomenal contribution that each and every O&L ambassador makes towards staying true to our dream and purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’. A heartfelt congratulations to all our subsidiaries who were recognized for their efforts in making the workplace a positive experience for its most important asset – our people. I am truly humbled and inspired by this recognition by the world’s leading authority on great workplaces, Great Place To Work. These companies have the courage and confidence to build the kind of workplace where you achieve organizational objectives with employees who give their personal best and work together as a team or family – all in an environment of trust. And this, I am proud to say is who we (O&L) are! We are ONE! Having been awarded with Great Place To Work Certification means that our employees feel valued, empowered, and enjoy high levels of trust with our leaders. This is indeed very humbling and once again confirmation that we are well on our way to achieve the 2019 vision and objectives, and further bringing to life our purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life”.

The O&L Group has competed against international companies like Microsoft, Unilever, Deloitte, Guinness, and SANOFI amongst others.

For more information on Great Place To Work, visit the official website at http://www.greatplacetowork.com.ng/
Download PDF Document: O&L - A GREAT PLACE TO WORK!
Published: 13 June 2018

NBL re-affirms commitment to the Project Shine environmental campaign

NBL re-affirms commitment to the Project Shine environmental campaign 2018 marks the 11th anniversary of the Project Shine campaign in the Swakopmund district, with Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – once again on board as the main sponsor of the annual event. This year NBL, who is also the initiator of the event, donated N$ 80,000 towards the campaign which started in 2007 on World Environmental Day. Project Shine is a partnership project between the Swakopmund Municipal Council; main sponsor NBL; Bannerman Resources; First National Bank (FNB Namibia), and Plastic Packaging, and continues to grow from strength to strength.

Project Shine comprises of two environmental activities namely a clean-up campaign and an awareness campaign. The main focus of the cleanup campaign remains on the main road between Swakopmund and Arandis (30 km outside) and the back road to Henties Bay from the B2 road, behind DRC. Renel Sass, NBL Depot Manager – Logistics: “NBL is proud of this annual initiative committed to environmental preservation and remains committed to our continuous support of the Project Shine initiative and activities in the Erongo region. This is a project we are proud to be associated with - it supports a clean and safe environment, something NBL is very passionate about. Through looking after our environment, we contribute to the health and safety of our people, which strongly supports the O&L group purpose of ‘Creating a future, Enhancing life’ for all Namibians.”

According to the project coordinator, Paulina Engelbrecht, the clean-up campaign is focused on instilling mindfulness and understanding of waste management, as well as the risk involved in illegal dumping of waste along the roads and open spaces, and to put more focus on the importance of recycling the waste generated in municipal jurisdiction. Engelbrecht: “This project promotes cleanliness, recycling and contributes to the social upliftment of Swakopmund. Every year before the project starts we give the groups of volunteers basic waste management and health and safety training, this helps to change their mindset and encourage them to carry the message to their peers. Through this we aim to ensure that our Swakopmund residents become more environmentally conscious, especially when it comes to litter pollution. This project is really well-known by now, because of the positive impact it has on the environment. I often receive emails from other local authorities or town councils asking for assistance on how to go about starting their own project like Project Shine and I am happy to assist.”

Initially, Project Shine was aimed at cleaning the main road from Swakopmund to Arandis of litter, but was eventually extended to the beaches of Swakopmund to Henties Bay, the Swakop River mouth area and certain sections of the desert, east of Swakopmund.

O&L Group Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Coordinator, Venessa Mwiya: “Keeping the environment clean is the responsibility of each and every Namibian citizen. Something as simple as picking up a littered piece of paper on your way, and throwing it in the dustbin, makes a world of difference – irrespective of where you are. Exciting about Project Shine is that it engages local communities, schools and the youth.”

For more information on Project Shine, Paulina Engelbrecht can be contacted at pengelbrecht@swkmun.com.na and marketing officer of the project, Ailie Gebhardt is available at agebhardt@swkmun.com.na, or 064 4104218.
 
Published: 07 June 2018

Namibia Dairies (ND) celebrates milk month

Namibia Dairies (ND) celebrates milk month The Monte Christo Project Primary School and Dr. Abraham Iyambo Primary School in Windhoek; and Kalkrand Primary School (KPS), A.A. Denk Memorial School as well as the St. Patrick’s Primary School in the Hardap Region received a month’s milk supply from Namibia Dairies (ND) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group -, in commemoration of World Milk Day and Month that is celebrated in June.

The 1st of June – World Milk Day – saw ND enrich the lives of learners at the Monte Christo Project Primary School and Dr. Abraham Iyambo Primary School in the Havana Resettlement area of Windhoek. Adopted by the O&L Group, the two schools are standard beneficiaries of the Group’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme. Monte Christo and Dr. Abraham Iyambo Primary School each received 648 and 2040 litres of milk, respectively. ND Managing Director, Gunther Ling at the hand-over ceremony of the two schools emphasized on the company’s commitment to contributing to the health and well-being of Namibia and especially the less privileged children with fresh, hormone free milk. Ling: “In support of our purpose, ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’ - Namibia Dairies is proud to handover our locally manufactured Nammilk that will supply the learners with milk for the rest of the month. This annual gesture is personally dear to my heart. Namibia Dairies is proud and passionate to make a difference in the health and well-being of these learners with this humble contribution. We encourage you to drink at least one glass of milk every day.”

On Wednesday, 06 June 2018 a further 480 litres of milk were handed over to the Kalkrand Primary School (KPS) and A.A. Denk Memorial School at Kalkrand, as well as the St. Patrick Primary School at Omamas respectively. Director: Agri-Business at Namibia Dairies’ !Aimab Superfarm, Borney Britz handed over the donation and said: “This donation re-affirms ND’s support towards the well-being of Namibia’s future leaders and their current feeding programs. We are not only passionate about milk and the importance of it, but Namibia Dairies, and the O&L Group at large are also passionate about Namibia’s future. I want to encourage you (the learners) to work hard and take your school work seriously and pass your tests and exams, so that one day you can go to university and become leaders of our nation. At the same time, I want to encourage all teachers and remind them that the future and success of these learners also highly depend on their input and effort in guiding them. Therefore, always approach this privilege with the greatest passion and love, and make sure you groom our future leaders into outstanding extraordinary men and women. Let us be grateful and accountable; responsible and passionate in shaping our country’s future leaders.”

In total, ND donated 3168 litres of milk valued at approximately N$48000, 00.

O&L Group Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Coordinator, Venessa Mwiya: “No child can learn on an empty stomach - a healthy body equals a healthy mind. O&L is always happy and proud to enhance the lives of our country’s future generation, especially in contributing to providing a good learning environment, and relevant nutrition to keep the minds and bodies healthy. We trust this donation will go a long way in helping the learners achieve their greatest potential.”