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Published: 11 July 2018

Proudly Namibian Camelthorn celebrates successful journey, and welcomes Urbock to the family

Proudly Namibian Camelthorn celebrates successful journey, and welcomes Urbock to the family The Camelthorn brand proudly celebrates its one year anniversary since the launch of its new look in July 2017, with the inclusion of the Urbock variant in the range. Camelthorn is a craft beer in the Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) portfolio, a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group.

Since its re-launch, Camelthorn has made significant inroads into the Namibian and South African beer markets. Initially launching with only two variants – a Helles brewed using Saphir hops, and a filtered Weiss using Lemon drop hops – Camelthorn has gone from strength to strength. NBL South Africa General Manager, John Fitzgerald says: “Camelthorn is widely available in the 3 key metros in South Africa, and has also managed to establish an online presence for fans of the beer living in outlying areas.”

Says Fitzgerald: “The craft beer category has become an incredibly competitive and cluttered space. While current growth is estimated to be in the region of 30% p.a., there have been numerous entrants into the market. In spite of this Camelthorn has held its own, and is starting to attract a loyal following. As more and more consumers are demanding greater variety in their choice of beer, we anticipate this trend to continue.”

Camelthorn is perfectly placed to capitalize on this growth: René Duffy, NBL Marketing Manager says: “A fastidious approach to quality, combined with a typical Namibian laid-back personality, means that the brand has found instant appeal amongst beer drinkers.”

Camelthorn is celebrating this milestone with an addition to the family: Urbock. NBL’s much loved traditional bock style beer has been embraced by the Camelthorn family, and will now be known as Camelthorn Urbock. Lovers of the beer will recognize the rich malty flavors and rich red glow that made them fall in love with the beer in the first place - a taste that remains unchanged despite the name change. Camelthorn Urbock will be available at most major retailers and selected pubs and restaurants nationally.

Camelthorn Urbock has a 7% ABV and an 18-month shelf life, and is available on shelf and selected outlets.
Published: 09 July 2018

Dairy Producers Association (DPA) Project of goodwill 2017 celebrates 9, 000 litres of success!

Dairy Producers Association (DPA) Project of goodwill 2017 celebrates 9, 000 litres of success! Close to 9, 000 litres of milk have been distributed to beneficiaries of the Dairy Producers Association’s (DPA) Project of goodwill 2017, launched one year ago. Namibia Dairies (ND) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – is a proud supporter of this initiative that has enriched the lives of approximately 400 less privileged Namibians, mostly children.

According to the Manager: Commodities at the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU), Harald Marggraff local milk producers at a DPA member meeting in July 2016 committed to support government's food bank initiative, and pledged 0.5 liters of milk of every 1000 litres produced. The DPA consist of only 16 producers who support organized agriculture. Marggraff: “Despite the fact that the food bank initiative has not realized yet, producers honored their decision, and stayed committed to donate milk to those selected groups of Namibians in need. This commitment was confirmed at the DPA member meeting on 18 July 2017, where various beneficiary organizations were identified and approved. The project duration was 12 months – from August 2017 to July 2018. We were proud to be a part of this initiative, and to make a difference in the lives of those that benefitted from this project. The DPA is also impressed and inspired by the producers’ decision and commitment to such a worthy cause. Big ups to all DPA members and other role players, including ND for this gesture and commitment.”

The project was administered by the NAU in collaboration with ND. Provided in UHT 1 litre cartons, the milk was delivered on a monthly basis by ND to the NAU, from where the distribution to the identified organizations took place. The NAU was overseer of the distribution and did the necessary checks to ensure that the milk reaches the end user.
Namibia Dairies was responsible for making sure the donations were accumulated from all committed producers in a manner that is best administratively possible.

Namibia Dairies Director: Agri-Business, Borney Britz: “Apart from ND’s annual commitment to, amongst others provide one-month supply of milk to selected schools in celebration of Milk Month every year in June, we are glad to, and passionately contribute to the upliftment of the lives of those less privileged, especially the less privileged children of this nation. I, together with the entire ND team are extremely proud and happy that we could be part of this impactful commitment by Namibian milk producers. Initiatives like this inspire me, and gives us all hope for a better future. Enriching the lives of the less privileged speaks directly to the O&L purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life”.

Beneficiaries of the DPA Project of Goodwill 2017 included: Huis Maerua; Dagbreek School; Side-by-Side; Môreson School; Dordabis Pre-primary School; Kiddies Kingdom, and Early Intervention Community Support (El-Landri Trust). During the December school holiday, the
Katutura Old Age Home, Oude Rust Ouetehuis, Hope Village, Koekoes Agenbach (helpende hande) and Meals on Wheels also benefitted from the project. A total of 8982 litres of milk have been distributed during the course of the 12 months of the project.

At the next annual DPA members meeting, the committee will decide on the future of the Goodwill project.
Published: 04 July 2018

Namibia Dairies (ND) signs wage agreement

Namibia Dairies (ND) signs wage agreement Namibia Dairies (ND) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group - on Wednesday, 04 July 2018 signed a substantive wage agreement with its Workers Representative Council.

The agreement entails a six (6) percent (%) increase for the next three years, including periods: 01 July 2018 to 30 June 2019; 01 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, and 01 July 2020 to 30 June 2021. A further N$500 housing allowance per month forms part of the agreement, and a 13th cheque based on 75 % monthly salary. A 6% night shift allowance is also added as per the Labor Act. According to the Head of Human Capital at Namibia Dairies, Amanda van Zyl, transport provision to and from work remains part of the agreement as per previous years. Van Zyl: “Negotiations with the Workers Council went really well and took place in good faith and spirit. Throughout the negotiations both parties were focused on improving the living standards of the employees, while maintaining the sustainability of the company. Both parties were happy with the last position especially because there was a housing benefit added to the agreement. Our people are our greatest asset; they keep the business going and despite the harsh economic times, we understand that they too need to take care of themselves and their families while the cost of living in the country is on the rise. It is important for us to make sure that we add to their standard of living and live up to our purpose of ‘Creating a future and enhancing lives’.”

502 ND employees belonging to the bargaining unit will benefit from this agreement. Signing the agreement on behalf of the workers, was chairperson of the workers council, Alfeus Mwambu: “We are very happy with the agreement reached and with the good relations we have with ND and management. The negotiations went really well and smooth, and it was a peaceful process.”

O&L Group Manager Central: Employee Relations, Michelle Horn: “I would like to thank the negotiating teams from both the company and the workers council. It is pleasing that parties were able to settle the salary negotiations harmoniously and in a very great spirit. Thank you to all involved for a job well done.”
Published: 04 July 2018

Namibia Dairies (ND) – A great place to work in Africa

Namibia Dairies (ND) – A great place to work in Africa

Namibia Dairies (ND) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – was recently awarded 3rd place in the Large Organizations category on the African continent, at the annual 2018 Great Place To Work (GPTW) Awards ceremony held in Lagos, Nigeria.

ND Managing Director, Gunther Ling: “I truly believe that hard times bring people together, and this is true for ND as well. We have asked the assistance and support of each and every employee to get us through these tough times. Through open and transparent communication we have created awareness and ownership from all employees for the sustainability of ND. Caring for employees, connecting and spending time with them is my personal passion and priority, and I enjoy it. I believe that when employees feel cared for and involved in the business, they will go the extra mile needed to pull the company through any challenge. At O&L we believe there is opportunity in every challenge and we choose to focus on the positive things in life and being grateful for that.”

Ling expressed pride and joy in the 2018 GPTW accolade - an achievement gained against top African and global organizations, like Andela and FCMB scooping first and second places in the Large Organizations category, respectively. Ling: “I am extremely proud and happy about this achievement. It is truly an acknowledgement that recognizes our employees at ND’s commitment in building excellent employment experiences and strong relationships for each other. We strive to provide the best work environment when it comes to open, honest and transparent communication. We are humble and down to earth, real authentic people, who all strive to make a success of this very challenging, but much loved industry. Most of all, we have fun and care for each other.”

According to the Head: Human Capital at ND, Amanda van Zyl, specific strategies to address employee engagement and satisfaction at the company are in place. Van Zyl: “The leadership team of ND took a stand to bring joy to all employees of ND. We made a conscious decision to change our leadership behaviors, discussions and actions to make this happen and we believe that this has brought about the results that we have seen this year. Showing gratitude and recognition for each other and employees is a conscious part of our lives at ND. We create opportunities for employees to regularly engage with management, and suggest ways of improvement, and we have regular employee engagement and team building initiatives that focus on strengthening relationships in the workplace. Managers at ND have an open door policy which allows easy and open communication.”

Employee quotes:

“Employees at Namibia Dairies care and support each other; we have been through so much as a team in terms of financial crisis but we always stick together, work out a plan and move forward.” - Michiel Jacobs, Manager Factory Shop and Dispatch, WDS.

“The people I work with give me the warmth and kindness that makes me enjoy my work place. There are so many opportunities at ND, and I enjoy working here because you have freedom to provide input on decisions. Even if you are just a cleaner, the managers recognize your achievements and give you gratitude for them. This is my employer, but also my second home away from home.” - Hanna Zaahl, Cleaner at !Aimab Superfarm, Mariental.

“O&L and Namibia Dairies is surely a great place to work, simply because I have learned a lot through good and bad times, and became a strong person. Wonderful people. Great family, brother & sisters.” - Maria Mutota, Admin Assistant, ND Avis Plant

“It is a great place to work for because, there is opportunity for growth, they recognize everyone across the production process, and I feel a great sense of belonging.” - Karina Johannes: 17 years with ND.

“Great communication relationships, and it is still improving by the day. Team work is excellent in our work environment.” - Marianna Kangumba, Team Leader UHT, 30 years with ND

Published: 02 July 2018

NBL LAUNCHES TV COMMERCIAL – ‘Welcome to your new life’

NBL LAUNCHES TV COMMERCIAL – ‘Welcome to your new life’ In partnership with the Ministry of Safety and Security, in particular the Namibian Correctional Service, Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – on Thursday, 28 June 2018 launched a TV Commercial to air on local television, in support of NBL’s commitment to promoting responsible drinking, and curbing the high number of road accidents, and fatality rate on Namibian roads.

The TV Commercial ‘If you are going to drink and drive, welcome to your new life’ produced by O&L Advertising Agency, Weathermen & Co speaks to the harsh reality of the repercussions of driving under the influence of alcohol. At the launch attended by officers and representatives of the Namibian Correctional Service, and other stakeholders driving the National Road Safety agenda, Managing Director of NBL, Wessie van der Westhuizen expressed concern about the many innocent lives lost due to the irresponsible decisions of individuals. Van der Westhuizen: “Often these accidents are related to alcohol, however I want us to challenge our thinking and ask: Is it really only alcohol, or is it the irresponsible decisions and poor choices we make? This national catastrophe begs a change of mind-set, behavior and attitude of motorists and other road-users. The TV Commercial also aims to emphasize how the act of driving under the influence of alcohol has a detrimental and sad outcome on the lives of our fellow Namibians, as well as our loved ones. I am very proud that we could work together with the Ministry of Safety and Security – more specifically the Namibian Correctional Service to present to you NBL’s latest initiative and contribution to curb drunk driving.”

Commissioner-General Hamunyela who represented the Namibian Correctional Service at the launch regards the TV Commercial as a powerful tool in curbing irresponsible behavior. He applauded NBL for the initiatives and commitment to promoting the responsible use of alcohol.

Van der Westhuizen: “The TV Commercial by NBL with the support of the Namibian Correctional Service is the epitome of not only what the repercussions of one’s irresponsible decisions have on the lives of others, but also what impact it can have on one. Thank you also to government, and more specifically the Ministry of Safety and Security for allowing us to make use of the correctional facility to shoot this AD. Thank you for your guidance and advice, and for your highly valued input that contributed significantly to the successful production. I am confident, and have faith that this initiative will contribute immensely to the hearts and minds of each and every one that sees this AD, and that it will challenge our thinking, behavior, and the decisions we make.”

The TV Commercial – ‘If you are going to drink and drive, welcome to your new life’ – will air on NBC and One Africa Television (OATV) as of July 2018.

Herewith the link to the AD
Published: 02 July 2018

OLC Energy Services partners with Global Supplier, SMA Technology

OLC Energy Services partners with Global Supplier, SMA Technology In its pursuit of becoming the leading partner of Renewable Energy in Namibia and neighboring countries, OLC Energy Services last week launched a new partnership with internationally known SMA Solar Technology - a global leader for solar inverters, a key component of all solar PV plants.

OLC Energy Services, is a joint venture company of O&L Energy - a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group - and Cronimet Mining Power Solutions. O&L Energy is a specialist for renewable energy in Southern Africa, especially in large-scale PV, Solar Water Heating and Bio Energy, and has a pipeline of renewable energy prospects in Namibia and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), targeting especially 1 Megawatt (MW) to 10 MW plants. Besides solar power O&L Energy is engaged in the Bush-to-Energy business and in the first Biomass project in Namibia, currently under construction in Mariental. Cronimet is an international energy company focusing on large-scale solar power and hybrid plants mainly in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Cronimet has developed over 300 MW plants worldwide. The joint venture company between O&L Energy and Cronimet - OLC Energy Services - have, since its inception four (4) years ago, constructed several PV plants on a Build-Own Operate basis and have grown to one of the leading Independent Power Producers in Namibia. Managing Director of OLC Energy Services, Bernd Walbaum: “We are very excited to have been awarded the agencies for sales and services for Namibia from the world leading inverter manufacturer SMA Solar Technology. This will support our goal and ambition to grow to the leading partner of renewable energy in Namibia. The partnership with SMA contains technical services on the one side and SMA sales and distribution on the other side. This will improve SMA’s service for Namibian customers who now have a direct local partner in Namibia and also some local stock of SMA equipment.”

SMA offers a wide range of products and solutions that allow for high energy yields for residential and commercial PV systems and large-scale PV power plants. To increase PV self-consumption efficiently, SMA system technology can easily be combined with different battery technologies. Intelligent energy management and digital energy solutions, comprehensive services and operational management of PV power plants round off SMA’s range. With its headquarters in Niestetal, near Kassel, Germany, SMA is represented in 20 countries globally, with more than 3,000 employees worldwide. SMA’s multi-award-winning technology is protected by more than 1,100 patents and utility models. SMA Solar Technology is listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and is currently the only company in the solar industry that is listed in the TecDAX index. SMA Sales Director: Southern and East Africa, Malize Pienaar: “We are very excited about this partnership with OLC Energy Services, and we look forward to a successful and fruitful relationship going forward.

Walbaum: “Currently Renewable Energy projects of 55MegaWatts (MW) have already been installed in Namibia, and according to Nampower, a further 121MW is under construction. Although Nampower states that this installed capacity of renewable energy is reaching the threshold the grid can accommodate, I want to encourage Government, the Ministry of Mines & Energy, and the Electricity Control Board (ECB) to approach the global changes in the energy market in a positive and trend-setting way including investments in the power distribution network and an updated market structure. The negotiations on the new National Integrated Resource Plan are already showing the right way.”