New coastal depot for Namibia Breweries

The deteriorating condition of the Swakopmund depot lead to the construction of a new facility in Walvis Bay.

11 February 2019 | Business

Leandrea Louw - The N$27 million Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) coastal depot based in Walvis Bay was officially opened on Wednesday evening.

The depot will be the new distributing point and take over operations from the Swakopmund depot. The depot in Swakopmund used to serve as the Old Hansa Breweries until 2003 when the facility was closed. After its closing the NBL continued to use the building for warehousing, administration and distribution services.

According to Wessie van der Westhuizen, managing director of NBL, the Walvis Bay depot is ten times large than the one in Swakopmund, and employs 55 people. It will also distribute about 30% of the company’s products. Its construction was started in November 2017 and was completed late last year.

“The relocation of the former coastal depot from Swakopmund to Walvis Bay speaks directly to our passion and commitment for our employees and customers. The deteriorating condition of the former depot in Swakopmund resulted in safety concerns, and posed major health and safety risks for our employees, customers and clients. This thus led us to identifying a new location, and ultimately the construction of this beautiful new facility.”

Walvis Bay mayor Immanuel Wilfred emphasised the positive impact NBL and the Ohlthaver and List (O&L) Group make on the Namibian people and the economy.

“NBL employs close to 800 Namibians, while the O&L Group has a total employment of more than 6 000 employees. This speaks volumes with regards to the contribution the O&L Group at large and NBL in particular make to the Namibian economy.”

He also said he is aware of the developmental challenges prevalent in Walvis Bay.

“A combination of poverty, broken homes and rampant substance abuse have made living conditions intolerable in some parts of this community. Coupled with these, are unemployment and lack of affordable housing. In order for us to tackle these challenges, I would like to encourage the corporate sector and the business community of Walvis Bay to contribute significantly to economic growth, so that more job opportunities will be created for our people."

Wilfred added that council has long ago realised that employment and economic development in the community and country at large cannot be achieved by the council alone but through well-crafted public private partnership initiatives.

"These partnerships particularly on infrastructural development are key to economic expansion, not only creating employment, but also growing economies. We are therefore encouraging these initiatives, through workable joint ventures, so that together we can develop and grow our economy and ensure a better future for generations to come.”

NBL produces beer brands such as Windhoek Lager, Windhoek Draught, Tafel Lager, Tafel Radler and Heineken.

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