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Published: 17 May 2018

Kraatz takes in more interns

Kraatz takes in more interns Now in its 7th year of existence, the internship program of Kraatz Marine – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – is host to 11 more Namibian students from the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT), bringing the total of participants to 80 since inception. Over the next six months, the 11 NIMT students will acquire relevant practical skills in Boiler Making & Welding, as well as Fitting & Turning.

Kraatz Human Capital Manager, Roberto January: “Regardless of the challenging economic times, we remain committed to contributing to skills development and growth of the Namibian economy. Established seven years ago, the Kraatz Internship Program has played a critical part in enriching participants with the necessary skills and experience required for the labor market. This speaks directly to the O&L Group purpose ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’ which Kraatz is very passionate about. The program enables students to do their job attachment to gain practical experience in preparation for the job market. The students receive on-the-job training and mentoring from Master Craftsmen with years of experience in the Industrial, Marine and Offshore industry.”

O&L Group Director: Human Capital, Berthold Mukuahima: “Kraatz’ internship program has proven to be a great success over the past years. The O&L Group is extremely proud of the commitment of Kraatz management and employees to keep this program alive and through it contribute to ongoing skills development which is absolutely commendable.”

The Kraatz Internship Program offer job attachment not only to students in their 3rd levels but gives opportunity to level 1 students as well. The level 3 students stay with the company for a total of 12 months, which is required by NIMT to qualify or trade as level 4. Students will be rotated to give them the exposure within the Marine & Offshore and Industrial Divisions respectively.
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Published: 17 May 2018

Wernhil Park introduces Section 1 of Phase 4

Wernhil Park introduces section 1 of phase 4 Expected to be fully completed by mid-2019, the construction of Wernhil Park Phase 4, will according to Managing Director of Broll Namibia, Marco Wenk ensure Wernhil Park will grow to offer approximately 55,000m2 of prime retail, allowing it to compete head-on with other regional malls located in Windhoek’s ever expanding retail landscape. At a cost of over N$450 million, Wernhil Park Phase 4 will be constructed in two sections with the first section scheduled to commence trade by 1 June 2018.

On Thursday, 17 May 2018, Broll Namibia - a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – and O&L hosted the Mayor of the City of Windhoek, Muesee Kazapua, members of Council of the City of Windhoek, City of Windhoek Strategic Executives and other stakeholders for a site tour of the nearly completed first section of Phase 4 as well as providing an update on the remainder of the development.

O&L, through Broll Namibia has so far spent at least N$160 million on the construction of Wernhil Park Phase 4, and according to Wenk, Section 1 will host at least 9 new shops including: Dis-Chem; Soda Bloc; Exact; Due South; Markham; Sportscene; Donna; Fabiani, and @Home. Wenk: “We are extremely happy with the progress of the entire development and thank all crucial stakeholders as well as the development team for their efforts and perseverance in getting us to this point. We are excited to present our valued shoppers and tenants with the first section of Phase 4 when trade commences on the 1st of June 2018. Our tenants and shoppers’ continued support and patience during the construction period is sincerely appreciated, and we can assure you that the unfortunate inconvenience that comes with a development of this magnitude will be worth it in the end.”

The first section of the new phase involved the conversion of the upper parking deck located on the southern side of Wernhil Park, into prime retail shops. Broll Namibia Public Relations & Marketing Manager, Sylvia Rusch says section two will entail the bulk of the development (consisting of retail, parking and an additional taxi rank facility) on the site where Cashbuild and Fruit & Veg used to be, as well as the bridge link currently under construction over Fidel Castro Street, connecting Sections 1 and 2. Rusch: “The extension to Wernhil Park will enhance the overall shopping experience on offer by not only providing more space, thus reducing congestion within the mall, but it will further ensure that the Centre’s variety and choice from a retailer mix perspective, and convenience in terms of parking, will be significantly improved for the CBD shopper. In addition to this, a second taxi rank (public transport facility), a fully-fledged medical facility and overall easier pedestrian access into the mall from particularly the southern part of the Centre will add to the convenience factor of the future Wernhil Park.”

Kazapua during the walk-through of section 1 expressed his appreciation for the investment into the Central Business District (CBD). Kazapua: “I am impressed with what I see and have to commend the project team and Broll Namibia for meeting the initial development timeline.. This is certainly a great contribution to the initiatives supported by the City of Windhoek to further improve and add to Windhoek’s CBD, which has over the years been impacted by decentralization.”

Managing Director of SIP Project Managers (Namibia), and Project Manager of Wernhil Park Phase 4, Jacky Jacobs: “The official site handover to the main contractor, Namibia Construction took place on the 3rd of July 2017 and a mere eleven months later, the 1st section of the development will be ready for trade. Although this is an extremely challenging project, progress on the balance of the development is going well and we look forward to meeting the completion deadline of the whole development by 1 June 2019.”

Since it first opened its doors twenty-eight (28) years ago, Wernhil Park has seen several stages of growth and development. This, according to Wenk falls in line with Broll Namibia’s commitment to enhance and keep the shopping experience on par with international standards. The entire new phase of Wernhil Park is expected to be complete by June 2019.
Published: 11 May 2018

Dagbreek School remains firm leader in Schools Recycling Competition

Dagbreek School remains firm leader in Schools Recycling Competition For the third year running, Dagbreek School for the Intellectually Impaired has scooped up the first prize in the annual 2017/18 Schools Recycling Competition (SRC) initiated and hosted by the Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF). Not only did this school, according to RNF Coordinator, Anita Witt once again break all previous records in volumes they managed to collect, but they were also awarded the Best Improved School prize, given their increase from 222kg of recyclables per learner in 2017 to 275kg per learner during this year.

In second place was All Nations Christian School with 111kg per learner, followed by newcomer, Môreson Special School in third place with 81kg per learner. Fourth place was taken by Combretum Trust, followed by Delta School Windhoek. Witt: “With Dagbreek’s total volume being 30 tons, and the two runners-up each on 10 tons, our top three schools managed to collect 50 tons of the total volume of 133 tons collected from March 2017 until the end of February 2018. It is interesting to note that the top three schools all have just over 100 learners – which indicates that the enthusiastic input from a school principal, teachers, parents and learners can attribute tremendously towards success. Môreson Special School also deserves recognition for being the first school to be placed under the top three in their first year of participation.”

At the prize giving ceremony held recently, Witt also noted that when the competition started in 2009 (with only 10 schools), the average weight collected was 15kg per learner, and that this competition has now grown to 50 schools in Windhoek and at the coast, with most schools exceeding 50kg per learner. Witt: “We would like to thank our members for their ongoing support for this project, notably the sponsors of the prizes. 1st prize of N$10 000 by Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group; 2nd prize of N$5 000 by Collect-a-Can and the third prize of N$2 500 by Plastic Packaging. Rent-A-Drum was again the sponsor of the 4th and 5th prizes; whilst B2Gold Namibia, sponsor of the Best Improved School, awarded the winner of this category with a visit to their Environment Education Centre near Otjiwarongo. Rent-A-Drum will be paying all schools for the recyclables collected, and to this end, a total of N$30 000 will be paid to the schools who have managed to collect recyclables to the value of N$200 and more.”

Witt stressed that she is confident that this annual activity will continue to grow from strength to strength and that she is hopeful that even more schools will continue to show interest going forward. Witt: "It is heartening to see the total volumes diverted from the landfill by our youth - in 2016 and 2017 the schools collected 89 and 128 tons respectively. This year an impressive 133 tons was collected. It is also clear that the active engagement of principals and teachers play a considerable role towards successful recycling at schools". 
Published: 02 May 2018

PnP celebrates winners of WIKA float procession school competition

PnP celebrates winners of WIKA float procession school competition The 66th 2018 annual Windhoek Karneval (WIKA) hosted another eventful celebration that united and connected Namibians to celebrate our unique cultural diversity. Affiliated with Pick n Pay (PnP) Namibia – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group - WIKA presented a great opportunity for schools in the Khomas region to participate in the Karneval by entering a float and drum majorettes competition to stand a chance of winning their share of N$18,000 in gift vouchers for their school kiosk.

The PnP WIKA Float Procession School competition took place on the 7th of April 2018 where participating schools showcased their Karneval Floats and the drum majorettes displayed their rhythmic skills to impress the judges. The WIKA committee judges’ criteria was based on the schools’ creativity including the use of recycled materials, the spirit of float participants and adherence to the WIKA 2018 theme. Cheers sounded in the air as the crowd enjoyed the entertainment. The fun and exciting school competition did not only encourage learners to appreciate diversity, but it also prompted them to raise funds for the betterment of the learners.

The first prize winner was Delta High School who won a PnP gift voucher worth N$12,000 and the second prize went to Windhoek International School who won a PnP gift voucher valued at N$6,000 for their school kiosk.

Teachers were delighted to have been part of this great initiative as they extended their gratitude to the PnP team at the prize handover. The Brand Manager of PnP Namibia, Dandago Uiras, congratulated the schools on their creativity and their determination to be involved in activities that bring benefits to their schools. Uiras: “Healthy eating in schools is vital to the productivity of learners and as such it pleases us to contribute to the school kiosk. Next year the WIKA Karneval will be bigger and better with more exciting opportunities for schools.”