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Published: 07 December 2017

Kraatz delivers six more skilled workers to the Namibian labour market

Kraatz delivers six more skilled workers to the Namibian labour market Six (6) more Namibians just completed the ‘Learn to weld’ program offered by Kraatz – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group - which has now brought the total of participants on the program since inception more than two years ago, to 20. The latest intake completed their training at the end of October, and is now ready for the labour market.

In partnership with Young Africa Trust, the 20-week program which falls under Kraatz’ Welding School includes basic training in welding (theory and practical), as well as basic life skills inclusive of effective communication skills, decision-making and leadership competencies. The program also aims to develop the participants’ entrepreneurial skills.

Kraatz Human Capital Manager, Roberto January: “The ‘Learn to weld’ program has become such an integral part of the journey of Kraatz, because this is our way of giving back to the community in appreciation for the support, as well as our contribution to growth-at-home and building our economy. Vocational training plays a significant role in the future of Namibia’s economy, and for the future of companies such as Kraatz. We identified the need for vocational skills in the country, which led to the purchase of a welding simulator more than two years ago, as one of the first steps towards giving back to the community and contributing towards the O&L Group purpose of ‘Creating a Future, Enhancing Life’. We take pride, and are excited to teach young Namibians skills that can enable them to grow professionally and in business.”

Young Africa Trust is an organization that provides life skills to young people, and Kraatz partnered with this organization to add value to the ‘Learn to weld’ program by teaching the students how to infuse the skills they have acquired into their own circumstances and everyday life, and make a success thereof. Director of Young Africa Namibia, Yvette Bellens-Bosma: “Young Africa highly appreciates Kraatz’ contribution towards empowerment of the young people of Walvis Bay. Together we give them the technical skills, life skills and entrepreneurship skills to give them hope, direction, confidence and determination to build a better future for themselves and their communities. The feedback we get from the students is always very positive and our tracer studies show that they are more likely to find work or continue with further studies than before they joined the programme”.

O&L Group Director: Human Capital, Berthold Mukuahima: “If we as Business Namibia do not support government in growing this nation, by doing what we can to develop and nurture, we can forget about growing stronger as a nation. Skills development is a critical pillar in government’s Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), and indeed can contribute significantly to curbing the high unemployment rate, and reduction of poverty levels. Kraatz’ Welding School for which selected students participate at no cost, is but one of O&L’s contributions to assist government in the poverty eradication dream.”

Basic requirements to the Kraatz Welding School include a Grade 12 certificate with good results in Mathematics and Physical Science. Hopefuls must be between the ages of 19 and 25 years old. More information on the Kraatz Welding School can be obtained from the Kraatz Human Capital Department.
Published: 07 December 2017

Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) strengthens road safety campaign

Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) strengthens road safety campaign “This past weekend has seen at least 20 people die on our national roads! This is completely unacceptable. It cannot continue like this. It is senseless, very costly to the country, not to mention the unfortunate and unnecessary pain it causes. If this is the start to our festive season, I do not even want to know what the rest of the next four weeks will look like!” Managing Director of Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group – Wessie van der Westhuizen expressed dismay at the current statistics of road fatalities on Namibian roads during his address at the handover of NBL sponsorship towards the annual road safety campaign.

NBL, on Thursday, 07 December reaffirmed its commitment and support towards keeping Namibian national roads safe and accident-free through a sponsorship with a total value of more than N$ 200,000 including soft drinks and water; equipment such as breathalysers and reflector jackets to the Namibian Police (NAMPOL) for officers that will be controlling road blocks during the festive season, as well as a further donation towards the West Coast Safety Initiative.
Van der Westhuizen: “It is very sad that every year we plead for road users to be more responsible drivers, but this seems to be falling on deaf ears, because the more we promote road safety and responsible behaviour, the more accidents seem to occur. It comes down to our behaviour, our mind-set, our attitude! Irresponsible driving, through negligence of road traffic signs and rules, and inconsideration of the next person is the order of the day and kills our people.”

Accepting the sponsorship on behalf of NAMPOL was Deputy Commissioner, Amalia Gawanas – Head of the Traffic Law Enforcement Division. Gawanas: “Road crashes is a global crisis, and Namibia’s situation is a serious concern. Most of these crashes are caused by human error – negligence, destructive driving, speeding, overloading, red light ignorance, teenage drivers, driving under the influence of alcohol & drugs, vehicles not being road-worthy, etc. This sponsorship from NBL comes at the right time and will equip traffic officers to curb alcohol related matters, and will also increase the presence of NAMPOL, with the reflector jackets. We truly appreciate NBL’s continued support, and we will do our utmost best to use this donation to the best of our abilities. We are ready to run this race, and we will do all we can to contribute to reducing road crashes on our roads.”

According to Senior Manager: Accident & Injury Prevention at the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund, Sydney Boois, this year’s campaign will focus on education and information with respect to driver and vehicle fitness. Boois: “Officers are standing ready to make sure there are serious consequences in place for those that are caught breaking the law and making our roads a danger zone for the rest of us. It is time for us to become responsible citizens, and responsible road users, and to start being cognizant of the other lives that also travel on our roads – noting that you are not the only one, but that your negligence and irresponsible behaviour causes for danger in the lives of others.” Boois continued to note that Emergency services will stand ready, around-the-clock at selected spots on national roads.

“I wish to commend the emergency service personnel, and the police force who will spend their festive season safe-guarding and instilling discipline on our roads. We appreciate you all for the sacrifice you make to pull your weight in ensuring safer roads. I wish the road safety campaign and all its players a successful journey during this festive season, and call on each and every one of us to make this a safe, accident-free and joyous festive season,” van der Westhuizen concluded.

Emergency numbers provided by the MVA Fund are 081 96 82 (Accident response Number), and 061 22 28 88 (Traffic Report Number).
Published: 04 December 2017

O&L continues with early Christmas treats for OVCs

O&L continues with early Christmas treats for OVCs More than 150 Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC) at the coast were treated to an early Christmas celebration at the 9th annual Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group Coastal OVC Christmas party that took place on Wednesday, 29 November. This follows the 13th annual O&L OVC Christmas party hosted for more than 400 OVCs in Windhoek the week before.

The party was hosted at the Sparta Sports Ground in Walvis Bay by O&L subsidiaries at the coast, and accommodated OVCs from Swakopmund Tears of Hope; Promise Land Soup Kitchen; Promise Land Play School; Kids Haven, Jonah Home and Namsov Learn in Peace Centre. The children were treated to a party filled with lots of eating goodies, jumping castles and water slides, Mini and Mickey Mascot appearance and of course Santa Clause who made a special arrival on a fire truck! Lovely gifts prepared with love by the O&L employees were individually handed out by Santa to each child. Every year, the operating companies of the O&L Group namely Pick n Pay Namibia; Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL); Namibia Dairies; Broll Namibia; Dimension Data; O&L Energy; O&L Leisure; Hangana Seafood; Kraatz; Weathermen & Co; Brandtribe, as well as sociality support the initiative in line with the Group’s purpose of ‘Creating a future, Enhancing life’, and are committed to making the event a memorable day for the children.

During his welcoming address, Director: Sales & Marketing at Hangana Seafood, Francois Olivier emphasized this annual occasion as a much anticipated event by
O&L employees, and commended the group for its commitment and passion to this annual initiative. Olivier: “For the O&L Group, children are very special – they are the future of this nation. We are happy and excited to invest in the development of our future generations through various projects throughout the year, as education and development are key pillars of the O&L Corporate Social Investment (CSI) strategy. This also speaks directly to the O&L Group purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’ for all.” Olivier continued to encourage the children to dream big, and to never give up on achieving their dreams.

A surprise visit by the Minister of Fisheries & Marine Resources, Bernard Esau had the entire crowd excited and full of cheer ending off with Christmas carols. Esau wished all present a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year, and acknowledged the fact that the company made such effort to bring joy to the children that day.

O&L OVC coastal Christmas party committee member, Tanja Payne: “The day would not have been possible without the generous support of our external sponsors which include Omega Security, Afrox, The FunShop, Rent-A-Toilet, Chip & Dip, Jolly Lolly, Walvis Bay Fire Brigade, Parties by Zera, Spot On, Craft Centre Walvis Bay, SPUR Walvis Bay, Mpact, Dunamis Coastal Party Equipment, and the immeasurable support of O&L Ambassadors.”