Bata footwear store opens in Ongwediva

02 Mar 2014 12:10pm
ONGWEDIVA, 02 MAR (NAMPA) - Well-known footwear manufacturer Bata officially opened its store at Ongwediva in the Oshana Region on Saturday.
The company has established two franchise outlets - at Ongwediva and Windhoek, following the conclusion of a franchise agreement for Namibia between a Namibian owned company, WaGo Investments cc, and Bata Shoe (Singapore) Private Limited.
The mayor of Ongwediva, Jason Asino, officially inaugurated the Bata franchise outlet at his town on Saturday, while the Bata outlet in the capital is set to be inaugurated on Tuesday.
Director of Rhino Project Africa, Nasir Rafig, who worked with WaGo Investments to bring Bata to Namibia, told the Ongwediva Bata Footwear Store inauguration that Bata was established in 1894 in Czechoslovakia before its expansion to other countries.
The company manufactures footwear in some 30 countries at this stage and has retail outlets in more than 70 countries worldwide.
According to Rafig, Bata products are already available in other African countries such as South Africa, Kenya and Zambia, while Swaziland, Lesotho and the Ivory Coast are some of the company’s next business destination on the African continent.
Rafig told Nampa on the sidelines of the official opening of the Ongwediva store that Bata invested about N.dollars 5 million in the establishment of its outlet at Ongwediva’s Maroela Mall.
About 10 job opportunities were created with the opening of the store.
“As members of WaGo, my friend and business partner Michael Gotore and I are extremely pleased to have succeeded in bringing the Bata brand to Namibia,” said Jackson Wandjiva, a managing member of WaGo Investments.
Wandjiva indicated that Bata is committed to giving Namibian consumers only the best in products and service.
“Your decision to invest in Ongwediva has added value to our vision of making this town a service hub and an attractive and quality town of choice in Namibia,” Asino stated while delivering his address.
He pointed out that Ongwediva has a population of around 27 000 people, meaning there will not be a shortage of customers for the store.