Meatco and Hangana Seafood scoop SADC Quality Awards

29 Mar 2014 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 29 MAR (NAMPA) - Two Namibian companies - the Meat Corporation of Namibia (Meatco) and Hangana Seafood - have received Southern African Development Community (SADC) Quality Awards.
A media statement issued by the public relations division of the Namibia Standards Institute (NSI) on Saturday said the Namibian flag flew high and proud at the SADC Annual Quality Awards in Gaborone, Botswana as the two companies from Namibia took first place each in the various categories they participated in.
This is the fourth year the regional awards are held and the first time companies from Namibia participated.
According to the statement, Meatco was pronounced the winner of the SADC Annual Quality Award 2013/2014 in the Category Four Exporter of the Year Large Enterprise.
Hangana Seafood came out tops in the Category Two Product of the Year Large Enterprise.
The winners were presented with award certificates and trophies at a ceremony held at the Gaborone International Conference Centre on 19 February 2014.
NSI Chief Executive Officer Riundja Ali Kaakunga was quoted in the statement as saying the institute congratulates Meatco and Hangana Seafood for their achievements which made Namibia proud.
“It has been years of very hard work, first to encourage Namibia companies to participate in the quality awards at national level and secondly, to enter the winners for the regional awards,”
Kaakunga said.
The process for the SADC Annual Quality Awards starts at national level where national standards bodies (NSBs), such as the NSI, in the SADC Member States have the responsibility to organise annual national quality awards.
“It is from these national awards that winners then qualify to enter and compete with other first place winners from other SADC countries. Meatco and Hangana Seafood were deserving winners at the Annual National Awards held in Windhoek in 2013,” Kaakunga stated.
At the awards ceremony, SADC Executive Secretary Dr Stergomena Lawrence emphasised the importance of such events taking place at the national and regional level.
“National Quality Awards are a catalyst for excellence, competitiveness and economic development and this has been witnessed by the zeal and enthusiasm to establish them by a number of countries worldwide,” she said.
The SADC Annual Quality Awards are aimed at recognising and appreciating organisations and individuals who contribute to quality advancement in all sectors in the SADC region, by having measurement and quality systems, procedures and processes that are in line with local, regional and international practices, and who use quality advancement to support national and regional economic development and growth.
Later this year, the NSI will organise another National Quality Awards event recognising excellence in sustainable quality of service delivery and quality of products in Namibia.
Other Namibian companies, large and small, were encouraged to emulate the example set by Meatco and Hangana Seafood.
“Participating in such awards is an excellent platform to gain national and international recognition. It is a platform to potentially increase market share and access regional and international markets,” Kaakunga said.