N.dollars 450 million Welwitschia Brewery opens at Okahandja

15 Jul 2015 20:50pm
OKAHANDJA, 15 JUL (NAMPA) – South African Breweries (SAB) Miller Namibia opened its Welwitschia Brewery (WB) plant here on Wednesday.
The brewery’s Managing Director, Cobus Bruwer said during the event that SAB Miller Namibia is compliant with the country’s Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4), and with the plant has made a sizable contribution towards the manufacturing sector and has embodied the spirit of the growth at home strategy.
“Our product is brewed, bottled and consumed within the Namibian borders while creating employment, facilitating skills development, and the facility is poised to increase its current production capacity from 260 000 hectare litres per annum (HL/pa) to 400 000 HL/pa as when the need arise,” he said.
WB, worth N.dollars 450 million, currently employs 184 employees of which 32 per cent are female.
Bruwer noted that by creating a sociable world for Namibians, SAB Miller Namibia commits to utilising programmes within the SAB Miller family around the world, promoting responsible use of alcohol in the Namibian society, and dedicated to reducing alcohol abuse in our community and society.
He stressed that within a resilient world, the core water resource for producing their brands needs to be managed very carefully.
“Access to clean and safe water is not only beneficial for our business but it is necessary for healthy communities and a healthy nation; it becomes even more pertinent at times of drought,” he stressed.
SAB Miller plans to reduce its water usage at WB with 20 per cent this year as their management systems and practices achieve efficiency and effectiveness.
In a speech prepared for delivery at the event, Namibian Vice-President Nickey Iyambo implored the brewery’s management to treat employees with respect and adhere to the labour laws of the country.
“It is only when employers have a harmonious working relationship that it resonates in the efficient, effective and productive operations of the industry,” he said.
The brewery manufactures 750millilitres (ml) bottles of Castle Lager, Castle Lite and Carling Black Label.
SAB Miller invested in a 750ml returnable bottle packaging line and warehouse facilities at the brewery.
Convenience packs like cans and 275ml/340ml bottles will still be imported.