27 May 2013 12:20
OKAHANDJA, 27 MAY (NAMPA) - The construction of the N.dollars 420 million-SABMiller brewery plant kicked off here on Monday.
The brewery is being build western outskirts of the town, and is expected to employ 100 people during the construction phase and 100 full-time workers during production phase by the middle of 2015.
The SABMiller group?s popular brands such as Black Label and Castle Larger Lite will now been brewed in Namibia.
Currently, Namibia imports these brands from South Africa.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Tjekero Tweya said the establishment of the brewery plant is a step in the right direction towards achieving the country?s industrial development goal and the realisation of the national Vision 2030, when Namibia is expected to be an industrial nation as per the country?s adopted Industrial Policy.
He urged other local businesses to emulate the good example of SABMiller to drive the manufacturing and production of goods for both local consumption and for export to add value to locally-produced goods.
Tweya indicated that the Namibian Government values partnership with private enterprises in achieving the goals on its national agenda.
?We value our citizens and we stand firm in the belief that every Namibian can reach their own personal development potential, and we look for the private sector to help facilitate this self-actualisation,? he indicated, adding that the country looks not just for the opportunity for job creation, but for the opportunity for training and the development and transfer of skills.
?We look for social upliftment and meaningful investment in the community, and we look for the foresight of leadership that ensures the longevity of business from which future generations will benefit,? said Tweya.
The SABMiller investment is one of the initiatives that Namibia needs to follow so that many local people acquire and develop their skills through on-the-job training, he stated.
The deputy minister then encouraged SABMiller to support the country?s small and medium enterprise (SME) sector by using their services and procuring its production inputs from local SMEs.
SABMiller Namibia is 60 per cent owned by SAB Ltd and 40 per cent by Namibian partners comprising of Onyewu Investment which holds 20 per cent, while the other 20 per cent is held by three charitable trusts for the benefit of the local community.
SABMiller is one of the world?s leading brewers, with more than 200 beer brands and some 70 000 employees in over 75 countries.