|SABMiller Namibia brewery for Okahandja|
|Written by Augetto Graig|
|Wednesday, 29 May 2013 19:33|
SABMiller Namibia officially marked the start of construction of its 260 000 hectolitre brewery in Okahandja this week.
South African Breweries executive chairman, Norman Adami, together with the Ministry of Trade and Industry’s deputy minister, Tjekero Tweya, and Otjozondjuba Region governor Samuel Nuuyoma, officially broke ground on the 7,2 hectare land where the brewery will be built.
According to Tweya, the investment of, “US45,7million, which at today’s exchange rate translates to N$420 million, will ensure that the construction industry will benefit over the next 18 months,” he said and that hundreds of construction workers will to be provided with job opportunities.
An additional 100 job opportunities will be created once the brewery starts producing, he said. “The town of Okahandja will benefit greatly from the development of this facility,” the deputy minister said.
He encouraged the giant South African brewer to support the development of small and medium-sized enterprises in the country adding that, “Namibia has a developed infrastructure that can support SABMiller to access foreign markets.
I therefore encourage SABMiller to make use of this opportunity to enter into new market frontiers.” New managing director Cobus Bruwer said that, “We understand that it is a privilege to be here and that our duty is to operate as a force in the progress of the country.”
The construction is expected to take 14 to 18 months on a space planned to accommodate future growth. The installed capacity of the brewery is also expandable to 400 000 hectalitres.
In addition, the company plans to invest in a 750ml returnable bottle packaging line and warehouse facilities. Production at the brewery is expected to commence mid-2015.
SABMiller will fully fund these projects, but SABMiller Namibia will be 60% owned by SABSA Holdings (Pty) Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SABMiller, and 40% by local Namibian partners, comprising 20% Onyewu Investments and 20% by three charitable trusts to benefit local communities.