7 March 2013
SABMiller is to invest US$40-million building a 260 000 hectolitre brewery in Okahanjda, Namibia as part of its African expansion strategy, the firm announced on Wednesday after receiving re-zoning approval on the 7.2 hectares of land selected for the project.
Construction is expected to begin in April and it is hoped the brewery will become fully operational in the second half of 2014.
The Johannesburg- and London-listed company said the brewery would be designed to accommodate future growth and expansion. It also plans to invest in warehousing facilities and a returnable bottle packaging line.
“The local brewery will not only enable us to make more of our key brands available to consumers in the Namibian market, but it will also make a meaningful contribution to the Namibian economy once it is up and running,” SAB managing director Mauricio Leyva said in a statement.
SABMiller has operated in Namibia for over 20 years and began by servicing the local market through importing South African beers.
SABMiller Namibia was established in 2010 to house all Namibian operations, and is part of SABMiller’s wholly owned South African business, South African Breweries Limited.
It is 60% owned by SAB Limited and 40% owned by local Namibian partners – 20% of which is made up of Onyewu Investments and 20% by three charitable trusts.
It has an estimated 22% share of the Namibian market, with brands such as Castle Lager, Carling Black Label and Castle Lite. These brands will be brewed at the Okahanjda site.
“Jobs will be created, our environmental impact on the country will be reduced as we shift to returnable bottles, and we will build on our existing programmes to uplift the local community,” Leyva said.