Speaking at the event, the NMA board chairperson, Brian Black, inches welcoming remarks said the country is not really in short supply of doing great things for itself but is short of action to make things happen.
Black said bemoans the fact that to register a business in Namibia it takes too long namely 10 phases. "That leaves a serious concern with me and the organisation that I lead," he said.
Also speaking during the same event, former South African public prosecutor Thuli Madonsela said the cost of doing business increases when there is corruption. She has handled some of the biggest corruption cases in Africa's largest economy, including where president Jacob Zuma was implicated in wrongdoing, and said money used for corruption could rather be put to good use, including providing capital for the youth to start businesses.
She added all forms of corruption, whether grand, petty or transactional should be condemned. She furthermore encouraged African economies to rather manufacture goods which they need, such as tablets needed in schools, instead of having to import everything.
During her speech she said “Corruption and unethical behavior should not be allowed to sabotage Namibia’s Vision 2030 or other National Development Plans”.
Adv Madonsela alluded to the fact that the best way to restrict corruption is through “epic leadership” she defined epic leadership as being ethical, purpose driven and committed to service. She further stated that “Corruption creates an uneven playing field and affects every business person and every human being in a country”.
The Marimba Plus band of APC Tsumeb entertained the guests on a number of instruments. An increased number of entries demonstrated that the NMA members realize the value of this this competition. Encouraging was that we saw a few first time entries. This is a clear indication that the NMA members support this initiative.
The judging process has remained unchanged. After preliminary judging to ensure that entries complied with the rules and regulations, the entries were judged by an independent panel of judges according to a predetermined set of criteria. The judging included a physical visit to some companies to verify certain information. Thereafter the marks were processed by the auditor of the NMA, Grant Thornton Neuhaus, who then verified the winners per category.
Honoring and recognizing hard work and high standard of the its members through this national annual event the NMA believes it increases the awareness and the important role which the sector plays in wealth and job creation in our country and the rest of the SADC region.
True to its commitment FNB National Bank Namibia again was the main sponsor of the event. The NMA is proud of this partnership. The NMA also thank all the other sponsors and partners who contributed to the resounding success of this awards dinner. They are, in no specific order: Guans Packaging (Pty) Ltd, Peralin Paints, Jaylo Productions, Dinapama Manufacturing and Supplies, Namib Mills, Ohlthaver & List Group, Plastic Packaging, Walvis Bay Salt.
The Namibian Manufacturers Association is committed to be of service to its members, advocating better working relations and dialogue between all stakeholders such as manufacturers, retailers, consumers and the government.
The NMA Manufacturer of the Year 2017 winners were as follows:
Small category: Karakulia Weavers, Embrace Namibia Enterprise CC and Unleashed Designs CC
Medium category:Ekango Salt Refiners (Pty) Ltd, Slowtown Coffee Roasters CC and Machinery & Tool Maintenance Engineers.
Large category: Guan's Packaging (Pty) Ltd, Closwa CC and Windhoek Schlacterei
Corporate category: Namibia Breweries Ltd, Namibia Dairies (Pty) Ltd and Plastic Packaging (Pty) Ltd
Best ambassador: Guan's Packaging (Pty) Ltd, Namibia Breweries Ltd and Plastic Packaging (Pty) Ltd.
Most environmentally friendly: Rent-A-Drum (Pty) Ltd, Plastic Packaging (Pty) Ltd and Guans Packaging (Pty) Ltd.
Namibia Breweries Limited wont best overall corporate manufacturer's award, while Guan's Packaging (Pty) Ltd won the best overall large manufactures award.