The Namibian Manufacturers Association (NMA) which hosted its fifth Manufacturer of the Year Awards Gala Dinner on 19 October 2017, at the Safari Hotel and Conference Centre and corporates went away with awards in various categories.
The Category for the NMA Small Manufacturer of the Year was won by Karakulia Weavers CC while Ekongo Salt Refiners (Pty) Ltd scooped the top price for the NMA Medium Manufacturer of the Year.
In the NMA Large Manufacturer of the Year category the first place was taken by none other than Guan’s Packaging (PTY) Ltd and the top award for the NMA Corporate Manufacturer of the Year was taken by Namibia Breweries Limited.
The NMA Best Ambassador for Manufacturing in Namibia was also taken by Guan’s Packaging (Pty) Ltd while Rent-A-Drum (Pvt) Ltd scooped the NMA Most environmentally friendly award.
The judges’ choice for the NMA overall winner in the Large Category was Guan’s Packaging (Pty) Ltd, and the judges’ Choice for the NMA overall winner in the Corporate Category went to Namibia Breweries Limited.
The NMA board of directors said it was satisfied that the judging process was executed in both a transparent and fair process.
During her speech, Dr. Thuli Madonsela, said: “Corruption and unethical behaviour should not be allowed to sabotage Namibia’s Vision 2030 or other National Development Plans”.
Adv. Madonsela said the best way to restrict corruption is through “epic leadership.”
She defined tremendous leadership as being ethical, purpose-driven and committed to service.
She said, “Corruption creates an uneven playing field and affects every business person and every human being in a country.”
An increased number of entries demonstrated that the NMA members realise the value of this competition.
“Encouraging was that we saw a few first-time entries. This is a clear indication that the NMA members support this initiative,” said NMA chief executive officer Ronnie Varkevisser.
He added, “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.”
Honoring and recognising hard work and high standard of its members through this national annual event the NMA believes it increases the awareness and the critical role which the sector plays in wealth and job creation in our country and the rest of the SADC region, he said.
“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,” he said.
Varkevisser reiterated that NMA is committed to being of service to its members, advocating better working relations and dialogue between all stakeholders such as manufacturers, retailers, consumers and the government.