The Transport and Logistics Society students of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) recently took a trip to Durban, South Africa to understand the market of logistics on a global scale. Durban was chosen as the destination for this trip because the port of Durban is the busiest port in Africa.
Dr Fanny Saruchera (far left), the NUST Transport and Logistics Society Committee members (in white) and the society members in front of the NUST bus parked at the Port of Durban, South Africa
After 20 hours of driving we finally saw the city lights of Durban with logistics being very visible through the continuous stream of trucks leaving Durban heading to their various destinations. After some much needed rest, we headed off to the Maritime School of Excellence by the Port of Durban.
The knowledgeable staff of Transnet gave us a detailed presentation of what happens in the port and how it is maintained. We were shown their impressive shipping simulators and also educated of the different courses they offer. On the tour boat called “Isiponono, we navigated the entire port and got a fantastic insight into Durban Port. Large shipping vessels docking, offloading, and heading out, every aspect of logistics was on show for us. Students were exposed to a little bit of what it took to build and run a port as big and as busy as the port of Durban, these were some of the operations we were able to witness.
Port of Durban knowledge
The trip to the port of Durban began with the Maritime school of excellence that specializes in teaching programs ranging from machine handling to basic management. The school specializes in multimodal transportation courses and also works with the port of Walvis Bay.
The students also got to see the Maritime museum and got a great history lesson on boats, ships and fishing and how it first started in South Africa.
Our Society members were treated to a luxurious boat cruise which had delicious platters of food set out for us whilst enjoying the stunning views of beautiful Durban. The next stop was the largest marine aquarium in Africa, UShaka Marine World, where the dolphins stole the show. We managed some “fun in the sun” at the nearby Durban South Beach famous for surfing. This is where students had a chance to interact with members of the public to find out more about the language and the culture.
On our long trip back to Windhoek, we were given a short presentation on how the Namibian Customs office works regarding imports and exports on the Namibian side. This is another vital aspect of logistics and transportation and goods cannot move without clearing customs.
Extra benefits On the bus ride from place to place our amazing drivers; Mr. Kakei and Mr. Naughton (passionately known as the “anti-virus”) were kind enough to teach the students how to do vehicle inspection and they got to make practical their theoretical knowledge. Logistics is all about knowing how to keep things moving, so this was essential training for us.
Conclusion We can look back on a successful trip. The Logistics Society hopes to have more of these educational trips to broaden our knowledge in our field of study and to gain unprecedented amount of experience. With the assistance of NUST, NGCL and DAAD we can really improve our logistical knowledge and be ready to be competitive in the market as well-rounded logistics experts. We plan to take more students on such trips and possibly expand our reach to places like Cape Town or Port Elizabeth. We would like to thank the University, our main sponsor Namibian-German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) together with DAAD and Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) as a whole for making this trip possible and allowing us as students to open our eyes to better opportunities out there.
New Era newpaper also published an article about the trip:
Three CCAM alumni have created a successful consulting firm. Christian Eanga, Dave Mobhe and Christopher Mukoka decided not to seek for a job but build their own wealth. They were confident with the knowledge gained during their time at the Congolese German Center of Microfinance.
CHREA Strategy was created in September 2016, only two months after their graduation and less than a year later, Christian Eanga, Dave Mobhe and Christopher Mukoka are moving to a bigger office. Dave Mobhe said that there are three courses or module they used every day to run their business. The module of Professor Patrick Bakengela Politic and Strategy of Enterprise is the foundation of CHREA Strategy. « As consulting firm the module of strategy and politic of enterprise helps us to run our firm while solving the problem of clients, we have to thanks the Center for the trip we went to Bukavu and Goma, witnessing the way Prof Frederick Kalala was consulting two of the big microfinances intuitions in the eastern part of the Congo, inspired us to create CHREA », said Dave.
Today, CHREA Strategy employed one full time employee and one intern.
Theme: Namibia Logistics Hub: An Opportunity for Growth
Who started the annual logistics workshop? The Namibian German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) is the driver behindthe annual logistics and transport workshop. The NGCL is an institute at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and functions as an Education Excellence Initiative for logistics specialists, executives. As well as supporting and carrying out the applied research of logistical problems in the SADC region. NGCL initiated the workshops, but it is truly an annual industry event with the full support from various industry stakeholders.
When did the workshop start? The first workshop was held in 2009, in Walvis-Bay, and was attended by 80 delegates. NGCL in partnership with various stakeholders hosted eight workshops so far. The workshops have been a resounding success and have been attended by participants from across the logistics and transport industry in Namibia and from abroad. It has grown in size and stature and become a ‘not to be missed’ fixture on the logistics agenda for the Southern African region.
What was the idea behind the workshop? The Government of Namibia identified logistics and transport sector as critical to the development of all sectors of the economy in its Vision 2030 and NDP-4. Logistics acts as a catalyst for the national economy.The main objectives of the logistics sector are to contribute to national development through the provision of logistics and transport services.It was essential to build a platform where industry could interact with international and regional partners from the academic world as well as global industry leaders in logistics and transport.
Who attends the event and what are some of the benefits? More than 100 participants attended the last workshop, with delegates coming not just from Namibia, but from right across the Southern Africa region and further afield. The delegates range from operational level employees in different industries right up to senior management and policy makers. Of course there are also academics and students that participate, ensuring knowledge is shared and industry expectations are met. The benefits for the Namibian logistics and transport industry are the engagement with local, regional and international delegates and speakers, as well as learning from successful case studies.
What was the idea behind the theme for this year? The theme this year focuses on the opportunity the Namibian logistics hub provides. The development surrounding the logistics hub is receiving attention from government, policy makers and planners to drive the attraction of international investors and organisations. The theme will highlight the developments within the country and looks at opportunities for future trade. It will include sharing and implementation ofbest practices as well as systems and case studies within the logistics and transport industry.
Who are the presenters or speakers at the workshop? The workshop will feature a host of local industry speakers as well as academia, complemented by regional and international experts. Speakers will share their knowledge through their current or past projects within their organisations.Best practises will feature that have shown tangible results, giving the participants real insight. The workshop has a research component to it, and several academics will present on published work that will benefit and enlighten the delegates.
Who are some various stakeholders involved in the workshop? The workshop has evolved over the years to include key stakeholders from different sectors and industries, like the Southern Business School (SBS), Walvis-bay Corridor Group (WBCG), TransWorld Cargo, Namport, Namibian Logistics Association (NLA), Trans-Kalahari Corridor Secretariat (TKCS), and the National Road Safety Council (NRSC).
What are some of the topics for this year’s workshop?
Customs and Excise and its promotion within the logistics hub
Future of transport in Sub-Saharan Africa
Supply Chain Visualisations
Logistics Skills Gaps
Why should you participate? Delegates and participants will:
Gain valuable awareness of the regional and international market;
Be a part of a network which includes both public and private sector organisations;
Learn from stimulating, world-class international and local speakers’ presentations, and participate in interactive Q & A sessions after each presentation.
For more information or to sign up do not hesitate to contact:
Mr. Logan Fransman
Namibia German Centre for Logistics (NGCL)
Tel: +264 (0)61 207 2909
The Editors are pleased to announce the online publication of the tenth issue, Vol. 6 No. 1 April 2017 of the Journal ‘Education Research for Social Change’.
The theme is ‘Africanizing educational research and practice’ and the guest editor is CERM-ESA’s project leader at NMMU, Paul Webb. CERM-ESA has contributed several papers, amongst them a project report that gives you insights on how we work and how CERM-ESA contributes to Africanisation, engagement and social change. Here is the link to the tenth issue: http://ersc.nmmu.ac.za/view_edition.php?v=6&n=1
Educational Research for Social Change is an international peer-reviewed journal established in 2012 (an initiative of the Faculty of Education, NMMU) and received DoHET accreditation in January 2016. ERSC is also included in the IBSS from February 2016.
The Ghanaian-German Center for Development Studies (GGCDS) is a DAAD Center of African Excellence established at the University of Ghana in collaboration between ZEF and the Institute for Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER). Since its inception in 2008, the GGCDS has successfully established a PhD program in Development Studies and promoted academic exchange and research collaborations between German and African partners.
As an important step to ensure the sustainability of the GGCDS, the DAAD has selected ISSER as host institution for part of its West African Sur-Place/in-Region stipend program. Beginning in 2017, three batches of seven students from Ghana and other African countries will be sponsored for four years each to obtain their PhD in Development Studies. The current program runs until 2022 but can be prolonged after a successful evaluation in 2019.
The objective of the DAAD Sur-Place/In-Region scholarship program is to train highly qualified professionals for the sustainable development of Africa and to contribute to the development of top-quality, cosmopolitan African universities.
Namibian-German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) knows that information and data is king. With this understanding, they launched a Big Data Initiative in March 2016,. an interdisciplinary collaborative research programme whose aim was to map and explore how, where, when and why, Internet of Things and Big Data transformations are happening in the transport and logistics sector. As part of this initiative, NUST and NGCL will be hosting a conference on April 24, 2017. The objective is to launch the second phase of the Big Data Initiative for Logistics in Namibia.
Data and its analysis can give great insights into industries and specific sectors. The Logistics sector is no different. Using technology to analyse data, the logistics sector can improve efficiency, bring down costs and help companies to grow by streamlining their supply chains. Different academics will be presenting their papers and research at this conference taking place at the NUST Hotel School on April 2017 and starts at 08:00 a.m. till 15:00 p.m.
The topics to be discussed during the seminar include:
The Future of Logistics in Namibia
Technology for Big Data Management in Logistics
Data Analytics in Logistics
Application of Big Data in Logistics & Supply Chain Systems Performance Measurement
Aside from these topics there will also be discussions on logistics and Big Data, as well as how to financially profit from implementing Big Data in logistics.
NGCL engaged various stakeholders, both private and public sector as to how immense volumes of data can be captured, stored, and processed. As well as finding an optimum way to gleam knowledge from such big data sets that can be applied to benefit logistics companies, government, communities, and individuals in Namibia. The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) was one such stakeholder that was engaged where the Road Safety Information Management System’s (RSIMS) accuracy and completeness of road accident data sets was assessed.
Building on these and other developments, the launch of Big Data Initiative 2.0 (BDI 2.0) on Monday 24 April 2017 at the NUST Hotel School will bring together key stakeholders from academia, industry and policy actors to discuss and deliberate on this collaborative research initiative.
Logan Fransman, Director of NGCL said; “Big Data is what is now fuelling and changing every business and changing the way in which whole industries operate. It will change business right here in Namibia as well and NGCL and NUST are at the forefront in logistics sector in Namibia and are therefore embracing the BDI 2.0 together with our stakeholders. We hope to welcome a great number of attendees on Monday April 24, 2017.”
For more information:
Mr. Logan Fransman
Namibia German Centre for Logistics (NGCL)
Tel: +264 61 207 2909
As we know from the quantum mechanics is the influence from an observer on the observed subject growing with the intensity of the observation (more here: https://idw-online.de/de/news391). Filming without disturbing is therefore a very sensitive process and I hope we didn’t disturb too much and everyone will be happy to have left some traces for future scientists who will research how African Excellence made his steps to a strong scientific organisation.
During preparation and the filming I have to deal with a lot of organisational demands on the countries legal level, as well as structures directly around the Centre. Therefor I made some observations that I would like to share:
With some Centres I had difficulties to find the physical location of the Centre on the campus and where in town the campus is located (different branches). That means it is also hard for interested students to find the real location. A map or a little graphic of the campus could help here a lot.
A direct phone number to call, an email address, opening hours and a contact persons name would also make it more easy to get into touch with the Centre.
Many scientists still use free email services like “gmail” or “yahoo”. Since we all know that these services are paid by analysing and selling your data and content of your mails, it would be preferable that there is a firstname.lastname@example.org address for the Centers representatives.
My impressions of Kenya:
Kenya is getting more and more advanced. As a film crew we face some special procedures entering a country. In the first place we have to go through customs with a lot of electronic equipment and in the second place we need working and filming permits. Both has to be handled in Kenya by a Kenyan film company. This means it is decoupled from corruption and a regular process. Applications for a normal visa are handled online and processed in a few-hour, this is an amazing development for an African country. Entering a national park needs also an entrance fee (54 USD per person per day) that can only be paid by credit card – no more cash/corruption in this area too.
The only still existing problem are the police road blocks. Self-driving mzungu (white man) seem not to be so common in Kenya, so we had always been the one getting stopped. On our first roadblock, coming from Mombasa, we had been accompanied by an Kenyan driver from the university who finally solved the police issue with a “gift” of 500 KSE. Before that they had been desperately searching for something that could be wrong with our rental car, to get a reason for a fine. The police women at the road block before Voi asked straight forward what we can give to them. We solved the situation by offering a pack of biscuits. From that day onwards every filling up with petrol in Voi implicated bringing the police women at the road block some biscuits. That was ok with us and gave us even a nice chat every time we passed.
Summing it up:
Kenya is developing, but every step you do demands a decent amount of money for permits, entrance fees and expensive car rental prices (almost 6.000 USD in total for our short trip).
An impression from an outside observer about the Centres:
The idea of Prof. Jan Bongaerts, to put expertise together, so that the sum of all parts is more than the individual outcome, for me was a good idea for further development:
To invite the law specialists from Dar es Salaam to teach about mining law in the EAC, to cooperate with the Centre for Microfinance in Congo in the field of artisanal (small) mining and involving Namibians Centre logistic knowledge in teaching how a future mining adviser for an African government should incorporate logistics in his expertise.
One more thought:
By all enthusiasm for application-orientated knowledge, we still need people who make innovations and they must be educated and allowed to think beside the tracks.
And in the end it was a pleasure to see you all again!