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A logistics short course might be the right New Year’s resolution

The end of the year is upon us and almost everyone takes a moment to take stock of what they’ve achieved throughout the year. Did you get hat promotion, did you master the subjects you were studying and are you happy with how the year turned out? One promise people always make, well, might as well call it a New Year’s Resolution, is to study more, acquire knowledge and get the promotion you were hoping for. However, obtaining a tertiary degree is costly, time-consuming and requires a multiple year commitment. There are ways to improve your prospects within your organisation that don’t require huge commitments in time and money. One of these is through enrolling in short-term courses.

Doing a series of short courses, or even one that is at least recognised by industry and relevant industries is a real and viable option.  So, how do you manage and control your own personal development. When working in an accounting, human resources or a manufacturing position for example, what good is it to acquire extra knowledge in a field you know little to nothing about?

Take logistics for example. The bedrock of almost any organisation. Without the movement of goods or services that the organisation produces, the whole company collapses. This movement of goods has to be carried out as smoothly and as efficiently as possible. The accounting department demands it from a budgetary point of view, marketing needs it as a unique selling proposition and HR requires it, as there’s only a fixed number of people to move the goods. So, swiftly, efficiently, economically and effectively moving goods is the name of the game.  Adding to your bow with a short course in logistics and understanding the flow of goods and how this impacts every facet of a business is highly recommended. NUST together with NGCL offers a Certificate in Logistics and Transport , as well as an Advanced Diploma in Logistics and transports or a Warehouse and stock Management course, as well as many others. Either taking a holistic approach to the field of logistics, or a more in-depth look at an aspect of the logistics sector.

Logan Fransman, Director of NGCL

When you’re working a full-time job, it’s hard to commit to a full time study and a fully-fledged degree in logistics might be a bridge too far. Completing the course you start successfully is what it is all about. This is where Namibian German Centre for Logistics offers the perfect solution with their short courses.

Logistics can and is taught through understanding processes, theory and especially ‘best practises’ and case studies. These short courses are especially geared to teach in this way. As a Centre of the Namibia University of Science of Technology (NUST) and facilitated by DAAD from Germany,  the courses are certified and give necessary boost in logistics.  These courses provide something called Continuous Professional Development, something that in the ever changing and dynamic world we all need to aware of and embrace.

If you’re going to invest time into career advancement, especially here in Namibia, it is important to ensure you signed up to an NQA recognised course. Spending your or the company’s hard earned money on courses needs to be worth it. It also helps in general to sign up to courses that receive industry recognition. Ideally, you want to graduate with a certificate or other qualification widely recognised in your industry. NGCL works together with industry logistics leaders to offer courses that are tailor-made for the industry and therefore useful in practical working life.

Whether you’re looking to brush up your skills, apply for a promotion or embark on a total career change, a logistics short course training or even a fully-fledged logistics degree can help you reach your goals. A qualification in logistics really gets your career moving in the coming year and it can be the New Year’s Resolution NGCL helps you stick to.

Written by: Logan Fransman

 

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The Namibian-German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) is an all-in-one excellence institute, combining education, research and consulting in logistics. It is an institute at The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). The Centre is based on cooperation between The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. Both institutions have gained an excellent reputation in the field of applied research, education delivery and economics. The project is part of the “African Excellence” initiative, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as part of the “AktionAfrika” programme.

 

For more information:

Visit website: NGCL Website

Mr. Logan Fransman
Director
Namibia German Centre for Logistics (NGCL)

Tel: 061 207 2909

E-mail: lfransman@nust.na

 

NGCL successfully hosts 9th Annual Logistics and Transport workshop in Walvis Bay

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Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Namibian-German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) together with its partners and sponsors successfully hosted its 9th Annual Logistics and Transport Workshop in Walvis Bay. The three-day workshop themed: Namibian Logistics Hub: An opportunity for growth took place from 4th-6th October. It attracted over 80 delegates from across the country and the region and welcomed numerous experts  from logistics and transport sectors as well as Government, industry and academia.

The opening ceremony was graced by the Japanese Ambassador to Namibia, Hideyuki Sakamoto, who showed Japan’s commitment to providing expertise to the country’s logistics and transport development. Namibia’s Ministry of Works and Transport showed their support for the workshop and the platform given to the Transport & Logistics industry during these sessions in Walvis Bay. The Ministry emphasised that capacity building is the cornerstone of growing the economy and the nation as a whole.

The workshop had a blend of local and international speakers that shared their experiences, case studies, best practises and they highlighted some opportunities for growth that comes with a logistics hub vision. Topics like “How Corridors are established, and the Importance of geographic analytics to supply chains” were hot topics for discussion. Another highlight of the workshop was a presentation on the priorities for Namibia to grab opportunities through the Logistics Master Plan implementation. New topics like financing options for transport and logistics gave real insight and perspectives and updated the delegates on the status of the country in terms of leverage and financial outlooks.  The delegates were able to have frank and open discussions with technical experts and business developers on the growth expected. But, also what still needs to be done before the country can boast of being a world-class supply chain facilitator.

The workshop was well attended by students from different levels of studies that ensure capacity continues among the future graduates and workforce in the logistics sector. A poster competition for researching students featured during the event to give delegates some perspectives on the research activities of students in the country.

Local development updates on the Walvis Bay Port expansion and customs and excise initiatives updated the delegates on the dynamic developments that Namibia is undergoing. The workshop took the delegates on a tour of the Port. The successful workshop concluded with a spectacular gala evening. The gala evening featured Mr. Johny Smith, the CEO of the Walvis-bay Corridor Group, who gave a rousing speech on thinking ahead and tips on ensuring growth in the future.

The workshop concluded with training seminars on the third day, on relevant topics like Procurement and Purchasing, Warehousing and Stock Management and a Customs and Excise Information Sessions. These seminars add an extra dimension to the workshop and really add value by providing learning and professional development options for delegates.

Logan Fransman, Director of the NGCL said; “The workshop is a great platform as it shares trends, knowledge and information in logistics, transportation and supply chain management. The fact that we had a full house of delegates during these trying economic times demonstrates what an important fixture the Transport & Logistics Workshop is each year. Having our important partners and sponsors on board like DAAD – The German Academic Exchange Service, Development Bank Namibia, Southern Business School Namibia (SBS Namibia), Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) and Namibia Breweries Limited made the workshop an even greater success.”

The mission of the NGCL is to contribute to the economic development of Namibia and the region by providing the expertise and strategies that promote and further logistics. Next year will see the 10th Annual Workshop take place and judging on previous workshops, this will be even better, bigger and all-inclusive when it comes to the Namibian and regional Logistics and Transportation sector.

 

 

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NGCL Director gives his vision of the role of Logistics in achieving Namibia’s National Development Plan

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Transportation and Logistics essential to achieving NDP 5 goals of Namibia

As Director of Namibian German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) here in Namibia, I am tasked with promoting and highlighting the Importance of our sector. I was therefore very pleased to see that Transport and Logistics is included in the National Development Plan 5 (NDP 5), just like it had in the previous Development Plans.

The logistics sector is essential for trade, industrialization, socio-economic development and regional

integration and is therefore seen as a key developmental priority. The sector has been fortunate in the sense that the Government is very aware of how critical it is and has invested over the  past 20 years in transport infrastructure development (roads, rail, maritime ports, and aviation). These investments have enabled Namibia to position itself as a logistics hub within the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). These investments are also one of the reasons that DAAD together with the Namibia University for Science and Technology established NGCL as a Centre of expertise and excellence in the field of logistics.

Namibia has been consistently improving its position on the Global Competitiveness Index, moving to 24 out of 138 countries in 2016/2017. With investments, increased expertise and professionalisation of the Logistics and Transportation sector our country can improve its competitiveness even further. This will allow the sector to enhance industrial development and contribute substantially to the GDP. It is easier said than done, as the low hanging fruit and quick wins in the sector have all been tackled. We are now looking at a much more  holistic and integrated approach to transport planning,  as well as the handling of goods, transporting of people and providing services.  This needs to fall within the parameters and the framework of the Transport Master Plan and Master Plan of an International Logistics Hub for SADC Countries.

It all sounds rather grand, but it is essential to be able to achieve these goals and look to 2022 and beyond, to remain competitive. If we as a nation and as a sector can achieve this through partnerships and investments, we will be able to improve targets in;  agriculture, mining, manufacturing, fisheries, rural and urban development and tourism. We therefore need to work together to create a sustainable transport system supporting a world-class logistics hub connecting SADC to international markets by 2022. This means tackling some very basic issues, that require a great deal of focus and attention as well as huge continued investment. Something which will be a real challenge in the present economic climate of Namibia.

Logan Fransman

Access to financial resources for our sector, as for every sector in Namibia remains a problem. This causes delays and inadequate funding for development of transport infrastructure, inadequate skills and imbalance between the development and preservation of infrastructure. Knowledge transference and development of technical skills such as NGCL and NUST offer need to be complemented by private and public enterprises opening their doors to allow new transport and logistics graduates to learn and flourish within this exciting and growing sector. Without these opportunities the growth, development and ultimately the sustainability of the sector will suffer.  If these challenges are met head-on and invested in we can be sure that by  2022 Namibia will have a safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable transport infrastructure, a world-class logistic hub connecting SADC to international markets. One that will be the envy of the region and the engine to our economy.

One final thought with regards to transport and logistics in this country is the pledge by Government to reduce the number of road deaths on our roads. As we know, it is pure carnage on our very empty roads and the statistics don’t lie. Should we want to be the logistics hub of SADC, it will need to start with road safety at its very core. Without this, everything else we try to do will be in vain.

 

Should these and other aspects of Logistics interest you, do join us at the 9th Annual Logistics and Transport Workshop from October 4th-6th in Walvis Bay, Namibia.

Experts, researchers and sector professionals as well as students will all congregate to discuss a myriad of topics regarding Logistics in the SADC region.  Together with many sponsors and co-hosts it is a must-attend event for Logistics and Transport Professionals.

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NUST Transport and Logistics Society members go on educational trip to Durban

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.

 

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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.

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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:

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NGCL promotes Big Data Initiative 2.0 at Conference

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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.”

Logan Fransman

For more information:

Mr. Logan Fransman
Director
Namibia German Centre for Logistics (NGCL)
Tel: +264 61 207 2909
E-mail: lfransman@nust.na

A logistics short course really gets your career moving

Study hard, get a degree and enter the job market. Climb the corporate ladder or start for yourself and see your salary grow and your prospects improve. That is the theory, the dream, the blueprint which has been imprinted into Namibians. Sadly it isn’t so easy, so linear or so definite. Also, a lot of knowledge needs to be picked up along the way, knowledge they didn’t give you as part of your initial degree.

This all sounds rather challenging and as if you don’t really have a chance. But, how do you manage and control your own personal development. When working in an accounting, human resources or a manufacturing position for example, what good is it to acquire extra knowledge in a field you know little to nothing about? Take logistics for example. The bedrock of almost any organisation. Without the movement of goods or services that the organisation produces, the whole company collapses. This movement of goods has to be carried out as smoothly and as efficiently as possible. The accounting department demands it from a budgetary point of view, marketing needs it as a unique selling proposition and HR requires it, as there’s only a fixed number of people to move the goods. So, swiftly, efficiently, economically and effectively moving goods is the name of the game.  This is where logistics shines. Adding to your bow with a short course in logistics and understanding the flow of goods and how this impacts every facet of a business is highly recommended. There are certain things to look out for when deciding to give your career the boost it needs.

When you’re working a full-time job, it’s hard to commit to a full time study and a fully-fledged degree in logistics might be a bridge too far. It also needs to fit into your work schedule and look at how busy your life is and how much time you really have to devote to studying…remember, you need to sleep as well. Completing the course you start successfully is what it is all about. This is where Namibian German Centre for Logistics  (NGCL) offers the perfect solution with their short courses.

Logistics can and is taught through understanding processes, theory and especially best practises and case studies. These short courses are especially geared to teach in this way. As a Centre of the Namibia University of Science of Technology (NUST) and facilitated by DAAD from Germany,  the courses are certified and give necessary boost in logistics knowledge to those that need to further their careers.  These courses provide something called Continuous Professional Development, something that in the ever changing and dynamic world we all need to aware of and embrace.

If you’re going to invest time into career advancement, especially here in Namibia, it is important to ensure you signed up to an NQA recognised course. Spending your or the company’s hard earned money on courses needs to be worth it. It also helps in general to sign up to courses that receive industry recognition. Ideally, you want to graduate with a certificate or other qualification widely recognised in your industry. NGCL works together with industry logistics leaders to offer courses that are tailor-made for the industry and therefore useful in practical working life.

Talk to people in Human Resources at your organisation as to how you can reach the next level in the organisation or get that sought after promotion through understanding logistics.

Whether you’re looking to brush up your skills, apply for a promotion or embark on a total career change, a logistics short course training o even a fully-fledged logistics degree can help you reach your goals. A qualification in logistics really gets your career moving.

 

Written by: Logan Fransman
Director : NGCL

Logan Fransman

Road safety education and awareness, especially during the holiday season

With Christmas upon us, we are all thinking about heading out of town. To the coast, to the villages or even further afield. Almost every journey start in a car. This year, just like in previous years we lament the loss and injuries to our loved ones, friends and acquaintances as they used the roads in 2016. We Namibians don’t seem to learn, ever!

We are not stupid, yet as soon as we get onto the roads, we seem to leave our brain behind and carnage ensues. Road safety education in Namibia should be addressed at all levels, starting from an early age to achieve real and sustained behavioral change. We are talking about introducing road safety education in schools, that means every school in every one of the 14 regions. This is vital if the number of road deaths, accidents and injuries are to be decreased.

Recent MVA Fund data showed that road crashes increased by 16% from 2013 to 2014 and by 4% from 2014 to 2015. The increase in accidents translates into an increase in costs to the government and other institutions. Including; direct costs from medical and emergency services, after crash medical treatment, rehabilitation and sadly mortuary or funeral operations. However other costs in terms of workforce re-employment and re-training and poverty associated to that is unquantifiable. Just think of the social and community costs of losing a parent, child, colleague to name but a few. There are delays in transportation of goods, which often results in extra costs to be considered. The list and the impact on our everyday lives is endless.
Most accidents in Namibia occur as a result of drivers’ attitudes, behaviour, poor traffic guidance, visibility, speed, alcohol and fatigue. Of course there’s the unpredictable Namibian wildlife to contend with , ready to dart across the road when it pleases them without regard for traffic rules and laws.

The Namibia German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) and National Road Safety Council (NRSC) recently hosted a Mini Workshop Series session titled “Road Safety Education and Awareness” at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Some of the stakeholders attending included representatives of themitarbeiter_03-256x372 Motor Vehicle fund (MVA), National Road Safety Council (NRSC), members from the City Police, Walvis Bay Corridor Group, Southern Business School and NUST students. Together we spoke of how and what can be tangibly done to decrease the road deaths, injuries and crashes. Education and repetition of this education is key, at all levels of society and for all road users…which is every Namibian.

Namibia must decrease the number of road accidents. One of the best ways is through road safety education and awareness. One of the  topics that jumped out was educating the public with more emphasis on child education. If children are taught road safety it is something they will carry with them throughout their lives. International road safety is guided through 5 E’s;

  • Education,
  • Enforcement,
  • Engineering,
  • Environment
  • Emergency Care.

For now we must realise as road users, the responsibility of road safety is shared amongst all Namibians and we must all work towards this common cause. Commitment is required by all relevant parties and cannot be successful if one of these areas is neglected.

Hopefully the need for road safety is something that we can all agree upon and work towards. Giving us a sense of safety and security when using the roads during this holiday season and in the coming years as well.

 

Wishing you safe and happy holidays and a prosperous 2017!