The Namibian German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) hosted the handing over ceremony of five (5) scholarships for the Master of Logistics and Supply Chain. The scholarships are offered annually by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as part of the African Excellence initiative, since 2009. These scholarships are the driving force behind stimulating home-grown Namibian students and professionals to pursue logistics and transportation at master’s degree level at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).
The event took place at the NUST Hotel School, on the 19th of April 2018.
Ms Barbara Liebel, the DAAD representative to Namibia delivered the keynote and emphasised the mandate of DAAD and its support through the different centres across Africa, highlighting NGCL as the only in the field of logistics.
The Vice Chancellor highlighted on the NGCL being a vital part of NUST by linking the academic and private sector to develop skills and drive research in logistics.
NGCL is an all-in-one excellence institute, combining education, research and consulting in logistics. The Centre is based on a cooperation between the NUST and Flensburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany.
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.
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
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.
has written a column about the need to think about logistics and transportation during the festive season. Especially with all the parties taking place. Both NGCL and DAAD work to promote road and general transportation safety in Namibia together with their stakeholders. The newspaper, New Era and online publication The Economist have already published the column. Have a read of it and share it. It certainly is good advice.
Each year it is upon us before we know. The festive season, spreading cheer, thinking about the holidays, seeing the family and hopefully getting away from the stifling heat. But, not before we have run the gauntlet of the ‘office parties’, end of year functions and social get-together’s. Dressing up, stuffing our faces, dancing and there may be an open bar. That’s right, the open bar. Sounds like a great idea, but it is not without its pitfalls.
It’s been a long year and the office party seems like the perfect place to let your hair down and party with people you spend every day with. The first challenge starts before you have even left the house or the office. How do we get to the office party, or dinner. Usually held at one of Namibia’s upscale hotels, restaurants or party hot-spots. Getting to the venue boils down to nothing more than logistics. This is also where the potential issues may arise. We all like to relax and let off some steam. A beer, a wine or a fancy cocktail often helps us along. But, how do we get home when we know we’ve been drinking?
Anything more than one or two drinks can cause big problems, from making inappropriate remarks, to some truly awful dancing, but much worse is thinking we still have the ability to drive home safely. Alcohol is often to blame for this as it gives us false courage and makes us bold. We all know about the horrendous death toll on Namibia’s road. The number of fatalities only increases around the Christmas season and especially at night after an office party, or end of year dinner.
Logistics really is about moving goods from A to B and in reality you, your passengers and other road users are also ‘goods’ and deserve to arrive safely. That is why safety is such an important aspect of logistics. The logistics sector cannot flourish if it is not done safely. This doesn’t even take into account my personal desire, but also of all Namibians to see the number or road deaths drastically reduced. It is a very depressing statistic to know that Namibia leads the world in road fatalities.
Of course, this is a worst case scenario and lots of people believe they can still drink and drive, it’s always other people that have trouble drinking and driving. Usually there are no issues and you arrive home, drunk and ready for bed. Happy the next morning to see that your car is safely in the driveway. However, take a minute to think of the people that don’t arrive safely, or ever again. The family, spouses, friends and your office workers who now have to deal with the knowledge that you will never come back again, or sit in that office chair. Even worse, you may have caused the accident and be the reason someone else never comes home again. This leaves you with much more than a hangover after the party.
Moderation sounds boring, but there’s a reason why the saying, ‘Everything in moderation’ makes so much sense. So, with the next office party, let someone else take care of the logistics; get a taxi, designated driver, book a room in the hotel where the party is or have someone pick you up. There’s a myriad of choices all infinitely better than drinking and driving. Enjoy the party and have someone else worry about the logistics.
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.
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.
Every year The Namibian newspaper, the most widely read newspaper in Namibia, produces a supplement on Transport and Logistics. NGCL has been a contributer to this supplement as this is our field of expertise. Through collaboration and input from Namibia University of Science and Technology as well as DAAD, we were able to have four articles penned by the Director, Logan Fransman, published in the supplement. These articles give great insight into the sector of Logistics in Namibia as well as regionally.
We wanted to share the supplement with our readers.Click the link for the supplement
Happy reading and do not hesitate in contacting Logan Fransman if there are any questions or queries.
The Namibian-German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) will host its 9th Annual Logistics and Transport Workshop in Walvis Bay. It will do so in collaboration with its industry-partners, many who have already signed up as sponsors for this annual event. The two-day workshop, with a third day of training seminars takes place from 4th-6th October, 2017. The theme for this year’s workshop is; Namibia as an Logistics Hub: An Opportunity
Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), DAAD and SBS Namibia not only help make the workshop happen through financial and ‘in-kind’ sponsorship, but they also are knowledge partners and bring essential and sector-relevant input into the workshop sessions. WBCG’s CEO, Johny Smith will deliver the keynote address and a case study of the group will also be presented during the workshop. Delivering and sharing high calibre logistics success stories, best practices and seminars. These organisations are joined by expert participants from the logistics and transport sector, government, industry, as well as academia and logistics students.
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 of best practices as well as systems and case studies within the logistics and transport industry.
Key topics that will be covered during the two-day event include:
Customs and Excise and its promotion within the logistics hub
Future of transport in Sub-Saharan Africa
Investment and Financing opportunities for the sector
The role of private sector in promoting port development
Supply Chain Visualisations and Freight Forwarder Challenges
Logan Fransman, Director of the NGCL said; “This is our 9th Annual Logistics and Transport Workshop and we couldn’t be prouder of having these great sponsors support us and the vitally important Transportation and Logistics sector through this Workshop. The Government of Namibia identified logistics and transport sector as critical to the development of all sectors of the economy and our theme this year; Namibia as a Logistics Hub: An Opportunity will stimulate further development in this sector and boost growth and ultimately the economy.”
The two day workshop takes place in Walvis Bay’s Protea Hotel, Pelican Bay from October 4-6th, 2017. To attend the workshops please contact: Mercelyne Maletzky, 061 2072909 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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:
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
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