Logan Fransman

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
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!