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Breweries urged to renew licences

THE Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade has called on all brewers and distillers to renew their licences for 2023.

The ministry’s public relations officer, Elijah Mukubonda, said they need to renew their licences on or before 31 December in terms of Section 82 (1) of the Liquor Act, No 6 of 1998.

This includes big- and small-scale breweries, he said.

Namibia has a vibrant breweries industry, which is expected to have a production capacity of N$14 billion by 2025.

Of the various breweries in the country, Namibia Breweries Limited that was established in 1920, is the leading beverage manufacturing company in Namibia and one of only a few independently owned commercial-scale breweries in southern Africa.

There is also the N$8,5 million SAB Okahandja Brewery in Windhoek, a subsidiary of SABMiller, one of the world’s largest brewing companies.

SAB Miller entered the Namibian market by transporting products manufactured in neighbouring countries to its main warehouse in Windhoek.

Since then, its market share has grown, so it was considered more efficient to develop a new brewery at Okahandja, about 70km north of Windhoek.

There are smaller establishments like the Camelthorn Breweries that made history when its Camelthorn Urbock was awarded a silver medal at the 2021 African Beer Cup awards under the amber malty European category.

Also making its mark was the Windhoek-based, Roof of Africa Craft Brewery, which won gold at the African Beer Cup – the continent’s biggest beer competition – in May last year.

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