Namib Mills

Company Profile and History

Founded in 1981 when a maize mill was established in Windhoek, Namib Mills grew into Namibia’s leading supplier of staple foods. Its main production facility in Windhoek consists of a wheat and maize mill, a pasta plant and a sugar packaging plant.

In Otavi the company operates a maize and mahangu mill, while a maize mill in Katima Mulilo to the north supplies the Caprivi region. It has achieved ISO 9001 and ISO 9002 certification, whilst working towards HACCP accreditation.

Voermeester is part of the Namib Mills Investments Group of Companies. Voermeester, based in Windhoek, is the leading animal feed manufacturer and distributor in Namibia, and was founded in 1981.

In Country Location

Namib Mills, Iscor Street Northern Industrial, Windhoek; Telephone: +(061) 290 1000
Namib Mills (Pty) Ltd, Roesners Road Gobabis; Telephone: +(062) 562 482
Namib Mills (Pty) Ltd, Farrow Street, Keetmanshoop; Telephone: +(063) 222 338
Namib Mills (Pty) Ltd, Main Road Ondangwa; Telephone: +(065) 240 294
Namib Mills (Pty) Ltd, West Street Otijwarongo; Telephone: +(067) 303 204

Namib Mills’ depots are situated in the following areas: Windhoek – Bavaria; Gobabis; Keetmanshoop; Mariental; Otjiwarongo; Oranjemund; Katima Mulilo; Otavi; Ondangwa; Walvis Bay

Services and Products

Namib Mills is the manufacturer of the following leading brands in the country: Top Score (maize meal); Pasta Polana; Bakpro Wheat Flour; Bakpro White Bread Flour; Bakpro Brown Bread Flour; Bakpro Self Raising Flour; Bakpro Cake Flour; Bakpro Complete Mix; Maize Meal No 1, 10; Namib Sun Pasta, Pasta la Vita Macaroni and Spaghetti King; Meme Mahangu range.

The following products are packed and distributed by Namib Mills: Sugar; Sugar King; Rice (Packed for and Distributed by Namib Mills); Rice King; Really Rice.

Namib Mills sells its milling by-products as feed ingredients to Feedmaster, an animal feeds company in the NMI Group.

The market Voermeester is operating in can be segmented between the extensive market, and the intensive market. The extensive market can be segmented in: lick supplementation (for red meat markets); lusern products (for the extensive sheep markets); feedlot products. The intensive market can be segmented in: layer feed (egg production); dairy feed (milk production); and pig feed

Number of Employees

600 people

Financial Information

Voermeester has annual sales exceeding 65,000 tons, and an annual turnover in the order of N$150 million. The company has a production capacity of 50,000 tons per annum.

Market Share

Namib Mills is Namibia’s leading and a major grain-derived foodstuff manufacturer, and is responsible for 85% of Namibia’s milling industry. There are 26 millers in Namibia, with Namib Mills owning approximately 55% of national maize milling capacity. Namib Mills has about 85% of the wheat milling market.

Business Objective

Our foundation is to be an exceptional processor of grains and cereals and provider of quality basic foodstuffs for humans and technically superior foods for animals.

Business Model

The structure of the NMI Group has been designed to best support its strategic intent as an investment holding company. It evolves around autonomous, self-directed companies focussed on specific markets and managed by dedicated boards and management teams. The company actively explore new opportunities to expand its branded products and services; geographical and market portfolio. Continuously improving operational efficiencies is the key to its approach.

A commitment to continuous quality improvement and superior service has ensured that its products are category leaders.

Voermeester has the in-house technical capacity and knowledge, strengthened through university agreements and international technological partnerships, to provide a much needed value-added service to all customers.

Ownership of Business

The NMI Group is a privately owned holding company that manages a portfolio of investments comprising 11 operating companies mainly active in the following sectors: wheat and maize milling, animal feeds, pasta, biscuits, sugar and poultry.

Voermeester was registered as a full subsidiary of Namib Mills on 27 June 1983.

Benefits Offered and Relations with Government

In 2005 President Hifikepunye Pohamba vowed Government's support for any future projects that Namib Mills intends to establish. Pohamba said at the time that the Government views the company's projects “in a very positive light because they are complementing Government efforts to ensure food security and create jobs for the people.” He added: "Where capacity exists, we should aim to satisfy domestic demand from local sources." He also said that “Namibians can be proud that brand names such as Pasta Polana, Meme Mahangu and Sugar First are increasingly becoming household names.” Pohamba said he was impressed by the wide spectrum of technologies and operational processes that Namib Mills has introduced over the years.

In July 2009 the Minister of Education, Nangolo Mbumba, has pledged his full support to the Namib Mills-Frans Indongo Scholarship Programme 2010. The programme, sponsored by the two companies, aims to identify 10 deserving learners who will start Grade 8 in 2010, and cover the entire costs of their high school career to the completion of Grade 12.

Incentives for the manufacturing sector include: Exemption on purchase and import of manufacturing machinery and equipment; Factory building written off at 30% in first year and balance at 8% for 10 years; Allowance for land-based transportation by road or rail of 25%; Export Promotion Allowance: additional deduction from taxable income of 25%; Incentive for Training: additional deduction from taxable income of between 25% and 75%; 80% allowance on income derived from exporting manufactured goods; and Corporate Tax is set at a rate of 18% for a period of 10 years, where after it will revert to the general prevailing rate.

Product Development

In October 2008 Namib Mills launched its new pasta brand, Pasta La Vita. The company is among the few that produce locally manufactured pasta products that have become household names. Pasta La Vita targets the upper classes, while Pasta Polana targets both low and middle-income groups. Pasta La Vita is made from imported durum wheat flour, while Pasta Polana is made from a mixture of imported durum wheat, and flour from local production.