Namport Quayside Bulletin - April 2021
April 2021

Namport CEO hosts Media engagement

after 150 days in office

Mr Andrew Kanime, Namport CEO during his address to the media

The Namibian Ports Authority, Namport, recently hosted a media day at the Port of Walvis Bay on 28 April 2021. Invited members of the media could engage with Mr Andrew Kanime, Chief Executive Officer, on his 150 days at the helm of the Namport ship. The main aim of the engagement was to share the latest developments within Namport, our vision as a business and the plans for the business going forward.


During his address, Mr Kanime highlighted his engagements with various clients and key stakeholders, internal and the trade union. “The purpose of these engagements was really to understand key achievements and challenges as well as what is happening on the ground so that we can collectively put into place measures that will enable us to take Namport to the next level”, Mr Kanime explained.


He added that Namport is hailed as a great company, by both internal and external stakeholders alike, "not only for our country but the region at large". In the same breath, Mr Kanime thanked the current and previous Boards of Directors, predecessor Chief Executive Officers and every Namport staff member for the commendable work towards building this great company, Namport, over the years.


Mr Kanime took this opportunity to introduce Namports revised vision, “ to be the best performing seaports in Africa”, as well as the four key strategic themes that will be deployed, namely:


1. Build Institutional Capacity

2. Drive Operational Efficiencies

3. Enhance Customer and Stakeholder Value and

4. Optimise Sustainable Growth


"These are the themes that we will focus on over the next five years to enable us to achieve our vision of becoming “the best performing seaports in Africa”. The themes are supported by specific strategic objectives and initiatives which we shall be aggressively executing", he stated.


Furthermore, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and global economic crunch, "businesses that can exercise extreme austerity will be able to maintain sustainability", Mr Kanime highlighted as an important lesson to learn.


"The only way we can therefore be effectively competitive is through differentiation in the services we offer to our clients. We are happy to report that we continue to make inroads in this regard and to work towards offering affordable tariffs through streamlined operating costs can only amplify this competitiveness".


During the Q&A session regarding the manganese at the Port of Lüderitz, Mr Kanime explained that since the inception of the manganese volume throughput from South Africa, Namport has handled 30 000 tons of two-vessel shipment a month, this led to a total 720 000 tons annually.


To be competitive on the freight rate, Namport management is in the process of implementing a transhipment operation. The envisaged transhipment operation will entail, a transhipment feeder vessel that will be stationed at the Port of Lüderitz and this shipment vessel will serve as a feeder vessel to the Panamax or Cape Max vessel at anchorage.


"The plan is to load 80 000 to 120 000 tons twice a month and dispatch it directly to China. The main advantage is it will reduce the freight rate drastically". The Port of Lüderitz is therefore in the competitive sphere of trade facilitation and thus a catalyst towards SADC regional economic integration and Intra-Africa, under the African Continental Free Trade Area.


In his closing remarks, Mr Kanime expressed that "while the immediate future will be extremely tough, we remain bullish about the prospects, we have what it takes to weather the storm and emerge even stronger. We remain committed to maintaining the correct focus and alignment in our priorities as we continue to work aggressively towards harnessing new business volumes to our ports, to attract and do our utmost to retain our customers, to improve and enhance the quality of the services we render to all our customers and streamlining operating costs".



For the full statement, CLICK HERE.

ISO Certifications

Following the recent ISO Surveillance Audit which took place in February 2021, Namport was recommended for continuation of its current certifications:


  • ISO 9001:2015 (Quality Management) – 2nd Surveillance (Recertification due September 2021)
  • ISO 14001:2015 (Environmental Management) – 2nd Surveillance (Recertification due September 2021)
  • ISO 45001:2018 (Occupational Health & Safety) – 1st Surveillance (2nd Surveillance due in September 2021)


The next cycle for recertification audits is scheduled for 16 – 20 August 2021 to meet the recertification deadline as indicated above. Our certifications help us demonstrate continual improvement on service delivery to our clients, commitment to Safety & Environmental stewardship.

World Press Freedom Conference

The 2021 Global Conference is hosted by UNESCO and the Government of Namibia. It will take place on 29 April - 3 May in Windhoek.


This year’s World Press Freedom Conference theme “Information as a Public Good” serves as a call to affirm the importance of cherishing information as a public good, and exploring what can be done in the production, distribution and reception of content to strengthen journalism, and to advance transparency and empowerment while leaving no one behind.


The theme is of urgent relevance to all countries across the world. It recognizes the changing communications system that is impacting on our health, our human rights, democracies and sustainable development.


To underline the importance of information within our online media environment, WPFD 2021 will highlight three key topics:

  • Steps to ensure the economic viability of news media;
  • Mechanisms for ensuring transparency of Internet companies; 
  • Enhanced Media and Information Literacy (MIL) capacities that enable people to recognize and value, as well as defend and demand, journalism as a vital part of information as a public good.

World Press Freedom Day 2021 Global Conference 

The 2021 Global Conference is hosted by UNESCO and the Government of Namibia. It will take place on 29 April - 3 May in Windhoek. The event will be a physical and digital experience combining virtual and in-presence participation. Register now to be part of the regional forums, side events, keynotes, artistic showcases, films screenings and more! Join media leaders, activists, policymakers, media and legal experts, artists and researchers from all over the world.


The Conference will call on the urgency to address the threat of extinction faced by local news media around the world, a crisis worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will put forward ideas to tackle the challenges of our online media environment, push for more transparency, strengthen the safety of journalists and improve their working conditions, and support independent media.


30th Anniversary of Windhoek Declaration

World Press Freedom Day has its origins in a UNESCO conference in Windhoek in 1991. The event ended on 3 May with the adoption of the landmark Windhoek Declaration for the Development of a Free, Independent and Pluralistic Press. After 30 years, the historic connection made between the freedom to seek, impart and receive information and the public good remains as relevant as it was at the time of its signing. Special commemorations of the 30th anniversary are planned to take place during World Press Freedom Day International Conference.


Regional Forums

This year, the Conference is connecting with the regional World Press Freedom Day celebrations, hosting six Regional Forums to focus on local aspects of press freedom and explore the current trends and challenges. The Forums build upon the historic series of regional seminars triggered by the 1991 seminar in Windhoek, which inspired regional declarations to promote a free, independent, and pluralistic press, after similar seminars held in Alma-Ata (1992), Santiago (1994), Sana’a (1996), and Sofia (1997).


Academic Conference and Youth Newsroom

UNESCO and the University of Namibia (UNAM) are hosting the sixth edition of the Academic Conference on the Safety of Journalists. The Youth Newsroom 2021 edition is being held in partnership with the Namibia University of Science and Technology. Participants will cover the conference mostly virtually and will be able to attend guest speakers’ lectures.



Namport invests over 2.8 Million Dollars in social projects across Namibia in its 2020/2021 financial year

Hon. Caley Faustina, Deputy Minister of Education Arts and Culture officially inaugurating the two classrooms at the Five Rand Primary School in Okahandja as Ms Irene Simeon-Kurtz, NSIF Trustee member looks on.

The Namibian Ports Authority allocated a notable 2.8 million Namibian Dollars to its social investment fund for projects aimed at bettering the lives of the Namibian nation during its 2020/21 financial year.


The Namport Social Investment Fund (NSIF) is an investment arm of Namport through which the Ports Authority reaches the Namibian community by investing in worthwhile community projects such as the building of educational infrastructure, health infrastructure, medical equipment and other social needs that fall within the sponsorship mandate of NSIF. The latest benefactor of the social fund was the Five Rand Primary School in the Otjozondjupa region. The fund yesterday donated two classrooms with a price tag of N$ 300,000.00 to the school.


Speaking at the handover, NSIF Trustee member, Ms Irene Simeon-Kurtz said that NSIF is gratified of its contributions towards uplifting the Namibian nation. “However, we still believe strongly that there is a need for a collective and robust interventionist strategy to prepare the country for an uptake to helping many young Namibians grow into becoming active participating members of our economy”. 


Receiving the two classrooms on behalf of the school, Deputy Minister of Education Arts and Culture Hon. Caley Faustina, thanked the donor who have over the years proven its commitment to advancing the cause of government in providing quality education for the Namibian child. The Minister further said that the “handover was a clear indication that the ministry of education and friends like Namport are serious in achieving the sustainable development goals outlined in the United Nations Sustainable development– Partnership for Goals (SDG No.17)”.


Since its inception in 2006, the fund with the main objective to be a good corporate citizen has ploughed 35 million Namibian Dollars back into the 14 regions of Namibia. Namport Social Investment Fund remains humbled by the opportunity to invest resources back into the country.

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