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Economic boycott of any country is not something to be taken lightly. It affects business and people on the ground and should be used with caution. In terms of revenue, the Namibian seal slaughter brings in a paltry N$500 thousand to a N$1 million for the government each year. This is a drop in the ocean when compared to the revenue that could be generated in terms of eco-tourism.

 If the purpose of this mindless slaughter is to generate employment, why has the number of workers decreased from 160 to 81 when the quota has been increased from 30 000 seals to 86 000 seals? Why are these seasonal workers living in tin and cardboard shacks? Repeated calls from multiple organizations and individuals to the government of Namibia to change their policy on seal culling have fallen on deaf ears. We have no other alternative to show the government we are serious except to go for their coffers. We therefor ask YOU to...


The following is a list of companies and their products that are major contributors to the Namibian GDP (gross domestic product.) Contact details for these companies are provided.

Namibia Breweries Limited

For the period June 2009 to June 2010, Namibia Breweries paid around N$71 million in taxes and a further N$1.5 billion to employees, suppliers etc. As you can see from the image below, they also brew several international brands under licence. This makes it easy for our international audience to get involved in supporting the seals. 


You can write to the Manager of Corporate Communications for Namibia Breweries, Mr. Patrick Hashingola and inform him of your decision to boycott. Here is his e-mail address: Patrick.Hashingola@olfitra.com.na
 
Alternatively, you can contact Namibia Breweries via their contact page.

You can contact Heineken International (who are also responsible for Amstel) via their contact page by clicking HERE

Guinness and Kilkenny can be contacted via e-mail ConsumerInfo.Carefor.GB@Diageo.com or via their contact page


NAMDEB DIAMOND CORPORATION (PTY) LTD

Namdeb is owned in equal shares by the Government of the Republic of Namibia and De Beers. Diamonds dominate Namibia’s economy. They account for more than 40 percent of export revenue and more than five percent of GDP. For the financial year ending 2010, NAMDEB posted profits of N$259 million after tax. The company is responsible for supplying more than 80 percent of the nation’s diamond production. De Beers have in the past been sympathetic to the plight of the Cape Fur Seals. 


NAMDEB can be contacted either by using the feed back form from their website
or you can send e-mail directly to the following to inform them you will not purchase ANY DIAMONDS from De Beers on the basis of the annual seal massacre. 
AIR NAMIBIA

Contribution to GDP comes in the form of visitor expenditure and the airline’s own expenditure in the Namibian economy through procurement of goods and services, as well as related jobs created in resorts and general supporting industries. The Namibian Tourism sector, in which Air Namibia is a key and major player, is the country’s third largest contributor to the GDP. Air Namibia is incorporated in terms of the Company’s Act of Namibia as a Proprietary (Pty) Limited Company with Government of the Republic of Namibia as sole shareholder. The shareholding Ministry is the Minister of Finance.


The airline is positioned as a niche carrier serving domestic points within Namibia, the immediate regional markets of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, Zambia, Ghana and Botswana. The airline also serves the entire Europe through Frankfurt.

You can assist with the boycott by not only refusing to travel to Namibia as a tourist, but by boycotting the national carrier. You can inform Air Namibia of your intention to boycott via their outlets in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia by clicking on THIS LINK 
You can also contact the Namibian Ministry of Finance by sending mail to either the Hon. Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila
skuugongelwa-amadhila@mof.gov.na or to the Hon. Deputy Minister Calle Schettwein cschettwein@mof.gov.na 

NAMIBIAN TOURISM

For the financial year ending 2010, tourism generated an estimated N$9 billion in revenue. The Namibian Tourism Board have 5 offices which are located in Frankfurt, London, Windhoek, Johannesburg and Cape Town. While Namibia certainly is one of Africa's top destinations they are creating an extremely distasteful international reputation on the basis of the annual seal cull. Several successful models from other African countries have clearly shown that sustainable and viable forms of eco-tourism can employ more people and will generate around 10 times more revenue than killing seals. 


The direct e-mail address for The Namibia Tourism Board in Windhoek is info@namibiatourism.com.na 

Alternatively, you can inform them of your decision not to travel to their country via their website contact form by 

clicking on THIS LINK 




HANGANA

Hangana Seafood (PTY) LTD is a fishery company that is a subsidiary of Olthaver and List. They provide for both the local and international markets. The main catch is hake, while some other deep-water species are caught as well, i.e. kingklip, monkfish, sole and squid. The complete hake catch is processed into a final product. Bones and offcuts are used to produce fishmeal and mince. Some of the higher-value by-catch (monkfish, kingklip) are prepared as final frozen products for export and local markets.   

The Namibian Government are blaming the seals for the decline in Hake stocks. They have produced no peer reviewed scientific  evidence to prove that the seals are responsible for a decline in Hake stocks. On the contrary, since independence, Namibia increased its annual harvest from 300 thousand tons to 600 thousand tons. This resulted in several mass die offs of the seals due to starvation, the latest being in 2006 where up to half the seal colony starved to death. This is the largest die off of any marine mammal in recorded history.


The Managing Director of Hangana in Namibia is Mr. Hendrik van der Westerhuizen. Here is his e-mail address: hendrik.vanderwesthuizen@olfitra.com.na
  


Mr. Francois Olivier is the Sales and Marketing Manager. You can mail him here francois.Olivier@olfitra.com.na 


The Finance Director is Mrs. Amanda Pick Here is her e-mail address amanda.pick@olfitra.com.na 


The Operations Director is Herman Theron. His e-mail is herman.theron@olfitra.com.na 


You can contact Hangana via their website by clicking HERE. 


The Hon. Minister Bernard Esau is the man who can end the slaughter. He is in charge of Namibia's 

Ministry of Fisheries. THIS LINK will take you to the Ministries website


Here is a whole list of people involved in Namibia's fishing industry. Feel free to raise your concerns with them.
 




BANK WINDHOEK

Bank Windhoek is a large financial services provider in Namibia. As of June 2010, the bank is the second-largest commercial bank in the country, based on assets, with an asset base in excess of US$2.08 billion. 
Bank Windhoek is a 100% subsidiary of Bank Windhoek Holdings Limited which in turn is a subsidiary 
 of Capricorn Investment Holdings.


You can e-mail Bank Windhoek directly on info@bankwindhoek.com.na or alternatively you can contact them via their website page by clicking here The holding company, Capricorn Investment Holdings, can be e-mailed on info@cih.com.na or alternatively via their website 


NAMIBIA DAIRIES

Namibia Dairies (Pty) Limited was created in 1997 as a result of the merger between Rietfontein Dairies and Bonmilk, under the banner of the Olhthaver & List Group of Companies. The leading brands include Rietfontein, Nammilk, Aqua Splash Water, Juicy Fruit and Sunsation Dairy Fruit Mix.


The Managing Director of Namibia Dairies is Mr. Hubertus Hamm. You can e-mail him on hubertus.hamm@olfitra.com.na










  



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