Without logistics there is no economic development or activity at all. Logistics is the key activity in every economy and in our globalized world. To perform properly, logistics need know-how, skilled people, adequate infrastructure and appropriate technology.
The Namibian-German Centre for Logistics is unique in the region. We are the only ones to combine
academic expertise with practical know-how in logistics,
research with economic skills,
practitioners with experts
state of the art logistics from Europe with familiarity of African markets
NGCL strives for excellence in logistics. Our mission is to contribute to the economic development of the country and the region by providing the expertise and strategies that promote and further logistics.
NGCL thus started its activities with education. We educate the future leader of the logistics industry, train staff and provide skills that the industry needs to realise its full potential. But the Centre immediately expanded its activities with research since knowing and learning more about the specific conditions of logistics in Southern Africa is essential not only for proper education but also for developing new strategies for the industry. Excellence also needs a sound network of experts. That’s why we aim at gathering and connecting local and regional companies, industry partners and the administration and authorities in networking events and conferences.
The portfolio of the Centre is developed from a needs-based approach, according to what is needed to let logistics become a powerful motor for economic development. These four main fields of action are
Education and Training – Applied Research – Consulting – Networking
In cooperation with the two partner universities NGCL is part of four academic programmes.
Bachelor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Bachelor of Transport Management
Bachelor of Logistics (Honours)
Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
All focus on the specific needs and challenges of logistics in the SADC region. These are for example effective usage of port and logistics corridor, supply chain management for sparse regions and value added services in logistics. Students get holistic insights in business processes, technology, information systems and legal framework. The programmes are theoretically based but give a strong emphasis on practise. Logistics practitioners from the region and experts from abroad gave important input in the curriculum development for maximum practical relevance of the content.
Students are furthermore integrated in the centre’s technology transfer projects to gain real life experiences. Our almuni are part of an international alumni network through DAAD.
In order to keep up with competitors and to use resources more efficiently, logistics and transport professionals need constant continuing education in their field. To facilitate the continuous education and development of logistics and transport professionals the centre has secured Accredited Education Provider status for some renonwn professional bodies:
Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport UK
Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply
Operations Management Association for Southern Africa
The Centre is also member of the Supply Chain Council.
As Accredited Education Provider for CILT, we have many years of experience in offering the following qualifications:
For your convenience, we do also offer tailor-made training for your staff, just contact Brighten for a meeting to discuss requirements
Our goal is to provide a centre of excellence for logistics in Namibia. Therefore, we started our research work by initiating a major project called “State of Logistics in Namibia”, which comprised a thorough survey-based examination of the situation of relevant industry sectors and companies in the country. Thus we are guided by the results of our “State of Logistics” project, but also feedback from stakeholders following the annual workshop and, most importantly, by the government’s requirements as expressed in their NDP_4 and vision 2030 documents. These unanimously point to logistics and one of the key factors that will influence the future of the country, and the region. This gives a lot of starting points for more research work.
With this major work accomplished we have settled a sound base for our Applied Research. This entails for example analysis of supply chains, identifying bottlenecks, finding solutions for procurement challenges, or identifying your companies opportunities with the expansion of the port in Walvis Bay or the use of dryports. Contact Chris or Logan if you want to learn more!
Schmidt, Thomas.;Mbai, Neville.; Fransman, Logan.; (2011), Challenged by Economic Growth: Logistics in Namibia, Erschienen in Business und Innovation, Erschienen in Business Innovation, 2/2011, S. 52
Mbai, N., Savage, C., Průša, P., (2011) The wider ramifications and sustainability of global supply chain developments (A Namibian case study). In: Proceedings of the Carpathian Logistics Congress, Podbanské, Slovakia.
Kampf, R., Průša, P. & Savage, C. (2012) Systematic location of the public logistic centres in Czech Republic. Transport, Taylor & Francis, 26:4, 425-432
Lambourdiere, E., Corbin, E. and Savage, C. (2012) Logistics service providers’ globalization strategies and organization networks. In proceedings of Recontres Internationales de la Rechesche en Logistics (RIRL), Montreal, Canada.
Lambourdiere, E. and Savage, C. (2012) Logistics Service Providers and the Transport geography of Global supply Chains. In proceedings of International Geographical Congress (IGC), Cologne.
Lambourdiere, E. and Savage, C. (2012) The LSP and the “Teminalisation” of supply chains. In proceedings of World Congress of Regional Science Associations International (RSAI), Timisoara, Romania.
Leach, D.Z., and Savage, C., High capacity vehicles: An assessment of their potential environmental, economic, safety and practical impact if introduced to UK roads. (2012), In proceedings of Logistics Research Network Conference (LRN), Cranfield, UK
Awarded “Best Paper”
NB Full report published as “Impact Assessment: High Capacity Vehicles”, The University of Huddersfield, (2012) ISBN 978-1-86218-111-3
Jenkins, A.K., Fransman, L. and Savage, C., Logistics in Namibia: Issues and challenges. In proceedings of 2nd Carpathian Logistics Congress (CLC), 2012, Jeseník, Czech Republic.
NB Full report published as “Logistics in Namibia: Issues and challenges”, The Polytechnic of Namibia, (2012) ISBN 978-99916-884-0-4
Lambourdiere, E., Savage, C. and E., Corbin, (2012) Global supply chains, logistics clusters and economic growth: What is could mean to Caribbean territories? In proceedings of Conference on the Economy (COTE), Trinidad & Tobago.
Leach, D.Z., Maden, W. and Savage, C.J., (2013) “High-capacity vehicles: An investigation into their potential environmental, economic and practical impact if introduced to UK roads.”, International Journal of Logistics Research & Applications: A Leading Journal of Supply Chain Management, 16:6, 461-481, DOI: 10.1080/13675567.2013.856390
Fransman, L.; (2013), Multiagent based systems a better platform for transport collaboration in developing countries, in proceedings of International conference on business innovation and growth, Gaborone, Botswana, July, 2013.
Savage, C.J., Fransman, L. and Jenkins, A.K., (2013) “Logistics in Namibia: Issues and Challenges”, Journal of Transport & Supply Chain Management, S.A.,
Savage, C.J., (2013) “Becoming a regional gateway by developing logistics hubs: A blessing or a curse?”, in the International Conf. on Business Innovation & Growth, Botswana.
Savage. C.J., Fransman, L. and Jenkins, A.K., (2013) “Logistics in Namibia: Issues and Challenges – re-engineering for competitiveness” in Logistics Research Network conference, Birmingham, UK.
Gibson, R. and Savage, C.J., (2013) “Know your risk, know your appetite for growth”, Operations Management, Number 1, February 2013, UK
Fransman, L.; (2013), Multi-agent collaboration platforms: Are they feasible for the Namibian Transport Industry?, in proceedings of International Conference on Engineering & Business Education, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICEBE), Windhoek, Namibia, 07 – 10 October, 2013, pp. 182-188
Gibson, R. and Savage, C.J., (2013) “Know your risk, know your appetite for growth”, Logistics & Transport Focus, Vol. 15. No. 5, May, 2013, UK
Gibson, R. and Savage, C.J., (2013) “Supply chain resilience: The possible application of triple bottom line costing to supply chain risk management.”, 18th International Symposium on Logistics, Vienna, Austria.
Lambourdiere, E., Savage, C. and Corbin E., (2013) “Global supply chains, logistics clusters and economics growth: What could it mean to Caribbean territories?”, C.O.T.E (Conference on the economy), Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.
Lambourdiere, E., Savage, C.J. and Corbin E., (2014) “Global Supply Chain Management and Logistics Partnerships: A LSP’s Downstream Programme Perspective”, Logistique & Management Vol. 21, No. 4.
Savage, C. J.; Fransman, L. (2014), “Can Namibia Become a Regional Gateway by Developing a Logistics Hub around Walvis Bay’s Port?”, NAWA: Journal of Language and Communication , Vol. 8, No. 1 , June 2014
Christopher J. Savage, Logan Fransman, Andrew K. Jenkins, Colin G. Bamford (2014) “Developing Walvis Bay Port into a logistics gateway for southern Africa: Issues, challenges and the potential implications for Namibia’s future”, Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management; Vol 8, No 1 (2014), 10 pages. doi: 10.4102/jtscm.v8i1.154
Fransman, L., Heyns, G.J., Luke, R., Savage, C.J., (2014) The impact of the logistics skills gap on customer service in southern Africa: Evidence from Namibia and South Africa, Namibia Customer Service Awards and Conference, Windhoek, 03-05 November 2015
Fransman, L., Salomo, E.N, Savage, C.J., (2014) Customer Service in the Namibian Logistics Industry: Benchmarking for the future, Namibia Customer Service Awards and Conference, Windhoek, 03-05 November 2015
Savage, C.J., Fransman, L., Bamford, C., Jenkins, A., (2014) Namibia would like to become regional gateway by developing a global logistics hub: will this aid development or frustrate it?, International Symposium on Logistics (ISL) 2014, Vietnam, Ho-Chi Min City
Savage, C.J., Fransman, L., Bamford, C., Jenkins, A., (2014) The response of key stakeholders to the proposed Walvis-bay port-centric hub development, Logistics Research Network 2014, Huddersfield, UK
Fransman, L., Savage, C.J., Jenkins, A.K, Bamford, C. (2015), The response of key stakeholders to the proposed Walvis-bay port-centric hub development, 2nd Namibia Supply Chain and Logistics Forum, 26-27 March 2015, Windhoek, Namibia
Fransman, L.,(2015), Multiagent systems to promote transport collaboration in developing countries: A look at agent behaviour setup, International Symposium on Logistics (ISL) 2015, Bologna, Italy
Backbone of our work is our staff. NGCL takes utmost care of the continuous qualification of its staff, on every level and for every individual. Our mission of educating future leaders and building excellence does not stop with our staff but it starts right there. Our employees go on trainings regularly, gain experience abroad, and update their know-how on several regional and international conferences.
Logan is a true jack of all trades device, and since its inauguration contributing to the Centre’s success story. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Business Computing from the Polytechnic of Namibia, while he has recently finished his master thesis on Transport Collaboration Systems using Multiagent systems at the University of South Africa. Logan is vital part of our research department where he focuses on ERP and IT in logistics in general. Logan is head of a ever-growing young family and like almost all team members a enthusiastic tennis and footbal-supporter.
+264 – 61-207 2818
The head of our Commercial Department has a background in education and since then enjoyed extensive further training and qualification in project management and consulting. Brighten joined the team in 2013 and has since then proven his excellent qualities with our industry partners, the organisation of NGCL’s annual conference and professional networking. Being a talented communicator at work and above father of two bubbly kids at home, its no wonder he enjoys the silence when hiking in his spare time.
++264 – 61-207 2758
Sylvester has long-term and first-hand experience in logistics in Namibia and knows his industry in and out. He is responsible for the short courses that NGCL offers to industry, but also lectures on all of these, where he can feed-in all of his expertise in the field. Father of two, a sweet boy and girl. The little spare time he has is filled with playing tennis and putting his feet up for a nice game of soccer on the television.
++264 – 61-207 2544
Elizabeth is responsible for a smooth communication and collaboration with the world surrounding NGCL, primarily the Polytechnic of Namibia and our students, but also our donor (the German Academic Exchange Service) and our partner university in Germany (Flensburg University of Applied Sciences). Liz joined our team in 2013, and has since then quickly become indispensible as she connects the many parts of NGCL’s network. Besides, she is a prime example of a lady, as she enjoys sports, shopping and travelling.
++264 – 61-207 2386
Nikki joined the NGCL in late 2013. Without her sense of order and humour, NGCL’s team would quickly find itself in chaos and resulting despair. She is responsible for finances within the centre. Her love for football will definitely soon be appreciated and shared by her two little boys that keep her busy in her spare time.
+264 – 61-207 2532