O&L group announces vision 2025

By Business Reporter

OHLTHAVER & List (O&L) Group’s Executive Chairman, Sven Thieme, and CEO Wessie van der Westhuizen have announced the Groups vision for 2025, a time the group celebrated its 100th birthday.

Thieme said: “We did very well with our targets – even in the midst of the current economic challenges – and we are very excited about the next 100 years, with our vision 2025 being our first goal for the next century.”

With its bold stance for the Group’s Vision 2025, being: Leading Genius, being ranked amongst the Global Top 25 Great Place To Work (GPTW) companies, 10 000, 00 Employment Opportunities Secured and an EBIT of N$4 Billion, Thieme says O&L is ready for, and bullish about, 2025.

CEO Wessie van der Westhuizen emphasized that the group’s 2025 plan is a People’s

“It is about the bigger picture, and not O&L alone. The bigger picture being our country Namibia and our people. If we look at the magnitude of imports into the country, the poverty levels, the high unemployment rate, and the other challenges we face, we have no choice but to dream big, take on these challenges, and to do everything possible to make a difference. But most of all, we want to inspire people to take responsibility for positive change in the country – starting from within the group, we want O&L employees to be able to live their personal purpose, and to get to know and understand what the best version of themselves looks like. We want the pursuit of 2025 to unlock the full potential in everyone.”

Thieme said the group had and would continue to invest heavily in leadership and people development. “It is important for us to re-invest in Namibia. Last year alone we invested N$750 Million. In order to remain globally competitive, we have to reinvest, and we have to continue to be open to other opportunities, creating new realities, beyond what we currently know.”

Van der Westhuizen echoed Thieme’s sentiments and emphasized that new-to-world concepts and innovation will be a big focus for the group going forward.