Thieme confirms zero job loses as NBL changes ownership

Stefanus Nashama

Chairperson of the Board of Namibia Breweries, Sven Thieme who resigned last Friday after the company was sold to Heineken N.V. said in an interview with the Windhoek Observer that it is normal to pocket over N$ 1 billion.

He, last week Friday received over N$1 billion after Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) paid out a massive amount of money to its shareholders.

Thieme said the whole Board resigned because of the change of ownership of the company.

Thieme indicated that there will be no further job losses because the company is running well and efficiently.

“No one will lose their job. The changes in ownership do not affect the affairs of the company. Nothing like that. What happened is the change of ownership, nothing else. When the ownership changes the Board has to go,” he stated.

Since NBL is sold to Heineken N.V., the Heineken Company will appoint its own Board, hence the resignationw, Thieme explained.

He added that if people think that it was wrong for him to receive such an amount of money, then they have “taken it out of understanding”.

“People should look at the previous time when we had Hartlief. It was the same. It is not something new,” he stressed.

Heineken N.V. now owns all of the NBL Investment Holdings, which owns 59.4 percent of the shares in MamBrew on the Namibia Stock Exchange.

Heineken is the second largest brewer in the world.

Thieme’s resignation became effective last week Friday.

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