The students were accompanied by Bianca Tjizumaue, a lecturer in the Department of Marketing and Logistics, and Sylvester Kaukungua, a Projects Coordinator at the Namibian-German Centre for Logistics. The Transport and Logistics Society strives to create and maintain a communication link between students and industry.
The Volkswagen Production Plant in Port Elizabeth manufactures hundreds of cars daily, specialising mainly in the Polo range, which are then exported to various parts of the world.
“It was very fascinating to see how the company has invested billions of Rands in acquiring robots, which has significantly increased production,” said Trust Mhlanga, one of the students.
Moreover, the students visited the port of Port Elizabeth, which is managed by Transnet National Ports Authority. “We acquired a wealth of knowledge in the ins and outs of transport and logistics, mostly in the areas of receiving, shipping and scheduling of port activities,” said Magdelena Nangolo, another student.
The group, made up of first-, second- and third-year students, further had the opportunity to share best practices with Logistics students from the Nelson Mandela University. It was agreed that in the near future, the two universities would explore ways of collaborating in the areas of research and the exchange of staff and students.
The Namibian-German Centre for Logistics was the main sponsor of the excursion.