Sheet metal SME grows

Daniel Amaambo, owner of the Arandis-based company, Namibia Sheet Metal Manufacturers at the Arandis Investment Conference and Mineral, Mining and Energy Expo. (Photograph by Lorato Khobetsi)Daniel Amaambo, owner of the Arandis-based company, Namibia Sheet Metal Manufacturers says to grow his company, he does not want any money but instead would like the government and private sector companies to give his company tenders or to place significant orders for the sheet metal products his factory can produce.
“I do not want money, I want projects because I want to give trainees from vocational training institutes such as NIMT the opportunity to learn the skills and give them job attachments,” he said. Speaking to The Economist at the recent Arandis Investment Conference and Mineral, Mining and Energy Expo, Amaambo said he started his company, Namibia Sheet Metal Manufacturers in 1997 after he was retrenched and never imagined it would be as big as it is today. “When I was still employed, companies such as Namibia Dairies and Namibia Breweries where interested in the work I do, so I decided after I got retrenched in 1997 to start my own company. Why work for someone else and enrich them, I bought a vehicle with my pension pay-out and travelled to sites and do my jobs,” he said.