Wangara’s dream of an accident free society
By Staff Writer
Established by four women with a passion to playing their part in reducing road carnage that has claimed thousands of lives of innocent Namibians, Wangara Automotive Group has taken the automobile industry by storm.
As if venturing into a largely patriarchal industry is not challenging enough Managing Director of the company Elizabeth Asino – Joseph believes the sky is the limit to their company competing for space in Namibia.
“We would like to get to a point where we are a one stop shop for all automobile needs for drivers in the future. We were four women who came up with the idea of the company and we believe we have done well in making our mark. Competition is real in the industry but we believe we have potential to reach to our clients through efficient service,” Asino-Joseph said.
Asino-Joseph believes it is not farfetched to move mountains in the world of business if determination and resources are availed.
“I believe we have set a good example for the young Namibian women who have interest in business and they need to have belief in themselves,” she added. She believes that the transport and logistics sector though male dominated presents opportunities for Namibian women with business acumen to exert their influence in the business world.””I believe we are four women who saw an opportunity and we went for it.
We are growing by each day and we see our company being one of the major players in the automotive industry in the near future,” she said.
She also encouraged many Namibians to pursue their dreams and make sure they do not fall to discouragement or competition saying every idea is vital for economic growth and sustenance.
Wangara Automotive Group covers an assortment of services including Tyre sales, battery sales, vehicle lease, wheel alignment, wheel balancing, vehicle sales, alloy wheel sales, tyre patch repairs, vehicle rental, fuel lubricant, fleet management, brake and shock services and tracking devise installations.
“I have a very supporting fairly and husband who I also work with, so it is never difficult for me to adjust to the pressures associated with the job. In fact most of the times if I am tied up with work my husband can easily feel in for me at home while when I am at home my husband is very eager to also assist at work” she said. Exhibiting the energy of an expectant entrepreneur, she also told The Southern Times it is imperative for Government to support the industry and also find ways of getting all the players in the transport and logistics industry together to discuss best ways of driving the sector forward.
The Company though categorised as an SME now employs 24 employees from largely previously disadvantaged groups and also the marginalised communities and the physically disabled.
The company is a brainchild of Justina Shingenge, Maggie Nangolo, Christophina Amukwaya and Asino- Joseph.
Ironically the company was also given the blessings by another very influencal woman in Prime Minister Sara Kuugngelwa-Amadhila who officiated at the official opening of the building last year.