- The "Tafel Lager" beer produced by Namibia Breweries Ltd won a gold medal in the category of "mild beers" at an international award ceremony in Nuremberg, Germany.
Today, the European Beer Star Award held in Nuremberg announced the winners of the world's best beers in 42 different categories. One of the gold medals, in the category "mild beers", went to Namibia Breweries Ltd for its Tafel Lager brand. This was the only award to an African brewery at this major event, organised by the Association of small and independent Breweries in Europe.
The Namibian brewery already has earned a big fame in Southern Africa, its brand "Windhoek Lager" being one of the most popular imported beers in South Africa.
The company has already received many international awards for its different brands, being one of Africa's most internationally renowned breweries. Most prestigious, however, was a 2005 award for the company's brand "Windhoek Light", which was officially crowned the world's best light beer during the Brewing Industry International Awards that year.
The Namibian brewery has a proud history, stemming back to the German colonisation of "South-West Africa". With German settlers and legislation - including the beer purity law of 1516 - beer was produced in the colony from 1904. The company was founded as the result of a merger of smaller German settler-controlled breweries in 1920.
afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.
afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.