• Overview
  • History Timeline
  • Management
  • Facilities
  • Safety & Quality


Manica Group Namibia is a group of companies specialising in various fields of supply chain logistics, freight handling and marine trading and services. Established in 1924, the group’s commitment to the development of the Namibian freight and logistics industry has led to the forging of long-term relationships with key customers, agents and service providers both locally and internationally. These long-term relationships are vital ingredient of our successful business model. Manica’s approach of independent business units, integrated into a seamless logistics solution, ensures that clients enjoy competitive rates, hassle-free and prompt logistics solutions to any cargo challenge, roughly put: a one-stop-shop logistics solution.

…tailor-made solutions for any cargo and freight management needs…

Even though most of our operations have a relatively low environmental risk profile, we strive to conduct our business to the best industry standards in a manner that is congenial, safe, environmentally acceptable and sensitively conscious of the needs and concerns of our communities. Manica group companies are also ISO 9001:2008 accredited, to ensure that our clients benefit from our high standard of quality management and safety systems.  Over and above its daily operations, Manica is also committed to an all-encompassing sustainability strategy. This strategy includes its commitment to actively reducing its carbon footprint in all aspects of its operations and uplifting the living conditions of the communities is operates in. With our strong culture of quality and service, our focus on skilled resources and our worldwide partnerships, we strive to remain THE ULTIMATE CHOICE in offering freight and logistical solutions on a local, regional and international level.

As a proud member of the BIDVEST Group, we are a strategic link in the Southern African freight market and as such, part of an ever expanding and diversified group of companies. And this is the DNA of Manica’s success. We are highly confident that we can be of service to you. So, sit back, relax and rest assured in the fact that our dynamic company with vast local knowledge and broad international experience is ready for you.

Why use us

Manica is a well-established Namibian company with more than 90 years experience in logistics, supply-chain management and related marine services. The advantage of using our services and products lies in the fact that we:

  • offer tailor-made solutions for cargo and project management needs.
  • offer service flexibility that saves our clients considerable costs and provides for faster turnaround time.
  • have proficient infrastructure, financial and personnel resources (highly skilled and well qualified staff contingent of more than 500 employees).
  • have more than 105,000m2 of warehousing (bonded and general), storage and container space, shore-based inventory management.
  • focus on core business processes and objectives with continuous optimisation of supply chain and material flows, cost structures.
  • enjoy access and are partnered with local, regional and world wide forwarding network.
  • offer key-account management services - you deal only with one person. High standards through service level agreements and performance indicators.
  • are ISO 9001:2008 certified, and member of various regulatory authorities and logistics
  • follow strict and progressive quality management and safety systems; including advanced track and trace systems in place.
  • are certified to store and handle hazardous cargo (i.e. uranium).
  • have a wide variety of modern cargo handling equipment on hand.
  • as part of the Bidvest Namibia group, also enjoy access to specialised IT services, food provisions and other consumables.
Our Commitment

To be the Ultimate Choice in Logistics Solutions.

With our highly skilled and motivated team, we provide diverse logistic management solutions as integrated service provider to local & international customers.

Excellence, Quality, Results-driven, Fun, Compassion, Integrity


Theodore ‘Tetje’ Woker starts a shipping and forwarding agency with Maertins called Maertins & Woker and acquires a stake in Sturrock (SWA) as a Trust.
Sturrock (SWA) is incorporated into Mann George & Co (SWA). By 1954 Sturrock changed to Sturrock & Woker and later incorporates Dart & Howes (SWA).
Mann George & Co (SWA) becomes Cory Mann George (SWA). By 1968 the Woker Trust acquired 66% shareholding in Sturrock.
Cory Mann George (SWA) becomes Freight Services (SWA). Freight Services included the SWA assets and operations of Musgrove & Watson, Rennies and the South African Stevedores Services Company.
Freight Services (SWA) turns into W. Woker Freight Services and is registered as such.
Freight Services (SA) merges with Rennies Consolidated and forms Rennies Group Ltd.
Safren consisting of Rennies, Safmarine and Sun International is created. At the time Rennies owned Manica Group Ltd. (comprising all Manica companies in Africa including Woker Freight Services in Namibia).
W. Woker Freight Services (Namibia) changes its name to Woker Freight Services.
Woker Freight Services creates a fishing division called Namsov Fishing Enterprises.
Woker Freight Services changes its name to Manica Group Namibia with various divisions focusing on marine services, materials handling and logistics.
Bidvest South Africa acquires Rennies with the split of Safren and with that attains ownership of Manica Group Namibia.
Lubrication Specialists is created in a partnership with ExxonMobil.
Ocean Liner Services is created to unify the group’s existing liner and non-liner ships agency services into a single service offering.
Bidvest Namibia is formed to group the Bidvest South Africa interests in Namibia.
Manica establishes the business units Manica Business Centre and Manica Sourcing & Trading as office facilities and procurement services for marine contractors.
Manica partners with Monjasa to establish a Monjasa Namibia office for bunkering services. The Manica warehousing division, Rennies starts a dedicated Transport wing


Michael Samson

Managing Director of
Manica Group Namibia

Sean Holmes

Financial Director of
Manica Group Namibia GM: Monjasa Namibia

Patrick Kohlstaedt

Business Development Manager of
OLS, LBSF, Oil & Gas

Trudi van Rooyen

General Manager of
Manica HR

Cronje Grane

General Manager of
Rennies Consolidated

Philip Coetzee

General Manager of
Woker Freight Services, Walvis Bay Airport Services

Ralph Ruiters

Managing Director of
Walvis Bay Stevedoring

Gideon Kok

General Manager of
Rennies Transport

Martin Louw

Liner Manager of
Macs Lines & Galborg Shipping

Nolito Marques

General Manager of
Manica PR & Marketing

Travis Peddie

General Manager of
Orca Marine Services

Anchen Jankowitz

General Manager of
Manica Trading, Monjasa, Lubrication Specialists

Quintin Maritz

General Manager of
Lubrication Specialist


Manica operates infrastructure in the main central business hubs of Namibia. Its head office is located in Walvis Bay close to the main port entrance. With warehousing and open storage space of more than 105,000m2 in close proximity to the port, the group is well equipped to store and handle any cargo.

The company has warehouses, open storage facilities and distribution depots (for lubricants) in Windhoek, Lüderitz (including airport hangar space), Otjiwarongo, Ongwediva, Rundu and Tsumeb. Manica enjoys agent representation at all the country’s border posts to speed up the clearing process of cross-border freight.

With its experience in handling large volumes of cargo, Manica has invested considerable capital in acquiring the right cargo handling equipment. These include a large array of specialised transport and handling equipment including forklifts, forklift-trucks, reach-stackers, side-loaders, goose-neck, grain hoppers, cranes, lifting belts and airport ground handling equipment. Manica’s transport section has a modern and well-maintained fleet of long haul transport trucks, tri-axles, superlinks, flatbeds, sideloaders and trailers to handle any load.

Safety & Quality

Manica is ISO 9001:2008 certified, and maintains strict control over document and information flows between the group and its clients. All client information and operational processes are treated with the highest confidentiality. The company also has various policies dealing with Ethics, Procurement, Safety and Anti-Corruption in place.

Manica values its employees as the most valuable asset, and therefore is committed to ensure the highest safety standards i.e:

  • Maintaining a healthy and safe working environment.
  • All employees are kept fully aware of their responsibilities and
  • Regular safety training and safety briefings are given to staff
  • Dedicated safety monitors and officers are appointed.
  • Safety policies and work procedures and manuals in place.
  • „ All operations and facilities comply with national OHSE legislation, EU and other international standards.
  • The right PPE (safety devices, protective equipment and clothing) is worn and used in all our operational facilities