FRANS INDONGO GROUP
Welcome to the Frans Indongo Group
There is an Oshiwambo saying, Ohaka yala noluhozi lumwe, (A little Bird starts with one straw) meaning, all beginnings are small. Through sheer hard work, persistence and determination, the bird builds a nest to protect and nourish its next generation.
With a pioneering spirit and the ability to transform small opportunities into successful prospects, we have grown from humble Namibian beginnings into a leading diversified investment company, all with the aim to create a sustainable future for our partners, our community and our nation.
Frans Indongo Gardens in the heart of Windhoek is home to the Group’s head office. The building was designed by the infamous Chase & Holmes Architects and consists of 16 storeys.
The foundations of the Frans Indongo Group were established in the mid 1950’s by a then unknown and very poor entrepreneur, Frans Aupa Indongo. Under the auspice of the ever-enterprising and now renowned Indongo, the Group has grown to become a leading diversified investment company. Operating in the fishing, farming, property, automotive , fuel, manufacturing and hospitality sectors, the Group has become notorious for its pioneering spirit, ability to see potential where others fear to look and commitment to its clients, communities and country.
The Group’s guiding principles are deeply embedded in the vision and values instilled by its founder: integrity, innovation, excellence, shared value, hard work, hard work and more hard work.
Since childhood, Frans Indongo has advocated that “a little is the basis of a lot. Not much, the makings of many”. In the face of adversity, as a young black man, he stopped at nothing to generate income through various ventures, whether it was hunting, drying meat, cutting wood, selling goods, building huts or sewing.
He saw prospects in everything and approached life with a sense of purpose and determination, synonymous with the great pioneers of old. In the late 1950s, He worked for a brick maker whilst in Walvis Bay and used the money to buy sewing machines, believing you should never “squander your profits but rather invest it in your business to ensure your company has a future and the ability to reinvest in Namibia. These combined initiatives ultimately paved the way for establishing today’s flourishing Namibian empire.
When Indongo founded his business, he primarily focused on the retail sector, with a vision to establish a network of shops the magnitude of which was initially thought to be impossible. With hard work and determination, he succeeded in doing just that.
Since 2007, Frans Indongo Group’s focus has shifted from the retail industry to investment opportunities in manufacturing, marketing and in the distribution of various products across the country through its investments in esteemed associated businesses: Bokomo Namibia, Tongaat Hulett Namibia, Wispeco Namibia and Grain Carriers Namibia.
The Group’s appetite for the retail sector resulted in a strategic drive to expand its investments in the automotive industry. From a very insignificant market share position, Indongo Toyota has not only become the Toyota market leader in Namibia, but also a Toyota dealership grouping that is recognised for performing on par with the very best Toyota dealerships in Southern Africa. Currently, customers can experience and benefit from the Indongo Toyota passion for excellence at dealerships in Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Okahandja, Otjiwarongo and a new state-of-the-art dealership in Ongwediva. The Group has further invested in Hino Indongo, a successful truck dealership in Windhoek, to complement its current service offerings
In the hospitality industry, the Group owns the strategically positioned hotel and conference facility, Protea Hotel Walvis Bay, as well as the epitome of luxury in the heart of nature, the Frans Indongo Lodge.
With investments as its core focus, the company owns a carefully selected portfolio of a number of properties across Namibia’s major centres, including the Frans Indongo Group head office, situated in the heart of Windhoek’s CBD. As part of its approach to diversify its portfolio into other operations, the Group has also acquired interests in several other entities.
Symbolising Frans Indongo’s legacy, the Group is not only about the size of the organisation that originated from small beginnings, but it is about the number of people it positively impacts, the contribution it makes to the Namibian economy and the drive with which it pursues a life of purpose.
Proving that with the right vision and motivation small opportunities can be transformed into conglomerates, Frans Indongo Group invests in companies that provide the potential for sustainable wealth creation through growth, by embodying critical mass, good governance and inspired leadership.
The Group purports that success is not only defined by how much money the company generates, but also by how much it contributes towards establishing an economically viable and independent Namibia; by making business more accessible to the people it serves and using every opportunity today to shape the way for a better and more prosperous tomorrow for all.
FRANS INDONGO GROUP
Tel: +264 61 222 295 / 306