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Matangara factory opens in Walvis Bay

A businessman from Swakopmund and his partners opened a N.dollars 70 million matangara processing factory at Walvis Bay on Friday.
‘Matangara’ is the Oshiwambo word for tripe.
The AfricanDeli factory imports tripe from Europe, cooks and packages it for the local retail market.
Currently they have traditionally prepared tripe in gravy and chilli sauce, but they plan to add other flavours such as curry and chakalaka later this year. 
They also plan to export the product in the near future.
Speaking to reporters at the launch, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Silvanus Kathindi said they also plan to chicken feet, trotters and lungs to their product line.
Fifty-five Namibians are employed at the factory as administration officers, cooks and labourers.
Kathindi said he realised the traditional food he grew up eating has become scarce, thus he opened the factory to preserve the culture.
He said they import the tripe because Namibia does not have the ability to supply the quantity they need.
The factory will initially process 100 metric tonnes of tripe a month, but this could increase as the market grows.
“We also do not want to kill the local market for those selling in small quantities in the street or butcheries, this is why we are sourcing from outside the country,” said the CEO.
Local suppliers are however welcome to approach AfricanDeli if their tripe is certified with the Namibian Standards Institution, which ensures the quality and standard of food, especially for the international market.
His message to aspiring entrepreneurs was that there are many business opportunities in Namibia which they can utilise.
“Do not be afraid to realise your dream. Just go for it with passion, perseverance and dedication,” he said.