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Benthin African Agencies

Benthin African Agencies’ proud history

benthin african agenciesBENTHIN AFRICAN AGENCIES, situated in the Northern Industrial area in Windhoek boasts a proud history of service-delivery that spans more than 50 years.

The wholesaler, with its humble beginnings in the supply of fencing material, dates back to 1957 when Egon Marschall began to work for Mr. Benthin, the original owner. Six months later Benthin decided to move back to Germany because the business was no longer rewarding. Marschall however continued and officially became the sole owner of Benthin African Agencies.

He had already started importing handbags, washing machines and car parts form Hamburg, Germany.

Locally, the Pupkewitz brothers, Morris, Julius and Harold were the biggest clients of Benthin African Agencies and stored their goods without any security fences at nearby Ausspannplatz!

The outbreak of the foot and mouth decease at the beginning of the 1960’s caused the government to buy all the available fencing material in the country, as farmers were forced by necessity to fence off their farms in order to control the movement of the cattle. The redistribution of land in line with the Odendaal plan provided further inputs to the growth of the fencing industry.

This got the ball rolling for the sale of fencing material, which also became the company’s main focus. This included poles, gates and fences.

The company’s first premises were established in the old "Continental Building" and were later moved near the DHPS (Deutsche Höhere Privatschule) in Windhoek. They occupied their current premises in Newcastle Street in the Northern Industrial Area 13 years ago.

Today the company is the proud supplier of all kinds of fencing material, as well as a wide variety of agricultural equipment and tools to clients in Namibia and Angola. Hardware for basic housing is also offered, including doors, locks, kitchen interiors and roofing material.

According to Heiko von Ludwiger, Managing Director of Benthin African Agencies, a major part of the products, including fencing, agricultural machinery and hardware are sold to retailers in the northern parts of the country. According to him the local market expanded significantly after the end of the Angolan war.

During their 52nd year in operation Benthin African Agencies officially changed from sole-ownership to company status and is now importing products from England, America, Germany, Italy, South Africa and the Middle East.

Von Ludwiger says that the company’s ambition to provide competitive prices, to have sufficient and quality products in stock and above all, to deliver a fast and effective service, enabled Benthin African Agencies to grow into a prominent firm in the agricultural and housing sector.

The four directors of the company are Egon Marschall, Heiko von Ludwiger, Gesa Flemming and Hilko Marschall.

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The Marschall family met the Hanssen’s in the ’80s, when the girls competed in horse riding tournaments. Years later, they met again at AfriCat and kindly offered to support the Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation Programme in the communal conservancies of north western Namibia. Their most generous donation of kraal materials will support the better protection of livestock and reduce the persecution of lions.

 

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