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Walvis Bay Salt

Walvis Bay Salt Holdings (Pty) Ltd, through its various subsidiaries, is the largest producer of solar sea salt in sub-Saharan Africa. The Company processes 100 million m3 (cubic meter) of seawater per annum to produce in excess of 1 000 000 mt of high-quality salt per annum. The total operation covers an area of 5000ha.

The Group exports to various countries, including West Africa, South Africa and Europe.

In addition to producing salt for the chemical industry and other general purposes the Group also produce high quality table salt for the Southern Africa market. Besides South Africa, refined sea salt is exported to neighbouring countries, including Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana and Zambia, mainly for human consumption.

Products and Operations

The salt operation at Walvis Bay Salt Holdings comprises three companies, Salt & Chemicals (Pty) Ltd, Walvis Bay Salt Refiners (Pty) Ltd, and Ekango Salt Refiners (Pty) Ltd.

Salt & Chemicals operates the salt field and produces the raw salt, whilst Walvis Bay Salt Refiners further processes and markets the product internationally. Ekango Salt Refiners produces table salt for various local and international markets.

An updated copy of our product specifications and certifications can be obtained from the following email address:

The Process

The Walvis Bay Salt Refiners salt production process is based on the solar evaporation of seawater to produce 99,4% pure sodium chloride (NaCl) on dry mass basis.

Seawater, which is the only raw material, contains a 3.5% concentration of salts, of which 2.9% is sodium chloride. The water is pumped from a natural lagoon into a series of pre-evaporation ponds and then through a series of concentration ponds. The total operation covers an area of 5000ha.


Board of Directors

Andy Leith

Andy Leith

Director (Non-Executive)

  • Bud Group CEO
  • Chartered Accountant (CA(SA))
  • Andy has extensive experience in the Financial Services industry at Standard Bank and Investec, where he was MD of South Africa for 15 years.
  • He was involved in the creation of the Bud Group and has served as CEO for the last 6 years.

Andre Snyman

Managing Director

  • B.Sc (Chem), B.Ed, MBA
    University of Stellenbosch
  • Registered as Feed Production Engineer:
    Swiss School of Feed milling,
    Uzwill, Switzerland (Buhler Group).
  • Manufacturing Industry: 23 years’ experience
  • Animal Feeds Industry: 20 years’ experience
  • Experience in acting as Board member on various
    boards and MD in Namibia since 2005

Bernard Grové

Director (Executive)

  • 1998 – B. Acc (Hons) University of Stellenbosch
  • CA (SA), CA (Nam)
  • Until 2003: Audit manager – PwC
  • Extensive experience in the
    manufacturing industry with at
    least 8 years spent within

Gregory Swartz

Director (Executive)

  • Various management positions in the Group, Operations, Production, Logistics.
  • MDP (University of Stellenbosch Business School)
  • Senior Management Development Program (University Stellenbosch Business School)

Klaus Friedlingsdorf

Operations Director (Executive)

  • B.Sc (BCH CHM) – 1990 University of Pretoria
  • MBA – 2002
    Graduate School of Business
    University of Stellenbosch
  • 10 year experience in Solar Salt
    Manufacturing and Processing
  • 10 year experience in Uranium
    Processing and Exploration

Ismael Issy Namaseb


Ekango Salt Refiners and Salt & Chemicals

  • MD Unitrans Namibia (Pty) Ltd
  • MBA (Finance) USA & Bcom (Accounting & Management) – Lesotho
  • Served in various senior management positions at Shell Namibia, Namibia Development Corporation and Ministry of Trade & Industry.
  • Served on Boards of Investec Namibia, Metropolitan Namibia, Namdeb, etc
  • Serves currently on EVI Mining & EVI Gold, Ekango Salt and Salt & Chemicals boards, etc as non-executive director.

Brian Black


Ekango Salt Refiners and Salt & Chemicals

  • B.Sc (BCH CHM) – 1990 University of Pretoria
  • Brian has been with the group since 1995.
    He has a vast experience in the chemical, transportation, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality industries.
    He is an ex non executive director of the Capricorn Group where he served in on various board committees, including charing the Group HR Commitee

Brumilda Britz


Ekango Salt Refiners and Salt & Chemicals

  • Bachelor of Laws, Nat.Dip:HRM
  • Brumilda is a seasoned HR practitioner, with 15 years of experience in the Mining & Manufacturing sectors.
  • Brumilda currently serves as Director: Human Resources for an Industrial and Mining Company in Namibia, and serves on the Board of Director for a few more not-for-profit organization and educational institutions.

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