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, RM Wispeco Namibia and Grain Carriers Namibia.
Indongo Toyota Walvis Bay was inaugurated on 9 September 2011. Seen here are Kobus van Graan (Chief Executive Officer of the Frans Indongo Group), Dr Frans Indongo and Miranda Viljoen (Dealer Principal, Toyota Walvis Bay).
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 Ongwediva.
Indongo Toyota also manages Hino Indongo, a successful truck dealership in Windhoek, to complement its current service offerings. In addition to its retail portfolio in the automotive industry, Indongo Ford was opened in 2018 and is renowned for its world class service across Namibia.
Hino Indongo, a successful truck dealership in Windhoek, to complement its current service offerings. In addition to its retail portfolio in the automotive industry, Indongo Ford was opened in 2018 and is renowned for its world class service across Namibia.
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.
Dr Frans Indongo presenting the features of the Frans Indongo Gardens (prototype) to Dr Sam Nujoma (Founding Father, of the Republic of Namibia) and his wife Madam Kovambo Nujoma.
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.
The Group continues to give life to the brand’s mantra, “Shape Today. Own Tomorrow,” through its approach to diversify its portfolio into different sectors including property and investment, automotive, retail, manufacturing and distribution, tourism, and hospitality.
Since childhood, 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.
Symbolising Frans Indongo’s legacy, the Group is not only about the size of the organisation that originated from small beginnings, 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.