THE iconic Bäckerei & Konditorei Przybylski in Swakopmund has closed down for good and with it, the skill and love with which many different kinds of bread and all kinds of confectionery were crafted will be forever lost to future generations of Namibians.
The bakery has closed down and generations of learners from the Namib High School, who were able to buy their lunches from the little bakery situated half a block away. People from all over Namibia will remember the delicious brötchens and pies that sustained them on many picnics and fishing trips up and down the coast.
Every customer that entered the small bakery knew Aunty Thusnelde Uris, who has been working for the Hansa Bäckerei Group since 1978. Most of the customers also knew Delila Noabes (1997), Simon Theofelus (1983), and Gidion Johannes (1984) who were always ready to assist hungry customers.
The bakery’s speciality was the different kinds of bread that were sold in shops all over Namibia and with the advent of every Festive Season their various assortments of Christmas cookies graced the shelves in many Namibian shops.
Although the measures imposed by the government to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic had an influence on the closure of the bakery, other factors such as the introduction of bakeries within the various large retail shops also relentlessly chewed into the revenue of the business.
The Pohl brothers, who own the Hansa Bäkerei Group, stated that the closure of the bakery is an emotional affair especially because of the loss of loyal customers as well as the combined knowledge of traditional recipes, unique skills, and years of experience that have now come to a sad end.