Ohorongo Cement – Securing Supply for Namibia

NSI CEO Chie Wasserfall hands over the Certification certificate to Ohorongo cement’s Divisional Pro

Today, Ohorongo Cement inaugurated a new Composite Cement Plant and 3rd Packaging Line, which will boost the company’s cement production to 1Million tons per year, which will be sufficient for Namibia’s domestic needs and beyond.

The new production unit will allow Ohorongo Cement to produce and supply Namibia with various types of consistent high quality cement while the new packaging line will increase the packaging of cement from the current 4400 bags per hour to 6800 bags per hour. In addition to the packaging line Ohorongo Cement has also installed a 2 ton Big Bag filling station for special projects aimed at optimizing logistics.

The contractors transferred skills and knowledge to the Namibian workforce in operation of the new cement production plant and maintenance of the packaging line.

The NAD150 million investment was constructed with the latest technology, and inaugurated by the Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy – Honorable Kornelia Shilunga, who described the investment as a testament to the importance that Ohorongo Cement attaches to the development of the country.

She further commended the company for setting the bar high for future investors in terms of execution, standard and quality for all value addition products.

“This further strengthens our credibility as a nation that in as much as we invite investors, we also expect them to produce products that are of world class and quality,” Honorable Shilunga said.

At the same occasion the Namibian Standards Institute certified Ohorongo Cement’s products for fulfilling the requirements of the Namibian Standard NAMS/EN 197-1:2014.

NAMS/EN 197-1:2014 gives specification and conformity criteria for common cements. The scope of certification covers five types of cements manufactured by Ohorongo Cement, these are: CEM II A-LL 42.5N, CEM II B-LL 32.5N, CEM II B-V 42.5N, CEM I 42.5R, and CEM I 52.5N.

The NSI CEO Chie Wasserfall explained that this certificate will allow Ohorongo Cement to enter the Zambian and Botswana market without additional certification and inspections. “Ohorongo Cement will be allowed to use the marks of conformity on the specified cements. This gives customers and end-users peace of mind whenever purchasing or using the cement on which the NSI mark appears,” she said.

The speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi, former Mines and Energy minister Isack Katali, the Hon. Governor of the Otjozondjupa Region Hon. Otto Ipinge, the German Ambassador to Namibia His Excellency Mathias Schlaga, and the Ohorongo Cement (PTY0 Ltd. Board members were amongst those who attended the event at farm Sargberg.

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