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Ohorongo Cement Plant
Ohorongo Cement Plant
Ohorongo Cement Plant

Ohorongo (Pty) Ltd. is Namibia’s only cement-producing company and owns one of the most modern cement plants in Africa. It was constructed over the course of two years by leading international engineering company Polysius, with local companies involved in the provision of infrastructure and the building of civil works, at a total initial investment of N$ 2.5 billion.

Since then, the company invested further into a composite cement plant and a third packaging line, and a new depot in Ondangwa, bringing the total investment to date in excess of N$ 3 billion.

Ohorongo commenced production in December 2010 and has a current production capacity in excess of a million tonnes of high-quality cement annually, for both local consumption and special projects.

All raw materials required for the production process are sourced in Namibia and the entire value chain takes place within the country, which makes Ohorongo products a 100% proudly Namibian product.

       

Ohorongo Cement Ownership Structure

It is the intention of the company to be 100% Namibian owned and to transfer shareholding gradually to Namibian Institutions once the greenfield risks are over.

Our Shareholders:

  • Development Bank of Namibia
  • Development Bank of South Africa
  • Industrial Development Co-operation South Africa
  • Schwenk Zement KG
Corporate Policy and Objectives

Building is aligned against the needs of the individual within our pluralist world and does not happen in a vacuum. This, more than ever, renders us in a state of mutual responsibility. It is acknowledged that especially construction comes with an obligation towards nature, our social structure, and quality of life and the sustainable utilisation of natural resources. It is our common assignment to construct a world within which our children and the next generations can still feel at home.

It is for this goal that we produce cement for life. With this exact maxim we embrace our responsibility for the future and introduce it as our philosophy. In terms of this principle we deploy technical advancement, develop new products and improve our efficiency and environmental thoughtfulness. 

To support this, management of Ohorongo Cement decided on a comprehensive and verifiable system for the assurance of quality, environmental protection, industrial health and safety and social accountability in terms of the international standards DIN EN ISO 9001, DIN EN ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 and SA 8000 (this includes a commitment to comply with the world human rights convention as well as the International Labour Organization for children and other human rights foundations). The periodic auditing in terms of DIN EN ISO 9001, DIN EN 14001 will be conducted through an independent certification institute.

Committed to the safety of its employees, contractors and visitors
Committed to the safety of its employees, contractors and visitors
Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and Social Accountability (SA 8000)

Ohorongo Cement is committed to improve working conditions and ensuring compliance with the Social Accountability and ILO Code of practice on HIV/Aids covering topics such as child labour, forced / compulsory labour, Health & Safety, freedom of association and right to collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, remuneration, Management System for Human resources, HIV/AIDS and also to provide a safe, healthy and socially acceptable work place and conducting its business activities in a manner that protects the environment.

Safe, healthy and socially acceptable working conditions for our employees and all persons on our premises remain an important foundation for the success of our company. 

In order to have a safe and healthy workplace, OHORONGO Cement will document, implement and maintain a Health and Safety Management System according to the Labour Act, 1992; Regulations relating to the health and safety of employees at work and the OHSAS 18001:2007 standard.

This system will provide the processes and procedures to:

  • Prevent injuries, accidents and/or incidents.
  • Demonstrate the effective health and safety management of all work areas.
  • Provide a healthy and safe working environment for all employees, vendors, customers, contractors, visitors and other interested parties in accordance with relevant legal requirements.

Commit to continuous improvement and performance monitoring of the health and safety system via regular inspections and audits.

Therefore, OHORONGO undertakes:

  •  To develop and institute a Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) procedure in accordance with legislation so as to eliminate, minimize and control potential risks.
  • To comply with all design safety related requirements in terms of current legislation.
  • To ensure personal, electrical and mechanical safeguarding.
  • To arrange necessary appointments required by legislation.
  • To conduct business in compliance to the health and safety regulations of Namibia as a minimum requirement.
  • To provide adequate supervision, training, work instructions, information and awareness to employees, visitors and contractors to ensure they have applicable knowledge of their related hazards and their obligations associated with performing any task.
  • To integrate Health and Safety Management into all business processes and company strategies.
  • To build and commit to an effective and efficient Health and Safety Management System that reviews objectives and targets bi annually which will impact the Health and Safety Policy.
  • To investigate all Health and Safety issues that may arise in pursuance of our business activities.
  • To actively participate in open consultation and to exchange information through toolbox talks,
  • Safety Meetings, Health and Safety Committees and on-going communication.

Ohorongo Cement is aware that activities such as mining and processing of raw materials could have possible impacts on the environment such as air pollution, abstraction of water and reduction of habitat for certain species. We have committed ourselves to energy savings projects and in addition we significantly contribute to environmental protection by the deployment of alternative energy sourced for the burning of clinker. Ohorongo Cement has put in place additional measures with the goal to protect the environment.

Ohorongo Cement remains committed to product quality
Ohorongo Cement remains committed to product quality
Quality

In terms of the Quality Assurance of our product, Ohorongo Cement is committed to guarantee the product quality as per the requirements of SANS 50197-1 / NAMS 197-1.

The production plant is organised in terms of SANS 50197-2 / NAMS 197-2 to ensure a proper manufacturing process. The standards SANS 50197-1 / NAMS 197-1 and SANS 50197-2 / NAMS 197-2 are applicable to all departments and locations of Ohorongo Cement and especially f or the plant at Sargberg. Management is committed to ensure that the applicable statutory and regulatory requirements are determined, understood and consistently met.

The corporate policy and HSEQ targets and objects of Ohorongo Cement is formulated and regularly evaluated by Management. Management shall ensure that this corporate policy as well as the Integrated Management System (IMS) Manual is accessible to every employee and communicated so that every employee understands both policy and manual.

Senior Management is committed to customer focus by ensuring that customer requirements are consistently met. The risks (risk - based thinking) and opportunities that can affect conformity of products and services and the ability to enhance customer satisfaction are evaluated and addressed. Design and Development of products are driven to enhance customer satisfaction.

The Management expresses their commitment to the IMS Manual and all relevant documents and will ensure that the resources needed for the quality management system are available to achieve its intended results. All co-workers are obliged to actively take part in the process of constant improvement to the overall performance of the enterprise.

The Corporate HSEQ Policy is readily available to all our stakeholders.

     
Ohorongo is currently Namibia's only cement manufacturer
Ohorongo is currently Namibia's only cement manufacturer
Providing Cement for Namibia

Ohorongo Cement is currently Namibia’s only cement manufacturer, situated in the North of Namibia, close to Otavi. Construction started in 2009 with first production in 2011, making Ohorongo Cement one of the most modern cement plants in Africa. Currently the plant sustainably produces cement of international quality for both the local, as well as for export markets. It has a production capacity in excess of a million tonnes per annum, focusing mainly on Namibian projects and consumption, but also caters for exports to neigbouring countries.

Schwenk History Timeline
Schwenk History Timeline
Company Roots

Ohorongo traces its roots back to the late 1800s, when the Schwenk family first started the production of cement in Ulm, Germany. Since then, the Schwenk family continued to invest in terms of technology and human capital, making it one of the major players in the German cement industry.

During 2007, the Schwenk group expanded their horizon to invest in Namibia. This investment was done based on the availability of all raw materials in Namibia, which enables the production of World class cement.

Woodchips from invader bush
Woodchips from invader bush
Technology and Alternative Energy

A culture of technological advancement and innovation has been started at Ohorongo from the very beginning. The plant utilizes various locally fuels, so called alternative fuels, to replace the import of fossil fuels from outside Namibia and to reduce the environmental impact. Alternative fuels have been successfully used since 2011. Presently wood chips derived from encroacher bushes, charcoal fines and refuse derived fuel are being burnt in the clinker process at temperatures of above 2,000 degrees Celsius. Besides multiple benefits for the environment (contribution to reduction of bush encroachment, to reduction of landfill waste and to increased biodiversity) also numerous new jobs have been created via these initiatives. Last but not least the usage of alternative fuels combined with the energy efficient process makes Ohorongo’s Sargberg plant to one of the lowest specific (in tons of CO² per ton of clinker) CO² emitting cement plants worldwide.

Environment & People
Environment & People
Environment & People

As a company and as individuals, Ohorongo Cement takes great pride in contributing towards the communities in which they operate. It is one of the few cement manufacturing companies in the world to receive certification on ISO 14001:2015. This confirms the company’s continued commitment towards sustainability and caring for the environment in order to leave a lasting legacy.

Internally, to ensure that our employees are well equipped for the task at hand, Ohorongo Cement cares for its own employees by providing formal training if required. The company has put a human resource development system in place, giving employees the chance to improve their skills and capabilities and to test themselves against new opportunities.

Externally, the company offers job attachments, internships & bursaries from a wide variety of educational disciplines. This assists with preparing applicants for future recruitment into the industry with relevant technical experience, to meet the requirements of the current industry.

The companies’ Corporate Social Investment Projects are actioned through the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust (OOCT), focusing mainly on 3 pillars: Education, Healthcare & Infrastructure.

Shack Dwellers Federation Launch
Shack Dwellers Federation Launch
Our Work

Ohorongo Cement recognizes that Namibia and region needs a world class cement to set proper foundations for economic development, and to assist with attracting foreign investors. The company diligently strives to continuously contribute towards Public-Private-Partnerships and support Government initiatives like Vision 2030, Growth at Home and the National Development Plans to affect change.

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Affirmative Action Compliance Certificate

Ohorongo complies to the stipulations of the Affirmative Action (Employment) Act, Act 29 of 1998, and is certified as being compliant.

Corporate Governance

The Directors of the Board are committed to the responsible and transparent corporate governance practices in the management of our firm, by ensuring the accountability of every individual within our organization, through mechanism aiming to eliminate the principal agent pr...

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Mission, Vision & Values

Mission, Vision & Values

To become the supplier of choice, supplying the highest quality products, building solid business relationships with all stakeholders. To be the leading cement supplier developing Namibia &...

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Quality

Quality

In 2007, at the invitation of a group of Namibian entrepreneurs, German cement producer Schwenk Group established Ohorongo as an autonomous, Namibian-registered company. Over a construction peri...

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Guiding Principals

Guiding Principals

Ohorongo’s limestone deposits yield sufficient raw material to produce in excess of 1 million tons of cement per annum for the next 300 years. One of our overall goals is to create today w...

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Introduction from the MD

Introduction from the MD

Ohorongo Cement (Pty) Ltd. is one of Africa’s most modern cement plants, and currently the only cement plant in Namibia. No efforts and expenses have been spared in implementing the be...

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Ohorongo Shareholding

Ohorongo Shareholding

Ohorongo Cement is a local Namibian operated & registered company, with international shareholding. Once the Greenfield risks were over, it is the intention of the company to increase loca...

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Health & Safety

Health & Safety

Safe and healthy working conditions for our employees on our premises remain an important foundation for the success of our company. Safety remains the number one priority for Ohorongo and the u...

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Milestones

Click on a date below to view the details of each of Ohorongo Cement's Milestones.

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Become a Supplier

Become a Supplier

Ohorongo Cement wants to enable suppliers & prospective suppliers to liaise with the Procurement Department, in order to procure continuity in pricing, delivery & quality throughout the ...

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Buying from us

Buying from us

At Ohorongo Cement we are geared with a dynamic sales team that work continuously to provide consistent, superior customer service, while building long-term relationships. Our sales team str...

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News

The Minister of Mines and Energy Hon. Tom Alweendo, today (07 September) i...

Resources & Tools

The Sunshine Club, a Television Program aired on NBC, recently took a closer look at Otavi and Namibia’s only cement producing plan – Ohorongo Cement. Construction of the Ohorongo Cement Plant started in 2009 with first production in 2011, making Ohorongo one of the most modern cement plants in Africa.

Our Contacts

Ohorongo Haus
Schanzenweg 35, Klein Windhoek
P.O. Box 86842, Eros
Tel: +264 61 389 300

Cement Plant
Sargberg Plant, North Otavi
P.O.Box 444, Tsumeb
Tel: +264 67 235 7000



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