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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 utilization of natural resources. It is our common assignment to construct a world within which our children can exist and leave a lasting legacy for the next generation.

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 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, SANS/NAMS 50197 and SA 8000 (based on international human rights norms and national labour laws that protect and empower all personnel within the company’s scope of control and influence). The periodic auditing in terms of DIN EN ISO 9001, DIN EN 14001 and SANS/NAMS 50197 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)

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 ultimate goal is Zero Harm, which is extended to all stakeholders and the environment in which the company operates.

Ohorongo complies to the SA8000 standard that is based on international human rights norms, and national labour laws that protect and empower all personnel within the company’s scope of control and influence.

All applicable legal obligations with regard to Health & Safety and principals for prevention of incidents and injuries are adhered to.

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

Ohorongo remains committed to product quality, and this is ensured by complying with the requirements of SANS/NAMS 50197-1. Production at the plant is organized in terms of SANS/NAMS 50197-2, to ensure a manufacturing process of the highest standard. 

More than 140 samples are taken daily throughout the production cycle to ensure quality during every step of the production process. Our plant, laboratory and our expert staff are well qualified to produce a variety of cementitious products. 

The Corporate Policy and Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality, as well as SA 8000 Targets and Objectives of Ohorongo is formulated and regularly evaluated by Management. Management is responsible to ensure that this Corporate Policy, as well as the Integrated Management System, is accessible to every employee and information communicated internally, so that every employee understands both the policy and the system.

Management remains committed to the Integrated Management System and all relevant documents. All employees are obliged to actively take part in the process of constant improvement to the overall performance of the enterprise.

The Corporate Policy is readily available to all interested parties.

     
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 Support in Namibia of Albinism Sufferers (SINASRA) organization yesterday donated telescop...

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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