Ohorongo Cement


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  • 17 2017

    OHORONGO CEMENT – Stimulates Northern Entrepreneurs

    The Governor of Oshana Region, Hon. Clemens H Kashuupulwa, today (17 August 2017) officially opened the Ohorongo Cement Ondangwa Depot, which will cater for distribution of cement to the four Northern regions, and if feasible, export markets to Southern Angola.

    The Governor commended Ohorongo Cement for its bold decision to make this N$4 million investment, despite the current economic trying times. “It is very pleasing to see Ohorongo Cement being optimistic to continue commit to capital projects, as it will position them well for future endeavours. As for their presence in Ondangwa, I believe it will support entrepreneurial drives in the four Northern regions,” the governor said.

    The new depot is a result of Private Public Partnership agreement with TransNamib to lease land at Ondangwa railway station, and is part of the Northern Railway Extension project which extends from Tsumeb to Oshikango.

    Hon. Kashuupulwa said the partnership between Ohorongo Cement and TransNamib is a lesson for all, “as these two entities have proven to us that the Northern Railway is a good investment by our Government that could bring positive changes to this part of the country. Thus, both the public and the private sectors need take advantage of its strategic location and close proximity to Regional and International markets.”

    Ohorongo Cement invested N$4 million into this infrastructure for the distribution of various cement types, including the CEM II 42.5 N, CEM I 42.5 R, CEM II 32.5 N B-LL. These are for the local market, while CEM II 42.5 N, Portuguese labelled, will also be available for the export markets in neighbouring Angola.

    “We are taking this opportunity to expand whilst building local value chains and solid business relationships. We believe that the spins for this investment toward local entrepreneurs, especially the transporters, will be great,” said Hans-Wilhelm Schütte, Managing Director of Ohorongo Cement.

    Schütte encouraged Namibian public and private business to work together, in order to contribute meaningfully to the country’s National goals of becoming a prosperous nation, through securing livelihoods, protecting jobs, creating new ones and reducing poverty.

    “This spirit of co-operation and unity of purpose will take our country many steps forward on the path of socio-economic development and the realisation of our national goals such as NDP5, Harambee Prosperity Plan and Vision 2030,” added the TransNamib’s Acting Executive for Commercial and Marketing, Mr Zebby Mukungu.

    Building material retailers and cement transporters, as well as the local authority of the town of Ondangwa were amongst those who attended the event.

  • 30 Nov 2016

    Ohorongo Cement measured against international standards

    Namibian Standards Institute (NSI) 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 cement. The scope of certification covers five types of cement manufactured by Ohorongo Cement: 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, handed over the certificate to Ohorongo cement’s Divisional Production Manager, Jaspis Ndjago during the inauguration of the Composite Cement plant and 3rd Packaging line.

    Wasserfall explained that this certification 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 cement types. This gives customers and end-users peace of mind whenever purchasing or using the cement on which the NSI mark appears,” she said.

    Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, who witnessed the event, said this certification provide the industry guidance related to standards compliance.

    “It also further strengthens our credibility as a nation, that in as much as we invite investors to invest here, that they must produce products that are of world class and quality,” she said.

    Hon. Shilunga also congratulated Ohorongo Cement for being one of the few cement manufacturing companies in the world to receive ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 Certifications.

    ISO 9001:2015 certification confirms that Ohorongo products are of the highest quality, as measured against international standards, while the certification on ISO 14001:2015 confirms their continued commitment towards sustainability and caring for the environment. 

  • 30 Nov 2016

    Ohorongo Cement securing supply for Namibia

    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 4 400 bags per hour to 6 800 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.

    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 (PTY) Ltd. Board members were amongst those who attended the event at farm Sargberg.

  • 29 Jul 2015


    Another investment of N$ 150 million by Ohorongo Cement was confirmed with a ceremonial groundbreaking event for a Special Composite Cement Plant at the Ohorongo Sargberg Plant today.

    The event was officiated by the Hon. Obeth Kandjoze, Minister of Mines & Energy at the Ohorongo Sargberg Cement Plant today.

    At present, Ohorongo Cement supplies the Namibian market and export market with only 3 different product types.

    In order to meet the increasing demand for additional cement types, a new production unit is required, a so called Special Composite Cement Plant, hence the further investment.

  • 29 Jul 2015


    The Minister of Mines, Hon. Obeth Kandjoze, inaugurated the first ever Simulation Training Centre at the Ohorongo Cement Sargberg Plant on 29 July.

    The Centre forms part of the N$ 150 million total investment which was made into a Composite Cement Plant, a new packaging line and the Simulation Training Centre for control rooms, a first for the Namibian market.

    Ohorongo Cement (PTY) Ltd is a world class producer of high quality cement to the Namibian market, and has one of the most technologically advanced cement plants. The Company currently has a 98% Namibian workforce, but there are critical areas where specialized skills are needed, and because this is the only cement factory in Namibia, such highly specialized skills are not yet available in Namibia. Essentially, cement and heavy mining industrial expertise is a vital skill necessary to establish the operational structures of the factory. One of these critical areas identified is the availability of cement experienced and skilled supervisors and control room operators.

  • 29 Jul 2015


    The goal of Ohorongo Cement has always been to ensure that the Namibian population at large can benefit from its investment into the country, through job creation, by being self-sufficient and through the balance of payment.
    Hence the company is happy to announce that DBN has increased their shareholding in Ohorongo Cement to further re-invest into Namibia and its people.

    "The re-investment into the country is done to ensure a sustainable Namibian cement industry and before any benefits have been derived by shareholders. This proves how serious Ohorongo Cement is regarding its investment into the country and its people", said Mr Hans-Wilhelm Schütte, Managing Director of Ohorongo Cement.

    "We are looking forward to grow local shareholding even further in future, supporting Government initiatives like Vision 2030, Growth At Home and NDP4. The re-investment into Namibia presents itself through the new composite cement plant and the inauguration of the simulation training centre to the value of another combined N$ 150 million,” said Schütte.

  • 27 Jul 2015

    RMB Namibia and Ohorongo Cement Build Strong Partnership

    RMB Namibia is delighted to have formed a strong Namibian partnership with Ohorongo Cement, owner of Africa’s most modern cement plant and the only one which exists in Namibia. The plant is a cornerstone of Namibia’s “Growth at Home” and industrialisation strategies in support of NDP4 and Vision 2030.

    RMB Namibia is proud to have been appointed as mandated lead arranger in the restructuring and “Namibianisation” of the funding package for Ohorongo cement, previously dominated by the development banks – The German Development Bank DEG, The Development Bank of South Africa DBSA and Industrial Development Corporation IDC. The Development Bank of Namibia also played a critical early role in the project, by taking an equity stake in Ohorongo Cement, which it has now increased with the restructuring.  FNB Namibia has also provided an N$100m working capital facility for the plant start up.   
    RMB Namibia provided bridge funding of N$ 290 million to allow Ohorongo Cement to early settle its European bank debt. Subsequently RMB Namibia extended N$ 350 million long term debt to Ohorongo, fully funded out of Namibia. RMB Namibia also extended N$ 150 million in working capital facilities to Ohorongo.

    Ohorongo Cement does more than merely manufacturing cement. A host of supplier businesses have emerged around the Otavi cement plant, ranging from bush-clearing to pallet manufacturing to transport and catering businesses, employing more Namibians than the 300 workforce at the plant.  The FNB Namibia Group is engaging with Ohorongo on this greater “ecosystem’’ including fostering partnerships with joint corporate social responsibility projects aimed at changing peoples’ lives and creating a better world. 

  • 23 Oct 2014

    NMA Manufacturer of the year

    On 23 October 2014 Ohorongo won three awards of which we won the NMA Corporate Manufacturer of the year.

  • 28 Jul 2014

    Made in Namibia Expo

    Ohorongo Cement was awarded the Product/Service Excellence award at the 2014 Made in Namibia Expo.

  • 01 Jul 2014

    Ohorongo Cement TV Advert Launched

    Together we plan, we build. Brick by brick creating a new industry, a better Namibia with employment creation and transfer of knowledge and skills towards one goal – growth at home and a better future for all Namibians! We are Ohorongo Cement – Set for success.

  • 07 Jan 2014

    Launched new website

    Ohorongo Cement reached another milestone by re-launching their new website on 7 January 2014. The changed website is directed to be more inter-active and to supply more detailed information to Ohorongo customers about the company, its products and its services. Amongst others it includes various features the previous website did not have, including a video of the actual cement production process. The timeline of milestones has also been re-designed to give more information per milestone achieved, including press releases where applicable.

    There is also dedicated sections on some policies regarding procurement and Human Resources, as well a section on the OOCT Projects undertaken by the organization.

  • 07 Oct 2013

    Passed VDZ audit and receive ISO 14001:2009 and ISO 9001:2008 certification

    Ohorongo Cement (Pty) Ltd, the only cement manufacturer in Namibia, have just obtained its certification of having met the International Standards of ISO 14001:2009 and ISO 9001:2008, an Environmental Management and Quality Standard.

    The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) established the Environmental Management System to encourage companies to evaluate all areas of business where its activities have an environmental impact.

    The ISO 9001 – Quality Management system provides guidance and tools for companies and organizations who want to ensure that their products and services consistently meet customers’ requirements, and to ensure that quality is consistently improved.

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  • 20 Jun 2013

    NMA Manufacturer of the year


    Photo to the left: Mr Hans-Wilhelm Schuette (MD Ohorongo) receives the award from Hon Calle Schlettwein (Minister of Trade & Industry) and Mr Brian Black (Chairperson of the NMA)

  • 02 Apr 2013

    One Million tons of cement sold mark

    Ohorongo Cement reached the million tons produced & sold milestone on 2 April 2013.

    A special celebratory bag forming part of the million tons production run was handed over to His Excellency, President Hifikepunye Pohamba by the Hans-Wilhelm Schuette (MD) and Martin Hattingh (Sales Manager).

    A special Media function was also held for the press to celebrate the occasion with Ohorongo Cement.

    • The million tons of cement could be broken down into the following interesting statistics:
    • 24 400 trucks loaded
    • 5230 bulk tankers loaded
    • 414 950 pallets of cement loaded
    • 17 million plus bags of cement produced
    • 823 108 truck tyres passed the weigh bridge at the dispatch office
  • 24 May 2012

    Ohorongo Cement Connects St Helena to the Outside World

    A three year contract to supply cement for the building of the St Helena Airport project was signed on 24 May 2012 between Ohorongo Cement (Pty) Ltd and Basil Read (Pty) Ltd .

    Basil Read (Pty) Ltd approached Ohorongo Cement (Pty) Ltd and inspected their plant last week to familiarize themselves with the quality, processes & procedures that would meet the project specifications and demands.

    The contract to design, build & operate an airport on the island of St Helena was awarded to Basil Read in November 2011. It is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), a department of the British government.

    DOWNLOAD PDF: Basil Read Contract
  • 09 Apr 2012

    First Export Portuguese packaging

    In order to ensure that their products adheres to the necessary regulations and requirements of neighboring countries and to make Ohorongo products for accessible for export customers, Ohorongo launched their first ever Portuguese only packaging. This packaging would mainly be used for exports to Angola and to DRC.

  • 12 Mar 2012

    First bulk cement export from Namibia to Angola

    Ohorongo Crosses Borders With First Bulk Export To Angola

    Ohorongo Cement (Pty) Ltd ensured a regular influx of foreign capital into Namibia, by having successfully exported the first bulk cement to the south of Angola on 12 March 2012.

    The first bulk cement load was delivered by bulk tanker to Santa Clara, Angola.

    The project promises a total tonnage of about 30,000 metric tons of cement to be exported until the end of 2012, which equates to approximately 1000 loads of bulk cement.

    This is in agreement between Mr Benjamin Hauwanga (owner of BH Motorspares) and his customer, CFRL, Santa Clara.

    In the past, the availability of bulk cement was not readily available, but now Ohorongo has made history by making it available.

    In the process Ohorongo is supporting SME’s as part of its Logistics Strategy. The first load was delivered by Enkali Transport, a small family business, based in the North of Nambia.

    This project forms part of Ohorongo’s bigger plan to expand exports. The aim is to export approximately 350,000 metric tons annually.

    Where Namibia had to import cement previously, the tables has been turned with Namibia now exporting cement to neighbouring countries.

  • 03 Feb 2011

    Official inauguration by President

    Ohorongo Cement Opens For Business Two Months Ahead Of Schedule - A Namibian-German Partnership Success Story

    On 3 February, Ohorongo Cement (PTY) Ltd celebrated the official opening of its recently commissioned cement plant, together with staff, partners and stakeholders. His Excellency, President Hifikepunye Pohamba, once again honoured Ohorongo with his presence at the event, as he had done for the groundbreaking ceremony almost exactly two years ago when he had turned the first sod. This time His Excellency was present to press the plant’s ceremonial start-button.

    In his address during the official inauguration, the Chairman of Ohorongo Cement and CEO of main shareholder Schwenk Zement KG, Mr Gerhard Hirth, looked back at an exciting construction period, during which Africa’s most modern cement plant was completed in the record time of only 22 months. Hirth pointed out: ‘It is not every day that only 22 months after start of construction, a cement plant that has the capacity and technology as Ohorongo, is able to get to the point of producing the first cement. We are very proud of this achievement.’

    Download the PDF Press Release for this milestone for more information

  • 08 Dec 2010

    First Cement production

    Ohorongo Conquers The Market - First Successful Customer Event Held At Cement Plant

    The cement produced by Ohorongo Cement (Pty) Ltd conquered the Namibian market by storm since first offered to consumers beginning of February. The new cement plant in Otavi, which has a capacity of 700,000 tons of cement per year, had recently been inaugurated by His Excellency President Hifikepunye Pohamba on the 3rd of February. This was the official starting signal for Namibian cement production. Ohorongo Cement currently offers rapid hardening Portland Limestone Cement of two strengths, namely 32.5 and 42.5 and most local retailers are now stocking the new brand.

    Ohorongo has invested in the most modern equipment and best available technology (BAT) to produce cement of absolute consistent quality. This is supported through strictest quality control ensuring quality of all raw materials used in the production process. The bulk of the raw materials that are required for the production of cement (limestone, shale and marl) are mined at Ohorongo’s own quarry. Gypsum and iron ore on the other hand are procured from the Eclipse and Okorusu Mines respectively.

  • 28 Nov 2010

    First Clinker production

    Ohorongo Rotary Kiln Fired Up

    Two months ahead of schedule Ohorongo fired up the rotary kiln and produced the first clinker in Namibia’s only cement factory. This milestone heralds the beginning of the cement production process and Namibia’s independence from cement imports.

    In a record time of 22 months the investment in access of 2.5 billion N$ by Schwenk Zement KG to construct Africa’s most modern cement plant was brought to a success ahead of schedule and, according to Ohorongo management, the first cement may be expected early next year.

    The raw materials limestone, shale and marl mined at the Ohorongo quarry, are burned in the kiln at temperatures exceeding 1.500 degrees Celsius to produce clinker, the intermediate product to the final product. Together with gypsum that is sourced at a mine close to Swakopmund the clinker granules are milled to manufacture cement.

    Download the PDF Press Release for this milestone for more information

  • 25 Nov 2010

    Securing gypsum supply from Elspe Minerals

    Ohorongo Cement (Pty) Ltd and Elspe Minerals (Pty) Ltd have last week signed a supply and co-operation agreement in terms of which Elspe Minerals, owned by the Namibian family Kahl, agrees to supply high quality gypsum to Ohorongo. The gypsum prospect, situated in the Namib Naukluft Park close to Swakopmund, is one of the few known gypsum resources in Namibia which can reliably and sufficiently supply gypsum to Ohorongo.

  • 12 Nov 2010

    Securing iron ore supply from Okorusu

    Ohorongo and Okorusu in Partnership - Otjiwarongo Fluorspar Mine to Supply Iron Ore for Cement Production

    The Managing Directors of Ohorongo and Okorusu yesterday signed a supply and delivery agreement, under which Okorusu will supply iron ore to Ohorongo Cement. The first consignment will be delivered to the Ohorongo plant during September, just in time for the commissioning of the raw mills of the plant.

    At full production, Ohorongo Cement will procure about 8 500 tonnes of iron from Okorusu. Although the overall proportion of iron ore in the mix of clay and limestone is minimal, with only about 50kg per tonne added to the raw meal, it is nevertheless an essential catalyst in the production of cement clinker. Cement clinker, which is an intermediate product of cement, is produced by burning limestone, clay and iron ore in a kiln at 1 450 degrees centigrade.

    Download the PDF Press Release for this milestone for more information

  • 21 Jul 2010

    Switch over from 11kV to 132 kV power supply

    Plant switches over to permanent electricity supply

    On 21 July, Ohorongo Cement finally shut down the temporary NamPower electricity supply to switch over to the 132kV permanent NamPower power supply that will provide the plant and all connected operations on Sargberg with electricity. Together with the NamPower team the Ohorongo engineers ensured a smooth switchover.

    Under full load, Ohorongo requires about 18 MW (MegaWatts) of electricity, roughly double the requirements of Tsumeb Customs Smelters. The biggest consumers of electricity at Ohorongo Cement are the cement mills, using about 8 MW and the burning, crushing and grinding of raw material, overall consuming about 7.8MW.

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  • 27 Apr 2010

    First group of recruits sent to Germany for training

    Ohorongo Cement takes training of employees to a next level

    Early this month, Ohorongo Cement mother company Schwenk KG has received twenty of recently recruited Ohorongo employees. During their stay of three to five months in Germany with Schwenk, the ten control room operators, seven shift foremen, two department foremen and the clinker production superintendant are prepared for their future tasks at Ohorongo while at the same time being introduced to the Schwenk corporate culture.

    Neville Gertze, Namibian ambassador to Germany, together with his colleague from the commercial office, Mrs. Mekondjo Kaapanda-Girnus, welcomed the group in Bernburg, the German town where Schwenk’s largest cement plant is situated. Congratulating the entire group to this opportunity for personal advancement, he reminded them to always be on time, since, so Gertze ‘… this is characteristic to the Germans.’ Also Gerhard Hirth, CEO of Schwenk KG, addressed a welcome note to the trainees and advised them to pick up as much knowledge and experience during their time in Europe.

    Download the PDF Press Release for this milestone for more information

  • 25 Mar 2010

    First Blast in quarry

    On Tuesday 23rd of March, Ohorongo Cement conducted its first blast in the Sargberg quarry. Erastus Shilongo, blasting supervisor of Ohorongo Cement, ignited the 2 150kg water gel explosives distributed over 144 holes. The blast prepares the first 600 square meters of quarry ground for mining.

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  • 04 Feb 2010

    Roof Wetting

    Ohorongo celebrates Roof Wetting Preheater tower one of highest buildings in Namibia

    In a historic roof wetting ceremony on the 4th of February, Ohorongo Cement celebrated the realization of the final height of the preheater concrete structure. Parallel to the other buildings on site, the tower was raised on a 3.400m3 large foundation with 120 workers active 24hours a day. A total of 5.300m3 of concrete and 1.400 tonnes of steel were processed. Overall, it took a little more than 9 months to complete the raw structure of the tower. With an eventual final height of 109 meters, the Ohorongo preheater tower will be amongst the highest buildings in Namibia.

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  • 16 Dec 2009

    Signing of agreement with Transnamib

    Joint Media Statement Of Ohorongo Cemement and Transnamib

    On 16 December Ohorongo Cement (PTY) Ltd and TransNamib Holdings Limited entered into an agreement to construct a private siding on farm Sargberg, the location of Ohorongo’s cement factory. The private siding will be instrumental in the conveyance of raw materials and cement products to and from the factory when the plant is in production by the end of 2010.

    In terms of the agreement, Trans Namib guarantees the standards of workmanship and materials, while the responsibility for maintenance is shared between Ohorongo and TransNamib. In addition, TransNamib will provide training regarding safe operations to Ohorongo’s locomotive operators free of charge.

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  • 26 Oct 2009

    Start of construction of the Ohorongo Cement Plant

    During the second week of October, Ohorongo Cement (PTY) Ltd received the kiln and two mill cylinders for the cement plant which is constructed on the Farm Sargberg 25 km north of Otavi. Due to the out of gauge dimensions of the shipment, the mills and kiln were moved under police escort and abnormal permits from Walvis Bay to the Ohorongo construction site.
  • 28 Jan 2009

    Groundbreaking Ceremony

    On 28 January 2009 the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the Ohorongo Sargberg plant took place at Farm Sargberg, just outside the town of Otavi. His Excellency, President Hifikepunye Pohamba and many other dignitaries attended the event. A ceremonial spade was used to symbolize the official Groundbreaking activities.

  • 08 Dec 2008

    Arrival of cement from Schwenk for plant construction

    Loads of cement from Schwenk Cement Kg arrived at Farm Sargberg, just outside the town of Otavi, to start the construction of the first ever cement plant for Namibia. To date, 1 925 tonnes of equipment and materials have been offloaded at the Walvis Bay Port.

    Besides the kiln and mill cylinders, most of the material was transported in containers to Sargberg via road, and 35 40’ containers are delivered to the construction site already.

  • 28 Dec 2008

    Starting work on access road


    By signing the contract for the construction of the water, firewater and sewer infrastructure for the Ohorongo cement plant, Ohorongo Cement (PTY) Ltd and KL Construction (PTY) Ltd confirm the continuation of their business relationship. The partnership started July last year, when Ohorongo awarded KL Construction (PTY) Ltd the tender for building the 11km main access road to the site of the future cement plant.

  • 14 Jul 2008

    Turn-key contract with Polysius

    The world-renowned cement plant manufacturer, Polysius, was contracted by Ohorongo’s mother company Schwenk to deliver a complete cement plant ready for production. In this turn-key project, Polysius is supported by two main sub-contractors, MCC5 and steel giant Baosteel.

    Ohorongo management uses Namibian contractors in all accessory civil works not directly related to the factory. The assignments to Namibian companies are estimated in excess of N$320 million and include, for example, contracts for building the administration building and setting up the water treatment plant.

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