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About the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust

Ohorongo Trust

Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust Focus

The ultimate objective of the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust trust is to assist vulnerable citizens living within the Municipal area of Otavi to become self sufficient and educated citizens who, in turn, will be able to contribute towards the growth and development of Namibia.

Among the trustees, there are representatives of Ohorongo Cement (Pty) Ltd, as well as members of the town council and the business community of Otavi.

Medical clothing donation

German NGO Support e.V. is an important partner of the Trust. Support e.V. is an established NGO run by doctors and businessmen based in Ulm, Germany, the home base of Schwenk Zement KG, Ohorongo’s mother company. The focus of the NGO is to provide assistance to reliable development partners and aid organisations whose interventions and activities have shown positive results.

Click here for details about projects undertaken by  the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust and Support e.V. in partnership.

Merit Award

OOCT received a merit award from the Ministry of Education for development in the Otjozondjupa region.

Challenges and Future Projects


Over the two and a half years of its existence, the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust established itself in the Otavi community and the projects executed by the Trust were usually well received amongst the citizens of Otavi. Nevertheless, it is important to point out an important challenge to the effectiveness of the Trust:
It is the objective of the Trust to assist the needy residents within the Municipality of Otavi to become self-sufficient, educated and responsible citizens so that they in the long run are able to contribute towards the growth and development of Namibia. Against this background, the Trust’s policy is to initialise projects or to encourage and support private individuals, businesses or public entities to initialise projects which the Trust then executes alone or in co-operation. After project completion the responsibility for sustaining and maintaining an initiative is to be transferred to the Otavi community. This was not always achieved and in case of some projects the Trust remains involved in the maintenance thereof. One example is the Otavi playground that requires continuous upkeep by the Trust.


The Ohorongo cement plant has limestone resources for the next three hundred years. Thus, it is the sincere intention of Ohorongo Cement (PTY) Ltd to for the next three hundred years work together with the municipality of Otavi and the community of Otavi to brick by brick contribute to the socio-economic development and prosperity of Otavi. Although this goal will not be reached over night, every project concluded is one step closer to achieving the ultimate goal. Currently, the following projects are in consideration or in progress already.

Sports development program

Access to basic amenities such as sports facilities is important for the community of a town and in particular for the physical and psychological development of the youth. With this in mind, the Trust upgraded the Otavi soccer field. This project will be extended to upgrade the Otavi netball and basketball field.

Exchange of expertise and knowledge

As part of the Technical Co-operation Agreement OOCT and Support e.V are committed to facilitate the exchange of medical professionals between Germany and Namibia. The visit by the medical doctors to the clinic proved to the benefit of both the foreign doctors as well as the Otavi clinic staff. The initiative of knowledge exchange could be continued by sending Sister Maria to Germany for a similar visit.

Teacher training

Good education is critical to the advancement of every individual. Not only is education the foundation for future success and of individuals, but education is also proven as good measure to overcome social problems such as teenage pregnancies and alcohol abuse by the youth.

Although the Trust has communicated with the schools in Otavi in the past, the intention is to deepen co-operation with the schools. An idea would be to assist in the further education of teachers, especially in terms of school management and presentation skills.

Support for people with disabilities

The social worker based in Otavi, Thiko Ndlovu, initialised a support group for people with disabilities. This support group has the potential to improve the lives of many people in Otavi. This project would have the added advantage that it is a project initialised by the people of Otavi themselves. Moreover, it is organised by the people of Otavi under leadership of a competent and qualified person.

Resource Centre

It has been suggested that the public library should be expanded to accommodate access to the internet, fax machines and other services. This place could be a place where children and young people can spend their time constructively.

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