Ohorongo cement accused of unfair trade practice

Ohorongo cement accused of unfair trade practice
Published: 24 March 2011

Ohorongo Cement has drawn criticism of “monopolistic tactics” and “unfair trade practices” towards indigenous Namibian businesspeople, barely two months after commissioning the cement plant at Otavi.

Indigenous businesspeople, mainly the northern based, say Ohorongo Cement is subjecting them to the very same unfair trading tactics of distribution and prices as those used by the South African company Afrisam to enforce control over the market.

A formal complaint has been sent to the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) requesting the Namibia Competition Commission (NCC) to investigate trade malpractices at Ohorongo Cement.

Ohorongo Cement Managing Director Hans-Wilhelm Schütte, together with manager for sales, marketing and logistics Johan Burger have however said the comments are very surprising, especially that the company has “one price for all, whether A, B or C.”

Ohorongo Cement commissioned the country’s first post-independence cement factory in February.