The first product from Ohorongo Cement plant located at Otavi, Namibia is already on the market. Currently, only two cement grades are on the shelves – 32.5 and 42.5. The cement reached the markets a few weeks after President Hifikepunye Pohamba switched on the plant’s machinery on February 3.
The company says that the interruption of the railroad link to South Africa due to heavy rains of early mid-February proved that Ohorongo Cement has the “ability to supply Namibia with cement”. TransNamib, which has the contract to transport cement by rail to the rest of the country, has started regular rail transportation of cement directly from the plant in Otavi.
Production is on course to achieve the plant’s full cement capacity of 0.7Mta. The company says it has invested in the most modern equipment and best available technology to produce cement of absolute consistent quality. This is supported through strict quality control ensuring quality of all raw materials used in the production process.
“Ohorongo is much more than a cement producer. We wish to build solid relations with all our customers to fully comprehend what the Namibian building and construction industry requires. Our responsibility to our customer does not end as the cement bags leave the plant gate, but it is here where our services really start,” says Ohorongo’s sales, marketing and logistics manager, Johan Burger.
Ohorongo Cement mines the raw material from its own quarry while the other two components of cement-making, gypsum and iron ore, are sourced from the mines at Eclipse and Okorusu Mines.
“With the Ohorongo cement plant in operation, Namibian cement supply is not solely dependent on imported cement anymore and Ohorongo’s production capacity is expected to significantly contribute to supply security in the region”, says the company in a statement.