Ohorongo training ahead of commissioning, Namibia

Ohorongo training ahead of commissioning, Namibia
Published: 17 May 2010

Twenty Namibians are in Germany for training in cement production ahead of the commissioning of the Ohorongo Cement plant at Otavi later this year.

The training, which would last up to five months, is taking place in Bernburg where Ohorongo Cement’s mother company, Schwenk, has the largest cement plant.

The group of trainees consists of 10 control room operators, seven shift foremen, two department foremen and the clinker production superintendent. The group arrived in Germany early last month. 

Chief human resources officer for Ohorongo Cement, Tanda Nashixwa, says besides the training, the group would also have continuous on-the-job training, with individual members visiting various cement plants owned by Schwenk Company. 

“This allows [employees] to become familiar with their future daily tasks, the equipment and installations they will work with [at Ohorongo Cement plant],” says Nashixwa.

The group is not the first to receive training at Schwenk, although it is the largest single group sent to Ohorongo’s mother company for training.

Schwenk group is constructing a cement plant at Otavi under the name Ohorongo Cement. The plant is set for commissioning in the second half of this year