Every bag contributes to social support
The corporate social investment vehicle of Ohorongo Cement, the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust announced last week it has changed its trust deed to extend its focus beyond Otavi to deserving projects anywhere in Namibia.
The announcement was made at the certificate ceremony for students with disabilities, hosted by the Centre For Enterprise Development (CED) at the Polytechnic.
“Even though Ohorongo Cement is still a very young company within a new industry, it highly values Namibia and its people. Hence, in 2009 even before one bag of cement has been manufactured, Ohorongo Cement, in collaboration with the Otavi Town Council, started the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust (OOCT). The aim was to make a positive contribution for improved living conditions of Otavi and its people, and as such add to the sustainable social-economic development of the town” the company said in a statement announcing the trust’s wider scope.
“There are a huge number of disabled people within Namibia,who have been neglected for a very long time and we hope that by means of the Trust, we can at least make a small difference to the disabled community at large, and also assist in supporting them with their business ventures” said Ohorongo when it announced that two disabled students at the Centre for Enterprise Development will be assisted to start their own small businesses. “Because Ohorongo Cement values and fully support Vision 2030, the Growth At Home Strategy and NDP 4,we have decided to get involved through OOCT,” said Hans-Wilhelm Schütte, Managing Director of Ohorongo Cement. “Thus, we have selected two applicants and we are happy to announce that we will be donating equipment to Jacob lrungu and Sirkka Kanime,” said Schütte. “We trust that you will use it well, and that with the assistance and training of the CED, you will be successful. It is important that [your] businesses must be sustainable and we will also keep a watchful eye on the two businesses to support where-ever we can.” “Only by helping others to develop can we fully develop the economy of Namibia to create sustainable employment and wealth creation for a better Namibia” he said.