The Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Kornelia Shilunga inaugurated the composite cement plant at the Ohorongo Cement Plant earlier this week in Otavi.
At the event Shilunga said, the speed at which the Composite Cement plant and the 3rd Packaging line was constructed is commendable as it is testament to the importance that Ohorongo Cement attachment to the development of the country.
“Being the largest foreign direct investment in Namibia, Ohorongo is setting the bar high for future investors in terms of execution, standard and quality for all value addition products,” she added.
Speaking of Standards, she congratulated Ohorongo Cement for being one of the few cement manufacturing companies in the world to receive ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 Certifications. ISO 9001:2015 certification confirms that Ohorongo products are of the highest quality as measured against international standards while, the certification on ISO 14001:2015 confirms their continued commitment towards sustainability, and caring for the environment.
“Additional to these certification Namibia’s own Standard Institute (NSI) also confirmed this when they certified Ohorongo Products with NAMS/EN 197-1:2014 – Composition, Specifications and conformity criteria for common cements. This certification assurance provide the industry guidance related to standards compliance. It also further strengthens our credibility as a nation that in as much as we invite investors to invest here that they must produce products that are of world class and quality,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Composite cement plant and the 3rd Packaging Line that was inaugurated will allow Ohorongo cement to produce various other types of consistent high quality cement and to meet the increasing demand for additional cement types.
Furthermore, the new packaging line will allow for the packaging of different Stock Keeping Units, both 50kg and bulk.
According to Shilunga, the government will continue to support the cement industry, through the Ministry of Mines and Energy, in all your efforts aimed at ensuring that Namibia becomes and industrialised country by following through with our Policy initiatives of Vision 2030, the Growth at Home strategy of Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Harambee Prosperity Plan.