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Oshakati company signs agreement with Ohorongo for local production and supply of cement bags

Oshakati company signs agreement with Ohorongo for local production and supply of cement bags

With a production capacity of one million tonnes per annum, Ohorongo Cement requires roughly 20 million bags per year for packaging their standard 50kg units. This indicates that the cement manufacturer is a significant consumer of packaging material.

Ohorongo has imported its cement bags since 2011 when the cement manufacturer started operations at Saarberg near Otavi. Realising that the sheer volume of cement bags used per year poses a significant opportunity for a local manufacturer, Ohorongo started talking to a local company, Kaptau Packaging, in 2013 to lay the groundwork for the local manufacture of cement bags.

Kaptau Packaging is a Namibian-owned company that designs, develops, manufactures, supplies and recycles a range of paper packaging solutions.

Extensive test runs produced the desired results with the effect that larger quantities of locally manufactured cement bags were introduced in Ohorongo’s standard production output during 2017. The results were so encouraging that the two parties cemented their relationship with a formal agreement signed this week.

This follows on the success of the 2017 trials with 1.2 million bags supplied to Ohorongo to date.

This week, Ohorongo’s Managing Director, Mr Hans-Wilhelm Schütte and Kaptau Packaging’s Executive Chairman, Mr David Namalenga, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, setting the foundation to increase the local manufacture of 50 kg cement bags at Kaptau’s Oshakati factory.

“Ohorongo is proud to grow the local economy, by developing the Namibian manufacturing sector as well as strengthening the economy through the creation of new industries, technological intervention, skills transfer, capacity development and employment creation,” said Schütte.

“We at Kaptau Packaging are proud to create value-added jobs by replacing imports of packaging material,” said Namalenga.

Caption: Paul Endjala (left) the Managing Director of Kaptau Packaging and Ohorongo Cement’s Managing Director, Hans-Wilhelm Schütte, shortly after the two companies signed an agreement for the supply of locally manufactured cement bags.


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Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and is working on her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She believes education is the greatest equalizer. She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.