Ohorongo inks local deal

Ohorongo Cement MD Hans-Wilhelm Schütte has urged Namibians to always be on the lookout for business opportunities, especially in the manufacturing sector.

11 July 2018 | Business

Ohorongo Cement has entered into an agreement with a local packaging company that is expected to supply 1.2 million empty cement bags by the end of August.

Kaptau Packaging, established in 2013 but which only started its operations in 2017, is said to the first Namibian company to manufacture cement bags.

The two companies signed the agreement yesterday at Oshakati.

Kaptau is now expected to manufacture and supply 1.2 million cement bags to Ohorongo by the end of August, as part of their five-year deal. The company manufactures about 10 000 cement bags per day.

Ohorongo previously only imported their bags from neighbouring South Africa. Kaptau Packaging executive chairman, David Namalenga, said they are happy to supply the cement bags, adding his company derived its existence from Ohorongo.

“We were born to supply Ohorongo Cement,” Namalenga said. He added they plan to keep the agreement alive for many years to come. “We will make sure this agreement is sustainable in the long-term. Through this we will employ more people and make a mark in the Namibian manufacturing industry,” Namalenga said.

Currently, Kaptau Packaging only manufactures the bags in Oshakati, where 25 permanent staff are employed. Ohorongo Cement managing director Hans-Wilhelm Schütte could not contain his excitement about the agreement, saying the existence of the company provides many opportunities for Namibians.

“Credit must go to Kaptau for making this day a success. At Ohorongo we believe in industrialisation and the production of products in Namibia and what we signed today with Kaptau is evidence that Namibians can do what people in other countries can do,” Schütte said. “We believe in growth at home, as we try to meet what is outlined in Vision 2030 and NDP5 (the Fifth National Development Plan.” Schütte added they will continue to import and that it is too early to determine whether the cement bag imports would be reduced.

“As we are speaking now, there are already cement bags produced by Kaptau being filled with cement. When it comes to quality, we don't compromise on that, even on the quality of our cement; we are focused on producing quality cement for our consumers,” Schütte said. He called on Namibians to always be on the lookout for business opportunities, especially in the manufacturing sector.

KENYA KAMBOWE

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