OOCT gives back to community


Education Bursaries: From left to right: Manfred Pirker, Plant Manager Ohorongo Cement, Saara Ipinge, Diana Nambahu and Heiko Hansen, Electrical Maintenance Manager at Ohorongo Cement.  

Ohorongo Cement, through its Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust (OOCT), has given back to the community in line with its focus areas of ‘Education, Healthcare and Infrastructure.’

OCCT, in collaboration with the Engineering Professions Association (EPA), awarded education bursaries amounting to N$25,000 each to electrical engineering students for the first time in December.

The recipients, Saara Ipinge and Diana Nambahu, both 2nd year students at the Namibia University of Science and Technology, will have the opportunity to work at Ohorongo Cement to get experience in the field.

“Education is of the utmost importance, as those currently studying, are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Mr Hans-Wilhelm Schütte, Managing Director of Ohorongo Cement.

In December, Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust, in partnership with Cymot, also donated 6 bicycles to the Tsumeb Police.

The Chief Inspector Nguulivali stressed that the bicycles would assist police in fighting crime and would allow them to respond faster to situations.

“The safety of communities remains an important factor, hence the commitment to join hands with the communities in the fight against crime,” said Mr Rudolf Coetzee, General Administration Manager at Ohorongo Cement.

In mid-January, OOCT, with the assistance of Support e.V., donated medical equipment and supplies worth N$320,000 to Opuwo District Hospital. OOCT donated 88 wheel chairs, 11 walking frames, 5 commodes, 5 mobile drip stands, as well as several boxes of plaster and baby changing mats.

The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Hon. Julieta Kavetuna gave thanks for the support of Ohorongo Cement and for taking social investment seriously.

Schütte stressed the importance of social responsibility and urged the greater community to come together.

“We are a responsible corporate citizen and try to give back to the community where we can. Obviously one cannot help everybody, however, by setting an example, we are hoping to also inspire other companies to follow suit. Together we can make a difference,” he said.

Photo 2: Members of the elated Tsumeb police force receiving the bicycles
Photo 3: Mr Rudolf Coetzee (General Administration Manager of Ohorongo Cement), Hon. Angelika Muharukua (Governor of the Kunene Region), Hon. Julius Kaujova (Chairman Kunene Regional Council), Hon. Julieta Kavetuna (Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services), Dr. Mohan Kumar (Medical Superintendent, Opuwo District Hospital) and Hon. Katuutire Kaura (Member of Parliament and Special Advisor to the Governor).