31 Jul 2015 14:20pm
OTAVI, 31 JUL (NAMPA) The Minister of Mines and Energy, Obeth Kandjoze on Wednesday inaugurated a theoretical simulation training centre for Ohorongo Cement.
In his official remarks, Kandjoze said the Ohorongo Cement Factorys simulation training centre will make its workforce more committed and competitive in tackling challenges related to operating the plant system in the production of cement.
The simulation centre is a computer enabled system that provides trainees with a realistic model which Ohorongo uses, as it resembles the live cement production plant at the factory.
According to Kandjoze, a regular simulation training process will enable technical supervisors, foremen, control room operators and engineers to master the process used in manufacturing cement.
Kandjoze said he was delighted to witness the milestone achievement in the history of Ohorongo Cement.
He emphasised the need for value addition in the country's manufacturing sector.
Kandjoze also officiated at the ground-breaking of the construction of a new cement processing composite at Ohorongo Cement.
The new composite is to be built at the cement factory at a cost of over N.dollars 150 million.
It is aimed at increasing production and packaging of cement at the factory.
The composite is expected to be operational by early 2016.
Ohorongo Managing Director (MD) Hans-Wilhelm Schütte said his factory employs world class technology that excavates limestone rocks, crushes and processes it into cement of high quality.
He said all value addition aspects to the cement are done at the factory, including the packaging of the cement into bags.
Founded in 2007, Ohorongo has created approximately 2 000 jobs direct and indirect jobs.
Schütte said Ohorongo manufactures cement at a speed of approximately 4 400 bags of cement per hour.
Since inception, about 2,4 million tonnes of cement have been produced at the factory.
The cement is sold at local markets and exported to Angola, Zambia, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Britain.
Ohorongo is situated over 30 kilometres north of Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.