Ohorongo cement accused of unfair trade practice
Cement major, Ohorongo Cement has drawn criticism of monopolistic tactics and unfair trade practices towards indigenous Namibian businesspeople, barely two months after commissioning the cement plant at Otavi. Indigenous businesspeople, mainly the northern based, said that Ohorongo Cement is subjecting them to the very same unfair trading tactics of distribution and prices as those used by the South African company Afrisam to enforce control over the market. A formal complaint has gone to the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) requesting the Namibia Competition Commission (NCC) to investigate trade malpractices at Ohorongo Cement. Ohorongo Cement commissioned the country's first post-independence cement factory in February 2011. However, Hans-Wilhelm Schütte, Managing Director, and Johan Burger, Manager for Sales, Marketing and Logistics, Ohorongo Cement, have said the comments are very surprising, especially that the company has one price for all, whether A, B or C. They said everybody has the same bag price for that town or region and added it was very important for the cement company to have a transparent pricing policy.