Successfull Example: German Investment in Otavi

Street in Otavi/Namibia

Street in Otavi/Namibia, © Support Ulm e.V.


An important and successfull example of a German company investing in Namibia is the Ohorongo Cement plant near Otavi by the Schwenk Group.

The plant provides employment for around 330 people directly and 2000 people indirectly. It represents with about 250 million Euros the biggest single German investment in Namibia.

In order to play a contributing role in the development of Otavi, Ohorongo Cement joined forces with the Otavi Town Council and Otavi business community to establish the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust (OOCT) already on 13 August 2008. The ultimate goal is to improve lives of the residents within the municipality of Otavi to become self-sufficient, educated and responsible citizens.

Support Ulm e.V. is a non-profit organisation, based in the German town of Ulm, and was founded by a group of medical doctors. They support medical projects all over the world through financial and humanitarian means as well as through donations, such as wheelchairs for example. Already in 2009, a delegation of six medical doctors visited the Windhoek Central Hospital, the Katutura State Hospital and the Otavi Health Clinic. The outcome of this visit was an official technical cooperation agreement between Support Ulm e.V., the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust and the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services, under which Support Ulm e.V. is now able to supply doctors to the Otavi Clinics to improve the health services in the town.

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