Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb and Ohorongo Cement collaborate to fight COVID-19


Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb and Ohorongo Cement jointly donated N$300,000, through the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust, for the supply of 10 hospital beds and installation of oxygen supply points to the Tsumeb District Private Hospital on Thursday, 22 July 2021.

The hospital experienced a shortage of beds and oxygen supply points, which prompted the partnered assistance from Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb and Ohorongo Cement.

The Tsumeb District Private Hospital have their own oxygen generating plant, and the installation of oxygen supply points will relieve the pressure on the Tsumeb State Hospital as the private hospital will now assist more patients with a stable supply of oxygen.

This donation comes in response to the rapid spread of COVID-19 infections in hopes of reducing the burden on the Namibian medical system and saving the lives of as many people as possible. The private hospital is one of the key medical centers where patients from Otavi and Tsumeb areas as well as employees from both companies are treated.

The equipment was handed over by Hans Wilhelm Schütte, Managing Director Ohorongo Cement and Zebra Kasete, Vice President and Managing Director Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb to André Neethling, Managing Director Tsumeb District Private Hospital.

Speaking at the handover occasion both Kasete and Schütte echoed the same sentiments stating that community and business leaders need to make sure health care workers have the facilities to do their level best to ensure patients have comfort while being cared for. Kasete further encouraged Namibians to get vaccinated to reduce pressure on health care system, and to help the country return to a new normalcy, as has been witnessed in other countries that are able to host large sporting events.

Neethling, thanked both companies for their swift response in support of the private hospital and highlighted the importance of making life easier for members of the community who need it the most.

”We are grateful to Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb and Ohorongo Cement for their support, strengthening our hand and giving us the opportunity to deliver proper service to the community in a dignified way. It makes a difference, and it will go a long way” said Neethling. 

Contributed by Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb