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BOBS Certifies Matsiloje Portland Cement
13/04/11
History was written as Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) handed over BOS ENV 197-1:1992 quality certificate to Botswana’s only cement company, Matsiloje Portland Cement in Matsiloje recently.
The handing over of the certificate to MPC comes after 18 months of hard work and dedication by the company to get the quality system.

According to the BOBS’s Managing Director Masego Marobela, the certification of Matsiloje Portland Cement adds positively to the eminent certification of their products, which go a long way to add value to its products.
Marobela added that the certification will enable MPC to mark its products with BOBS mark. “As a standard mark licenced organization, Matsiloje Portland Cement will have the privilege to mark its certified products with the standards mark, as well as to use the mark for publicity and advertising as indicated in the BOBS mark scheme.”
In regard to compliance with the requirements, Ms Marobela indicated that MPC should dedicated to ensuring that there is continued satisfaction and compliance with the requirements that formed the basis of licensing requirements. “BOBS will monitor this continued conformance through factory inspections at pre- determined intervals and market surveillance at all times.”
In applauding PMC, Ms Marobela said that achievements such as certification by organizations like MPC were proof that products bought locally could also be of acceptable quality and as good as any product anywhere in the world. “A licence of this nature cannot be bought; it is earned.”
In her address Trade and Industry Minister Dorcas Makgato-Malesu urged MPC to register with her Ministry for the Economic Diversification Drive registration as the government intend to leverage its enormous purchasing power.
She highlighted that the certificate will assure the customers of a quality product from MPC plant.

Kgosi Peter Kajane of Matsiloje also applauded the certification as he said that the MPC cement will save them time. “We are delighted about this certification because we will no longer go to Francistown to buy cement as before. We are very grateful of MPC.”
Matsiloje Portland Cement managing director Rachit Josh said that the production of cement started in October 2009 with production capacity of 65 tons per day. “Today, our production capacity is at 100 tons per day.
Mr Josh also announced that they have plans for an additional multi-million Pula investment and the expansion plan is expected to start this year and is scheduled to be commissioned by July 2012.

 

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