Construction materials group Afrisam, formerly known as Holcim, has launched a R500m vertical roller cement mill which is the first of its kind in southern Africa.
Afrisam said the mill will reduce production costs and almost double the group’s cement-manufacturing capacity.
The mill uses between 20% and 30% less energy and could cushion the group from the latest Eskom electricity tariff hike.
"The plant is the first of its kind in the southern African region; the only other plant that does the same as this one is situated in Morocco in North Africa," said Afrisam chairperson Eltie Links.
He said even though there are other vertical roller mills in the country, they are not being used to grind clinker to cement but rather for grinding raw materials.