South African cement sales up

South African cement sales up
Published: 20 May 2008

Demand for cement in the western half of the Eastern Cape stood at 143,862t in the year to April as against 114,526t in the same period last year. Against that, sales in the eastern part of the province dropped to 160,105t in the 12 months to April, compared to 176,136t over the same period last year. Nationally, sales grew by 10.5% in April according to Cement and Concrete Institute data. Exports to other countries, excluding Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia, were lower last month at just 3839t. In total, sales, including export sales and those in Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and Namibia, were up 8.1% to 1.311Mt.