South Africa’s Cement and Concrete Institute, in their report for August, reported an increase of 9.7% in cement sales for the year to date.
In the year to date in 2006, a total of 9.3 million tons were sold from 8.4 million tons in the same period last year. The current sales total included 113,594 tons of exports, down 34% from the 172,492 tons of exports in the comparable period of 2005. Domestic sales amounted to 8.5 million tons for the period, up from the 7.6 million tons in 2005, with Gauteng the largest consumer of cement at 3.2 million tons, with next best the Western Cape at 1.1 million tons.
Gauteng demand increased an impressive 15.2% on the year, while the Western Cape increased demand by a lesser 9.4% in the year to date.