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Rwandan government to divest Cimerwa stake

11 March 2019, Published under Cement News

The state of Rwanda has put up its 49 per cent stake in Cimerwa up for sale, according to an announcement made by the country’s Prime Minister, Edouard Ngirente on 9 March 2019. An auction will be organised at the end of the month. South Africa-based PPC currently holds a majority stake of 51 per cent in the Rwandan cement producer, but has not expressed an interest in acquiring the 49 per cent shareholding for sale. Cimerwa operates a 0.6Mta integrated plant in Rusizi. The government is ...

Cimerwa hires consultants to improve house construction projects

17 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Rwanda's largest cement manufacturer, Cimerwa, has hired three construction consultants with an aim to improve standards in the property market. The consultants offer free advice to Cimerwa clients, largely on issues related to which material to use when constructing a house or implementing any construction project. The initiative was unveiled during the just-concluded Rwanda International Trade Fair, commonly known as the Expo. Cimerwa officials said that the partnership with the consultan...

Cimerwa plant upgrade should see cement prices start to fall

25 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Cimerwa expects its cement plant upgrade to stabilise the domestic market after shortages sent the price of a bag of cement up nearly 50 per cent in recent months. Rwanda has resorted to importing cement from neighbouring countries such as Uganda and Tanzania to cover the shortages. Bheki Mthembu, CEO of Cimerwa, told Reuters the company carried out maintenance and upgrade works on its plant in April and May, which had now been completed. The US$3.3m maintenance and upgrade programme at Cim...

Cimerwa to resume full production in May

23 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Rwanda’s Cimerwa has resumed production after a two-month break for maintenance and upgrade works. This is expected to ease a cement deficit in both Rwanda and Uganda, while also stabilising prices that have recently increased, according to The East African. The company is currently completing post-maintenance tests and aims to begin full production at its 0.6Mta Bugarama facility in May. The upgrade will improve reliability and operational efficiency, according to Bheki Mthembu, CEO, Cim...

CIMERWA launches bulk cement service

14 August 2017, Published under Cement News

Rwanda’s sole producer of cement, CIMERWA, on Friday introduced its bulk cement offering whic  will see customers receive cement directly at their construction sites without the use of bagged cement. Unveiling the new CIMERWA Bulk Cement service at a meeting in Kigali, company CEO, Bheki Mthembu, said its bulk truck will unlock some of the bottlenecks encountered with bagged cement. The vehicle will deliver cement directly to the construction site, pump it in the silo after which construc...

Rwanda: new CEO of Cimerwa and PPC Gauteng business unit executive

09 February 2017, Published under Cement News

Former General Manager of PPC Cement’s Hercules and Jupiter operations in Gauteng, Bheki Mthembu, has been appointed the CEO of Cimerwa in Rwanda. Mthembu assumed his new duties as CEO from 1 December 2016 under the guidance of Njombo Lekula, Managing Director of PPC International Operations. With optimisation of Cimerwa currently in progress, Mthembu is looking forward to this new challenge and the year ahead. "While PPC’s well-established presence in Botswana and Zimbabwe had alread...

Rwanda: dealers and developers call for Cimerwa price drop

19 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Cement dealers and property developers in Rwanda's capital, Kigali, have called on Cimerwa to cut its prices, Rwanda Focus reports. Current prices for a 50kg bag of Cimerwa cement are around RWF11,000 (US$13.68), compared to RWF8500-9000 for imported cement. Busisiwe Maria Legodi, Cimerwa's CEO, said in an interview with Rwanda Focus earlier this year: "People who think that imported cement is cheaper than the one made locally need to look at one thing: what is cheap is cheap because t...

Rwanda: PPC revenues boosted by Cimerwa

05 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Cimerwa Ltd’s contribution to Pretoria Portland Cement’s (PPC) revenues helped cushion the company’s turnover in the six months ending 31 March 2016. According to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, PPC holds a 51 per cent stake in the Rwandan cement company. While PPC’s results show bases in Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe were depressed due to a shrinking market and falling prices, a recently-commissioned plant in Rwanda added almost ZAR200m (US$13.5m) to the group’s revenue. Despit...

Cimerwa looking to cut costs as it eyes export markets

23 March 2016, Published under Cement News

Busisiwe Legodi, Cimerwa's chief executive officer, has reaffirmed her company’s commitment to developing export markets in neighbouring Burundi and eastern DR Congo. Speaking in Kigali last week, Ms Legodi also said that Cimerwa – which is 51 per cent owned by South Africa’s PPC – were looking to cut costs.  A report by Rwanda’s New Times newspaper quoted Ms Legodi as saying: “We import most of the raw materials, including gypsum and coal, which makes business expensive. We are, there...

PPC Ltd: change to the Board Of Directors

25 September 2015, Published under Cement News

Dr Daniel Ufitikirezi has resigned as a director of PPC with effect from 22 September 2015. This follows his resignation as the chairman of the board of Cimerwa, PPC's subsidiary in Rwanda, after his replacement as the representative of the Rwanda Social Security Board on that board. Dr Ufitikirezi was appointed to the PPC board in January 2015.