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PPC chairman to step down, South Africa

27 January 2016, Published under Cement News

PPC announced that Bheki Lindinkosi Sibiya, who has served as chairman of Board since November 2008, elected not to offer himself for re-election at the shareholders AGM on 25 January 2016. Accordingly, he retires as non-executive director and chairman of the Board. PPC noted that under Mr Sibiya's stewardship the company has achieved a number of key milestones, notably the successful conversion of the company´s mining rights and the initiation of its African expansion strategy which to...

South Africa: domestic cementitious volumes up 7.8% YoY

27 January 2016, Published under Cement News

Domestic cementitious volumes in South Africa increased by 7.8 per cent YoY to 3.6523Mt in the third quarter of 2015, according to an update posted on PPC’s website. Total year-to-date volumes were recorded at 9.602Mt. Meanwhile, PPC yesterday said cement sales over the first quarter (October-December 2015) of the current trading year in its South African business were down by 1.6 per cent, while the international businesses recorded an eight per cent drop including low-margin cement exp...

Ethiopia: Habesha’s new plant project shows steady progress

22 December 2015, Published under Cement News

PPC recently announced that construction at the 1.4Mta works of Habesha Cement, Ethiopia, is well underway with overall project progress estimated at around 52 per cent. Civil construction at the plant, which will serve the Addis Ababa market, is 45 per cent complete and mechanical erection has started. Some 90 per cent of equipment has been manufactured to date and 70 per cent of this has been delivered to site, according to the South African parent company, which holds a 51 per cent sta...

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.

PPC expansion strategy on track

24 September 2015, Published under Cement News

PPC's expansion strategy remains on track and the new plant in Rwanda was officially opened on 18 August 2015. In an investor presentation posted on PPC's website ahead of the RMB Morgan Stanley Big Five Investor Conference in Cape Town on Monday, the company said all three remaining projects in the DRC, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia are ~45 per cent complete. The 1Mta Slurry Kiln 9 project has commence and production ramp-up is anticipated in 2018. In terms of its operational performance, posit...


24 August 2015, Published under Cement News

PPC has held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new 0.7Mta cement works in Msara, near Harare, Zimbabwe. The US$80m plant, which will become the company’s second facility in the country, is due to be commissioned in the second half of this year. The plant is currently under construction by China’s Sinoma International Engineering. “While our existing plant in Bulawayo has positioned us well in Matabeleland, it is clear that much of the country’s future growth centres around Harare and north...

PPC hosts groundbreaking ceremony for Zimbabwe plant

11 August 2015, Published under Cement News

PPC has held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 0.7Mta plant in Msasa, Zimbabwe. The US$80m plant will be the company’s second cement facility in the country.  Speaking at the event, Njombo Lekula, the managing director of PPC, said the investment PPC was making in the Msasa plant was a vote of confidence in Zimbabwe’s future. “PPC Zimbabwe is looking to the future of the country, with today’s event providing a promise of things to come. While our existing factory in Bulawayo has positio...

S&P downgrades PPC on increasing debt

07 July 2015, Published under Cement News

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services (S&P) has lowered its long-term South Africa national scale rating on heavy building materials producer PPC Ltd to 'zaA' from 'zaA+'. At the same time, it affirmed the 'zaA-2' short-term South Africa national scale rating on PPC. S&P said it expects PPC’s net financial debt to increase materially over the near-term due to its increased capital expenditure on expansiory projects in the Sub Saharan region. The company’s strategy is to grow its Sub-saharan ac...

CBMI signs EPC contract for PPC line

23 June 2015, Published under Cement News

CBMI has signed a 3000tpd clinker production line EPC contract with PPC, marking the first collaboration between the two companies. The new kiln line 9 project will be located at PPC's Slurry cement plant near Lichtenburg, South Africa's North West Province, about 250km from Johannesburg. Tong Laigou, Chairman of the Board of CBMI and Darryl Castle, CEO of PPC, signed the contract in the presence of senior staff from both companies. The scope of the contract covers the additive stockp...

PPC's first-half revenue lifted by higher Zimbabwe, Botswana and Rwanda volumes

19 May 2015, Published under Cement News

PPC’s group cement sales volumes rose by five per cent above last year's figure, with strong demand growth in its African businesses offsetting lower demand in the core South African business. PPC’s revenue increased by nine per cent to ZAR4541m (2014: ZAR4157m) for the half year ended March 2015, on the back of increased volumes in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Rwanda, as well as the consolidation of sales from Safika Cement and Pronto Readymix. Cement selling prices declined in South Afric...