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AfriSam supplies N3 highway construction

13 April 2022, Published under Cement News

Work is proceeding apace on the N3, one of South Africa’s most vital arterial highways, between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Road upgrades, including extensive bridge work, are being conducted by Raubex Construction between Dardanellas and Lynnfield Park with cement, aggregate and ready-mix supplied by AfriSam .     Since April 2021, JSE-listed Raubex Construction has been active on a 4km stretch from Dardanellas to Lynnfield Park. The project is a major overhaul of the road surface, wit...

PPC Zimbabwe forecasts 25% rise in domestic cement demand

25 March 2022, Published under Cement News

PPC Zimbabwe has projected a 25 per cent increase in cement demand in the local market spurred by government funded projects and rising retail demand. Zimbabwe’s government attributes the increase in cement demand to the sharp rise in housing construction and private sector-led infrastructural development programmes that have pushed demand for Zimbabwe’s cement makers. In an operational update for the 12 months ending 31 March 2022, PPC Zimbabwe said the local operations continue to ...

AfriSam supplies new border crossing project

23 March 2022, Published under Cement News

AfriSam has supplied some 7000t of its High Strength R42.5 Cement from its Roodepoort plant near Johannesburg for a new border control post between South Africa and Zimbabwe at Beitbridge. The cement for the project's 125,000m 2 of roads and parking area which is being shipped in from AfriSam’s Roodepoort cement plant. AfriSam will have delivered around 10,000t of bulk cement by the time work is completed – delivered in 34t tankers.   Adele Wentzel, AfriSam's sales manager manufact...

InterCement records total cement and clinker volumes of 20.1Mt in 2021

21 March 2022, Published under Cement News

InterCement ’s total cement and clinker volume reached 20.1Mt in 2021, an increase of six per cent in comparison to 2020, while in 4Q21 volumes were at solid 5.1Mt, stable when compared to 4Q20. In Argentina cement industry remained on a strong pace during the quarter, with Loma Negra volumes up four per cent YoY.     Brazilian volumes, although declining by 3.7 per cent YoY, remained on a healthy level, backed by solid demand as result of strong backlog from housing sector and posit...

AfriSam hosts annual budget breakdown event

03 March 2022, Published under Cement News

Speaking at AfriSam ’s recent National Budget Breakdown function, an annual event now in its fifth year, Dr Azar Jammine, director and chief economist of Econometrix, gave a thumbs up to the 2022 budget, saying it was “highly satisfactory with no harm.” Howeverm he cautioned that servicing the national debt was becoming increasingly onerous and now accounted for 14 per cent of government expenditure. He also expressed the view that there was nothing in the budget "to make one believe sus...

South Africa’s long walk to recovery

08 February 2022, Published under Cement News

While 2021 saw some pick-up in South Africa’s cement market, analysts do not expect a full recovery before mid-2024. By Industry Insight, South Africa. As the COVID-19 mutation Omicron sweeps through the country, South African cement producers see market recovery postponed (Photo credit: AfriSam) The South African economy remains in crisis. Although there was a recovery in local production and consumption in 2021, record lows due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a lockdown-ravage...

AfriSam executive calls for responsible cement manufacture

01 February 2022, Published under Cement News

Hannes Meyer, cementitious executive at leading cement producer AfriSam, calls for improved an circular economy, responsible manufacturing practices and a level playing field for South African cement producers on carbon emissions. “To produce this valuable resource, we must start with mining our own deposits. We then process the ingredients through complex technologies that demand considerable financial investment and expertise,” he says.  The range of products that result must form ...

South African cement imports up 19% in 11M21

01 February 2022, Published under Cement News

Cement imports into South Africa surged to their highest level in 2021 as they reached 161,555t in November despite the government drive to use domestically-produced product and banning imported cement from public sector construction projects. In October 2021 imports were significantly lower at 34,964t, down from 151,452t in the previous month. In the 11M21 imports volumes expanded 18.7 per cent YoY to 1.097Mt with product coming mainly from Vietnam and Pakistan.

Natal Portland Cement secures five-year loan

27 December 2021, Published under Cement News

As part of Natal Portland Cement’s (NPC) strategy to enhance its capital structure and investments opportunities, company CEO  and Chairman, Matias Cardell has announced the approval of a five-year loan by Standard Bank totalling ZAR500m (US$32.1m). “This transaction shows recognition from the largest South African bank on NPC’s solid results and our ability to generate sustainable cash flows," added Mr Cardell. “Thanks to the turnaround process we began in 2019, we have shown that man...

InterCement's cement volumes remain stable in 3Q21 at 5.4Mt

01 December 2021, Published under Cement News

InterCement reports that its total cement volume remained at a solid 5.4Mt in the 3Q21, reflecting stability YoY due to the sizeable comparison base of last year, when post pandemic pent-up demand enhanced the base.     The cement industry in Argentina remained on a strong pace, with Loma Negra volumes up   eight per cent YoY, helped by some recovery of bulk segment. Argentine volumes expanded by 8.4 per cent versus the 3Q20.  InterCement’s Brazilian volumes sold reached 2.5Mt, despite...