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Livetouch Cement breached local labour laws in Zimbabwe

16 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Zimbabwian-based Livetouch Cement was found in breach of local labour laws after failing to register its workers with the National Social Security Authority (NSSA). It was only revealed that the Chinese cement manufacturer had broken the law after the death of a worker in March this year. According to NSSA, the death of an unidentified employee at the cement manufacturing plant exposed how the company had not registered any of its employees with the Workers Compensation Insurance Fund (WCIF...

LafargeHolcim orders new grinding line for Zimbabwe

02 September 2020, Published under Cement News

  LafargeHolcim's new modular grinding line for Manresa will be commissioned in 2021 LafargeHolcim Zimbabwe has ordered a new modular grinding line for its Manresa cement plant. CBMI Construction Co Ltd (Sinoma), China, will supply the new line, which will be equipped with a Gebr Pfeiffer MVR 3070 vertical roller mill with a capacity of 94tph. The new installation will be commissioned in 2021, 12 months from the commencement of construction. This is the second modular grindi...

Zimbabwe sees demand up in July

31 August 2020, Published under Cement News

PPC says demand for cement in Zimbabwe is very strong, despite effects of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. In its latest operational update, the regional cement producer reported that its operations ramped up in May in all regional operations, including Zimbabwe. “The total cement volumes sold by the international subsidiaries also showed double-digit growth comparing July 2020 with July 2019. The demand is especially strong in Zimbabwe and Rwanda and the growth of sales volumes during Ju...

PPC and subsidiaries record double-digit growth in July

20 August 2020, Published under Cement News

PPC reports that its total volumes at its international subsidiaries saw double-digit growth in July compared to sales in July 2019. "The demand is especially strong in Zimbabwe and Rwanda and the growth of sales volumes during July has been positive in the DRC as well," PPC said. "The increased sales volumes and the effect of the cost reduction and cash preservation measures have resulted in cash flows for the last months showing a positive trajectory." Double-digit YoY growth of cement...

PPC Zimbabwe to establish 32MW solar plant

06 July 2020, Published under Cement News

PPC Zimbabwe has found an investor for its project to establish a 32MW solar plant at its Colleen Bawn plant in Matabeleland South province. Half of the plant’s output will be used for the company’s cement manufacturing operations, while the other half will be supplied to the national power grid. The construction of the project is expected to last around 18 months.

PPC: Zimbabwe cement sector needs support

19 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Zimbabwe’s largest cement producer, PPC Zimbabwe, has called for urgent measures to protect the domestic cement industry from cement imports. Despite having adequate capacity to supply the local market, Zimbabwe remains a destination for cheap and substandard cement products, which are finding their way through the country’s borders as well as via smuggling, according to PPC Zimbabwe Managing Director, Mr Kelibone Masiyane, in The Herald. Mr Masiyane went on to say that the local cement ...

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe Ltd expects 30% decline in cement volumes in 2Q20

18 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe Ltd said business volumes had declined considerably due to low demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The LafargeHolcim subsidiary said the lockdown will have an inevitable impact on volumes for the second quarter in 2020. "It is projected that 2Q2020 volumes will decline by 30 per cent with the possibility of spill over risks impacting the second half of the year," the company said in its first quarter trading update for 2020. "The ripple effects of the lockdown and b...

New plant investments in Zimbabwe

31 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Livetouch Investments is set to invest around US$15m towards the construction of a cement plant in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Sino-Zimbabwe Cement Co is also planning to set up a plant in a similar location, according to The Sunday News. Livetouch is reportedly at an advanced stage of obtaining an Environmental Impact Assessment certificate. The location of the plant is due to its close proximity to a coal source. Elsewhere, Ndumiso Mdlalose, local board town secretary for Hwange, confirmed tha...

PPC Zimbabwe reports 15-20% volume drop

23 March 2020, Published under Cement News

PPC Zimbabwe has reported a fall of 15-20 per cent in volumes for the 11 months ended February 2020 due to the country’s economic environment, reports the Zimbabwe Mail. However, the company has recorded improved EBITDA margins of 35-38 per cent. Inflationary pressures in the country have increased the cost of inputs as well as decreasing consumer spending. Limited access to foreign currency has also added to the challenges. “Despite the challenging trading conditions in Zimbabwe, includ...

Lafarge Zimbabwe appoints new Chief Executive

04 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Zimbabwe (LafargeHolcim group) has appointed Precious Murena-Nyika as its new chief executive. Siame Kaulule, who previously held the position, left in January 2020 to take up a new position for the company in South Africa. "Precious Murena-Nyika was yesterday confirmed as the new Lafarge Zimbabwe CE. The announcement was done by Lafarge East and Southern Africa area manager Pierre Deleplanque, who is in the country. Her appointment came at a time there have been calls to have a loc...