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Sino-Zimbabwe Cement announces plan to build homes

15 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Sino-Zimbabwe Cement Co (SZCC) plans to construct 300 houses at its Indiva Farm facility, Gweru, Zimbabwe. The company stated that the housing project will depend on the completion of a brick and tile plant which is also being constructed near the plant, according to Nehanda Radio. "We want to construct staff houses for our employees but our focus is to ensure that we cut costs by taking advantage of the products we produce at the company. For instance, we want to ensure that we complete th...

Sino-Zimbabwe awaits public infrastructure project pick-up

10 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Sino-Zimbabwe Cement Co (SZCC) is hanging hopes on development deals between Zimbabwe and China to improve its turnover. The joint venture between China and Zimbabwe's government has had to battle declining sales and a slowdown in the construction industry. SZCC's managing director, Yong Wang, said: "The company is operating between 50-70 per cent capacity utilisation," which was likely to increase if government projects take off. "The market environment is very tough this year, which ...

Dangote lured by coal reserves in Zimbabwe

11 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote has renewed interest in pursuing his US$1.5bn investment in Zimbabwe, according to Naija 247 News. An advance team of geologists have been sent to Zimbabwe for 10 days to locate and survey potential coal deposits. The delegation is expected to meet President Mnangagwa and Mines and Mining Development Minister, Winston Chitando. Dangote is importing coal from Zimbabwe for its cement industry needs. Dangote Industries local representative, Josie Mahach...

PPC Zimbabwe to resume exports

19 March 2018, Published under Cement News

PPC Zimbabwe says it will leverage on an enhanced export incentive which the cement producer has been granted by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) to break even and resume exports despite high production costs, according to The Zimbabwe Independent. The central bank has approved the company’s application for an export incentive above the usual five per cent. PPC Managing Director Kelibone Masiyane said that the company’s export levels have dropped from 0.1Mta in 2014-15 to zero as cu...

PPC

22 February 2018, Published under Cement News

PPC has reported improved revenue in the nine months ending 31 December 2017, compared to the same period a year earlier, driven by good operational cost management. Group EBITDA also tracked ahead YoY. A lack of large infrastructure projects continues to hamper cement volume growth in South Africa, according to the company, which estimates that overall cement demand in the country fell by 3-4 per cent in 2017. PPC saw its volumes in South Africa decline by 1-2 per cent YoY, which is an i...

PPC Zimbabwe to keep Colleen Bawn plant open

15 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC), has cancelled plans to shut down its Colleen Bawn cement plant in Gwanda, Zimbabwe, following talks with the government. Late last year PPC Zimbabwe had suggested the possibility of closing the factory in Matabeleland, citing pressure from cheap imported clinker, smuggling of cement products and high local manufacturing costs. "We have continued to engage the Zimbabwean Government. PPC Zimbabwe appreciates the support we have so far received, as expressed...

PPC Zimbabwe reports loss of export competitiveness

09 February 2018, Published under Cement News

PPC Zimbabwe says the loss of export competitiveness is adversely affecting its operations and remains a risk to sustainable growth, reports the Chronicle. The fall in exports has been attributed to high production costs and cash shortages in the country. To counter the issue, the company has appealed to the Zimbabwe government to increase export incentives and protect firms against losses incurred when exporting to regional markets. “The cash shortage has adversely affected the compa...

PPC records sales growth

06 February 2018, Published under Cement News

PPC reported that it has seen its sales volume grow by over 20 per cent YoY in Rwanda and Zimbabwe, for the nine-month period ended 31 December 2017. Assisted by stable pricing and a positive export performance, volumes increased by 20-30 per cent YoY in Rwanda. Similarly, its Zimbabwean operations registered an uptake of 30-40 per cent when compared to the year-ago period. However, PPC estimates that overall cement demand in South Africa declined by 3-4 per cent in the full-year 2017. ...

Foreign currency shortage leaves Sino Zimbabwe short of cement bags

01 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Sino Zimbabwe Cement company has a foreign currency shortage problem that has left it short of funds to pay for cement packaging material, reports the Zimbabwe chronicle. The Gweri-based cement producer has been pledged foreign currency allocations as a priority by the central bank to enable it to buy raw materials for cement production, but with demand for cement rising so quickly that there has been an increase in the need for bagging material as well for which Sino Zimbabwe needs foreig...

Sino Zimbabwe seeks land for industrial park and housing

21 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Sino Zimbabwe Cement is seeking land from Zimbabwe’s government to build an industrial park and housing on the outskirts of Gweru. In addition, it has approached the government to acquire 2500m2 in Gweru’s central business district for the construction of administrative offices. “Sino Zimbabwe Cement has approached us seeking land for its various projects.They want land from Gweru City Council for the construction of its administration offices,” said Midlands Minister of State for Provinc...