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PPC delivers on strategic priorities, posts higher FY18 headline earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2018 Cement producer PPC on Monday posted a 172% year-on-year increase in headline earnings to R231-million for the financial year ended March 31, while gross profit rose 3% on a strong performance by the group’s operations in Zimbabwe and Rwanda. The group’s cement sales volumes increased by 6% to... 

Entrenched player furthers green building

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 Leading construction materials company AfriSam believes that it is important for all industry roleplayers to play an active role in furthering green sustainability initiatives in the built environment, and the company is pursuing this through partnerships and relationships with stakeholders, says... 

Carbon-content waste disposal rethought

By: Paige Müller     15th June 2018 In light of the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA’s) imminent ban on all forms of liquid waste to landfill set for August 2019 and the ban on hazardous waste to landfill with a calorific value greater than 25 MJ/kg since August 2017, waste management service provider Interwaste states... 

Sustainable construction championed for building industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 Sustainable construction should be pursued instead of green building, and using concrete can help achieve this, as it is quite a sustainable material, advances technical services provider for concrete The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. TCI is well poised and equipped to promote this,... 

Stanmore extends Isaac Plains with Peabody deposit buy

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th June 2018 Coal miner Stanmore Coal has struck a A$30-million deal with Peabody Australia to acquire the Wotong South coking coal deposit, which is located adjacent to Stanmore’s Isaac Plains project, in Queensland. In addition to the A$30-million cash price, Stanmore has also agreed to a production-based... 

Botswana coal miner sees opportunity in regional shortages

By: Bloomberg     11th June 2018 Botswana’s sole operating coal mine will increase output almost threefold within seven years as it eyes export opportunities created by a shortage of the fuel that’s used to fire most of southern Africa’s power plants. Morupule Coal Mine in the east of the country will ramp up annual production... 

Companies to submit plans to reduce energy consumption

By: Donald Makhafola     8th June 2018 South Africa-based companies consuming over 400 TJ of energy a year will be required to submit energy management plans to the Department of Energy (DoE) to demonstrate how they are reducing energy consumption and their carbon emissions footprint if draft legislation is promulgated in its current... 

Afrisam Is Key Backer Of The Concrete Conference 2018

5th June 2018 Talking about creating concrete possibilities is one thing but doing something about it is a completely different story. Leading construction materials company, AfriSam put its money where its mouth is by making this year’s Concrete Conference possible as the headline sponsor. According to... 

Auditor casts doubts on Kenya's ARM Cement's viability after losses

By: Reuters     5th June 2018 ARM Cement's independent auditor has cast doubt on the Kenyan company's survival as a going concern after losses mounted last year. The company, Kenya's second-largest cement maker behind LafargeHolcim's Bamburi Cement, sunk into losses in recent years after financing costs associated with an... 

Modern Concrete Roads Now Offer Ride Comfort And Safety

4th June 2018 Concrete roads suffer from an image problem because many very old concrete pavements still in existence were designed long ago to very different design criteria than modern concrete pavements, says Bryan Perrie, MD of The Concrete Institute. Perrie says decades ago concrete roads were constructed... 

Indian govt order on preferential allotment skews coal distribution

By: Ajoy K Das     28th May 2018 The Indian government has directed coal companies to make preferential allotment of coal to government-owned thermal power companies, skewing distribution of dry fuel to the detriment of other industries, like cement, steel and captive power plants. The government order from the Coal Ministry to... 

LafargeHolcim to cut 200 jobs as Paris, Zurich offices axed

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 LafargeHolcim will close its corporate offices in Paris and Zurich, eliminating 200 jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive, the world's largest cement maker said on Friday. The Franco-Swiss company confirmed the long-mooted closure of its Paris HQ, which was reported by Reuters on Thursday. 

New company focuses on sustainability

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 Wadeville-based perlite and vermiculite manufacturer and distributor, Sun Silicates, has established a sister company, CemteQ Building Solutions, which specialises in developing value-add products for the building and construction industries. CemteQ Building Solutions has been established to... 

ELB Continues To Provide Know How Solutions To Multiple Sectors

24th May 2018 ELB announces the award of Debmarine-M.V. Grand Banks and completes Assmang’s Black Rock Projects, the Sack Tipping Unit for Unilever Nigeria and Colleen Bawn Clinker Loading in Zimbabwe ELB Engineering Services (ELB) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the drying system for the M.V.... 

A.B.E. Expands Dustless Range With New Pre-Mixed Version Of Popular Floor Screed

21st May 2018 a.b.e. Construction Chemicals has expanded its range of dustless cementitious products with the launch of a dustless version of abe.dur – the company’s popular non-metallic high-strength floor screed. a.b.e. is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group of companies. 

Independence takes greater stake in Orion

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th May 2018 Diversified metals miner Independence Group has taken a bigger stake in South Africa-focused explorer Orion Minerals, increasing its shareholding from 4.2% to 11.1%. Independence will subscribe for A$5-million worth of Orion shares, priced at 5c each, with the two companies also entering into a... 

Norway postpones decision on carbon capture plant, drops Yara

By: Reuters     15th May 2018 Norway postponed a final decision on whether to go ahead with a project to develop Europe's first industrial carbon capture and offshore storage (CCS) project, after dropping one of its participants, Yara International . The government said on Tuesday that fertiliser maker Yara's site, one of... 

Gas conditioning systems remain in high demand

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 As global pressure to reduce emissions mounts, owing to more stringent legislation, there remains a high demand for spray nozzle and spraying system manufacturer Lechler’s VarioCool Gas Conditioning systems in the cement producing industry, says Lechler representative in Southern Africa... 

AfriSam anchor sponsor for Fulton Awards

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Leading concrete materials supplier AfriSam is the anchor sponsor for the 2019 biennial Fulton Awards, hosted by nonprofit organisation the Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA). According to AfriSam, the event recognises the possibilities that concrete structures create for society and,... 

Substantial need for skills development

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 There is a massive need for skills development in the construction industry, particularly in the concrete industry, says cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. “However, with relatively little work available and companies retrenching... 

Innovation, relevance, succession planning key to industry survival

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 The local concrete industry must continuously move forward to remain relevant in a competitive market amid a developing economy where alternative construction materials and practices are gaining popularity, says cement producer PPC technical information services specialist Hanlie Turner. “Three... 

Stakeholders remain hopeful of growth in local cement industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Various players in the cement and concrete industry say the sector is hoping and expecting that there will be improvements in the industry after being impacted on negatively for several years. Cement producer PPC technical information services specialist Hanlie Turner notes that the concrete... 

Cement plant maintenance crucial

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Strategic and effective cement plant maintenance services can increase plant productivity and reduce costs, says furnace and industrial services company The Dickinson Group sales manager Brighton Mapiku. “By doing thorough cement plant maintenance, which includes proper planning, employing... 

Transnet, Sapia sign MoU to strengthen liquid fuels supply chain

By: Simone Liedtke     8th May 2018 State-owned Transnet and the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate to strengthen the liquid fuels supply chain and ensure security of supply in South Africa.  Through this MoU, both parties will focus on transforming... 

LafargeHolcim Q1 core profit falls, keeps targets

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 LafargeHolcim reported a 13% fall in first-quarter earnings as the world's largest cement maker embarks on its new strategy under new Chief Executive Jan Jenisch. The Swiss company said recurring earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation fell to 700-million Swiss francs... 

Cement giant is the recipient of SKF’s first complete bucket elevator chain solution in South Africa

8th May 2018 Industry leader in bearing and rotating technology, SKF, provided a complete power transmission solution for a longstanding key customer, one of southern Africa’s foremost cement suppliers who had been experiencing problems with a bucket elevator over a protracted period. The additives bucket... 

New 3d Printed House Points The Way To A More Sustainable Construction Industry

3rd May 2018 Arup and CLS Architects unveiled 3D Housing 05 – a new 3D printed house in central Milan – as part of the Salone del Mobile design festival. Printed on-site by a portable robot, the house showcases the role 3D printing can play in reducing construction waste; it increases efficiencies during the... 

Algerian cement firm exports for first time to Europe

By: Reuters     3rd May 2018 Algeria's State cement firm GICA has exported to Europe for the first time, sending out 200 000 t of grey cement, it said on Wednesday, as the North African oil producing country seeks to lower its import bill following a fall in energy revenues. Algeria used to be a net importer of grey cement,... 

Cleaner, Greener The Afrisam Way

3rd May 2018 AfriSam has long led the charge in the cement sector for a cleaner environment, and continues to develop and conduct a range of initiatives to maintain the momentum toward a greener planet. This has a special significance as South Africa is among the world’s largest and fastest growing carbon... 

Concrete 3D printed house showcased in Milan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 Multinational professional services firm Arup and US-based CLS Architects this week unveiled a new concrete three-dimensional (3D) printed house in central Milan, as part of the Salone del Mobile design festival.  

Monitoring the molecules: RTS Africa’s Neo Monitors LaserGas analysers offer accurate real-time gas level monitoring for industry

23rd April 2018 Since its founding, innovation has been the hallmark of RTS Africa Engineering, a Tshwane-based company specialising in innovative technologies which provide solutions to industrial challenges. RTS Africa has not only imported many new technologies from its portfolio of well-established and... 

Monitoring the molecules: RTS Africa’s Neo Monitors LaserGas analysers offer accurate real-time gas level monitoring for industry

23rd April 2018 Since its founding, innovation has been the hallmark of RTS Africa Engineering, a Tshwane-based company specialising in innovative technologies which provide solutions to industrial challenges. RTS Africa has not only imported many new technologies from its portfolio of well-established and... 

Maatla Energy gets enviro approval for Botswana mine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th April 2018 Coal and energy company Maatla Energy’s subsidiary, Maatla Resources, has received approval for the environmental-impact assessment (EIA) for its Mmamabula export coal mine, in Botswana.  

AfriSam bolsters Western Cape prominence with technical Zeitz Museum concrete work

By: Schalk Burger     18th April 2018 Building materials company AfriSam designed and supplied specialist concrete for the construction of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, which involved the cutting away of the inside of the old grain silo at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town, to build the modern art museum. The museum,... 

Controlled permeability formwork liners prevent tank degradation

13th April 2018 To reduce the formation of blowholes and other blemishes on concrete surfaces Formtex Controlled Permeability Formwork (CPF) liners, supplied by nonwoven roll goods supplier Fibertex SA, have been designed and manufactured for concrete surface enhancement in diverse applications, including highly... 

Mayur shakes the tin for exploration work

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th April 2018 Diversified junior Mayur Resources has raised A$7.8-million in a share placement to professional and sophisticated investors. The company will place 9.75-million chess depository interests to both new and existing shareholders, at a price of 80c each, under its existing placement capacity. 

Urban soccer sculpture wins PPC Imaginarium Awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 Upcoming young artist Chris Soal was announced as the overall winner of cement supplier PPC’s Imaginarium Awards 2018.  

Impairments push Lafarge Africa to 2017 loss, shares fall

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 Lafarge Africa has taken a one-off impairment in Nigeria and South Africa totalling around 33-billion naira ($105-million), widening its loss before tax for 2017 from a year earlier and sending its shares tumbling. Bruno Bayet, CFO, told Reuters the impairments accounted for bulk of the loss,... 

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