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Curing concrete in cold weather to keep workflow on track
5th July 2024

Low temperatures and cold weather conditions are known to slow down the curing of concrete, leading to the disruption of production schedules. The use of accelerating admixtures, or accelerators,... 


PPC CEO Matias Cardarelli
PPC reports a 20.6% boost in revenue thanks to Zimbabwe business
24th June 2024 By: Darren Parker

Cement company PPC has reported a 20.6% year-on-year increase in revenue to about R10-billion for the financial year ended March 31, compared with the R8.3-billion in revenue reported for the prior... 


Richard Tomes, AfriSam Sales & Marketing Executive
AfriSam stands ready to serve after 90-years
20th June 2024

Started in 1934 as only the second cement manufacturer in South Africa, AfriSam has built a 90‑year legacy of quality and expertise that ranks with the world’s best. According to Richard Tomes,... 


Hannes Engelbrecht, Concrete Business Unit Director for Domestic and Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) at CHRYSO Southern Africa.
Speeding up concrete curing in cold weather
4th June 2024

South Africa’s colder months can bring headaches for contractors – as well as concrete product manufacturers – if low temperatures slow down the curing of their concrete and disrupt production... 


EB Construction has built its reputation on its attention to detail and on the lasting quality of its workmanship
AfriSam quality cement EB Construction’s success
3rd June 2024

Taking an unconventional route into the construction sector, EB Construction’s Ben Wagner has built a solid contracting business that serves residential, commercial and industrial clients.... 


An image of a cement plant
New limestone quarry under development
3rd May 2024

As the important mineral component of its cement, limestone will soon be mined from a new deposit by aggregates and construction materials company AfriSam’s Ulco cement plant, in the Northern Cape.... 


A truck transporting cement
Tribunal approves Afrimat, Lafarge merger with conditions
10th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

The Competition Tribunal has conditionally approved the proposed large merger wherein Afrimat intends to acquire the entire issued share capital of Lafarge South Africa Holdings.   The tribunal’s... 


PPC factory
PPC’s Zimbabwe business flourishes while South African, Botswana businesses flounder
27th March 2024 By: Darren Parker

Revenue growth in cement producer PPC’s South Africa and Botswana cement businesses was driven by price increases during the ten months ended January 31, positively offsetting the declining sales... 


Aerial view of quarry
Major infrastructure needed to access limestone deposit
10th February 2024

A new quarry in the Northern Cape set to be an important source of limestone for a local cement plant, will require significant infrastructure to enable access to the deposit. The deposit is said... 


The existing Ulco operation and new mining area
AfriSam expects to start mining new Ulco limestone quarry later this year
18th January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Aggregates and construction materials company AfriSam will soon start mining at a new limestone deposit near its Ulco cement plant, in the Northern Cape. The relocated quarry will be capable of... 


Hannes Meyer, AfriSam Cementitious Executive
New limestone quarry for AfriSam at Ulco
18th January 2024

As the important mineral component of its cement, limestone will soon be mined from a new deposit by AfriSam’s Ulco cement plant in the Northern Cape. The relocated quarry will be capable of... 


Image of Solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of Eastgate Shopping Centre
More solar power for shopping centre
7th December 2023

An additional 5.74 MW of solar power has been added to the fast-track project being undertaken at Eastgate Shopping Centre in Gauteng, while trading continues. As part of the ongoing work... 


Image of construction workers on site
Tackling the construction sector skills shortage
17th November 2023

South African construction materials supplier AfriSam says that the company’s ongoing investment in training and development aims to address the lack of technical skills which it says is hampering... 


The addition of 30 000 square metres of solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of Eastgate Shopping Centre has not slowed trading in the shops
Shopping goes on at Eastgate while Concor adds more solar power
3rd November 2023

The addition of another 5,74 MW of solar power at Eastgate Shopping Centre, east of Johannesburg, is being undertaken by leading black-owned contractor Concor, while keeping the movement of tenants... 


Afrimat group CEO Andries van Heerden
Afrimat continues to weather economic shocks through diversification
26th October 2023 By: Darren Parker

Mid-tier mining and materials company Afrimat’s strategy to diversify between commodities and revenue streams, coupled with stringent capital allocation, has enabled the group to continue to... 


AfriSam as a leading construction materials supplier continues to take the lead in skills development
AfriSam puts skills development front and centre
13th October 2023

To stay ahead in the industry’s war for talent, AfriSam has over the years placed skills at the forefront of its people development initiatives. With its several training programmes, the company... 


Final cleaning underway on a foundation
Concor conquers rocky terrain forging access for Phezukomoya Wind Energy Facility
28th August 2023

Constructing wind energy facilities on mountains presents unique challenges, particularly in terms of accessing the construction sites. The Phezukomoya Wind Energy Facility, situated near Noupoort... 


AfriSam’s Vanderbijlpark Slagment Operation recently achieved 1.75 million hours without a Lost Time Injury
AfriSam Slagment operation achieves 1.75-million LTI free hours
7th August 2023

Leading construction material supplier, AfriSam celebrated a significant milestone at the company’s Vanderbijlpark Slagment Operation when it achieved 1,75 million Lost Time Injury (LTI) Free hours... 


An image showing the Cape interchange upgrade
AfriSam participating in Cape Interchange upgrade
4th July 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Cape contractor Haw & Inglis Construction has, since July 2021, been undertaking an upgrade of Cape Town’s Refinery interchange, supported by construction materials from AfriSam. The project is due... 


Apart from extending the width of the bridge, the height has also been raised
Cape Interchange upgrade gets AfriSam treatment
4th July 2023

Since July 2021, well-established Cape contractor Haw & Inglis Construction has been proceeding apace on the upgrade of Cape Town’s Refinery interchange, supported by construction materials from... 


One of Afrimat's aggregate quarries
Afrimat diversifies further with Lafarge South Africa acquisition
20th June 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The share price of mining and materials company Afrimat rose by more than 12% on June 20 after it announced the planned acquisition of Lafarge South Africa (LSA), including all its subsidiaries,... 


PPC's Hercules plant
PPC assures shareholders it remains in a strong financial position
15th June 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Construction materials supplier PPC expects to report a headline loss a share of between 8c and 10.5c and a loss a share of between 21.5c and 22.5c for the financial year ended March 31. This... 


PPC's Hercules cement plant
PPC's shares to be available for trade on A2X from May 30
24th May 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Cement, aggregates, readymix and fly ash producer PPC has been approved for a secondary listing on A2X Markets, with its shares to be available for trade on the exchange from May 30. PPC will... 


Image of construction on roof top to show Concor’s solar power expansion project at Eastgate shopping centre
Expanded solar capacity for shopping centre
18th May 2023

South African contractor Concor is undertaking a solar power expansion project for Liberty Two Degrees at its Eastgate shopping centre in Johannesburg. The project is set to add an additional 5.74... 


SADPO vice chairperson Lyndon de Meillon
Lack of energy, logistics challenges eroding emerging miners' profitability, viability
5th May 2023 By: Schalk Burger

The significant electricity shortages in South Africa and the significant logistics constraints, especially for bulk commodities, are eroding junior and emerging miners' profitability, with some... 


Image of cement factory with clear skies above
Cement extenders help cut carbon emissions
5th May 2023

Substituting clinker in cement with a portion of cementitious materials that are by-products of other industrial processes, has led to substantial gains in decarbonisation, says construction... 


Quad range from CHRYSO underpins commitment to sustainbility
3rd May 2023

Once again, CHRYSO is the first out of the starting blocks, having introduced its CHRYSO® Quad range of concrete admixtures to the market in 2022 – helping customers to promote sustainable practice... 


Concor is installing a solar PV plant at the Eastgate shopping centre
Concor to add 5.74 MW of solar to Eastgate shopping centre upper parking
2nd May 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Construction contractor Concor is working on a project to build a 5.74 MW solar photovoltaic power plant in the Eastgate shopping centre's upper parking area, adding to the centre's existing 1 MW... 


Concor expands Eastgate shopping centre solar capacity
2nd May 2023

As South African businesses embrace the power of renewable energy, leading black owned contractor Concor is busy on another solar project that will contribute to a more sustainable future. The... 


Cutting carbon emissions with cement extenders
18th April 2023

The science of substituting clinker in cement with a portion of alternative cementitious materials has paved the way for substantial gains in decarbonisation. According to AfriSam process engineer,... 


Afrimat moves to general mining on JSE
20th March 2023 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Building materials and mining group Afrimat’s sector classification on the JSE has been reclassified to depict its business operations more accurately. Its classification on the JSE has changed... 


PPC reports tough conditions for full year
16th March 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

JSE-listed PPC says the 12 months ending March 31 have been characterised by different market conditions in each of the markets in which PPC operates, being South Africa and Botswana, Zimbabwe and... 


Concrete being recycled
Circular use of cement and concrete can provide €110bn in value
9th March 2023 By: Schalk Burger

A circular economy in the concrete and cement industry could produce €110-billion in net value and avoid or mitigate two-billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions by 2050, driven by the... 


African infrastructure benefits from CHRYSO's growing footprint
7th March 2023

As demand for innovative concrete solutions has grown around Africa, CHRYSO Southern Africa has extended its footprint to get closer to customers with the products and services they need. According... 


PIC lifts stake in Afrimat to 15.48%
21st December 2022 By: Donna Slater

The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has increased its shareholding in JSE-listed industrial minerals, bulk commodities and construction materials miner Afrimat to 15.48%. The Afrimat group... 


SA needs a sustainable construction industry
12th October 2022

If South Africa is to meet its full potential, we will need to develop human settlements which are socially acceptable and capable of economic development and growth. According to surface mining... 


Construction sector needs players for the long haul
12th August 2022

Even as South Africa’s construction sector struggles through difficult cycles of low profitability and declining capacity, it needs responsible and sustainable companies to maintain momentum. After... 


PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen
PPC pays down R1.2bn in debt on the back of strong cash generation
27th June 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

JSE-listed cement manufacturer PPC has posted a 19% year-on-year improvement in cash available from operations to R1.2-billion for the financial year ended March 31. Together with net proceeds... 


Admixtures ensure concrete quality in fast-track Projects
15th June 2022

A renewed focus on infrastructure has been welcomed by South African contractors, but the urgency of many projects places significant demands on inputs like readymix. “This is where admixtures play... 


An image of two AfriSam employees inspecting some of the processed product
Quarrying under pressure, owing to lack of road builds
10th June 2022 By: Tracy Hancock

A lack of genuine infrastructure development over the past ten years has reduced demand for aggregates, placing significant pressure on local quarries, says construction materials supplier AfriSam.... 


Raubex in N3 collaboration with AfriSam
12th April 2022

Keeping the goods flowing between the port of Durban and the powerhouse of Johannesburg has always been a basic pillar of South Africa’s economic life; current roadwork on this vital corridor is... 


PPC seeing gradual recovery in business
23rd March 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

JSE-listed PPC expects total group cement sales volumes for the 12 months ending March 31 to increase by 4% to 8% year-on-year, with double-digit volume growth in Zimbabwe and Rwanda. South Africa... 


Ashton Arch bridge
24th November 2021

The newly completed Ashton Arch in the Western Cape is South Africa’s first concrete tied-arch bridge constructed using the transverse launching method. The new bridge replaced an existing... 


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