Cement production has started at Sephaku Cement’s (SepCem’s) 1.4 million t/y Delmas milling plant which would ramp up to full output by mid this year.
The cement plant is one of two significant projects being implemented by SepCem and the producer has dispatched the first bags of cement from the plant to customers across Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
Sephaku Cement CEO, Pieter Fourie, says building cement operations from the ground up has given them the opportunity to ensure that they use the most high-tech cement manufacturing equipment adding that they can dictate product quality rather than be dictated to by the existing operational constraints that other producers face.
Sephaku Holdings CEO, Dr. Lelau Mohuba, said they are proud of Sephaku Cement highly experienced operational team for attaining this key milestone in being the latest entrant into the South African cement industry since 1934. He added that this is a demonstration of not only the extensive skills and experience of their management to bring the projects to account, but the determination in establishing SepCem as a key player in the industry.
Commissioning phase of SepCem’s other major project, Aganang, an integrated plant located in Lichtenburg, North West is under way with production set to start by the second quarter of this year.
Sephaku Holdings owns a 36 percent stake in SepCem, with Dangote Cement owning 64 percent.