Sephaku sets up new Limpopo clinker and cement project
Sephaku Cement announced the establishment of a 3,000 tonne per day clinker and cement production facility near Dwaalboom in Limpopo, South Africa following the recent completion of a 12-month limestone prospecting programme in the project area. Construction on the new plant would start in 2013, once the Aganang limestone mine and cement manufacturing facility in North West moved into production. "Given the lead times required for projects of this nature, we believe that Sephaku Cement will be extremely well placed in the sector when our second plant comes into production in 2015," said Pieter Fourie, Managing Director, Sephaku Cement. The new project follows the additional R779-million investment by Nigeria's largest cement company, Dangote, into Sephaku Cement in August last year, increasing its stake to 64 per cent. The funding was intended for the development of Sephaku Cement's Aganang and Delmas projects in South Africa. Recent changes in the scope of the existing projects had resulted in an increased capacity from 2.2 million tonne a year to 2.5 million tonne a year, with a three-month delay to the production timeline.