Dangote Cement has entered into a joint venture with JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings to build and manage Sephaku Cement in South Africa. Dangote Cement owns 64% of the project, with Sephaku Holdings owning the remaining shares.
Sephaku Cement operates at two sites not far from Johannesburg. Aganang, a 1.8 million tonne integrated plant located near Lichtenburg in the North-West province of South Africa, is the primary operation of Sephaku Cement. It has an open-cast quarry with 100 million tonnes of limestone and a clinker and cement plant that uses 45% of its clinker to produce its own bagged and bulk cement. The remaining 55% of clinker from Aganang is transferred to its sister factory, the Delmas milling plant, for grinding into cement.
Sephaku Cement’s Delmas plant – which has a capacity of 1.5 million tonnes – is situated in Mpumalanga, around 60km east of Johannesburg. A grinding plant only, it grinds clinker supplied by Aganang with fly ash produced at Sephaku’s fly ash classification plant, located at Eskom’s Kendal Power Station, approximately 35km to the east of Delmas. The plant can produce both bagged and bulk cement at all grades for the key inland market around Johannesburg.
Sephaku’s competitive advantage lies in its modern technology, which will enable it to produce cement more cheaply than rival plants, many of which are more than 25 years old. In addition, Sephaku is competing on the strength of its customer service and logistical capabilities.
For detailed information, please visit : www.sephakucement.co.za
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