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Sephaku Cement brings clinic to life for Springbok Pan


After 15 years of the North West Province community of Springbok Pan not being able to finish building its only clinic because of building materials being stolen and a lack of funding to replace these, the healthcare facility will finally open its doors. The clinic was brought to life through a partnership between Sephaku Cement and the community situated near its flagship plant Aganang.

The 3 000 people in Springbok Pan, who have historically only had visits from a mobile clinic will now have a dedicated clinic of 235m2 with nurses who will be on duty from Monday to Friday, every week and access to a doctor monthly. Where people would historically have to queue in an open field, now they have a formal healthcare facility that provides more privacy.

Springbok Pan Community Liaison Officer, Thabo Mothaung, a resident of the community was involved in the establishment of the clinic from day one. He says, “This clinic will help us a lot. We never had our own clinic. A mobile clinic would come in twice a week. When it was cold or when it was raining, our people would have to wait to be helped with no shelter.”

The clinic project has also created some employment for Springbok Pan local people. Mothaung explains, “Before Sephaku Cement stepped in we couldn’t finish the building of the clinic because people stole our materials. Sephaku brought everything in for us. Now we will have electricity, water and geysers in our own health facility. Our people are happy.”

“Through projects like these we would like to help break the cycle of poverty where we operate.  A clinic is a basic service that doesn’t only give people access to medication but an environment of dignity in times of need. We are focused on doing what we can to fill important needs for Springbok Pan, Verdwaal and Itsoseng,” concludes Pieter Fourie, Chief Executive of Sephaku Cement.

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Founded by Mr Gaopalelwe Olebogeng from the Verdwaal Village in the North West province who is the sole managing member of Bodibeng Trading Proprietary Limited. Mr Gaopalelwe has previous experience in plant cleaning that he acquired during his tenure as a plant cleaner at another cement company in Lichtenburg. Bodibeng Trading Proprietary Limited employs 36 employees from the local community and currently has a short-term contract with SepCem which includes mentorship to ensure that it effectively provides the plant cleaning services at Aganang.


Mancamane Trading Enterprise

Mancamane is a black female-owned enterprise that started operating in 2010 as a plant cleaning, construction and mining supply company. Ms Daisy Maseko, a renowned entrepreneur, founded the enterprise in the Delmas area, Mpumalanga province and currently employs 28 permanent staff. SepCem adopted Mancamane into the enterprise development programme in 2014. The company is currently supplying plant cleaning services to the Delmas grinding plant and has demonstrated the ability to grow sustainably.


MM&JK Cleaning Projects Proprietary Limited

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The partner’s role is to assist MM&JK Cleaning Projects with inproving its cleaning skills through training, providing cleaning equipment and required detergents. SepCem’s role is to develop Sipho’s business management skills including cost management, record keeping and negotiation. SepCem is assisting MM&JK to develop a marketing strategy to increase its customer base to reduce the single-customer dependency risk and ensure that the company is sustainable. MM&JK Cleaning Projects currently has a three-year contract with SepCem for general cleaning at Aganang and employs 14 permanent staff.



Millicent’s Enterprise

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SepCem secured Millicent’s catering services in 2013 for its canteen at the Delmas plant that provides meals to 150 employees. Millicent’s currently has seven permanent employees and several contract employees who are sourced as and when required.