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Sephaku Cement set to begin clinker production in Aganang

Sephaku Cement (Pty) Ltd (SepCem) has completed commissioning of its clinker facility in Aganang, and it is now set to begin production. The original start date was scheduled for the end of July 2014, but this was delayed slightly due to a minor problem with the plant fan system during hot commissioning.

Aganang is SepCem’s flagship plant. It is located in Litchenburg, in the North West Province of South Africa, and has a cement production capacity of around 1.1 million tpa. The clinker produced at the facility will be utilised at the Delmas milling plant, with the first delivery scheduled for the end of August 2014. The 1.4 million tpa Delmas plant has been using purchased clinker to date. This has allowed it to reach a 60% production capacity utilisation rate and to establish itself in the bagged and bulk cement markets.

Sephaku Holding Ltd (SepHold) plans to increase the capacity of both plants on the basis of market demand.

“The production of its own clinker is an important step for SepCem, enabling it to become a fully integrated producer of cement. We are confident that it will soon become a strong and profitable competitor in the local market,” said Dr Lelau Mohuba, Chief Executive Officer.

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Bodibeng Trading Proprietary Limited

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.

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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.

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MM&JK Cleaning Projects Proprietary Limited

In 2014, SepCem contracted the cleaning services of MM&JK Cleaning Projects, an enterprise established in 2013 by Mr Sipho Mazibuko from a village called Springbokpan in the North West province. SepCem identified MM&JK Cleaning Projects as a well-managed enterprise that is appropriately suited to benefit from the programme. In the case of MM&JK, SepCem has partnered with another major industrial organisation to mentor Sipho.

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.

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Millicent’s Enterprise

Millicent’s Enterprise is 100% black female-owned and was founded by Ms Millicent Mahlabe, an entrepreneur from Delmas in the Mpumalanga province. The company was selected for the programme because it has historically demonstrated the ability to supply large contracts but lacks administration skills. Millicent’s has a good reputation and positive track record of being able to cater for large provincial government events.

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.

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