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Sephaku’s Delmas milling plant 95% complete


By: Natalie Greve

Sephaku Cement’s cement milling plant, in Delmas, Mpumalanga, is 95% complete and on track for production to start early in the new year.

Cold commissioning of the plant, known as Aganang, has started, with the mill motor, induced draft fan and mill separator currently being tested.

Engineering project manager Heinrich de Beer said in a statement on Tuesday that clinker offloading was “in full swing” and in the stage of final setting optimisation, with gypsum offloading commissioned and the first gypsum offloaded in mid-November.

In addition, the packing plant was nearing hot commissioning with cement, while the palletiser and stretch hood machines had been cold and hot commissioned.

“Our first stack of pallets has been wrapped and the full sequential start-up and commissioning of the packing plant is on the cards for the next week,” he commented.

De Beer added that the development of the supporting infrastructure was progressing well, with roads and intersections on target for completion before the end of the month and weighbridge systems being implemented.

In addition, Telkom was expected to finalise communication infrastructure installation in the next two weeks.

“Everyone on site is looking forward to getting moving with their work. All buildings, including the administration and sales offices are ready for occupancy,” he said.

Edited by: Chanel de Bruyn
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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.


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

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.



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.