Sephaku Cement was established in 2006 and is the first clinker producer in South Africa since 1934.
Sephaku Cement, an associate company of JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings Limited, is a 64%-owned subsidiary of Dangote Cement Plc. Dangote has invested more than R1.1 billion in the venture, representing the largest investment in a South African enterprise by an African company.
Sephaku Cement is developing a cement production facility at Aganang, near Lichtenburg in the North West Province, which will have an estimated production capacity of approximately 1.2 million tons of cement per annum. In addition to this, Sephaku is also developing a grinding facility at Delmas in Mpumalanga, with an estimated annual capacity of 1.4 million tons of cement.
About the projects:Sinoma was awarded the R2.3bn turnkey contract to design, fabricate, build and commission the Aganang cement plant and Delmas grinding plant. The remainder of the R3.3bn is allocated for other projects outside of the Sinoma scope of work. A third of the total costs will be spent locally on aspects such as access roads, water reticulation and Eskom’s power installation.
Through the Sinoma agreement, Sephaku Cement has contracted with some of the world’s leading equipment suppliers for their state-of-the-art plants including German engineered Loeshe mills and other key equipment from European suppliers.
Construction on both facilities is well advanced and they are scheduled to be in full production by the end of 2013.
Sephaku Cement has entered into a long–term agreement with power utility Eskom for the supply of coal ash and through this Sephaku Ash was born, as a division of Sephaku Cement, to beneficiate and market fly ash products.
Sephaku Ash has built a world class ash beneficiation plant at Kendal Power Station, supplying the market with classified fly ash – known as Smart Ash – and unclassified ash, known as Hard Ash.