Sephaku Cement (SepCem) uses its secured limestone deposits to establish and operate the Aganang clinker and cement manufacturing plant in the North West Province and the Delmas milling plant in Mpumalanga. The SepCem strategy is to stabilise and optimise its production capacity to ensure the low-cost advantage offered by new plants with advanced technology. SepCem has successfully penetrated the cement market by fulfilling its promises of:

  • high product quality, exceptional service and first-class technical support to customers; and
  • sustainable growth in profitability to shareholders.

The new plants have been designed using German-engineered Loesche mills and other key equipment from European suppliers to maximise operational efficiency and competitiveness, while limiting the environmental impact. Geographically, with the Delmas plant strategically located close to its fly ash source and coal supply, and 50 km from Gauteng, SepCem targets the Gauteng and surrounding North West, Limpopo, Free State and Mpumalanga provinces. Several systems and plans have been developed to increase loading efficiency at the plants, which will contribute significantly to the efficient customer service promise.

STRATEGIC OUTLOOK

SepCem
The strategic medium-term priorities centred around optimisation are as follow:

  1. Sales drive: additional focus on increasing product quality and optimisation of sales margins. The focus will ensure that the margins achieved are maximised through an active analysis of customers and geographic markets.
  2. Logistics optimisation: increased focus on ensuring sufficient logistics capacity and the optimisation of logistics between plants and markets. Logistics contribute a significant portion of total delivered cost therefore it is imperative that SepCem delivers from the optimal production source.
  3. Production efficiency: during the commissioning and ramp-up phases the production costs were expectedly higher than would be during the steady state. The focus going forward is to ensure that the operating costs at both SepCem plants are fully optimised.

SepCem (Aganang & Delmas) (VIDEO – 7min22 )

MANAGEMENT OF SEPCEM

PIETER FREDERICK FOURIE

PIETER FREDERICK FOURIE
Chief executive officer
BCom (Accounting), Executive Development Programme (PRISM) for Global Leaders (Switzerland)
Pieter has extensive experience in the cement industry and assumed his position as chief executive officer of CEMENT in May 2007.

Suleiman
SULEIMAN OLADAPO OLARINDE
Finance director
BSc (Hons) Econ (Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria), FCA (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria)
Suleiman started his career with the then Price Waterhouse. He joined the Dangote Group in 1991 as Head of Internal Audit and Financial services. Suleiman is employed by Dangote Industries Limited (Nigeria) as executive director (Finance). He is currently on a fixed contract at Dangote Cement South Africa as the finance director. Suleiman has over 32 years’ experience and has retired as a member of several boards in the Dangote group.

DUAN CLAASSEN

DUAN CLAASSEN
Operations manager
BEng (Metallurgical Engineering) (University of Pretoria), Young Managers Programme (INSEAD, France), MDP (Duke University, USA)
Duan completed his graduate engineer training at De Beers before joining Blue Circle Cement. He was involved with Blue Circle Cement’s integration into Lafarge in 1996. He subsequently worked for PPC before joining CEMENT in 2008.

HEINRICH DE BEER
HEINRICH DE BEER
Engineering project manager
BEng Mechanical (PUCHE), MDP (PUCHE), LDP (GIBS)
Heinrich started his career as a project engineer and maintenance manager at Mittal (Iscor) before joining Lafarge, where he held various positions. Heinrich joined CEMENT in 2008.

GAY DE WITT
GAY DE WITT
Chief financial officer
BCom (Hons) (University of Pretoria), CTA (University of South Africa), CA(SA) (SAICA)
Gay has experience in several fields, ranging from finance, operations to risk management. She previously worked for Clover Danone before joining CEMENT in 2009.

JENNIFER BENNETTE

JENNIFER BENNETTE
Company secretary
Jennifer has been employed by various legal practices as a paralegal. She was previously company secretary for the Platmin group. Jennifer joined SepHold in 2008 and CEMENT in 2010 as company secretary.