Sephaku Holdings Limited announced on Wednesday that Sephaku Cement has begun commercial production at its Delmas milling plant.

Sephaku Cement (SepCem), an associate company of Sephaku Holdings , is currently developing a cement production facility at Aganang in the North West Province as well as the grinding facility at Delmas in Mpumalanga.

Aganang is expected to commence production in the second quarter of 2014 while the Delmas plant, which commenced production on 6 January 2014, is expected to be ramped up to an annualised 1.4 million tonnes per annum by the middle of the year.

“This has been a nine-year journey and we are pleased to finally have our cement brand in the market. We are proud of SepCem’s highly experienced operational team for attaining this key milestone in being the latest entrant into the South African cement industry since 1934,” said Sephaku Holdings chief executive officer, Lelau Mohuba.

“This is a demonstration of not only the extensive skills and experience of our management to bring the projects to account, but the determination in establishing SepCem as a key player in the industry. The commissioning phase has started at SepCem’s other major project, Aganang, an integrated plant located in Lichtenburg, North West province of South Africa which is on target for production by the second quarter of 2014.”

Sephaku Holdings owns 36 per cent of SepCem while the remaining 64 per cent is owned by Africa’s largest cement producer, Dangote Cement.

By Nicole Cassandra Naidoo