PPC In The Mix
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National Cementitious Sales Figures Published By The C & CI
PPC - 120 years and going strong!
Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) this year celebrates its 120th year, a formidable 12 decades of innovation and market leadership and remains the leading cement producer in southern Africa.
This milestone comes two years after the cement giant celebrated its 100th year listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), in February 2010.
PPC Riebeeck factory at Riebeek West in the Western Cape, commissioned in 1959
Established as De Eerste Cement Fabrieken Beperkt in 1892, PPC has tracked the growth and development of South Africa, producing the cement used in many of the country's iconic landmarks and construction projects, including the Union Buildings, Gariep Dam, Van Staden's River Bridge, Gautrain, Medupi Power Station to the new Cape Town Stadium in Green Point and many of southern Africa's infrastructures.
An African business success, the company has eight cement manufacturing facilities and three milling depots in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe that can produce eight million tons of cement products each year. It also produces aggregates, metallurgical-grade lime, burnt dolomite and limestone.
Along the journey, this cement manufacturer has achieved many milestones, including the successful unbundling from Barloworld in 2007, a R2.8-billion Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment transaction in 2008, the commissioning of a R1.4-billion plant in Dwaalboom and the R700-million project at its Hercules plant.
Today, PPC’s focus extends beyond the organisation to the broader industry. As a leader in the industry, the cement company has actively invested in technology to reduce air emissions, minimise waste production, recycle and recover raw materials, enhance energy efficiency and conserve natural resources - while producing a reliable and affordable supply of building materials to support the economies of countries where it operates.
As PPC expands into Africa, a sustainable business model will be deployed - one built to last and the brand of choice in its chosen marketplaces.
Stuiver adds, “As an organisation, we believe the cornerstone of sustainability lies in the balanced integration of performance, corporate governance, social, economic and environmental factors into the planning, decision-making and implementation stages of our business. We exercise due diligence in all areas of operation and promote sustainable development in our business, among our employees, and in the communities and environment in which we operate”.
As part of the cement manufacturer’s 120 year celebration, PPC gave away its popular PPC Cement laptop bags to their Facebook fans at Facebook.com/PPC.Cement. You can also follow PPC on Twitter @PPCisCement.
To find out more about PPC’s laptop bags, visit http://thewrendesign.com/the-ppc-cement-laptop-bag-story/.
PPC BBE Status
PPC's broad-based black economic empowerment status as at September 2011 was audited and verified by rating agency Empowerlogic in November 2011. In terms of the DTI codes of good practice, PPC is a level 2 BBBEE contributor with a procurement recognition level 2 (this enables its customers to claim back 156% of their spending with PPC’s group for their own preferential procurement points).
N2 UPGRADE TO ACCOMMODATE BUSY HARBOUR TRAFFIC
PPC supplies cement for Coega to Colchester road improvement project
Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) will supply 6 000 tons of cement to a SANRAL project for the building of a new 13,3 kilometre carriageway to the east of the existing N2, as well as for the subsequent rehabilitation of the existing road. The project is situated between the eastern boundary of the Coega Independent Development Zone and the town of Colchester in the Eastern Cape. The cement producer has already supplied 3 000 tons of cement for the westbound carriageway, which is due for completion at the end of April.
PPC supplies cement for Coega to Colchester road improvement project
PPC’s Port Elizabeth sales consultant Shaheen Salie says the Coega harbour is one of the deepest water ports along South Africa’s coastline, making it a popular destination for dry and liquid bulkers and container ships. “The N2 carries high volumes of traffic, including many heavy trucks. The upgrade to the road will facilitate traffic flow for all users, but specifically the shipping industry and developments in the CDC,” he says.
Once completed, the new westbound carriageway will comprise two selected and two cement stabilised subbase layers followed by a G1 crushed base. The surfacing will be made up of a 50mm asphalt wearing course, with further provision for an ultra-thin friction course to reduce traffic noise on the section passing through Colchester.
Concor Roads & Earthworks project manager, Joe Nell, says the existing eastbound carriageway will be rehabilitated by reconstructing new layer works and providing the road with a new wearing course. “In addition, some minor vertical re-alignments will be undertaken,” he says.
In addition to the road works, a new six span, 200 metre long bridge is being constructed adjacent to the existing Sundays River Bridge. The new bridge will accommodate the westbound carriageway, and the existing bridge will remain to accommodate the eastbound carriageway. Â Salie says PPC supplied 4 000 tons of cement to Concrete 4 U, which is providing concrete for the construction of the new bridge.
He continues to say the upgrading of the road is expected to encourage private investment in the CDC district. “We are already seeing a significant interest in the area with a recent R1 billion investment by China’s FAW Factory to construct a truck manufacturing plant,” he concludes.
The rehabilitation of the existing road (future eastbound carriageway) will commence in May 2012 and is expected to be completed in November 2012.
PPC contributes to meeting South Africa's electricity requirements
Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) has joined forces with industry construction heavyweights in building the new Medupi Power Station - the biggest dry-cooled coal-fired power station in the world initiated by Eskom, South Africa's largest electricity generator.
PPC Cement have been contracted to deliver the high quality cement
It will also have improved environmental performance and the planned operational life of the station is 50 years. Other coal-fired power stations include Mpumalanga's Arnot and Camden Power stations.
PPC Area Manager in Limpopo, Gavin Gouws, says the cement supplied by PPC will be used to construct the power station's six units, lift shafts, chimneys, ancillary roads and infrastructure.
"PPC Cement have been contracted to deliver the high quality cement on time. Initial estimation for the project was 450 000 cubic meters of concrete, however the revised estimation is now 1 million cubic meters of concrete â€“ equivalent to filling up 400 Olympic sized swimming pools," he said.
One of the key requirements from the project was that the supplier of cement had to be able to deliver an uninterrupted supply of a pure cement (CEM I) during the whole project. PPC's well know OPC together with the Dwaalboom factory, were able to meet these stringent requirements.
OPC is a premium Portland Cement made from high quality raw materials; clinker being inter-ground with gypsum to control setting. It's formulated to produce cost-effective concrete products and its applications include concrete, grouts, precast products, shotcrete, masonry products and specialist applications. It can also be used in mortar, plaster and screed mixes.
In 2007, Eskom began the process of building the new power station; formerly known as Project Alpha and Project Charlie to meet the demands of South Africa's electricity requirements.
Three of PPC's key customers Murray Roberts and Construction, Grinaker-LTA and Concor Engineering, formed a joint venture to ensure the success of the project.
The power station is expected to be completed by 2015.
PPC Cement receives fifth Diamond Arrow Award
Pretoria Portland Cement has successfully scooped its fifth Diamond Arrow Award, in the category for cement and concrete/readymix suppliers. PPC achieved the highest overall rating with a score of 4.31 out of a possible 5.00. The awards are based on research conducted by PMR.africa, and the purpose is to enhance and recognise excellence in the industry.
The final results were collated through PMR.africa's annual national survey, which evaluates and measures customer service and customer satisfaction. A random national sample comprising of building material retailers and construction company representatives were interviewed.
Companies were rated across 12 attributes including their ability to meet orders, competitive pricing, do deliveries meet promises, environmental friendly solutions, flexibility, price/cost, quality of products, range of products on offer, reputation of the supplier, responsiveness to queries, social responsibility initiatives and sustainable development practices
Through the awards, PMR.africa aims to set a benchmark in the industry for others to aspire to. Further, the awards create an opportunity for companies to acknowledge and recognise all their staff for the success in achieving excellence in product and customer service.
PPC Cement has won the Diamond Arrow Award in 2002, 2003, 2006, and last year. According to Richard Tomes, Customer Executive at PPC, the award is testament to PPC Cement's strength and helping our customers realise their vision.
"We're excited to receive the Diamond Arrow Award, as it showcases the expertise in our company. PPC is appreciative of every employee for their commitment, and the support of all our service providers and customers, as this would not have been achieved without them," he adds.
Johan Hattingh, PMR.africa's CEO says, "Based on the criteria on which the respondents evaluated the different suppliers, PPC Cement excelled particularly on their delivery promises, quality and reputation."
Construction Project Updates
New Shopping centre in Chatsworth, KwaZulu Natal (R 100m)
Construction on a new shopping centre has begin in Chatsworth, KwaZulu Natal. The project will take approximately 12 months to complete and will cost an estimated R 100m.
Refurbishment of the Grayston Hotel in Sandton, Gauteng (R 250m)
The tender for the refurbishment of the Grayston Hotel has been awarded and construction will begin soon. The project will be completed in December 2012 at a value of R 250m.
Kraaibosch Retirement Village in George, Western Cape (R 300m)
The tender for a new retirement village in George, Western Cape has been awarded. The Kraaibosch Retirement Village will take approximately 96 months to complete at a value of R 300m.
Durban Central Police Station in Durban, KwaZulu Natal (R 170m)
The tender for the renovations of the Durban Central Police Station has been awarded and construction has begun. The project will be completed by April 2014 and will cost an estimated R 170m.
New Health Centres in Maseru, Lesotho (R 580m)
The tender for the construction of new health centres in Maseru has been awarded. The projects involves the construction of 4 fully functional health care centres at a value of R 580m.
Upgrade of The Bay HospitalÂ in Richards Bay, KwaZulu Natal (R 100m)
The tender for the upgrade of the Bay Hospital has been awarded. The project is due for completion in October 2012 at a value of R 100m.
Shared Automotive Supplier Park in East London, Eastern Cape (R 120m)
Construction on a shared automotive park in East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) has begun. The project should be completed in January 2013 at a value of R 120m.
Nicolway Mall in Bryanston, Gauteng (R 500m)
Construction on the Nicolway Mall is complete and the 23 000sqm, R 500m mall opened its doors on the 26th April 2012.
New Construction Projects Announced
Anglo plans new power plant in Witbank, Mpumalanga (R 7.72bn)
Anglo American plans to build a 450MW power station to supply power at its platinum subsidiary Anglo Platinum in Witbank in Mpumalanga. The plant is expected to start producing power in 2015 and will cost US$ 1bn (R 7.72bn).
Infrastructure upgrade over the next 7 years (R 300bn)
The government has announced that South Africa's rail, port and pipeline infrastructure will be expanded and upgraded over the next 7 years at a cost of R 300bn. R 205bn of the investment will be spent on rail projects.
Land Deal Finalised for New Durban Port, KwaZulu Natal (R 1.8bn)
The R 1.8bn land deal between Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) for the Durban International Airport (DIA) site has been finalised. TNPA plans to build a new port on the DIA site over the next 10-15 years at a cost of R 47bn.
Mmabatho College of Nursing in Mmabatho, North West (R 200m)
The Mmabatho College of Nursing will be refurbished in September 2012. The 24 month project will include the construction of 3 new residences, auditoriums, media centre and ablutions. The project is estimated to cost about R 200m.
Renovation of Carolina Hospital in Carolina, Mpumalanga (R 340m)
Plans to refurbish the Carolina Hospital in 2012 are underway. The R 340m project will take 36 month to complete and will include renovations to existing buildings as well as the construction of 5 new wards, admin block and pharmacy.
Table Bay Views in Milnerton, Western Cape (R 150m)
Plans for the construction of 2 five-storey towers each consisting of 135 one and two bedroomed apartmentsÂ are underway.Â Construction will begin in 2013 and it will take 24 months to complete at a value of R 150m.
The purpose of this monthly newsletter is to keep PPC's stakeholders informed on the PPC business and construction industry related news.
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