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.
The strategic medium-term priorities centred around optimisation are as follow:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Chief executive officer
BCom (Accounting), Executive Development Programme (PRISM) for Global Leaders (IMD, Switzerland)
Pieter has extensive experience in the cement industry and assumed the position of CEO of SepCem in May 2007.
BEng (Metallurgical Engineering) (University of Pretoria), Young Manager’s 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 SepCem on 1 January 2008.
Engineering project manager
BEng Mechanical (PUCHE), MDP (PUCHE), LDP (GIBS)
Heinrich worked as a project engineer and maintenance manager at Mittal (Iscor) before joining Lafarge where he held various positions. Heinrich joined SepCem in 2008.
Chief financial officer
BCom (Hons) (University of Pretoria), CTA (Unisa), CA(SA) (SAICA)
Gay has experience in various fields ranging from finance and operations to risk. She previously worked for Clover Danone before joining SepCem in 2009.
Jennifer has been employed by various legal practices as a paralegal. She was previously company secretary for the Platmin group and joined SepHold in 2008 as company secretary.