About PPC Botswana

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About PPC Botswana

In the early eighties, the Botswana Development Corporation (BDC), an organization organisation sponsored by the Botswana government for the purpose of stimulating industrial development in the country, wanted to develop a cement industry in Botswana.

For this purpose, a deposit of limestone was identified at Naka-la-Phala (between Palapye and Serowe) and a company by the same name was established to exploit this deposit.

South Africa’s Pretoria Portland Cement Company (PPC) entered into an agreement with BDC to jointly undertake this project in the late 80’s / early 90’s. Due to the inability of the deposit to support a cement factory for an extended period and because of the proximity of some major South African cement suppliers with excess capacity (Dwaalboom & Slurry), along with and a general depression in the construction industry, the decision was taken to start with a blending and packaging facility in the Gaborone area instead.

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PPC Cement Botswana

This led to the establishment of a joint company in 1994, by the name of Cement Packaging Botswana (PTY) LTD, otherwise known as CEMPACK. BDC and PPC had equal shareholding in CEMPACK. Construction of the Gaborone blending and packaging facility commenced in 1994 and was operational by December 1995, producing PC 25 and PC 15. Sales from this facility started in January 1996.

Initially sales were rather slow with customers somewhat skeptical about the company’s product quality and the new brand of cement that has entered the local market. Results from a market survey carried out amongst cement users in Gaborone and the surrounding areas indicated that the overwhelming majority of users had more trust in the existing PPC products (sourced ex-PPC Slurry)

In 1997, a business decision was taken to change the name from CEMPACK to PPC Botswana (Pty) Ltd (PPC Botswana) to align the operation with its parent company in 1997. The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) quality mark was obtained for PC 25 and PC 15 in the same year to provide assurance to the market that the products produced were of a high standard and quality.

The product range supplied from the Gaborone facility was bagged PC 25 and PC 15 and OPC in bulk form. At this stage, the split between PC 25 and PC 15 bags was approximately 50/50. PC 25 grew in popularity and became the predominant bagged product. This resulted in excessive turnaround times due to long queues on the PC 25 loading bay, impacting negatively on customer service. In 2000, PC 25 and PC 15 were rebranded as Botcem and Surebuild respectively. The current products out of the depot are OPC and bagged Botcem. These products are supplied into the local Botswana market only.

A readymix operation was acquired in 1999, with an associated 50% shareholding in the adjacent Kgale Quarry. The remainder of the quarry shareholding was acquired in 2004.The readymix operation was sold in 2008, but the interest in Kgale Quarry was retained. Kgale Quarries obtained Quarries of Botswana (Mokolodi, Francistown and Selibe Phikwe) in 2011.

The ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) certification was obtained in September 2003 and the ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) certification in May 2004.

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