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PPC giving back to the community through skills development

29 March 2019

Brick makers in Soshanguve were in for
special treat when PPC Cement took charge within its sector and hosted a brick
making workshop in the area.

More than 20 bricklayers from around
Soshanguve got a crash course on how to properly construct bricks using the
right measurements to ensure strength and stability, so houses don’t collapse
or cave in.

“The aim is to provide an enabling
environment for skills development to help people participate in the economy
and escape poverty. PPC is committed to empowering the community to experience
a better quality of life. Through our enterprise development will assist in
creating jobs in the communities,” says PPC Southern Africa Managing Director,
Njombo Lekula.

PPC Cement, is
committed to living its brand vision ‘strength beyond’. By hosting brick making
workshops in communities, the business can engage and educate the community on
sector challenges and opportunities.

“The workshops provide an environment for
skills development. Upskilling is critical in our current economy where
unemployment is rife. With the scarcity of jobs, investing in the right skills
is vital to empower people to create their own employment and employment for
others. In so doing, we are giving them the tools and confidence to participate
in the local economy,” continues Lekula.

From Soshanguve the next workshop will be
hosted in the following areas:

  • Daveyton
  • Tsakane
  • Soweto


A leading supplier of cement and related
products in southern Africa, PPC Ltd has nine cement factories in South Africa,
Botswana, Zimbabwe and Rwanda. In 2016 PPC commissioned its fifth milling
depot, located in Harare, Zimbabwe, bringing PPC’s current capacity to around
nine million tons of cement products each year. As part of its strategy and
long-term vision, PPC is expanding its operations in South Africa, and
extending its footprint into the DRC and Ethiopia. PPC’s Materials business,
comprising Safika Cement, Pronto Readymix (including Ulula Ash) and, the
recently acquired 3Q Mahuma Concrete, forms part of the company’s channel
management strategy for southern Africa. As a result of these acquisitions
PPC’s footprint has grown to include 26 readymix batching plants across South
Africa and Mozambique and the capacity to produce half a million tons of fly ash.
PPC also produces aggregates with its Mooiplaas aggregates quarry in Gauteng
having the largest aggregate production capacity in South Africa. PPC Lime, one
of the largest lime producers in the southern hemisphere, produces
metallurgical-grade lime, burnt dolomite and limestone.

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