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Bamburi targets limestone mines in Mombasa, Kwale counties

Cement maker Bamburi is seeking approval to mine limestone in Mombasa and Kwale counties, even as the company on Friday announced management changes.

Bamburi in a gazette notice published on Friday showed it has submitted an application to the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining to grant them a mining licence over 11,1596 km2. The licences are currently under consideration by the Mining ministry. “Any objection to the grant of the prospecting license may be made in writing and addressed to the Cabinet secretary,” said Mining secretary John Munyes in the gazette notice.

On Friday the cement firm announced changes in its management naming former Unilever executive Grace Oluoch as its finance director. She took over from Eric Kironde, who has been the company’s finance director since 2011. Kironde, who briefly held the post of Bamburi MD in an acting capacity between October last year and February, has now been reassigned other unnamed roles, the cement firm said.

“The company is pleased to announce the appointment of Grace Oluoch as finance director,” said Bamburi in a regulatory notice on Friday. Early this year, Bamburi named Seddiq Hassani as its new MD and appointed him to the firm's board. The appointment then saw Kironde relegated to his finance director responsibilities, which he has now lost.

Hassani joined the cement maker from LafargeHolcim's global operations where he served as head of growth and innovation for Middle East and Africa. Global conglomerate LafargeHolcim controls a 58.6% cent stake in the cement maker. Bamburi is East Africa’s largest cement maker by market share.

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New Mpumalanga mall set to spur growth in the area

The R240-million Thulamahashe Mall, in Mpumalanga, a new development between partners Nthwese Developments and Twin City, is set to open on October 25, and is expected to create an economic upswing in the rural area, says Nthwese Developments MD Seabelo Theledi.

The development has a gross leasable area of 18 500 m2 and is well positioned in Thulamahashe, a small town that feeds the North-eastern Bushbuckridge area in Mpumalanga. Theledi says the company was able to deliver the project in about 13 months. The mall will be anchored by South African retailers Shoprite and Superspar, with the former already ready to trade. The mall comprises 8% smaller local retailers, with the other 92% being national retailers.

“Our retailers are confident that the centre will have a high level of foot traffic and trading density, given the bullish nature of the area, which is severely underserved in terms of retail facilities and bulk infrastructure.” During the course of the development, the partners factored in bulk infrastructure, such as sewers, electricity and roads, and have upgraded some of this infrastructure for the benefit of the community.

The development also contributes toward employment and business opportunities for local communities. This will build on successes achieved during the construction phase, with an estimated 600 jobs already created, 350 of which are permanent.

“We’ve embarked on a very inclusive process in this development, ensuring that there’s as much community participation as possible.” Unemployment is a big issue in the area and such development brings relief in terms of job creation, with a multiplier effect, Theledi says. 

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Aspasa’s Nico Pienaar recognised at H&S Summit

At the 2018 Mine Occupational Health & Safety Summit held in Benoni on 18 and 19 October 2018, hosted by the Minister of Mineral Resources, the Honourable Gwede Mantashe, Aspasa’s Nico Pienaar was presented with a Mine Health and Safety Council Certificate of Recognition.

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BBF Safety Group recognised KZN Top Business Awards

BBF Safety Group is proud to have been recognised in multiple categories at the recent Durban Chamber of Commerce KZN Exporter of the Year Awards held at the Durban International Convention Centre.

The workplace safety solutions provider – who now exports to over 20 countries globally –was named the winner in the Emerging Markets category. With entries having been open to all exporters in KwaZulu-Natal, this was unmistakably a top achievement for the company.

In addition to this, the BBF Safety Group was also named a finalist in thefollowing categories:

Manufacturers – all companies operating in the manufacturing sector in KZN

Africa – companies who export into Africa

The awards, now in their 18th year, are a showcase and celebration of emerging and established KwaZulu-Natal-based exporters of a wide range of goods and services, with the aim of stimulating the growth of the province’s economy.

“We are honoured to have been recognised in these categories and want to extend our sincerest gratitude to our clients in both the exports and domestic markets for their ongoing support and continued business. As a trusted partner to hundreds of businesses across Africa and beyond, we remain deeply committed to our purpose of keeping people safe at work and continue to maintain excellence and innovation in all that we do”, said Tven Heyer BBF Group Export Manager. 

In addition to being the largest manufacturer of safety footwear in Africa, BBF Safety Group is an integrated workplace safety solutions provider offering a full portfolio of head-to-toe personal protective equipment (PPE) and expert SHEQ services. Operating out of five ISO 9001 accredited manufacturing facilities across the South Africa, the company offers more than four thousand PPE products and produces over 3 million pairs of safety footwear and gumboots annually.

For more information, visit www.bbfsafety.co.za

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