Founded as Anglovaal Portland Cement Company Limited in 1934, AfriSam is today the leading black-controlled construction materials group in southern Africa. The company has operations in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland and produces over four million tons of cement annually. AfriSam has six cement production facilities, eight cement depots, 16 quarries and aggregate operations, 40 readymix concrete plants and a Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag (GGBFS) milling plant. The company also has a 62.5 percent interest in Tanzania-based and listed, Tanga Cement Company.
The company has three core values that guide the manner in which it conducts its business:
People: In recognition of the reality that people are what make the business, AfriSam strives to conduct its day-to-day business dealings and communication with integrity and in a professional, courteous and honest manner.
Planet: AfriSam is responsible for the impact of its actions on the community and environment. The company has a responsible approach to all its stakeholders in the community and utilises natural resources in a deliberate way, thereby sustaining life for future generations.
Performance: AfriSam is uncompromising in its professionalism and utilises the time, energy and resources available to the company to make a valuable contribution to its customers, colleagues and business partners.
‘Afri’ refers to the company’s proud African heritage and the sub-Saharan African countries in which it operates. ‘Sam’ comes from the word samente or disamente which means cement in six of South Africa’s official languages. In essence, AfriSam is all about African cement.
STATISTICS / DEMOGRAPHICS / HISTORY
Year founded: 1934
AfriSam (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd was founded as Anglo Alpha Cement Limited, changing its name to Alpha (Pty) Ltd in 1996 and later to Holcim (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd in 2004. The historic sale of the former Holcim (SA) (Pty) Ltd to the black-led AfriSam Consortium in 2007 resulted in the birth of the new brand, AfriSam.
Business sector: Construction materials
Employees: ±2 000 permanent employees and 1 000 sub-contractors
Description of activities: Production and supply of cement, aggregate and ready mix concrete and related services.
The company has three core values that guide the manner in which it conducts its business: people, planet and performance. AfriSam’s continued association with the Holcim Group and the technical relationship between the two companies provides AfriSam with access to Holcim’s vast facilities worldwide – the Group is more globally spread than any other building materials group, with representation in more than 70 countries on all continents.
GENDER EMPOWERMENT & SED
AfriSam’s ‘Women in Mining’ is a skills development programme specifically aimed at developing women and providing them with opportunities for various careers in the mining and construction sector.
Recently, AfriSam was awarded the prestigious Mail & Guardian Greening the Future Award in the category of energy efficiency and carbon management. The judges singled out AfriSam for setting new benchmarks in the construction industry. In 2010, AfriSam won the Nedbank Capital Green Mining Award in the environmental category for its CO2 footprint reduction initiatives.
AfriSam Shared Services Centre (SSC), Constantia Office Park
Cnr 14th Avenue & Hendrik Potgieter Road, Weltevredenpark