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Stone Quarrying, Clay and Sandpits, and Mining of Phosphates
BY Alex Conradie
South Africa
13 December 2019
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Stone Quarrying, Clay and Sandpits, and Mining of Phosphates


Low activity levels in the construction sector and rising input costs are providing challenges for the quarrying and the phosphate rock mining sectors. The construction sector, on which the industry relies, continues to struggle, largely due to low government spending on infrastructure, while some industry operations have experienced community unrest. Infrastructure projects are increasingly being packaged into smaller parts to allow emerging construction companies to take part in infrastructure development, leading some quarrying and phosphate companies to adapt their business models. South Africa’s quarrying sector consists of a large number of players, including global cement producers like LafargeHolcim, major South African companies like PPC, and many smaller producers.


Phosphate Rock Developments


The mining of phosphate rock is carried out by one large company, Foskor, and one smaller producer, Gecko Fert, while Kropz is developing a new mine. Foskor increased its production of phosphate rock concentrate but it continues to make losses and its board is reviewing its underperforming operations to develop a turnaround plan which may include it being modernised and possibly downscaled. Kropz, which has made a significant investment in the development of its Elandsfontein mine and processing facility on the West Coast, has delayed commissioning.


Report Coverage


This report on Stone Quarrying, Clay and Sandpits, and Mining of Phosphates, includes comprehensive information on the size and state of these sectors, production and trade data and corporate actions. There are profiles of 23 companies including Afrimat, which has 31 aggregate and sand quarries as well as limestone and silica mines, and other notable players in the sector such as PPC, Raubex, AfriSam and Lafarge Mining South Africa. Phosphate rock companies profiled include Foskor, which exploits the country’s largest phosphate rock deposit and Kropz, whose Elandsfontein mine will exploit South Africa’s largest sedimentary phosphate rock deposit.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 4
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 4
2.1. Industry Value Chain 4
2.2. Geographic Position 6
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 8
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 10
4.1. Local 10
4.1.1. Trade 12
4.1.2. Corporate Actions 15
4.1.3. Regulations 16
4.1.4. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 19
4.2. Continental 20
4.3. International 21
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 25
5.1. Economic Environment 25
5.2. Environmental Concerns 26
5.3. Labour 27
5.4. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 29
6. COMPETITION 30
6.1. Barriers to Entry 31
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 31
8. OUTLOOK 32
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 32
10. REFERENCES 33
10.1. Publications 33
10.2. Websites 33
APPENDIX 1 - SUMMARY OF NOTABLE PLAYERS 35
Stone Quarrying, Clay & Sandpits 35
Mining of Phosphates 38
COMPANY PROFILES – STONE QUARRYING, CLAY & SANDPITS 39
AFRIMAT LTD 39
AFRISAM (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 45
ATTACLAY (PTY) LTD 50
BRIKOR LTD 52
COROBRIK (PTY) LTD 56
DANGOTE CEMENT SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 60
DENRON QUARRIES (PTY) LTD 62
DRIFT SUPERSAND (PTY) LTD 64
EAGLE GRANITE (PTY) LTD 66
G AND W BASE AND INDUSTRIAL MINERALS (PTY) LTD 67
LAFARGE MINING SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 69
MARLIN HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 72
MAXIMA SILICA (PTY) LTD 75
PPC LTD 77
R E D GRANITI SA (PTY) LTD 82
RAUBEX GROUP LTD 84
SILICA QUARTZ (PTY) LTD 89
SOUTH COAST STONE CRUSHERS (PTY) LTD 91
THABA CHUEU MINING (PTY) LTD 93
W G WEARNE LTD 95
COMPANY PROFILES - MINING OF PHOSPHATES 98
FOSKOR (PTY) LTD 98
GECKO FERT (PTY) LTD 102
KROPZ PLC 103