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Stone Quarrying, Clay and Sandpits
BY Alex Conradie
South Africa
19 September 2017
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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Stone Quarrying, Clay and Sandpits


The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) lists 881 quarrying operations located throughout South Africa. 92.2 million tonnes of mined aggregate, clay, natural sand, dimension stone and limestone to the value of R9.4bn was sold locally during 2016 while the value of exports of quarry products reached US$61.5m. Although the majority of quarries are individually owned by small operators, a number of large companies are also involved in the sector. These include cement producers like Lafarge, PPC, AfriSam and Dangote Cement that own limestone quarries, construction companies such as Raubex that own sand and aggregate operations, and brick manufacturers like Corobrik that own clay quarries.


A challenging environment


The quarrying sector is largely dependent on the construction industry for demand for its products and the decrease of 0.5% in the construction sector in the second quarter of 2017, following the decrease of 0.8% during the first quarter, has resulted in trying times for companies. Rapidly rising input costs and regulatory uncertainty are also proving challenging. During June 2017 the Chamber of Mines lodged an urgent application to the High Court to prevent the implementation of the Reviewed Mining Charter published earlier that month. The organisation stated that should the Mining Charter be implemented, it will “destroy the very industry whose survival is necessary to give effect to the objects of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act.”


Report coverage


The report on Stone Quarrying, Clay and Sandpits examines current conditions, developments and investments as well as factors that influence the success of the sector. The report profiles 20 companies ranging from major players to smaller role players such as Attaclay (Pty) Ltd, which has one clay mine in Gauteng, and Silica Quartz (Pty) Ltd which mines one silica sand quarry in Mpumalanga. Also profiled is Brikor Ltd which went into provisional liquidation in 2103 and is currently selling off a number of assets.


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 3
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 7
4.1. Local 7
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 12
4.1.2. Regulations 13
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 17
4.2. Continental 18
4.3. International 18
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 20
5.1. State of the Construction Industry 20
5.2. Economic Environment 21
5.3. Environmental Concerns 21
5.4. Labour 22
5.5. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 24
6. COMPETITION 25
6.1. Barriers to Entry 26
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 26
8. OUTLOOK 27
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 27
10. REFERENCES 28
10.1. Publications 28
10.2. Websites 28
APPENDIX 1 - THE SILICA ROCK SECTOR 30
I. SILICA ROCK, SILICA SAND AND SILICA CHIP 30
II. SILICON METAL 33
III. FERROSILICON 36
IV. SILICA FUME (MICROSILICA) 39
V. SILICON CARBIDE 41
VI. GLASS 44
VII. ELECTRODE PASTE 44
COMPANY PROFILES 47
AFRIMAT LTD 47
AFRISAM (SOUTH AFRICA) (PTY) LTD 54
ATTACLAY (PTY) LTD 59
BRIKOR LTD 61
COROBRIK (PTY) LTD 64
DANGOTE CEMENT SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 68
DENRON QUARRIES (PTY) LTD 70
DRIFT SUPERSAND (PTY) LTD 72
EAGLE GRANITE (PTY) LTD 74
G AND W BASE AND INDUSTRIAL MINERALS (PTY) LTD 75
LAFARGE MINING SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 77
MARLIN HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 80
MAXIMA SILICA (PTY) LTD 82
PPC LTD 84
R E D GRANITI SA (PTY) LTD 89
RAUBEX GROUP LTD 91
SILICA QUARTZ (PTY) LTD 95
SOUTH COAST STONE CRUSHERS (PTY) LTD 97
THABA CHUEU MINING (PTY) LTD 99
W G WEARNE LTD 101