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16-Oct-2017
(Official Notice)
PPC advised its shareholders of the following changes to the PPC Board committees, with immediate effect;

? Re-Appointment of Mr T Moyo as a member of the Audit committee, whose appointment will be confirmed by shareholders at the next AGM in 2018;

? appointment of Mr Mhlarhi and Ms Gobodo as members of the Nominations committee;

? appointment of Ms Gobodo as a member and chairperson of the Social, Ethics and Transformation committee.



The aforementioned committee memberships will now be as follows;



Audit Committee:



Ms NN Gobodo

Ms NM Goldin

Mr T Moyo

Mr TDA Ross



Nominations Committee:



Ms NN Gobodo

Mr SK Mhlarhi

Mr T Moyo

Mr PG Nelson



Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee:



Ms S Dakile-Hlongwane

Ms NN Gobodo

Mr T Leaf-Wright

06-Oct-2017
(Official Notice)
Shareholders of PPC (?Shareholders?) are referred to the announcement published on the Stock Exchange News Service (?SENS?) on 14 September 2017, wherein Shareholders were advised that the board of directors of PPC (the ?board?) had received a non-binding communication of interest from Dangote Cement Plc (?Dangote?) with respect to a proposed combination involving the acquisition by Dangote of the entire issued capital of PPC (?Proposed Combination?).



Shareholders are advised that, on 5 October 2017, the board received from Dangote a formal withdrawal of its interest in respect of the Proposed Combination.



Notwithstanding such withdrawal, in view of the partial offer by Fairfax Africa Investments (Pty) Ltd., and ongoing engagement regarding a credible indicative proposal for a potential pan-African combination with PPC, Shareholders are advised to continue exercising caution when dealing in securities of the Company until such time as a further announcement is made in this regard.
03-Oct-2017
(Official Notice)
02-Oct-2017
(Official Notice)
In terms of section 7.2 of the JSE Limited Debt Listings Requirements, noteholders are hereby advised that the Company?s Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2017 are available on PPC Ltd?s website.



The document can be viewed or downloaded through the below link: http://www.ppc.co.za/investors/financials/annual-report/

26-Sep-2017
(Official Notice)
PPC will be participating in the RMB Morgan Stanley Big Five Investor Conference in Cape Town on Tuesday 26 September 2017 and Wednesday 27 September 2017, and has, in preparation for this event, posted an investor presentation on PPC?s website: www.ppc.co.za. This investor presentation provides an operational update of PPC?s performance during the first five months of the financial year as well an update on the group?s debt position for the same period.



Effective selling prices rose by 2.0% in the SA cement business, whilst volumes are marginally down compared with the same period last year. In the Rest of Africa businesses, Zimbabwe and Rwanda continue to deliver high double digit volume growth. Utilisation in Zimbabwe has risen to between 50 and 60%, whilst Rwanda has increased to between 60 and 70%. DRC continues with its steady ramp-up, with Ethiopia having received orders of more than 150 000 tons since commissioning, of which 65% has been delivered.



The group?s net debt position has improved further at the end of August 2017 compared with June 2017. Negotiations have commenced with lenders regarding the restructuring of outstanding debt in the DRC, as well as negotiations regarding the deferment of EPC contract retention fees amounting to US$24m previously disclosed to shareholders. The latter could either be deferred for 18 ? 24 months, or be converted into equity in the DRC business subject to due diligence.
15-Sep-2017
(Official Notice)
Shareholders of PPC (?Shareholders?) are referred to the announcement published on SENS on 4 September 2017 wherein Shareholders were advised of the firm intention by Fairfax Africa Investments (Pty) Ltd. (?Fairfax?) to:

- make a partial offer to acquire ordinary shares representing a value of up to R2 billion of the issued ordinary stated capital of PPC, at an offer price of R5.75 per ordinary share of PPC (?the Partial Offer?); and

- as one of the conditions precedent to the Partial Offer, give effect to a merger between PPC and AfriSam Group (Pty) Ltd. based on a share exchange ratio of 58 (PPC):42 (AfriSam) (the ?PPC AfriSam Merger?),

together referred to as, ?the Transaction?.



As previously outlined in the aforementioned announcement, the Partial Offer constitutes an ?affected transaction?. As such, PPC has constituted an independent board (the ?Independent Board?) which is currently considering the terms and conditions, as well as the merits, of the transaction in addition to other proposals received.



The Independent Board has published an information document on PPC?s website (www.ppc.co.za), together with a question and answer segment, the purpose of which is to provide shareholders, employees and other stakeholders with:

- the necessary information outlining the regulatory procedures and timing of the Transaction; and

- clarity on some assertions made in relation to the proposed PPC AfriSam Merger



Shareholders must note that the Independent Board is in the process of retaining an independent expert in accordance with the Companies Act Regulations, to prepare and issue a report as to whether the Partial Offer is fair and reasonable. At this point in time, the Independent Board is still considering the merits of the Partial Offer and will advise on the outcome in due course.



The Independent Board will continue to keep Shareholders informed in accordance with its fiduciary duties and regulatory obligations.
14-Sep-2017
(Official Notice)
Shareholders of PPC (?Shareholders?) are referred to the announcement published on SENS on 4 September 2017 wherein Shareholders were advised of additional indicative proposals from two other trade bidders, each in relation to a potential pan-African combination with PPC.



PPC confirmed that it has received a non-binding communication of interest from Dangote Cement Plc (?Dangote?) with respect to the acquisition of the entire share capital of PPC (?Indicative Proposal?). The Independent Board of PPC is considering the Indicative Proposal and will make a further announcement in due course once it has concluded its consideration of the Indicative Proposal.



The Indicative Proposal, if implemented, may have a material impact on the price of the company?s shares. Accordingly, shareholders are advised to continue exercising caution when dealing in securities of the company until such time a further announcement is made.
08-Sep-2017
(Official Notice)
PPC will be hosting an Investor Day on Friday the 08 September 2017 and has, in preparation for this event, posted an investor presentation on PPC`s website: www.ppc.co.za (?Presentation?). The Presentation provides a strategic update on key priorities of the company and also includes an update on financial positioning as well a strategic update of the Southern Africa, Rest of Africa and Materials operations.
04-Sep-2017
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are referred to the announcement published on SENS on 25 August 2017, in terms of which shareholders were notified of the termination of the heads of terms entered into between AfriSam Group (Pty) Ltd. (?AfriSam?) and PPC in respect of a potential merger between the two companies. That announcement also noted that, notwithstanding such termination, AfriSam had indicated to PPC that it intended to submit a new proposal regarding a possible merger of the two companies.



Further to that announcement, shareholders are hereby advised that on 1 September 2017, Fairfax Africa Investments (Pty) Ltd. (?Fairfax?), on behalf of a subsidiary to be nominated by Fairfax (the ?Offeror?), delivered to the board of directors of PPC (?the Board?) a letter (?Firm Intention Letter?), indicating that the Offeror has a firm intention to make a partial offer to acquire ordinary shares representing a value of R2 billion of the issued ordinary stated capital of PPC, at an offer price of R5.75 per ordinary share of PPC (?the Partial Offer?). One of the conditions precedent to the Partial Offer becoming effective is that shareholders of PPC approve a proposal to give effect to a merger between PPC and AfriSam, further details of which are set out below. Fairfax has participated with AfriSam in the latest engagement with PPC.



Idenitty of offeror

Fairfax has indicated in the Firm Intention Letter that the Offeror is a subsidiary of Fairfax Africa Holdings Corporation (?Fairfax Africa?), which is an investment holding company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (?TSX?) under the symbol "FAH.U", with a market capitalisation of over USD600 million and approximately USD400 million of investable cash. Fairfax Africa's controlling shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., is a holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and investment management. Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. is listed on the TSX under the symbol "FFH".



Consideration Offered

Fairfax has indicated in the Firm Intention Letter that the acquisition consideration offered by the Offeror is R5.75 per ordinary share of PPC, payable in cash for a total offer consideration of R2 billion (?Offer Consideration?).



Cautionary

PPC shareholders are accordingly advised to continue exercising caution when dealing in securities of the Company until such time as a further announcement is made.
28-Aug-2017
(Official Notice)
PPC advises its shareholders that all the proposed ordinary and special resolutions contained in the Notice of the AGM dated 12 July 2017 and tabled at the Company?s AGM held on Monday, 28 August 2017 were passed by the requisite majority of votes cast by shareholders, with the exception of ordinary resolution 3 withdrawn at the AGM and ordinary resolution 13 which failed to meet the requisite majority votes in favour.
25-Aug-2017
(Official Notice)
Shareholders of PPC are referred to various cautionary announcements, first published on the Stock Exchange News Service (?SENS?) on 13 February 2017 and the last on 17 July 2017, regarding the Heads of Terms (?HoT?) entered into by AfriSam Group (Pty) Ltd. (?AfriSam?) and PPC (collectively, the ?Parties?), to assess the merits of a potential merger (?Proposed Merger?) between the Parties and to enter into formal discussions in this regard.



AfriSam has notified PPC that it has terminated the HoT which formed the basis of the current engagements between the Parties with regard to the Proposed Merger. Notwithstanding the termination of the HoT, AfriSam has indicated to PPC that it intends submitting a new proposal regarding a possible combination of the Parties.



The outcome of these discussions may have a material impact on the price of the Company?s securities. Accordingly, shareholders are advised to continue exercising caution when dealing in securities of the Company until such time a further announcement is made.
17-Aug-2017
(Official Notice)
26-Jul-2017
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that the Company?s 2017 Integrated Report containing the summarised audited financial statements for the financial year ended 31 March 2017 was posted to shareholders on Wednesday 26 July 2017 and contains no modifications to the audited preliminary financial statement published on SENS on 7 June 2017.



A full copy of the financial statements will be available for viewing and downloading, effective Thursday 27 July 2017, at www.ppc.co.za. The financial statements were audited by Deloitte - Touche, who expressed an unmodified audit opinion. A copy of the aforementioned audit report is available for inspection at the Company?s registered office, together with the financial statements identified in the audit opinion.



The 125th AGM of the Company will be held in the auditorium at the JSE Limited, One Exchange Square, Sandown, on Monday, 28 August 2017 at 12:00 for the purpose of conducting the business as stated in the Notice of AGM which has been posted with the Integrated Report. Accordingly, the record date for the meeting is Friday, 18 August 2017.



Change in directorships post board approval of the integrated report

Shareholders were notified in respect of paragraph 3.59 (b) of the JSE Limited?s Listings Requirements regarding the following changes:

Mr Tito Mboweni, an independent non-executive director, and Chair of the Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee of the board of PPC, resigned with effect from 18 July 2017.



Further, PPC advised shareholders on the 24th July 2017 of the resignation of Darryll Castle, Chief Executive Officer and Director of PPC.



Mr Johan Claassen, the Managing Director of the South African cement business, was appointed as interim CEO of PPC and as an Executive Director to the PPC Board on the 24th July 2017.
24-Jul-2017
(Official Notice)
24-Jul-2017
(Official Notice)
PPC announced that the company and the CEO have agreed to part ways. Mr Castle has accordingly decided to resign his PPC group directorships but will be available to the PPC Group to ensure a smooth handover for a period of six months. He will be pursuing other interests.



On behalf of the board, the Chairman Mr Peter Nelson said that the Nominations Committee of the board will commence the process to appoint a permanent CEO immediately. With immediate effect and in the transitional period Mr Johan Claassen, the Managing Director of the South African cement business, has been appointed as interim CEO of PPC Ltd. and as an Executive Director to the PPC Ltd. board, until such time as a permanent CEO and Executive Director is appointed. He holds a BEng (University of Stellenbosch) and EDP (Wits Business School) and has served as a member of the group executive team since January 2013. Mr Claassen has more than 28 years? experience in all facets of the cement industry and has been with PPC for that period.
19-Jul-2017
(Official Notice)
Shareholders were notified that Mr Tito Mboweni, an independent non-executive director, and Chair of the Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee of the board of PPC, has resigned from the board of PPC with effect from 18 July 2017.
17-Jul-2017
(Official Notice)
Shareholders of PPC are referred to various cautionary announcements published on the Stock Exchange News Service (?SENS?) on 13 February, 27 March, 11 May and 6 June 2017, regarding the Heads of Terms entered into by AfriSam Group (Pty) Ltd. and PPC (collectively the ?Parties?), to assess the merits of a potential merger (?Proposed Merger?) between the Parties and to enter into formal discussions in this regard.



Shareholders are advised that the due diligence assessment and the discussions regarding the Proposed Merger are still in progress and, if implemented, may have a material impact on the price of the company?s shares. Accordingly, shareholders are advised to continue exercising caution when dealing in securities of the company until such time a further announcement is made.
13-Jun-2017
(Official Notice)
PPC is pleased to announce the appointment of Anashrin Pillay to the position of Group Manager: Investor Relations. He will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer, Darryll Castle, and will be an invitee to all Group Executive Committee meetings. Anashrin, who holds a Bachelor of Science (Actuarial Science) degree, joined PPC in October 2014. Since joining PPC, he has been actively involved in the Commercial department where he led the company?s Profit Improvement Programme and the 3Q Mahuma Concrete acquisition. Prior to joining PPC, Anashrin has worked as an investment analyst at Stanlib Asset Management and as a rated sell side analyst at Afrifocus Securities. Azola Lowan, the current incumbent, assumes the role of Head: Operations Strategy in the PPC Materials Business where she will be responsible for developing and implementing corporate strategy, goals, policies, and short/long term objectives for the Materials Business.

07-Jun-2017
(C)
PPC changed their year end to March 2017, therefore there are no comparable figure. Revenue was R9.641 billion, gross profit came in at R2.282 billion, operating profit was recorded at R1.027 billion, while profit for the year attributable to shareholders of PPC was R93 million. Furthermore, headline earnings per share was 7 cents per share.



Dividend

The company?s dividend policy considers its growth aspirations as well as the prudency of its capital structure. Under the current circumstances, the board deems it prudent to address debt refinancing and optimisation of the capital structure before dividend payments are considered. In line with this, the directors have decided not to declare a dividend.



Company prospects

The delivery of key rest of Africa cement projects has increased PPC?s cement capacity and geographic footprint. PPC remains well positioned for the medium to long term, notwithstanding the current challenging operating climate. The business will continue to focus on mitigating economic and market risks in the regions we operate in, while continuing to optimise the group?s capital and cost structures. This should enable the group to compete efficiently and effectively in all our geographies.



Further cautionary

PPC and Afrisam are currently conducting due diligence work related to a possible merger of the two entities ("proposed merger"). No definitive conclusions have been reached at this juncture and the company will continue to inform shareholders of developments in due course.



If the proposed merger is implemented, it may have a material impact on the price of the company?s shares. Accordingly, shareholders are advised to continue exercising caution when dealing in securities of the company until such time a further announcement is made.
01-Jun-2017
(Official Notice)
PPC is finalising its results for the financial year ended 31 March 2017. It should be noted that as the comparable period results related to a six month period following the change in the company?s financial year from September to March, for ease of comparison, pro forma financial information reflecting the calculation of the twelve month financial information to March 2016 was released on SENS on 9 March 2017. The results for the financial year ended 31 March 2017 are accordingly compared to the pro forma financial results for the twelve months ended 31 March 2016.



Group EBITDA is projected to contract by 10 - 15%, whilst net profit attributable to PPC shareholders is expected to decline by 85 - 95%.



Basic earnings and headline earnings per share for the year ended 31 March 2017 are expected to be between 85% and 95% lower (between 18 cents and 6 cents; and between 16 cents and 5 cents respectively) compared to 117 cents and 107 cents for the 12 months ended 31 March 2016, adjusting for the weighted average number of shares.



On a normalised basis and taking cognizance of the increased weighted average number of shares following the rights issue and conclusion of part of the BEE1 transaction, earnings and headline earnings per share are expected be between 25% and 35% (between 50 cents and 43 cents per share) below the comparable pro forma reporting period. Weighted average number of shares used for this calculation is 1.14 billion.



The information in this trading statement has not been reviewed or reported on by the company?s external auditors. PPC will release its final results for the year ended 31 March 2017 on 7 June 2017.



11-May-2017
(Official Notice)
Shareholders of PPC are referred to the cautionary announcements published on the Stock Exchange News Service (?SENS?) on 13 February and 27 March 2017, regarding the Heads of Terms entered into by AfriSam Group (Pty) Ltd. and PPC (collectively the ?Parties?), to assess the merits of a potential merger (?Proposed Merger?) between the Parties and to enter into formal discussions in this regard. Shareholders are advised that the assessment and the discussions regarding the Proposed Merger are still in progress and, if implemented, may have a material impact on the price of the Company?s shares. Accordingly, shareholders are advised to continue exercising caution when dealing in securities of the Company until such time a further announcement is made.
27-Mar-2017
(Official Notice)
Shareholders of PPC are referred to the detailed cautionary announcement published on the Stock Exchange News Service (?SENS?) on 13 February 2017, regarding the Heads of Terms entered into by AfriSam Group (Pty) Ltd. and PPC (collectively the ?Parties?), to assess the merits of a potential merger (?Proposed Merger?) between the Parties and to enter into formal discussions in this regard.



Shareholders are advised that the assessment and the discussions regarding the Proposed Merger are still in progress and, if implemented, may have a material impact on the price of the Company?s shares. Accordingly, shareholders are advised to continue exercising caution when dealing in securities of the Company until such time a further announcement is made.
13-Mar-2017
(Official Notice)
PPC will be participating in the Merrill Lynch Investor Conference and has, in preparation for this event, posted an investor presentation on PPC`s website: www.ppc.co.za The company will also host an investor site visit in Zimbabwe on 16-17 March 2017; in preparation for this event, a site visit presentation has also been posted on the company?s website.



The Merrill Lynch investor presentation provides an operational update which reflects what was previously communicated to shareholders through the Stock Exchange News Service on 02 February 2017. In addition to this operational update, the investor presentation also includes an update on the company?s balance sheet. Particularly that, following the significant de-gearing to September 2016, the group?s net debt has reduced further to R4.4 billion as at December 2016 due to the conclusion of a component of the first empowerment transaction.



The company has also provided an update on retail selling prices of cement in key geographies. Retail selling prices in most African countries have been declining on the back of increased cement capacity as well as lower economic growth. Notably, the prevailing price of cement at retail stores has declined by about 28% in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on the back of an influx of imports and the entry of a new producer in the local market. Pricing in the DRC is expected to normalise once government?s cement import ban is reinstated. The lower realisable retail selling prices of cement imply lower factory gate prices which will put pressure on margins in these territories.



Adverse weather has negatively affected cement and concrete sales in South Africa during January and February 2017. In many parts of the country, rainfall in excess of 200mm was experienced during these two months.
13-Feb-2017
(Official Notice)
Shareholders of PPC are hereby advised that the Board of Directors of PPC and the Board of Directors of AfriSam Group (Pty) Ltd. (?AfriSam?) (collectively the ?Parties?) have entered into a Heads of Terms to assess the merits of a potential merger between the two groups (?Proposed Merger?) and to enter into formal discussions in this regard. The Parties have independently concluded that current market circumstances, warrant entering into formal discussions to consider the Proposed Merger.



Cautionary

The discussions between PPC and AfriSam regarding the Proposed Merger, if implemented, may have a material impact on the price of the Company?s shares. Accordingly, shareholders are advised to exercise caution when dealing in securities of the Company until such time a further announcement is made.



A live investor and analyst conference call will be held at 08:30 (SAST) on 13 February 2016. PPC CEO Darryll Castle will briefly address investors and analysts and then open the floor to questions.
09-Feb-2017
(Official Notice)
PPC announces the appointment of Ms Nonkululeko ?Nonku? Gobodo (56) as a non-executive director to the board of directors of PPC and Audit Committee member with effect from 8 February 2017.

03-Feb-2017
(Media Comment)
Business Report indicated that listed cement and lime producer PPC improved its broad based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) contributor level to level 4 from level 8 in December because of a new empowerment transaction. The company confirmed this, but indicated that the details related to the proposed new B-BBEE III transaction would be communicated to shareholders during the first half of this year
02-Feb-2017
(Official Notice)
17-Jan-2017
(Official Notice)
Following the conclusion of the Strategic Black Partners (?SBPs?) and Community Service Groups (?CSGs?) components of PPC?s 2008 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (?B-BBEE?) transaction, as amended, PPC advises that the SBPs and CSGs have subscribed for 15.6 million shares as part of the compulsory subscription agreements. Consequently, the Company received R1 billion on 15 December 2016. Simultaneously, PPC bought back and cancelled 48.6 million shares at 10 cents per share. The above transaction resulted in the net stated capital reducing by 33 million shares to 1 591 million shares.



The Company will use the R1 billion to further reduce its debt and fund capital expenditure, in particular, relating to the Slurry kiln 9 project. The conclusion of this transaction has, however, reduced the Company?s empowerment credentials. Work to design and implement a new B-BBEE (BEE III) transaction is progressing well and will be communicated to shareholders in the first half of the 2017 calendar year.
08-Dec-2016
(Official Notice)
PPC shareholders (?Shareholders?) are referred to the announcement released on the Stock Exchange News Service of the JSE Ltd. (?SENS?)on 6 December 2016 regarding a General Meeting of Shareholders (?General Meeting?) in terms of which Shareholders were requested to approve resolutions relating to the amendments to a component of PPC?s 2008 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Transaction and, as a separate independent transaction, the additional share allocations (?Proposed Transactions?).



Arising from enquiries from certain shareholders and following extensive engagement with its transfer secretaries, Computershare Investor Services (Pty) Ltd. (?Computershare?), the board of directors of PPC has become aware that some of the proxies submitted in respect of the General Meeting were inadvertently not taken into account by the Computershare scrutineers when determining the outcome of the shareholder vote on the various resolutions at the General Meeting. Computershare has communicated its sincere apologies to the board of directors of PPC for this unfortunate but inadvertent error.



In light of the above, shareholders were erroneously advised that all the resolutions set out in the Notice of a General Meeting were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders present and represented by proxy at the General Meeting held on Monday, 5 December 2016. This SENS announcement serves to rectify this error.



The revised results which reflect ordinary resolutions 4 and 5 as having failed to be approved, do not impact on the validity of ordinary resolutions 1, 2 and 3 which remain duly approved as stated in the original SENS announcement published on 6 December 2016, and will be implemented in accordance with their terms as set out in the Circular.
06-Dec-2016
(Official Notice)
PPC shareholders (?Shareholders?) are referred to the announcement released on SENS on 28 October 2016 regarding the posting of the circular to Shareholders, including the Notice of a General Meeting of Shareholders (?General Meeting?) in terms of which Shareholders were requested to approve the proposed resolutions relating to the proposed amendments to a component of PPC?s 2008 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Transaction and, as a separate independent transaction, the additional share allocations (?Proposed Transactions?). Shareholders are advised that all the resolutions set out in the Notice of a General Meeting were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders present and represented by proxy at the General Meeting held on Monday, 5 December 2016.
16-Nov-2016
(C)
The company recently changed financial year end from September to March going forward.This represents the interim results for September 2016 and there are no comparatives. Revenue amounted to R5.2 billion. Gross profit came in at R1.3 billion, while operating profit was recorded at R724 million. Profit attributable to shareholders was at R102 million. Headline earnings per share came to 14 cps.



Dividend

The company's dividend policy reflects its growth aspirations as well as having regards to the prudency of its capital structure. In line with this, the directors have declared no dividend.



Prospects

As the domestic cement market remains highly competitive, the immediate focus is on managing cost performance, paying particular attention to costs within management's control and maximising efficiencies. PPC introduced price increases in October and has seen volume losses on the back of revised pricing. While there has been a marked overall decline in imports year-on-year , recent indications are that imports from China are on the increase. In Zimbabwe, optimising the Harare mill will be a focus area. As PPC's projects in the DRC and Ethiopia near commissioning, the focus will shift from project implementation to operations and achieving maximum ramp-up without disrupting the market. The recent successful rights issue provides PPC with a significantly improved capital structure that will facilitate the pursuance of its business strategy. The company will continue to optimise its capital structure to ensure the business is cushioned against adverse changes in economic conditions.



16-Nov-2016
(Permanent)
PPC Ltd. have changed year from September to March.
01-Nov-2016
(Official Notice)
PPC advised its shareholders that all the proposed ordinary and special resolutions contained in the Notice of the AGM (?Notice?) dated 12 September 2016 and tabled at the Company?s AGM held on Monday, 31 October 2016 were passed by the requisite majority of votes cast by shareholders, with the exception of ordinary resolutions 9 and 10 which were withdrawn at the AGM.
31-Oct-2016
(Official Notice)
The group achieved reasonable cement volume growth, however weakness in selling prices has led to a marginal increase in gross profit. The expected earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation for the period will approximate that recorded for the six months ended 31 March 2016.



Trading statement

The board of directors of PPC advises that its headline earnings per share for the six months ended 30 September 2016 is expected to be between 65% and 85% lower than headline earnings as reported for the six months period ended 31 March 2016, which translates to expected headline earnings of between 19 cents and 8 cents per share.



Furthermore, basic earnings per share for the six months ended 30 September 2016 is expected to be between 70% and 90% lower than the basic earnings as reported for the six months period ended 31 March 2016, which translates to expected basic earnings of between 21 cents and 7 cents per share.



The main contributor to the decline relates to high financing costs incurred for the raising fee and related interest charges for the R2 billion liquidity and guarantee facility which was secured in June 2016 to redeem the outstanding PPC notes. The non-recurrence of the exceptional profit of R117 million made on the sale of non-core assets in the prior period has also contributed to the period on period decline in basic earnings per share. Furthermore, the devaluation of local currencies, in particular the DRC and Rwanda, against the US dollar has led to revaluation losses being recognised on foreign currency denominated receivables and borrowings in the current reporting period.



PPC changed its year-end to 31 March and will release its reviewed interim results for the six month period ended 30 September 2016 on 16 November 2016.
31-Oct-2016
(Official Notice)
PPC advised its shareholders that Ms Bridgette Modise, who is retiring by rotation, decided not to make herself available for re-election at the Company?s annual general meeting of shareholders to be held on Monday, 31 October 2016 at 12:00(AGM).



As a consequence, the nominations committee and the Board has proposed the election of Ms Nicky Goldin as the third member of the audit committee, with effect from Monday, 31 October 2016. She will be joining Mr Todd Moyo and Mr Tim Ross, subject to shareholder approval at the annual general meeting. Both Messrs Moyo and Ross have been put forward as members of the audit committee, as required in terms of the Act.



Shareholders are further advised that Mr Timothy Leaf-Wright has been appointed as chairman of the risk and compliance committee with immediate effect.
28-Oct-2016
(Official Notice)
24-Oct-2016
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are referred to the results of the annual general meeting announcement released on SENS on 26 January 2016 and a subsequent announcement released on 30 March 2016, wherein they were advised of the retirement of the chairman of the PPC board (?Board?), Mr Bheki Sibiya, and the subsequent appointment of an interim chairman, Mr Peter Nelson.



The board has now appointed Mr Nelson as the permanent chairman with effect from 24 October 2016. Having successfully led the board during the capital raise period, and given his outstanding performance, the board believes that Mr Nelson is well suited to lead the board and the company on a permanent basis.

30-Sep-2016
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that the Company?s 2016 Integrated Report containing the summarised financial statements for the 6-month financial year ended 31 March 2016 was posted to shareholders on Friday, 30 September 2016 and contains no modifications to the audited abridged financial results published on SENS on 24 August 2016.



A full copy of the financial statements is available for viewing and downloading at www.ppc.co.za. The interactive Integrated Report has videos of the chairman, chief executive officer, chief financial officer and the MDs of Cement RSA and International giving an overview of the 2016 financial year and is available for viewing and downloading.



The 123rd AGM of the Company will be held in the auditorium at the JSE Ltd., One Exchange Square, Sandown, on Monday, 31 October 2016 at 12:00 for the purpose of conducting the business as stated in the Notice of AGM which has been posted with the Integrated Report.
23-Sep-2016
(Official Notice)
PPC will be participating in the RMB Morgan Stanley Big Five Investor Conference in Cape Town and has, in preparation for this event, posted an investor presentation on PPC?s website: www.ppc.co.za



This investor presentation provides an operational update of PPC?s performance during the first five months of the financial year as well as project updates.



Progress with the expansion projects in the DRC, Ethiopia and Slurry are progressing well with hot commissioning underway at the Harare mill in Zimbabwe.



The South African cement business has recorded volume growth of 6%, however selling prices declined 5%. Overall margins remain under pressure despite good cost control.



Cement sales volumes in the international business are up 8%, with volumes in Rwanda more than doubling relative to the previous period. Volumes and selling prices remain under pressure in Botswana and Zimbabwe.
19-Sep-2016
(Official Notice)
Shareholders of PPC (?Shareholders?) are referred to the announcement released on the Stock Exchange News Service of the JSE on Wednesday, 24 August 2016 and published in the South African press on Thursday, 25 August 2016 (?Finalisation Announcement?), setting out the final terms of the fully underwritten renounceable rights offer of 1 billion new ordinary PPC shares of no par value (?Rights Offer Shares?) at a subscription price of ZAR 4.00 per Rights Offer Share as proposed by the Company (?Rights Offer?).



The Rights Offer closed at 12:00 (SAST) on Friday, 16 September 2016 and the board of directors of PPC advise that the results of the Rights Offer are as follows:

- Shareholders and their renouncees subscribed for 920 406 614 Rights Offer Shares, equivalent to 92.0% of the total number of Rights Offer Shares available for subscription; and

- applications were received for 5 089 927 341 Rights Offer Shares, equivalent to 509.0% of the total Rights Offer Shares available for subscription, from holders of rights wishing to acquire Rights Offer Shares in addition to their rights entitlements (?Excess Applications?).
02-Sep-2016
(Official Notice)
Noteholders are hereby advised that the Company?s Annual Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2016 are available on PPC?s website. The document can be viewed or downloaded through the below link: www.ppc.co.za/investors/financials/annual-report/
24-Aug-2016
(Official Notice)
PPC has released quarter one results ending 30 June 2016 in order to support the rights offer process with up to date independently assured financial information



The company has on a once off basis had the quarter one 2017 results reviewed by its auditors, in preparation for this, has posted an investor presentation on our website: www.ppc.co.za
24-Aug-2016
(Official Notice)
24-Aug-2016
(Official Notice)
24-Aug-2016
(Official Notice)
23-Aug-2016
(Official Notice)
01-Aug-2016
(Official Notice)
PPC shareholders (Shareholders) are referred to the announcement released on the Stock Exchange News Service of the JSE Ltd on 1 July 2016 regarding the posting of the circular to Shareholders, including the Notice of a General Meeting of Shareholders (General Meeting) in terms of which Shareholders were requested to approve the proposed resolutions for the purposes of implementing a proposed rights offer.



Shareholders are advised that all the resolutions set out in the Notice of a General Meeting were passed by the requisite majority of shareholders present and represented at the General Meeting held today, 1 August 2016.

01-Jul-2016
(Official Notice)
28-Jun-2016
(Official Notice)
27-Jun-2016
(Official Notice)
Further to the announcement released by the company on the Stock Exchange News Service of the JSE Ltd. on 24 June 2016, confirming that the company had fulfilled all of the conditions precedent under the Liquidity and Guarantee Facility Agreement required to give effect to an irrevocable and unconditional guarantee in favour of Noteholders of the company?s outstanding notes, PPC now advises that it has entered into a standby underwriting agreement in relation to underwriting its proposed rights offer of R4 billion.



The company announced that it has mandated a syndicate of banks comprising The Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd., Nedbank Ltd., Absa Bank Ltd. and Rand Merchant Bank, a division of FirstRand Bank Ltd., (collectively the ?Joint Bookrunners?) to lead its proposed rights offer process. The Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd. has been appointed as Sole Global Coordinator.



The Joint Bookrunners have provided a standby underwriting commitment of R4 billion in relation to the proposed rights offer. This will be replaced by a formal underwriting commitment in due course, subject to the satisfactory fulfilment of the conditions precedent.



The company continues to target the posting of a circular to shareholders during the week of 27 June 2016 in order to convene a shareholders? extraordinary general meeting (?the EGM?), to approve the necessary resolutions required to implement the proposed rights offer, towards the end of July 2016.



Accordingly, a further announcement will be released providing shareholders with the salient dates and times of the EGM as well as further information relating to the proposed rights offer.



Further cautionary announcement

Shareholders are advised to continue to exercise caution when dealing in PPC securities until a further announcement in this regard is made.
24-Jun-2016
(Official Notice)
Holders of the company?s securities are advised that the company has fulfilled all of the conditions precedent under the Liquidity and Guarantee Facility Agreement (the Facility) required to give effect to the provision by each of Absa Bank Limited (acting through its Corporate and Investment Banking division), FirstRand Bank Limited (acting through its Rand Merchant Bank division), Nedbank Limited (acting through its Corporate and Investment Banking division) and The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited (acting through its Corporate and Investment Banking division) (collectively, the Notes Guarantors) of an irrevocable and unconditional pro rata guarantee (the Notes Guarantee) in favour of noteholders of the company?s outstanding notes, who following the recent ratings downgrade of the company?s rating, elect to have the company redeem the notes held by them or are desirous of exchanging their notes for notes with terms detailed in the Issuer Redemption and Consent Notice published by the company on the Stock Exchange News Service of the JSE Limited on Thursday, 2 June 2016.



The Facility and the Notes Guarantee have each been duly executed. The Notes Guarantee, guaranteeing the principal and interest under the notes up to an amount of ZAR2 billion, is irrevocable and unconditional.



The short-term liquidity position of the company has now been strengthened following the successful execution of the Facility.



Further cautionary announcement

Further to the previous cautionary announcements, and the information set out in this announcement, security holders are advised to continue to exercise caution when dealing in the company?s securities until a further announcement is made.



14-Jun-2016
(C)
31-May-2016
(Official Notice)
23-May-2016
(Official Notice)
PPC is in advanced stages of preparation to execute a capital raise, proceeds from which will be used to reduce current debt levels and fund existing committed expansion capital expenditure and investment projects. PPC has consistently communicated that it is reviewing its balance sheet in order to provide for the 2016 and 2017 debt maturity profile and to put the company in a good position to execute its strategy.



In addition, arising from its current and ongoing engagement with a particular credit ratings agency, PPC has reason to believe that the outcome of this engagement is a probable credit rating downgrade of PPC. PPC will advise shareholders and other stakeholders of the outcome of such engagement as soon as a final decision has been made by the aforesaid credit ratings agency. The capital raising exercise will support the debt rating of PPC.



The intended quantum of the proposed capital raise will be not less than R3.0 billion and not more than R4.0 billion. The company expects to release an announcement setting out the key terms of the capital raise when it releases its 2016 financial year end results on 14 June 2016.



Cautionary announcement

Shareholders are accordingly advised to exercise caution when dealing in PPC securities until the full terms announcement in relation to the capital raise is published.



Any securities which will be offered will not be and have not been registered under the US Securities Act of 1933 (the ?US Securities Act?) and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements under the US Securities Act.



13-Apr-2016
(Official Notice)
PPC advises its shareholders that, after deliberation and taking into account delegation of duties, general membership requirements, balance of participation and transformation, the company has made the following changes to its board committees:

*Mr Todd Moyo has been appointed as the chairman of the Remuneration Committee

*Mr Charles Naude has been appointed as the chairman of the Investment Committee

*Mr Peter Nelson has been appointed as a member of the Investment Committee

*Ms Salukazi Dakile-Hlongwane has been appointed as a member of the Social, Ethics and Transformation committee

*Mr Peter Nelson has been appointed as the chairman of the Selection Committee.

30-Mar-2016
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are referred to the results of the annual general meeting announcement published on SENS on 26 January 2016, wherein shareholders were advised of the retirement of the Chairman of the PPC Board (?Board?), Mr Bheki Sibiya.



The Company continues to embark on a rigorous selection process to find a suitable candidate to succeed Mr Sibiya. It is anticipated that within the next six months an appointment will be made, and shareholders will be advised accordingly. In the interim period, the Board has appointed Mr Peter Nelson as an interim Chairman, until such time as a new Chairman is appointed. The Board believes that Mr Nelson?s qualifications and experience will enable him to appropriately guide the Board and the company until such time as the selection process has been completed.



Mr Nelson was appointed to the Board as an independent non-executive director on 25 January 2015. His experience covers manufacturing, mining, telecommunications, healthcare, leisure, property, packaging and the motor industry in listed and private entities in South Africa, the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe and Nigeria. He has served as CFO on several Boards including Telkom, Netcare and Mondi.
15-Mar-2016
(Official Notice)
PPC will be participating in the Merrill Lynch Investor Conference and has, in preparation for this event, posted an investor presentation on PPC`s website: www.ppc.co.za This investor presentation provides an operational update of PPC?s performance during the first five months of the financial year. The presentation also provides further information on PPC?s corporate strategy and update on its rest of Africa projects.



PPC?s expansion strategy remains on track and sales in the recently commissioned plant in Rwanda have passed the 100 000 ton mark. All three remaining projects in the DRC, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia are over 55% complete. Group cement volumes are down 1% for the first five months of the financial year. Sales in the SA cement business rose 2% while they declined in the international businesses. Pressure on selling prices has weighed in most operating regions.
04-Feb-2016
(Official Notice)
PPC will be hosting an investor site visit at its De Hoek factory in the Western Cape and has, in preparation for this event, posted an investor presentation on PPC`s website: www.ppc.co.za.



This investor presentation provides information about the trading environment in the Western Cape and implementation of PPC?s strategy at our operations, including the De Hoek factory.



Any financial information on which the operational update is based has not been reviewed or reported on by the company?s auditors.



26-Jan-2016
(Official Notice)
PPC is pleased to advise its shareholders that all the proposed ordinary and special resolutions contained in the Notice of the AGM (?Notice?) dated 7 December 2015 and tabled at the Company?s AGM held on Monday, 25 January 2016 were passed by the requisite majority of votes cast by shareholders.



Changes to the board of directors

The Board of Directors of PPC (?the Board?) hereby announces the following changes to the board with effect from 25 January 2016:



Retirement of Chairman

Mr Bheki Lindinkosi Sibiya, who has served as chairman of the board since November 2008, elected not to offer himself for re-election at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (?AGM?) held yesterday and accordingly retires as Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board.



The process of appointing a successor to Mr Sibiya is far progressed and the board expects to make an announcement in this regard soon.



Retirement of Directors

Mr Mangalani Peter Malungani who has served as Non-Executive Director of PPC since February 2009, elected not to offer himself for re-election at the AGM held yesterday and accordingly retires from the board.



Due to the retirement of Mr Sibiya, his alternate, Ms Zibusiso Kganyago also retired at the AGM. She has been a member of the board since October 2007.



Appointment of Director

Ms Salukazi Dakile-Hlongwane has been elected as a Non-Executive Director of the Board.
25-Jan-2016
(Official Notice)
23-Dec-2015
(Official Notice)
In terms of section 7.2 of the Debt Listings Requirements of the JSE Ltd., investors are advised that the Company?s 2015 annual financial statements are available for viewing and downloading at www.ppc.co.za or at http://ppc.investoreports.com/ir2015/.
21-Dec-2015
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that the company?s 2015 Integrated Report containing the summarised annual financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2015 was posted to shareholders on Monday, 21 December 2015 and contains no modifications to the audited preliminary results which were published on SENS on the 18 November 2015.



A full copy of the annual financial statements is available for viewing and downloading at www.ppc.co.za or at http://ppc.investoreports.com/ir2015/. The interactive Integrated Report has videos of the chairman, chief executive officer and chief financial officer giving an overview of the 2015 financial year and is available for viewing and downloading at http://ppc.investoreports.com/ir2015/



The annual financial statements were audited by Deloitte - Touche and their report is available for inspection at the company?s registered office.



The 122nd AGM of the company will be held in the auditorium at African Pride Hotel, 1 Melrose Square, Melrose Arch, on Monday, 25 January 2016 at 12:00 for the purpose of conducting the business as stated in the Notice of AGM which has been posted with the Integrated Report.
18-Nov-2015
(Official Notice)
In line with the revised strategy of transforming PPC into a world-class provider of materials and solutions, our reporting structures at Group executive level have been realigned to better suit our growth ambitions.



A new Commercial division has been established to optimise various growth and development opportunities, enhance business and commercial intelligence and drive innovation. Business Development which previously reported into MD International will now form part of the Commercial division.



Our businesses in Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Botswana are all at an advanced stage and we have ambitious plans for DRC and Ethiopia which requires full time focus at an executive level. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Njombo Lekula as the MD of International Operations. He replaces Pepe Meijer, who after twenty eight years of loyal service has decided to take a break from corporate life.



Another exciting development is the establishment of a materials business which will drive cement volumes and solutions through our current subsidiaries including aggregates, Pronto, Ulula Ash, Lime and potential acquisitions. The materials business will report into Johan Claassen, MD RSA Operations.

18-Nov-2015
(Official Notice)
As a courtesy, PPC wishes to inform stakeholders that there will be a webcast of its 2015 final results presentation at 10h00(CAT) on 18 November 2015.



Stakeholders can access the webcast and/or download the presentation from: http://www.ppc.co.za/investors/overview/ or http://www.corpcam.com/PPC18112015
18-Nov-2015
(C)
Revenue increased to R9.2 billion (R9.0 billion). Gross profit came in at R2.8 billion (R2.8 billion). Operating profit decreased slightly to R1.6 billion (R1.7 billion). Net attributable profit was lower at R698 million (R840 million). In addition, headline earnings per share decreased to 145cps ((179cps).



Dividend

Notice is hereby given that the final ordinary gross dividend of 33 cents per share has been declared payable to ordinary shareholders in respect of the year ended 30 September 2015.



Prospects

Against the backdrop of a turbulent world economy, increasing cement capacity and falling cement selling prices across the African continent, PPC is focused on disciplined cost management, innovation and the efficient delivery of large projects. We anticipate business conditions to remain challenging. Successfully delivering the CIMERWA project in Rwanda reflects our ability to manage complex, multi-dimensional projects in the heart of Africa. It gives us confidence that we will also be able to deliver on our projects and business plans in the DRC, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.



PPC is increasingly creating a diversified portfolio of businesses in different geographies that will ensure steady returns for our shareholders. The company year end will change from September to March.
13-Nov-2015
(Official Notice)
In terms of paragraph 11.39(b) of the Listings Requirements of JSE Ltd., shareholders are advised that Computershare Investor Services (Pty) Ltd. (?Computershare?) will replace Link Market Services (Pty) Ltd. as transfer secretary to PPC with effect from 1 December 2015.



A notice to this effect will be available on PPC?s website.



The contact details of Computershare are as follows:

Physical address:

*70 Marshall Street

*Marshalltown

*Johannesburg 2001

*South Africa



Postal address:

*P O BOX 61051

*Marshalltown

*2107

*South Africa



*Telephone number: +27 (0) 11 370 5000

*Fax number: +27 (0) 11 688 5200

*Email address: web.queries@computershare.co.za
23-Sep-2015
(Official Notice)
PPC wishes to advise that Dr Daniel Ufitikirezi has resigned as a director of PPC with effect from 22 September 2015.



This follows his resignation as the Chairman of the board of Cimerwa, PPC?s subsidiary in Rwanda after his replacement as the representative of the Rwanda Social Security Board on that board.
23-Sep-2015
(Official Notice)
PPC will be participating in the RMB Morgan Stanley Big Five Investor Conference in Cape Town and has, in preparation for this event, posted an investor presentation on PPC?s website: www.ppc.co.za



This investor presentation provides an operational update of PPC?s performance during the first eleven months of the financial year. The presentation also provides further information on PPC?s expansion strategy into the rest of the African continent. PPC?s expansion strategy remains on track and the new plant in Rwanda was officially opened on the 18th of August 2015. All three remaining projects in the DRC, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia are
45% complete. The 1 million ton per annum Slurry Kiln 9 project has commenced and production ramp-up is anticipated in 2018.



Positive cement volume growth was recorded in Botswana and Rwanda while volumes were flat in South Africa and declined in Zimbabwe, where growth in the local market was more than offset by reduced exports to neighbouring countries. All geographies recorded flat or declining cement selling prices.



Any financial information on which the operational update is based has not been reviewed or reported on by the Company's auditors.
14-Aug-2015
(Official Notice)
PPC will be hosting an investor site visit at its CIMERWA operation in Rwanda and has, in preparation for this event, posted an investor presentation on PPC?s website: www.ppc.co.za This investor presentation provides information about Rwanda and the CIMERWA operations.



Any financial information on which this update is based has not been reviewed or reported on by the Company's auditors.
07-Aug-2015
(Media Comment)
PPC is on track to commission its second cement manufacturing plant in Zimbabwe in the second half of next year. Speaking at the ground-breaking event, Njombo Lekula, the managing director of PPC, said this week at the site for the new PPC Msasa plant that it was being built in direct response to the opportunity PPC saw in and beyond this region. PPC has a target of generating 40 percent of its total revenue from outside South Africa by 2017, compared with about 28 percent now. Including its Zimbabwe plant, PPC has four cement manufacturing plant projects in Africa. The other projects are in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.
19-May-2015
(Official Notice)
PPC informed stakeholders that there will be a webcast of its 2015 interim results presentation at 10h00 on 19 May 2015. Stakeholders can access the webcast and/or download the presentation from: http://www.ppc.co.za/investors/Presentations or http://www.corpcam.com/PPC19052015
19-May-2015
(C)
15-May-2015
(Official Notice)
PPC hereby informs shareholders that provisional anti-dumping duties of between 14.29% and 77.15% have been imposed on Portland cement originating or imported from Pakistan up to and including 13 November 2015.



This follows an investigation initiated by the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) after local cement producers representing the Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) industry submitted an anti-dumping application. ITAC will issue a preliminary report and invite comments from all interested parties in the investigation, whereafter it will finalise its investigation and submit its recommendation to the Minister of Trade and Industry to impose permanent duties.



* There was more than a million tons of dumped cement imports from Pakistan in 2014. This has been at the expense of SACU producers' sales volumes.

* Cement is being dumped in SACU at between 14.29% and 77.15% less than the ex-factory selling price in Pakistan. Pakistan cement manufactures also enjoy structured tax benefits in their country.

* The dumping of Pakistani cement has caused significant injury to the cement manufacturing industry in SACU, including job losses, under utilisation of production capacity and reduced return on assets employed.
02-Apr-2015
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are informed of factually inaccurate market reports regarding the company?s proposed cement plant in Algeria in partnership with Hodna Cement Co.



PPC wishes to confirm that there is no change to its previously stated position that the feasibility study has not yet been concluded and the PPC board has not yet made a final determination on this project.



Any update in this regard will be made on SENS accordingly and in due course.
27-Mar-2015
(Official Notice)
Shareholders of PPC are referred to the cautionary announcements published on the Stock Exchange News Service (?SENS?) on 10 December 2014, 27 January 2015 and 10 March 2015 regarding the non-binding proposal from AfriSam Group (Pty) Ltd. (?AfriSam?) to the Board of Directors of PPC (the ?Board?) proposing, inter alia, a merger between AfriSam and the Company (the ?indicative proposal?).



Shareholders are hereby advised that the Board has considered the proposed merger and its merits, and has decided not to proceed. The Board has therefore terminated its engagement with AfriSam. Accordingly, shareholders are no longer required to exercise caution when dealing in securities of the Company. The Board remains committed to its strategy of enhancing the Company?s position in Southern Africa and expanding its footprint into other African countries.
16-Mar-2015
(Official Notice)
PPC will be participating in the Merrill Lynch Investor Conference and has, in preparation for this event, posted an investor presentation on PPC`s website: www.ppc.co.za This investor presentation provides an operational update of PPC?s performance during the first five months of the financial year. The presentation also provides further information on PPC?s expansion strategy into the rest of the African continent.
10-Mar-2015
(Official Notice)
Shareholders of PPC are referred to cautionary announcements published on the Stock Exchange News Service (?SENS?) on 10 December 2014 and on 27 January 2015, regarding the non-binding proposal from AfriSam Group (Pty) Ltd. (?AfriSam?) to the board of directors of PPC (the ?board?) proposing, inter alia, a merger between AfriSam and the company (the ?indicative proposal?). Shareholders are hereby advised that the Board is continuing to consider the indicative proposal and PPC will make a further announcement in due course once it has concluded its consideration process.



The indicative proposal, if implemented, may have a material impact on the price of the company?s shares. Accordingly, shareholders are advised to exercise caution when dealing in securities of the company until such time a further announcement is made.
06-Feb-2015
(Official Notice)
PPC will be participating in the UBS EMEA Investor Conference and has, in preparation for this event, posted an investor presentation on PPC`s website: www.ppc.co.za This investor presentation provides an operational update of PPC?s performance during the first quarter of the financial year. The presentation also provides further information on PPC?s expansion strategy into the rest of the African continent.
29-Jan-2015
(Official Notice)
PPC shareholders are referred to the results of AGM announcement released on SENS on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 and provides full voting details with respect to all the resolutions proposed at the AGM held on Monday, 26 January 2015 in the relevant SENS note.
27-Jan-2015
(Official Notice)
Shareholders of PPC are advised that, following the appointment of additional PPC directors by shareholders at the Company?s annual general meeting held on Monday, 26 January 2015, the Board and committee membership will now be as follows:



Audit Committee:

* Mr T Ross (Chair)

* Ms B Modise

*Mr T Moyo

*Mr P Nelson



Remuneration Committee:

* Mr P Nelson (Chair)

* Ms N Goldin

* Mr S Mhlarhi

*Mr C Naude



Risk and Compliance Committee:

*Ms B Modise (Chair)

* Mr D Castle

* Mr T Leaf-Wright

* Mr C Naude

* Mr T Ross



Social and Ethics Committee:

* Mr T Mboweni (Chair)

*Mr T Leaf-Wright

* Mr P Malungani

* Mr B Sibiya



Nomination Committee:

* Mr B Sibiya (Chair)

* Mr T Mboweni

*Mr T Moyo

* Dr D Ufitikerezi



Deal Committee:

* Mr P Malungani (Chair)

* Ms N Goldin

*Mr T Leaf-Wright

* Mr S Mhlarhi

*Mr T Ross

* Mr B Sibiya



Board of Directors of PPC:

The board has also confirmed the appointment of Ms T Ramano as member of the board and as the CFO of the company and the new board is the following

* Mr B Sibiya(Chair)

* Mr D Castle (CEO)

*Ms T Ramano (CFO)

* Ms N Goldin

* Ms Z Kganyago (*Alternate director to Mr B Sibiya)

* Mr T Leaf-Wright

* Mr P Malungani

* Mr T Mboweni

* Mr S Mhlarhi

* Ms B Modise

* Mr T Moyo

* Mr C Naude

* Mr P Nelson

* Mr T Ross (Lead independent)

* Dr D Ufitikerezi

27-Jan-2015
(Official Notice)
Shareholders of PPC are referred to the first cautionary announcement published on Stock Exchange News Service (?SENS?) on 10 December 2014 and are hereby advised that the Board of Directors of PPC (?the Board?) is continuing to consider the indicative proposal. PPC will make a further announcement once it has concluded its consideration of the indicative proposal.



The indicative proposal, if implemented, may have a material impact on the price of the Company?s shares. Accordingly, shareholders are advised to exercise caution when dealing in securities of the Company until such time a further announcement is made.
27-Jan-2015
(Official Notice)
PPC is pleased to advise its shareholders that all the ordinary and special resolutions, except special resolution number 2.16, proposed in the Notice of the AGM (?Notice?) dated 19 December 2014 and tabled at the Company?s AGM held on Monday, 26 January 2015 were passed by the requisite majority of votes cast by shareholders.



Shareholders are also referred to the same Notice with respect to ordinary resolutions number 2 to 13 regarding the election of new directors. As outlined in the Notice, the result of the voting of the new directors has been determined in accordance with the number of votes cast in favour of each resolution so that the vacancies will be filled by the six candidates receiving the highest number of favourable votes.



Furthermore, as stated in the SENS announcements dated 22 December 2014 and 21 January 2015, Dr CE Manning and Mr I Dutiro withdrew their consent to be nominated to the Board of PPC. Accordingly, ordinary resolutions number 3 and 7 have been withdrawn.



Shareholders are further advised that, as outlined in the Notice, Mr J Shibambo and Ms NB Langa-Royds have not offered themselves for re-election as such have resigned as non-executive directors from the Board of PPC, following conclusion of the AGM. The Board of PPC would like to thank the respective directors for the valued contribution over the years and wish them well in their future endeavours.



Furthermore, Ms Tryphosa Ramano has also resigned as the executive director of PPC in order to allow for the reconstitution of the Board. Ms Ramano remains the Chief Financial Officer of PPC.
26-Jan-2015
(Official Notice)
The board of directors of PPC advises that its headline earnings per share for the six months ended 31 March 2015 is expected to be between 25% and 45% lower compared to the headline earnings as reported for the comparable period ended 31 March 2014, which translates to expected headline earnings of between 72 cents and 53 cents.



Notwithstanding a weaker trading environment, the main contributors to the decline were a once off tax credit in the prior reporting year and an increase in finance costs in the current year. The information contained in this trading statement has not been reviewed or reported on by the company?s external auditors. PPC will release its interim results for the six month period ended 31 March 2015 on 19 May 2015.
26-Jan-2015
(Official Notice)
In line with PPC's rest of Africa expansion strategy, construction continues in Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The company is finalising the transaction that will see the company increase its stake in Habesha Cement Company, in Ethiopia, to 51%. The civil and mechanical construction of the 600 000 tpa plant in Rwanda is complete with only the electrical installation work to be finalised. Consequently, production is expected to commence early in the second half of 2015. Additional opportunities continue to be pursued and further announcements may be made in the near term. The board is considering the merits of the merger proposal received from AfriSam late last year and further announcements will be made.



Positive group cement sales volumes were achieved for the first quarter, supported by the consolidation of Safika Cement and growth achieved in Zimbabwe and Botswana. On a like-for-like basis, excluding Safika Cement, group cement volumes would have recorded single digit declines against the comparable period last year.



The operating environment in South Africa remains tough on the back of weak economic growth, which has been exacerbated by power shortages, and increased competitor activity. Domestic sales volume growth in Zimbabwe and Botswana has shown an upward trend. However, in all territories muted selling price growth has been achieved.



The lime division has shown an improved performance with new business secured and higher off-take from the steel and alloys industries, while the aggregates division has been impacted by reduced demand from project related customers. Pronto Readymix, consolidated from July 2014, has positively contributed to the group results.



While the South African trading environment will remain tough and highly competitive, PPC believes that their various response strategies have positioned PPC well to limit the impact on the group. The release of major infrastructural projects in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe would provide a key driver for demand of cement products.



Earnings per share for the first half of 2015 are anticipated to reflect a year-on-year decline mainly due to last year?s once off tax credit combined with increased finance costs in this year.
21-Jan-2015
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are referred to ordinary resolution number 3 of the Notice of Annual General Meeting (?AGM?) dated 19 December 2014 and are advised that Mr Innocent Dutiro has withdrawn his consent to be nominated as a non- executive director to the board of the company. Accordingly, his name will not be put forward for election at the AGM.
02-Jan-2015
(Official Notice)
Notice is hereby given that the 3 month JIBAR rate as at 31 December 2014 is 6.125% p.a. (?JIBAR?).



Accordingly, the next interest payment, payable on 31 March 2015 (Modified Following), for the period 31 December 2014 to 30 March 2015 (both days inclusive), will be calculated based on a rate of 7.625% p.a. (150bps over JIBAR).



When the Interest Payment Date falls on a non business day, such Interest Payment Date shall be postponed to the next business day. However, if the first business day after the weekend or public holiday falls in a new calendar month the last business day before the weekend or public holiday will be used instead.



Next reset date: 31 March 2015.
22-Dec-2014
(Official Notice)
Further to the announcement dated 3 December 2014 regarding the cancellation of general meeting scheduled for the 8th of December 2014 and ordinary resolution number 7 of the Notice of Annual General Meeting of PPC (?AGM?) posted to shareholders, PPC shareholders are advised that Dr Claudia Estelle Manning has withdrawn her consent to be nominated as a non-executive director to the board of the Company. Accordingly, her name will not be put forward for election at the AGM.
22-Dec-2014
(Official Notice)
Posting of Integrated Report, No Change Statement and Notice of Annual General Meeting (?AGM?)



Shareholders are advised that the Company?s 2014 Integrated Report containing the summary annual financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2014 was posted to shareholders on Monday, 22 December 2014 and contains no modifications to the audited preliminary results which were published on SENS on 18 November 2014. A full copy of the annual financial statements is available for viewing and downloading at www.ppc.co.za or at http://ppc.investoreports.com/iar2014/.



The annual financial statements were audited by Deloitte - Touche and their report is available for inspection at the Company?s registered office.



The 121st AGM of the Company will be held in the auditorium at Michelangelo Hotel, L?Inconto Ball Room, 135 West Street, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, on Monday, 26 January 2015 at 12:00 for the purpose of conducting the business as stated in the Notice of AGM which has been posted with the 2014 Integrated Report.
17-Dec-2014
(Official Notice)
PPC announce the appointment of Mr Darryll Castle as executive director and Chief Executive Officer to the Board of PPC. His appointment is effective 12 January 2015.
12-Dec-2014
(Official Notice)
Withdrawal of Nomination



Further to the announcement dated 3 December 2014 regarding the cancellation of general meeting scheduled for the 8th of December 2014 and the nomination process with respect to the appointment of PPC non-executive directors to be proposed in the upcoming annual general meeting to be held on the 26th of January 2015, PPC shareholders are advised that Mr Robert ?Bobby? Godsell has withdrawn his consent to be nominated as a non-executive director to the board of the Company. Accordingly, his nomination will not be put forward to the Nominations Committee for consideration.

10-Dec-2014
(Official Notice)
Shareholders of PPC are hereby advised that the Board of Directors of PPC (?the Board?) has received a conditional, non-binding proposal from AfriSam Group (Pty) Ltd. (?AfriSam?) that proposes, inter alia, a merger between AfriSam and the Company (?the indicative proposal?).



The Board is considering the indicative proposal and will make a further announcement in due course once it has concluded its consideration of the indicative proposal.



The indicative proposal, if implemented, may have a material impact on the price of the Company?s shares. Accordingly, shareholders are advised to exercise caution when dealing in securities of the Company until such time a further announcement is made.



05-Dec-2014
(Official Notice)
Further to the announcement dated 3 December 2014 regarding the cancellation of general meeting scheduled for the 8th of December 2014 and the nomination process with respect to the appointment of PPC non-executive directors to be proposed in the upcoming annual general meeting to be held on the 26th of January 2015, PPC shareholders are advised that Ms Itumeleng Dlamini has withdrawn her consent to be nominated as a non-executive director to the board of the Company. Accordingly, her nomination will not be put forward to the Nominations Committee for consideration.

03-Dec-2014
(Official Notice)
21-Nov-2014
(Official Notice)
Further to the announcement dated 7 November 2014 containing a Notice of General Meeting of the shareholders of PPC (the "Notice"), PPC shareholders are advised that Mr Darryll John Castle has withdrawn his consent to be nominated as a director to the new PPC board, proposed by the Requisitionists, in terms of Resolution 2 of the Notice.
18-Nov-2014
(Official Notice)
In compliance with the JSE Listings Requirements and the King Code, PPC announces the following changes to the nomination committee of the PPC Board.



Mr Bheki Sibiya, the current executive chairman of the PPC Board has stepped down as the chairman of the nomination committee and Mr TDA Ross, the lead independent director, has been appointed in his place, effective from 18 November 2014.

18-Nov-2014
(Official Notice)
As a courtesy, PPC wishes to inform stakeholders that there will be a webcast of its 2014 final results presentation at 10h00 today.



Stakeholders can access the webcast and/or download the presentation from:

http://www.ppc.co.za/investors/Presentations or http://www.corpcam.com/PPC18112014

18-Nov-2014
(C)
Revenue increased to R9.0 billion (R8.3 billion). Gross profit came in at R2.8 billion (R2.8 billion). Operating profit decreased slightly to R1.7 billion (R1.8 billion). Net attributable profit was lower at R840 million (R931 million). In addition, headline earnings per share remained at 179cps ((179cps).



Dividend

Notice is hereby given that the final ordinary gross dividend of 76 cents per share has been declared payable to ordinary shareholders in respect of the year ended 30 September 2014. This dividend will be paid out of profits as determined by the directors.



Prospects

Growth in the South African economy, which remains subdued, is an important foundation for our expansion strategy. Improved economic growth is necessary more especially at a time when cement capacity is increasing markedly. We therefore remain confident about prospects for strong growth in the other African markets in which we operate. We believe we are on track to meet our strategic objective of generating 40% of our revenues from the rest of the continent by 2017.



General meeting

Following a request from shareholders holding 10% of the equity in the company, a general meeting is scheduled for the 8th of December 2014 to consider the removal of the entire board of directors of PPC.
14-Nov-2014
(Official Notice)
Further to the announcement dated 7 November 2014 containing a Notice of General Meeting of the shareholder of PPC, PPC shareholders are advised that Ms Nompumelelo Pearl-Petrina Siswana has withdrawn her consent to be nominated as a director to the board of the company in terms of Resolution 9 of the Notice.
07-Nov-2014
(Official Notice)
05-Nov-2014
(Official Notice)
PPC advised of the successful acquisition of the Industrial Development Corporation's 20% stake in Ethiopian based Habesha Cement Share Company ("HCSCo") for a purchase consideration of USD 13 million ("Acquisition"). PPC's initial 27% stake in HCSCo, acquired in July 2012, now rises to 51% while the balance of the shareholding in HCSCo is held by over 16 000 local shareholders.



HCSCo has begun the construction of a 1.4 million tonnes per annum facility 35 km north-west from the bustling city of Addis Ababa. Project costs for this factory are approximately USD135 million and commissioning of the plant is anticipated in 2016. Financial close of this Acquisition is expected in December 2014 once all conditions have been satisfied.
31-Oct-2014
(Official Notice)
The company has received a requisition from three shareholders holding 10% of the shares of the company, requesting a general meeting to consider the removal of the entire existing board and the proposed election of certain persons nominated by the requisitionists.



The board has resolved in the interest of certainty and transparency to convene a meeting of shareholders which is likely to occur in the first half of December. A further announcement will be made when the dates have been finalised.
23-Oct-2014
(Official Notice)
PPC announced the resignation of Mr Richard Tomes as Joint Managing Director of PPC Cement South Africa with effect from 23 October 2014 to pursue other opportunities. Mr Johann Claassen will continue in the position of Managing Director of PPC Cement South Africa. Johan is a professional engineer who joined PPC in 1989 and has served as executive: cement operations and as executive: lime and held various other senior and general management roles across the cement and lime divisions.
20-Oct-2014
(Official Notice)
Further to comments in the media where certain fund managers purportedly called for a special shareholders' meeting, PPC wishes to update all stakeholders on the facts of the matter.



In terms of the Company's MOI, shareholders representing more than 10% of the voting rights may call a special shareholders meeting. On receiving such a request, notice of the meeting is sent to all shareholders within 5 (five) business days. Seven calendar days are allowed for posting and not less than 15 (fifteen) business days? notice must be given of such a meeting.



On 9 October 2014 the Company received a demand to call a meeting of shareholders from three fund managers. The purpose of this meeting was to consider a proposal to remove all of the current board directors and replace them with individuals nominated by these fund managers, including Mr. Gordhan as a proposed executive director.



Four members of the current board were nominated by the fund managers and would continue to serve on the board after having been re-elected. The four directors indicated that the fund managers did not approach them for this nomination and that they would not be available for re-election. PPC's board subsequently responded that since it unanimously accepted Mr Gordhan's resignation, and following the breakdown in trust between Mr Gordhan and the board, it will not be in the interest of shareholders or an effective board if the remaining four board members were to serve with Mr Gordhan. More specifically, none of the board members would be available to serve on the board with Mr Gordhan.



Following the board?s response, on 10 October 2014, PPC received written confirmation from one of the three fund managers that they deem it in their clients' best interests to withdraw their support for the demand to call a meeting of shareholders. PPC indicated to the remaining two fund managers that, based on the withdrawal of the above fund, their demand is technically flawed as they do not represent the requisite aggregate 10% of the voting rights of the Company. The demand was therefore rejected.



To date there has been no further official correspondence from the two fund managers concerned. The Company continues to engage with all shareholders on the matter of appointing a suitable Chief Executive Officer and delivering on its mandate from shareholders.
17-Oct-2014
(Official Notice)
PPC is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Darryll Castle as an independent non-executive director to the Board effective 17 October 2014. He will also serve as a member of the audit committee and the deal committee.



Darryll holds B.Sc (Civil) and B Com degrees, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification. Through his extensive career he has accumulated a broad range of experience and skills spanning the fields of corporate management, fund management, financial analysis, mining and engineering.



He has extensive experience in the mining industry having served as Chief Executive Officer of Trafigura Mining Group and Anvil Mining Limited; a company listed on the main board of the Toronto Stock Exchange and on the Australian Stock Exchange. He has also occupied the position of Chief Operations Officer at Metorex Group Ltd..



Darryll has first-hand operations and projects experience on the African continent, having worked in the DRC, Zambia, Angola and Tanzania. He also has extensive international experience having run mining companies operating in all continents.



22-Sep-2014
(Official Notice)
PPC announced that Mr Ketan Manecklal Gordhan ("Ketso") has resigned as Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") and as an Executive Director of the Board of PPC with immediate effect. Ketso regrettably resigned due to differences of opinion with the Board, regarding Board procedures for the approval of certain decisions.



Mr Bheki Sibiya, the Non-executive Chairman of PPC, will become Executive Chairman with immediate effect, until such time as a new CEO is appointed. Mr Tim Ross, an independent Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee, has agreed to assume the role of Lead Independent Director of the Board. The process to recruit and appoint a CEO has commenced.
16-Sep-2014
(Media Comment)
Business Report highlighted that PPC has acquired the remaining 50 percent shareholding in Gauteng readymix and fly ash supplier Pronto Holdings it did not already own and reported that its expansion into Africa remained well on track and further growth opportunities continued to be investigated. Bheki Sibaya said that construction on its new plant in Rwanda was progressing well, with commissioning expected early next year, while construction work continued at its sites in Ethiopia and the DRC.
15-Sep-2014
(Official Notice)
PPC's expansion remains well on track and the company advised that construction of our new plant in Rwanda is progressing well with commissioning anticipated early in 2015. Construction work continues at its sites in Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and construction of the Harare mill has commenced. Detailed feasibility studies continue on the Algerian project announced in February 2014. Further growth opportunities continue to be investigated.



In July 2014, PPC acquired the remaining 50% stake in Pronto Holdings, bringing to R460 million the total consideration paid for 100% of the business. The Safika Cement business, acquired in December 2013, is performing in line with our expectations. Both these business units have supported our ?Keeping the Home Fires Burning? strategy in South Africa through their positive contributions to the group's earnings.



Slow economic growth and a lack of infrastructural investment coupled with increased competitor activity and rising imports have made the trading environment in South Africa particularly tough. Countering the low single digit volume declines recorded in all areas around the country, selling prices have increased marginally against the same period last year.



The Zimbabwe market recorded modest volume growth whilst the Botswana market volumes and prices declined. Group export volumes into the rest of Africa have shown good growth, particularly out of the Western Cape into the DRC, where the group is starting to establish a market whilst we build our plant.



Performance in the lime division has been impacted by lower off-take from the steel and alloys industries and reduced export demand, resulting in single digit volume declines. The aggregates divisions, both in South Africa and Botswana, have achieved pleasing volume growth.
11-Sep-2014
(Media Comment)
Business Reports announced that PPC will draw investors with its expansion into Africa. PPC want to generate 40 percent of its total revenue outside of South Africa, currently it stand at 26%. PPC has new projects in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, DRC, Ethiopia and Algeria. PPC launched a major investment programme that should be completed by 2017, that will enable it to compete better.
21-May-2014
(Media Comment)
Business Day reported that PPC planned to announce a sixth major project in Africa by the end of the year and another probably in Central or North Africa. Moderate demand growth and rising compettion in SA has shifted most of PPC's attention to an aggressive rest-of Africa strategy. The company has plants under constrauction in Rwanda, the DRC, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia, and it intends to start on another plant in Algeria early next year.
20-May-2014
(Official Notice)
PPC informed stakeholders that there will be a webcast of its 2014 interim results presentation at 10h00 on 20 May 2014. Stakeholders can access the webcast and/or download the presentation from:

* http://www.ppc.co.za/investors/Presentations or http://www.corpcam.com/PPC20052014.
20-May-2014
(C)
Revenue for the interim period increased by 9% to R4.2 billion (2013: R3.8 billion). Gross profit rose by 10% to R1.4 billion (2013: R1.2 billion), operating profit was 15% higher to R865 million (2013: R751 million), while profit for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders of PPC jumped by 52% to R494 million (2013: R325 million). Furthermore, headline earnings per share grew to 96cps (2013: 64cps).



Dividend announcement

An interim ordinary gross dividend of 38cps has been declared payable to ordinary shareholders in respect of the six months ended 31 March 2014.



Prospects and strategy

PPC is pleased to note the accelerated progress in the execution of our rest of Africa expansion strategy. Construction is underway in four countries; Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. PPC is particularly pleased with the fact that at the end of calendar 2014, the company will begin commissioning their 600 000 ton per annum plant in Rwanda. A positive outcome of a detailed feasibility study into establishing cement operations in Algeria would result in the construction of yet another cement factory in a different African country.



Shareholders recently showed support for their plans to restructure the BBBEE I transaction when they voted in favour of this motion at their recent special general meeting. This will allow PPC to further align the interests of employees to those of shareholders as their employees will be the main beneficiaries of the transaction and this transaction will also facilitate the restructuring of their balance sheet. Finalisation of the transaction funding arrangements is underway.



PPC remains well supported in the debt capital markets with a further R750 million corporate bond raised in December 2013; being two times oversubscribed. PPC remains optimistic that cement sales volumes will improve in their operating geographies.
06-May-2014
(Official Notice)
PPC shareholders are referred to the transaction announcements released on SENS on 7 February and 18 March 2014, wherein PPC advised its Shareholders of the proposed broad-based black economic empowerment ("BBBEE") transaction involving the unwind of a component of the 2008 BBBEE transaction, a new BBBEE transaction and the creation of a new class of non-participating perpetual preference shares ("Transaction"). The Transaction was expected to be completed on 30 April 2014. Shareholders are now advised that the Transaction completion date has been postponed due to the finalization of Transaction funding arrangements. Shareholders will be advised of the new completion date with respect to the Transaction in due course.
25-Apr-2014
(Official Notice)
The board of directors of PPC advised that its earnings per share and headline earnings per share for the six months ended 31 March 2014 are expected to be between 30% and 40% higher than the respective earnings reported for the comparable period ended 31 March 2013. This is due to non-recurring accounting items. PPC will release its interim results for the six month period ended 31 March 2014 on 20 May 2014.
24-Mar-2014
(Official Notice)
PPC will be participating in the Merrill Lynch Investor Conference and has, in preparation for this event, posted an investor presentation on PPC's website: www.ppc.co.za. This investor presentation provides an operational update of PPC's performance during the first five months of the financial year. The presentation also provides further information on PPC's expansion strategy into the rest of the African continent.
18-Mar-2014
(Official Notice)
PPC shareholders (shareholders) are referred to the company announcement released on the Stock Exchange News Service (SENS) on 7 February 2014, wherein PPC advised its shareholders of the proposed broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) transaction, the highlights of which are:

* the unwind of a component of PPC's 2008 BBBEE transaction (Unwind);

* a new BBBEE transaction involving the issue of PPC Ordinary Shares to PPC Phakamani Trust; and

* the creation of a new class of cumulative, non-participating perpetual preference shares (Preference Shares) to be used to raise capital to fund the Unwind,

collectively referred to as the Transaction.



Results of General Meeting

shareholders are advised that, at the general meeting of shareholders held at the company's head office on Tuesday, 18 March 2014, all ordinary and special resolutions proposed which include, inter alia;

* the creation and issue of Preference Shares;

* the specific repurchase and cancellation of the Unwind shares;

* the amendment of the Memorandum of Incorporation of the company;

* the issue of PPC ordinary shares to PPC Phakamani Trust, in relation to a new BBBEE transaction, were approved by the requisite majority shareholders of PPC.



The special resolutions will be lodged with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission office.
21-Feb-2014
(Media Comment)
Business Day reported that PPC CEO Ketso Gordhan took a R1 million pay cut last year and his top 60 managers' remuneration was frozen in order to hike the wages of the cement maker's 1200 lowest earners. Mr Gordhan said the gesture was well received by the employees. It should set an example for other companies. Both private and public sectors have come under pressure to narrow the pay differentials between management and entry level positions. Mr Gordhan added that combined with the usual annual pay increase, most workers at the end of the spectrum got about a 15%, 16% 17% increase. This was the right thing to do to reduce the wage gap.
17-Feb-2014
(Official Notice)
10-Feb-2014
(Official Notice)
PPC announced that advanced plans are in place to enter the Algerian cement market through a partnership with Algerian private sector investors in Hodna Cement Company ("Hodna"). PPC partners have experience in construction and related sectors, and fulfil one of PPC's key requirements - to partner with local shareholders when investing in a new country.



Hodna will be constructing a 2 million ton per annum plant for approximately USD350 million in the Hodna area, roughly 300km east of Algiers and close to the university and technology-focused town of Setif.



PPC will acquire a 49% stake of Hodna and assume management control which allows for the consolidation of the financial results of this project into the PPC group accounts. The transaction will be funded on a project finance basis, with 80% debt funding from local Algerian banks.



Once the feasibility study has been concluded, construction of the plant will take up to 30 months with commissioning anticipated by the fourth quarter of 2016. As with its other expansion projects, PPC intends to engage China's Sinoma International Engineering as the contractor that will supply and build the plant; supported by India's Holtec Consulting, specialists in project management.



Cement selling prices in Algeria range between USD80 and USD120 per ton with favourable costs of production due to affordable gas prices. The factory site is well located with the necessary raw materials in close proximity. The well-developed road and rail network also assist in managing the cost of logistics.



With a population of close to 40 million people, of which 74% live in urban areas and a relatively high GDP per capita of USD5582, Algeria still requires the construction of 225 000 housing units per year to meet demand. The national housing shortage in Algeria is estimated at 1.2 million units.
07-Feb-2014
(Official Notice)
28-Jan-2014
(Official Notice)
Shareholders were advised that, at the AGM of PPC shareholders held on Monday 27 January 2014, all ordinary and special resolutions contained in the relevant notice of the AGM, were duly passed by the requisite majority votes.



Retirement of a non-executive director

Mr Andre Jacobus Lamprecht, a non-executive director of PPC, has not offered himself for re-election as a member of the PPC Board, therefore retiring from the PPC board.
27-Jan-2014
(Official Notice)
PPC's expansion remains well on track and PPC advised that construction of their new operation in Rwanda is progressing well with commissioning of the plant anticipated at the end of 2014. Construction work has commenced at their sites in Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Additional opportunities are currently being pursued and further announcements will be made in the near term. In December 2013, PPC acquired a 69.3% stake in Safika Cement Holdings for R377 million which has added greater impetus to PPC's local strategy of "Keeping the Home Fires Burning". At the end of May 2014, Pronto Readymix will be wholly owned by PPC.



The operating environment in South Africa remains tough with low single digit cement volume growth achieved in the first quarter, along with price increases. Both the inland and coastal regions recorded positive growth. Growth in cement volumes was also achieved in Zimbabwe with exports from that country showing a pleasing trend. Volumes in Botswana continue to be under pressure due to weak demand and intense competitor activity. Similarly, sales volumes in Mozambique remain weak due to the competitive environment. Nevertheless, some increases in selling prices were achieved in these territories.



Performance in the lime division is beginning to show a positive trend while the South African aggregates division has achieved pleasing volume growth due to increased off take in road, retail and residential projects. While the South African trading environment will remain tough and highly competitive, PPC believes that their various response strategies have positioned PPC well. The release of major infrastructural projects in this country as well as Botswana and Zimbabwe would provide a key driver for demand of cement products. Normalised earnings for the first half of 2014 are anticipated to reflect a year-on-year improvement.
20-Dec-2013
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that the Company?s 2013 Integrated Report containing the summary annual financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2013 was posted to shareholders on Friday, 20 December 2013 and contains no modifications to the audited preliminary results which were published on SENS on 19 November 2013. A full copy of the annual financial statements is available for viewing and downloading at www.ppc.co.za or at http://ppc.investoreports.com/ppc_ar_2013/



The annual financial statements were audited by Deloitte - Touche and their report is available for inspection at the company?s registered office. The 120th AGM of the company will be held in the auditorium at the African Pride Hotel in Melrose Arch, on Monday, 27 January 2014 at 12:00 for the purpose of conducting the business as stated in the Notice of AGM contained in the 2013 Integrated Report.
13-Dec-2013
(Official Notice)
PPC advised that the acquisition of Safika Cement Holdings (Pty) Ltd. ("Safika") that was announced during August 2013 has been unconditionally approved by the Competition Tribunal.



PPC has acquired a 69.3% stake in Safika for a purchase consideration of R377 million.



This transaction further enhances PPC's South African footprint through Safika's five blending facilities and one milling operation that produce blended 32.5N cement under three brands: IDM Best Build, Castle and the Spar Build-It house brand. Safika currently produces over 20 million bags of cement per annum.
20-Nov-2013
(Official Notice)
PPC announce the appointment of Mr Todd Moyo to the board of directors as an independent non-executive director, with effect from 20 November 2013.
20-Nov-2013
(Media Comment)
Business Day highlighted that PPC's strategy to expand into the rest of Africa has gained significant momentum and the listed cement and lime producer is hopeful about announcing a fifth project on the continent in the first quarter of next year. Ketso Ghordan, chief executive, said that it would have three new plants under construction by the end of the first quarter next year in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopa and Zimbabwe, while its plant in Rwanda would come on stream in September next year.
19-Nov-2013
(Official Notice)
As a courtesy, PPC wishes to inform stakeholders that there will be a webcast of its 2013 annual results presentation at 10h00 on 19 October 2013. Stakeholders can access the webcast and/or download the presentation from: www.ppc.co.za/pages/investor_home.cfm or http://www.corpcam.com/PPC19112013
19-Nov-2013
(C)
Revenue increased to R8.3 billion (R7.3 billion). Gross profit rose to R2.7 billion (R2.5 billion). Operating profit grew to R1.8 billion (R1.7 billion). Net attributable profit was higher at R931 million (R846 million). In addition, headline earnings per share soared to 179cps ((162cps).



Dividend

Notice is hereby given that the final ordinary gross dividend of 118cps has been declared payable to ordinary shareholders in respect of the year ended 30 September 2013. This dividend will be paid out of profits as determined by the directors.



Prospects

Growth and confidence in the South African economy is critical to ensure improved demand for our products. Due to modest growth, the domestic trading environment remains tough and highly competitive. We believe our strategies have positioned PPC well in a challenging market. With elections in Zimbabwe concluded, we expect continued growth in cement demand. The market has been dominated by retail clients and we look forward to increased infrastructure investment. We also continue to monitor the cement market in Botswana and anticipate that government spending on infrastructure will gradually begin to improve. We remain confident about prospects for strong growth in the rest of Africa. We believe we are on track to meet our strategic objective of generating 40% of our revenues from the rest of the continent by 2017.



15-Oct-2013
(Official Notice)
PPC announced that Mr Peter Esterhuysen, Director, Business Development, has resigned from PPC and from the board on 15 October 2013, with immediate effect. In addition, Ms Happy-Girl Buthelezi with fifteen years of deal making experience in various African countries has joined PPC as Business Development Executive. Ms Buthelezi and Mr Koos Taljaard will be the joint heads of Business Development.
10-Sep-2013
(Official Notice)
PPC will be attending the Exane BNP Paribas's Cement Majors of the Future Investor Conference in London. A presentation, which will be provided at the conference, has been prepared giving an updated overview of the company and its strategy. Shareholders are hereby informed that this presentation can be found, on PPC?s website, www.ppc.co.za.
13-Aug-2013
(Official Notice)
PPC announced the appointment of Azola Lowan to the position of Executive, Strategy and Investor Relations.



Kevin Odendaal, the current incumbent, will be using his extensive knowledge of the company and his technical background in the Business Development team to focus on PPC's expansion strategy in Africa.
07-Aug-2013
(Official Notice)
PPC advise that it has entered into an agreement to purchase a controlling equity stake in Safika Cement Holdings (Pty) Limited (Safika) for the cash consideration of approximately R350 million. Safika is a blended cement producer in South Africa; producing over 20 million bags per annum. The business owns five blending facilities and one milling operation and produces blended 32.5N cement under three brands; IDM Best Build, Castle and the Spar Build-It house brand. The proposed transaction is subject to approval by the regulatory authorities as well as the conclusion of the due diligence process.

05-Aug-2013
(Official Notice)
PPC announced that Mr Salim Abdul Kader, the COO and director of the board, has resigned from PPC and from the board.
18-Jul-2013
(Official Notice)
The board of directors of PPC announced the changes in the role of Mr Salim Abdul Kader.



Mr Kader was previously the Managing Director of the South African operations. He will be assuming a new role as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all Group and Head Office Human Resource matters as well as Group Branding Strategy and Corporate Communications, with immediate effect.
16-May-2013
(C)
Revenue was up 8% to R3.8 billion (R3.5 billion). Gross profit rose 5% to R1.24 billion (R1.18 billion), but operating profit declined by 12% to R751 million (R858 million). Net attributable profit decreased by 20% to R295 million (R369 million). In addition, headline earnings per share fell to 64cps (78cps).



Dividends

A gross interim ordinary dividend of 38cps has been declared.



Outlook

The business is making good progress with its strategy to grow into the rest of the African continent. The construction of the Habesha cement plant, in Ethiopia, has been delayed due to some initial financing constraints, however PPC is confident these constraints will be overcome and that plant construction will commence in October 2013. Following the acquisition of Rwanda's only cement producer, Cimerwa Ltd, both PPC's technical and project teams are now providing Cimerwa with onsite support.



The operations in Zimbabwe celebrated their centenary in February 2013, boasting 100 years of being an integral part of Zimbabwe's infrastructure development. This experience allows PPC to make more informed decisions in Zimbabwe and management remains optimistic about economic developments in the country. PPC is on track with the feasibility study for a new one million ton plant in the north east of the country to meet growing demand.



PPC is also in the feasibility phase of further projects involving two other countries and is confident that further progress on this strategy will be made in the second half of the year.



Management is particularly pleased by the successful entry of PPC into the debt capital markets and believe that the company is well positioned to ensure the financing for our expansion projects.



The positive trend in South African cement demand is expected to continue in the near to medium term. The key to improved growth in South Africa remains the governments execution of their infrastructure programme. PPC is exploring a number of avenues to see how it can play a complementary role and add momentum in its execution.
29-Apr-2013
(Official Notice)
The board of directors of PPC advises that its earnings per share and headline earnings per share for the six months ended 31 March 2013 are expected to be between 22% and 20% less compared with the respective amounts reported for the comparable period ended 31 March 2012. Shareholders are reminded that the main contributors to this decrease is the IFRS 2 charge which is a consequence of the second BBBEE transaction as well as that relating to the indigenisation transaction undertaken at PPC's Zimbabwean operations. These charges were anticipated and outlined in the BBEEE circular to shareholders on 20 August 2012 as well as the SENS announcement released on 19 November 2012.



Earnings per share and headline earnings per share excluding the IFRS 2 charge relating to the BBBEE transaction and indigenisation transaction do not differ by more than 20% from those of the previous corresponding period. PPC will release its interim results for the period ended 31 March 2013 on 16 May 2013.
20-Mar-2013
(Official Notice)
PPC has successfully issued its debut bond of ZAR650 million under its Domestic Medium Term Note ("DMTN") programme.



The three year senior unsecured floating rate bond was issued on 20 March 2013 at a coupon of 3 month JIBAR plus 1.26% per annum. The bond issue was 4.6x oversubscribed.



The Programme Memorandum for the ZAR6 billion DMTN programme is available on the company's website www.ppc.co.za
12-Mar-2013
(Official Notice)
PPC will be attending the Merrill Lynch Investor Conference at Sun City from 12 March 2013 to 14 March 2013. A presentation has been prepared detailing the updated information that will be provided at the conference and shareholders are hereby informed that this presentation can be found, on PPC's website, www.ppc.co.za on Tuesday 12 March 2013.
18-Feb-2013
(Official Notice)
PPC assigned zaA+ long-term credit rating and announces establishment of domestic medium term note programme PPC announces that it has been assigned South African national scale long- term and short-term credit ratings of zaA+ and zaA-2, respectively by Standard - Poor's (S-P). Furthermore, PPC is in the process of establishing a domestic medium term note (DMTN) programme which will be utilised towards the Company's funding requirements.



S-P assessed PPC as having a fair business risk profile and an intermediate financial risk profile. The National Short-term rating of zaA-2 reflects S-P?s assessment of PPC's liquidity as adequate. The finalised programme memorandum for the DMTN programme is expected to be available on PPC's website at the end of March 2013.
14-Feb-2013
(Official Notice)
PPC announced that Mr Helepi has resigned as an executive director of the company and its associated boards with effect from 14 February 2013, to pursue other interests outside the PPC Group.
07-Feb-2013
(Official Notice)
Portland Holdings Ltd. (PHL), PPC's Zimbabwe subsidiary, has announced its intention to construct a new cement plant to service the Harare and central Mozambique markets. The new plant will have a capacity of approximately one million tons of cement per annum and will coincide with the construction of a separate grinding facility in the neighbouring territory of Tete in Mozambique.
28-Jan-2013
(Official Notice)
Shareholders were advised that, at the annual general meeting ("AGM") of PPC shareholders held today, 28 January 2013, all ordinary and special resolutions contained in the relevant notice of the AGM, were duly passed by the requisite majority votes.
28-Jan-2013
(Official Notice)
During the first quarter of PPC's 2013 financial year, PPC took another significant step in their rest of Africa strategy with the announcement in December 2012 of the 51% acquisition of Cimerwa Ltd. of Rwanda for USD69.4 million. The receipt of their Zimbabwean indigenisation certificate in November 2012 is also an important step for this strategy. PPC are currently pursuing additional opportunities and expect to make further announcements during the course of 2013.



The financial quarter was also characterised by growth in PPC's South African, Botswana and Zimbabwean cement volumes. In South Africa this trend was experienced across all provinces with the exception of the Eastern Cape where heavy rains and imports impacted demand. The effect of this positive demand has been partly offset by some product sourcing challenges experienced over the period. These were primarily due to lower than planned production output at our Dwaalboom factory. This technical issue has been resolved and normal production has been restored. While the selling environment remains challenging, some increases in prices were achieved in South Africa and Zimbabwe.



Volumes in the lime division declined due to reduced off-take from the local steel industry while aggregates volumes remained under pressure due to weak demand. In South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe there remains limited visibility on major infrastructure projects, however the outlook for cement demand in these three territories gives PPC reason to remain cautiously optimistic. Excluding the IFRS 2 charges recorded on the Zimbabwe indigenisation programme and the implementation of the company's second BEE transaction, earnings for the first half of 2013 are anticipated to reflect a year-on-year improvement.
24-Jan-2013
(Media Comment)
According to The Financial Mail, PPC will shift its focus to innovation and growing the company's African footprint. New CEO Ketso Gordhan says that PPC is looking at expansion opportunities in Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya and Tanzania. Gordhan added that of a project does materialise, it will probably be a greenfields development.
15-Jan-2013
(Official Notice)
On 11 October 2012 PPC announced the appointment of Mr K (Ketso) Gordhan to the board as CEO designate. It was further stated that he would succeed Mr Paul Stuiver as CEO from 1 January 2013. In line with this succession, Mr Paul Stuiver has now resigned from the board with effect from 15 January 2013.
28-Dec-2012
(Official Notice)
Shareholders were advised that the company's 2012 Integrated annual report containing summarized group annual financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2012 has been posted to shareholders on 28 December 2012 and contains no modifications to the audited preliminary results which were published on 13 November 2012. The annual financial statements were audited by Deloitte - Touche and their report is available for inspection at the company's registered office. A full copy of the annual financial statements is available for viewing and downloading at www.ppc.co.za or at http://ppc.investoreports.com/ppc_ar_2012/



The 119th AGM of PPC will be held in the JSE 1 Room at the Radisson Blue Hotel, corner Rivonia Road and Daisy Street, Sandton, on Monday, 28 January 2013 at 12:00 for the purpose of conducting the business as stated in the Notice of AGM contained in the 2012 Integrated Annual Report.
12-Dec-2012
(Official Notice)
PPC announced that it has acquired 51% equity in Cimerwa Ltd. of Rwanda ("Cimerwa") for a total cash consideration of USD69.4 million.



Cimerwa, situated in south-western Rwanda, has been the only cement producer in the country for the past 28 years. It has a current capacity of 100 000 ton cement per annum and is constructing a 600 000 ton per annum expansion that will be commissioned during 2014.



In addition to shareholder equity contributions, Cimerwa is in the process of finalising USD104m debt financing to complete the expansion project.



Current demand for cement in Rwanda is estimated at 350 000 ton per annum. Based on Rwandan and the surrounding region's positive economic outlook, regional cement demand is projected to increase to 1 million ton during the next decade.
19-Nov-2012
(Official Notice)
14-Nov-2012
(Media Comment)
Business Report highlighted that PPC is pursuing four new opportunities in African countries in line with its strategy to increase its revenue generation beyond South Africa. PPC chief executive Paul Stuiver said that all of these opportunities were at different stages of development, including final due diligence.
13-Nov-2012
(Official Notice)
As a courtesy, PPC informed its stakeholders that there will be a webcast of its 2012 annual results presentation at 10h00 on Tuesday, 13 November 2012. Stakeholders can access the webcast and/or download the presentation from: www.ppc.co.za/pages/investor_home.cfm or www.corpcam.com/PPC13112012
13-Nov-2012
(C)
Revenue increased to R7.3 billion (R6.8 billion). Gross profit rose to R2.5 billion (R2.3 billion). Operating profit remained stable around R1.7 billion (R1.7 billion). Net attributable profit was lower at R768 million (R785 million). In addition, headline earnings per share fell to 162c (165cps).



Dividend

Notice is hereby given that the final ordinary gross dividend of 108cps has been declared payable to ordinary shareholders in respect of the year ended 30 September 2012 and will be paid out of profits as determined by the directors.



Prospects

South African cement demand for the nine months to the end of June 2012, showed encouraging growth, but given the impact of labour unrest in the mining industry and the effect of the transport strike, it is likely that more subdued numbers will be reported for the remainder of 2012. The effective rollout of governments infrastructure programme has the potential to ensure a sustained recovery in the South African cement market. Failing this, growth in demand for 2013 will be muted. While we continue to monitor and prepare for new entrants, their new capacity will not come on-line before 2014. We expect cement demand in Zimbabwe to continue growing but are cautious that national elections could potentially interrupt the recent growth trend. Demand in Botswana should begin improving during 2013 as the Botswana government has recently released some sizeable projects. PPC is currently pursuing four opportunities in other African countries, all of which are at different stages of development including final due diligence. We remain confident that further tangible progress on this front will be made during 2013.

11-Oct-2012
(Official Notice)
The board of directors of PPC announced the appointment of Mr Ketso Gordhan to the board as Chief Executive Officer designate from 1 November 2012. He will succeed Mr. Paul Stuiver as Chief Executive Officer from 1 January 2013.
05-Oct-2012
(Permanent)
Pretoria Portland Cement Company Ltd. was renamed to PPC Ltd. on Monday, 8 October 2012.
03-Oct-2012
(Official Notice)
PPC announced that it has been granted environmental authorisation by the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning for phase 2 of its Western Cape modernisation strategy. This encompasses the replacement of two ageing cement kilns at the Riebeeck plant with a new five stage preheater kiln.



This marks the successful conclusion of the environmental impact assessment, however in terms of the legislative process the decision could still be appealed by the interested and affected parties.



PPC recently completed phase 1 of the modernisation strategy; a R280 million upgrade of a cement kiln at the De Hoek plant near Piketberg, resulting in improved environmental and thermal efficiencies. The upgraded cement kiln which was originally commissioned in 1980 will now achieve similar efficiencies as modern day kilns.



PPC embarked on the modernisation strategy to ensure that it will have competitive, energy efficient plants that comply with future changes to South African environmental legislation. The company estimates that the complete modernisation strategy will be sufficient to meet Western Cape cement demand for the next decade.
28-Sep-2012
(Official Notice)
PPC ordinary shareholders are referred to the transaction announcement, dated 12 July 2012, the posting of a circular announcement, dated 20 August 2012 (circular announcement) and the results of general meeting announcement dated 18 September 2012, regarding, inter alia, PPC's proposed 6.5% BBBEE transaction and the cancellation of the PPC ordinary shares held by PPC Cement (Pty) Ltd (collectively, the transaction).



Conditions Precedent

Shareholders are advised that, all conditions precedent to the transaction have now been fulfilled and the transaction will be implemented in accordance with the timetable detailed in the circular announcement referred to above. As set out in the circular announcement, it is expected that PPC will trade under a new name PPC Lted, share code PPC and ISIN number: ZAE000170049 from commencement of trade on Monday, 8 October 2012.
18-Sep-2012
(Official Notice)
PPC ordinary shareholders ("shareholders") are referred to the transaction announcement dated 12 July 2012 and the posting of a circular announcement dated 20 August 2012 ("circular announcement") regarding, inter alia, PPC's proposed 6.5% BBBEE transaction and the cancellation of PPC ordinary shares held by PPC Cement (Pty) Ltd., (collectively, the "transaction").



Results of general meeting

Shareholders are advised that, at the general meeting of shareholders held on Tuesday, 18 September 2012, all ordinary and special resolutions proposed at the general meeting were approved by the requisite majority shareholders of PPC. As per the timeline contained in the circular announcement, PPC will immediately begin to implement the transaction and expects to announce confirmation of finalisation on 28 September 2012.
18-Sep-2012
(Official Notice)
PPC is participating in the RMB Big Five conference in Cape Town on 12 and 13 September 2012. A copy of the presentation, detailing the information that will be discussed at the conference, will be available on the investor centre page of PPC's website, www.ppc.co.za.
20-Aug-2012
(Official Notice)
25-Jul-2012
(Official Notice)
PPC and South Africa's Industrial Development Corporation (''IDC'') jointly secured a 47% equity stake in the Habesha Cement Share Company (''HCSCo'') of Ethiopia.



PPC's USD12 million cash investment secured a 27% equity stake in HCSCo and is a significant step in PPC's African expansion strategy. This is PPC's first investment into the East African cement market. The IDC will simultaneously invest USD9 million for a 20% equity stake in HCSCo.



HCSCo has raised an initial 53% equity through the investment of more than 16 000 local shareholders. This fulfils one of PPC's key requirements which is to partner with local shareholders when investing in a new country. The founders and management of HCSCo have considerable experience in the cement industry in Ethiopia.



HCSCo's initial project is to build a USD130 million cement plant with an annual capacity of about 1.4 million tons. The project is being funded by a combination of the above mentioned equity and US$86 million debt financing from the Development Bank of Ethiopia.



During the initial construction phases PPC will assist HCSCo by providing operational and technical expertise and with the training of plant personnel at the PPC Academy in South Africa.
20-Jul-2012
(Official Notice)
In October 2011 PPC submitted a bid for the privatisation stake in CINAT, the Democratic Republic of Congo's state-owned cement producer. The company was notified that it was one of two bidders shortlisted for final adjudication. PPC has now been informed that its bid for CINAT has been declined and the other party has been selected to commence contract negotiations. PPC continues to explore several other opportunities as part of its sub-Saharan Africa strategy.
12-Jul-2012
(Official Notice)
17-May-2012
(Official Notice)
As a courtesy, PPC informed stakeholders that there will be a webcast of its 2012 interim results presentation at 10h00 on 17 May 2012. Stakeholders can access the webcast and/or download the presentation from www.ppc.co.za or www.corpcam.com/streamregister.asp?regid=781 at 10h00.
17-May-2012
(C)
Revenue increased by 8% to R3.5 billion (R3.3 billion). Gross profit rose by 4% to R1.2 billion (R1.1 billion) and operating profit was also up by 4% to R858 million (R823 million). Net attributable profit improved by 8% to R369 million (R343 million). In addition, headline earnings on a per share basis grew to 77.6c (71.8cps).



Dividend

A gross interim ordinary dividend of 38cps has been declared.



Outlook

In-line with PPC's strategy to increase revenue from the rest of the African continent, we have made significant progress on some projects. The acquisition of Pronto Holdings that was approved by the Competition Commission is being finalised. Due to the timing and structure of the transaction it will make a modest contribution to results during the remainder of the financial year.



Management expects the positive trend in South African cement demand to continue in the near to medium term. The South African government's continued commitment to increase infrastructure spend and their initiatives to unlock delivery constraints, are encouraging.



Having complied with the Department of Mineral Resources 2009 empowerment requirements, PPC is currently in discussions to meet the 2014 HDSA ownership requirements in order to secure its mining rights. PPC will communicate with shareholders as soon as key terms have been finalised.



Cement demand in Zimbabwe continues to grow and the operations there should make an improved contribution to the group in the second half. PPC has made good progress towards finalisation of the Zimbabwean indigenisation plan.
05-Apr-2012
(Official Notice)
As a courtesy, PPC informed stakeholders that members of the South African Cement and Concrete Institute (C-CI) have been notified by the Competition Commission that the C-CI may in future only disseminate cementitious sales as a national, quarterly figure delayed by three months.



For example a cementitious sales figure for the quarter January to March 2012 should be published at the end of June or beginning of July 2012. Following from the above the national sales figure for March 2012 will not be released by the C-CI next week as expected. PPC will be releasing its interim results for the period October 2011 to March 2012 on 17 May 2012.
26-Mar-2012
(Official Notice)
The current CEO of PPC, Mr Paul Stuiver, is employed with a three year agreement which commenced on 1 June 2009 and ends on 31 May 2012. The nominations committee of the board remains engaged in the process of finding a suitable successor for Mr Stuiver. In order to allow for the completion of critical commercial projects and for the recruitment process, the board announced that Mr Stuiver has agreed to stay on in his role as CEO until 31 December 2012.
26-Mar-2012
(Official Notice)
PPC will be attending the Merrill Lynch Investor Conference at Sun City from 27 March 2012 to 29 March 2012. A presentation has been prepared detailing the updated information that will be provided and shareholders are herby informed that this presentation can be found on PPC's website, www.ppc.co.za.
19-Mar-2012
(Official Notice)
PPC advised that the acquisition of Pronto Holdings (Pty) Ltd. (Pronto) that was announced during November 2011, has been unconditionally approved by the Competition Commission. Through this acquisition PPC will become a supplier to the Gauteng markets for ready mix concrete and fly ash. Fly ash is used as an extender in the manufacture of cement and concrete.



The purchase consideration will be calculated as 5.6 times Pronto's EBITDA less net debt. A first tranche of 25% will be paid at initiation; a second tranche of 25% after one year and the remaining 50% at the conclusion of the second year. Based on Pronto's unaudited results to year end, February 2012, the initial tranche will be approximately R70 million. Although subsequent payments are planned to increase, the total purchase consideration is not expected to exceed R400 million.
02-Mar-2012
(Official Notice)
The board of directors of Pretoria Portland Cement Company Ltd. announce the appointment of Mr Sydney Mhlarhi to the board of directors with effect from 1 March 2012. Mr Jerry Vilakazi, whose three year term as a representative of the PPC consortium of strategic black partners ended on 1 March 2012, has retired from the board. Ms Bridgette Modise who was appointed to the board and to the audit committee in December 2010 has been appointed to the Risk and Compliance committee from 1 March 2012.
08-Nov-2011
(C)
Revenue remained stable around R6.8 billion. Gross profit decreased to R2.3 billion (R2.7 billion). Operating profit declined by 19% to R1.7 billion (R2.1 billion). Net attributable profit was 22% lower at R785 million (R1 billion). In addition, headline earnings per share fell to 164.8c (216.9cps).



Dividend

A final ordinary dividend of 95cps has been declared.



Outlook

Recent improvements in South African cement industry sales are encouraging but clouded by continued uncertainty over the future of the global economy. Management expects cement demand in Zimbabwe to continue growing unless conditions deteriorate. The outlook for the lime division will continue to depend mainly on demand from local steel and alloys industries. Based on historical trends and previous industry cycles, a long-term recovery in South African cement demand is long overdue and latest industry trends indicate that further decline is unlikely. The company is fully prepared and well-placed for either a continuation of challenging business conditions or for any upturn in cement demand.
07-Nov-2011
(Media Comment)
According to Business Day, SA's bellwether cement maker, Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC), said on Friday that the fall in full-year earnings would be smaller than previously thought, as trading conditions were better than expected during September. Domestic cement sales in September rose 12.7% year on year. Sales in the year are up 2.1% although the industry is still reeling from the effects of the global recession and the poor health of building and construction in SA. Recently, PPC CEO Paul Stuiver said the country's larger cement producers had not seen any benefit from the government?s promised infrastructure spending. The industry had production capacity of about 16 million tons a year, while demand had fallen to less than 12 million tons a year. Cement overcapacity has also been made worse by the entry into the South African market of both Nigerian-backed Sephaku Cement, and a Chinese backed empowerment entity, which will bolster production by nearly 5 million tons a year. According to the latest figures from the Cement and Concrete Institute of SA, monthly cement demand in the country rose to 10.2 year on year to June, fell slightly in July, but rose 4.6% in August, and 12.7% in September.
04-Nov-2011
(Official Notice)
In the trading statement released on SENS on 20 September 2011, PPC previously advised that earnings per share and headline earnings per share for the year ending 30 September 2011 were expected to be between 25% and 30% lower than the previous corresponding period. Following better than expected trading conditions during September 2011, PPC now advises that earnings per share and headline earnings per share for the year ending 30 September 2011 are expected to be between 21% and 24% lower than the previous corresponding period. The financial information on which this trading statement is based are the draft annual financial statements which have not yet been approved by the board. PPC will release its annual results for the twelve months ending 30 September 2011 on 8 November 2011.
05-Oct-2011
(Media Comment)
Business Report highlighted that PPC has bought three aggregate quarries from Quarries of Botswana for 50 million pula (R55.07 million). The acquisitions are part of the listed cement and lime producer's strategy to expand its footprint in Southern Africa and build its aggregates division into the largest producer in Botswana. PPC said last year that low cement demand in South Africa since 2007 and increased competition in the local market had resulted in it developing a strategy to move into other much more exciting markets in sub-Saharan Africa.
04-Oct-2011
(Official Notice)
As part of its southern Africa expansion strategy, PPC has acquired three aggregate quarries from Quarries of Botswana. The 50 million Pula (USD6.8 million) acquisition is part of the cement giant's expanding footprint and will make PPC's Aggregates division the largest aggregate producer in Botswana. New quarries in Gaborone, Francistown and Selebi-Phikwe, will expand PPC's existing portfolio in Botswana to meet the local market demand for aggregates, which is a complimentary product to cement. PPC will release its annual results for the twelve months ending 30 September 2011 on 8 November 2011. The company is currently in a closed period. Editors notes: PPC Aggregates division supplies construction aggregates to the civil construction sector and mineral products to the chemical, metallurgical and agricultural industries. Prior to this acquisition the division already owned two large quarries in Gauteng, South Africa and one in Gaborone, Botswana. The Kgale quarry in Gaborone supplies an extensive range of granite products to the civil construction industry including large construction firms, Readymix concrete producers, concrete product manufacturers and road construction projects.
20-Sep-2011
(Official Notice)
PPC advised that earnings per share and headline earnings per share for the year ending 30 September 2011 are expected to be between 25% and 30% lower than the previous corresponding period. In line with guidance given at PPC's interim results during May 2011, cement demand in South Africa improved marginally during the second half of PPC's financial year. However, cement demand in the Western Cape Province, where PPC enjoys high exposure, continued to lag the rest of the country. While a successful price increase during July 2011 will enhance revenues for August and September 2011, the overall pricing environment is expected to remain competitive and this together with ongoing input inflation, continues to present a challenging business environment. PPC further advised that it will be conducting group discussions with a number of local investors on 21 and 22 September 2011. A presentation, detailing the information that will be provided, will be posted on PPC's website, www.ppc.co.za during the morning of 21 September 2011 PPC will release its annual results for the twelve months ending 30 September 2011 on 8 November 2011.
01-Sep-2011
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that at the special general meeting of ordinary shareholders held today, Thursday 1 September 2011, special resolutions number 1, 2 and 4, contained in the relevant notice of the special general meeting distributed on 1 August 2011, were duly passed by the requisite majority votes. Special resolution number 3 was supported at 74.12% and did not receive the requisite majority votes for a special resolution. PPC will analyse the feedback from investors who were not in favour of special resolution 3 before deciding on how to proceed.

02-Aug-2011
(Official Notice)
Shareholders were referred to the announcement dated Monday, 1 August 2011, whereby shareholders were notified, inter alia, that a special general meeting of the members of the company ("the meeting") will be held in the main boardroom at PPC Building, Barlow Park, 180 Katherine Street, Sandton on Thursday, 1 September 2011 at 08:00. The meeting will be held to transact the business as stated in the Notice of special general meeting ("the notice") as necessitated by the Companies Act no 71 of 2008, as amended. The notice is now available on the company's website at www.ppc.co.za.
01-Aug-2011
(Official Notice)
Notice is hereby given that a special general meeting of the members of the Company ("the meeting") will be held in the Main Boardroom at PPC Building, Barlow Park, 180 Katherine Street, Sandton on Thursday, 1 September 2011 at 08:00. The meeting will be held to transact the business as stated in the Notice of Special General Meeting ("the notice") as necessitated by the Companies Act no 71 of 2008, as amended ("the Act"). The notice was posted to shareholders today, on Monday, 1 August 2011.

The last day to trade is Tuesday, 23 August 2011. The record date in terms of section 59 of the Act, for shareholders to be recorded on the shareholders' register of the company in order to be able to attend, participate and vote at the meeting is Tuesday, 30 August 2011. The last day to receive forms of proxy is 12:00 on Wednesday, 31 August 2011. The results of the meeting will be announced on the Stock Exchange News Service (SENS) of the JSE Limited on Thursday, 1 September 2011.

21-Jul-2011
(Official Notice)
Pretoria Portland Cement Company Ltd ("PPC") is pleased to acknowledge that it achieved the highest overall ranking in the Nkonki/Financial Mail Integrated Reporting Survey of 2011. In accordance with the King Code of Governance Principles for South Africa 2009, companies need to publish an integrated annual report from 2011 onwards. However companies in this year`s survey were recognized for their pioneering spirit in producing integrated reports a year before becoming mandatory.



PPC was placed first out of a total of 57 JSE listed companies that were reviewed. Companies that were constituents of either the JSE Top 40 and/or the JSE's SRI index were selected for survey. The company's integrated annual report for 2010 is available on its website at www.ppc.co.za
07-Jul-2011
(Official Notice)
The board of directors of PPC announced the appointment of Ms Tryphosa Ramano to the board as an executive director and to the position of chief financial officer (CFO) with effect from 1 August 2011. Mr Peter Esterhuysen, who in addition to his role as CFO has been heading PPC's business development activities during the past year will relinquish his CFO responsibilities and his board appointment will be changed to that of the executive director responsible for PPC's business development and international expansion.
17-May-2011
(C)
Revenue fell by 5% to R3.3 billion (R3.4 billion) and gross profit contracted by 21% to R1.1 billion (R1.4 billion). Operating profit decreased by 26% to R823 million (R1.1 billion), while profit for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders dropped drastically, by 38% to R343 million (R551 million) and headline earnings per share lessened to 71.8cps (115cps).



Dividend

The directors have declared an interim dividend of 35 cents per share (2010: 45 cents per share).



Prospects

Management expects that challenging trading conditions will continue for the remainder of the year. Although year to date cement demand is currently negative, the rate of decline has been slowing and recent month to month cement volume comparisons suggest that overall South African industry volumes for 2011 could be similar to 2010. The outlook for the lime division will continue to depend on operational activity of key customers in the local steel and alloys industries. Our strategy to expand operations beyond historic geographical boundaries, primarily into Africa, continues to receive management effort and attention. Building on operational improvements and efficiencies that are being implemented, PPC is well placed to benefit from a recovery in South African cement demand.
20-Apr-2011
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are referred to PPC's trading statement published on SENS on 22 March 2011, wherein the company stated that its financial results for the six months ended 31 March 2011 would decrease by more than 30% compared to the six months ended 31 March 2010 and that further guidance would be provided once management accounts for the period had been completed. PPC now advised that earnings per share and headline earnings per share for the six months ended 31 March 2011 are expected to be between 35% and 40% lower compared to the previous corresponding period.



The company further advises that the decrease in earnings per share is mainly attributable to the negative impact of a challenging business environment on sales volumes, selling prices and input costs across all its operations. PPC will release its interim results for the six months ended 31 March 2011 on 17 May 2011.
28-Mar-2011
(Media Comment)
According to Business Day, Pretoria Portland Cement is building up its operations in the Western Cape, Despite SA's deepest cement market downturn in decades. Although it has scaled down its plans there in light of continuing market gyrations, it is getting a jump on expected growth in demand. In addition, new environmental legislation from 2015 will require significant capital investment. The average age of the kilns at its De Hoek and Riebeeck plants is 40 years. And while PPC says they are well maintained and still produce good quality cement, they have become millstones in terms of energy efficiency.
25-Mar-2011
(Official Notice)
PPC management will be hosting investors and analysts at the Western Cape operations on Friday, 25 March 2011, during which a presentation will be made on various aspects of the operations including information on the company's expansion and upgrade plans for the region. Shareholders are herby informed that the presentation can be accessed on PPC's website, www.ppc.co.za
22-Mar-2011
(Official Notice)
South African cement sales continue to decline. Industry figures released for the five months from October 2010 to February 2011 show a cumulative decline of 6.5%. The first half of PPC's current financial year will end on 31 March 2011. Due to difficult trading conditions, PPC's financial results for this reporting period are expected to decrease by more than 30% compared to those for the six months ending 31 March 2010. Further guidance will be provided once the management accounts for the reporting period have been completed and reviewed.
22-Feb-2011
(Official Notice)
PPC will be conducting group discussions with a number of local investors on Tuesday, 22 February 2011. A consolidated presentation, detailing the information that will be provided, can be found on PPC's website, www.ppc.co.za.
31-Jan-2011
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that at the annual general meeting of shareholders held today, 31 January 2011, all the ordinary resolutions and the special resolution contained in the relevant notice of the annual general meeting were duly passed by the requisite majority votes. The special resolution regarding the granting of a general authority to the directors to repurchase the company`s shares will be lodged with the Registrar of Companies in due course.
31-Jan-2011
(Official Notice)
South African cement sales declined 5% for the quarter ending December 2010. PPC's cement sales followed this trend in most provinces with sales to the construction sector experiencing the greatest decline. On a provincial level, demand in the Western and Eastern Cape continued to be the most disappointing. Cement demand in Botswana remained resilient and sales from the company's Zimbabwean operations continued to grow. However, a strong local currency constrained exports from South African factories to Mozambique and Angola. Weaker demand from the local steel and alloys industries resulted in lime sales declining compared to the comparable period last year whilst aggregate sales declined in line with considerably lower activity in the construction industry. The more subdued trading conditions that prevailed during the second half of the 2010 financial year in comparison to the first half of the 2010 financial year prevailed throughout the quarter ending 31 December 2010. The resultant lower sales across all divisions have had a negative impact on operating margins. PPC continues to explore further opportunities in new and existing markets in sub-Saharan Africa. The nature of this activity tends to have long lead times. None of the opportunities have yet advanced to a stage where announcements can be made. PPC will continue to focus on managing its operational performance and efficiencies.
06 Jan 2011 09:47:36
(Official Notice)
Shareholders were advised that the company's 2010 Annual Report containing the annual financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2010 was posted to shareholders on 21 December 2010 and contains no modifications to the audited preliminary results which were published on 9 November 2010.



The 115th AGM of PPC will be held in the JSE 1 Room at the Radisson Blue Hotel, cnr Rivonia Road and Daisy Street, Sandton, on Monday, 31 January 2011 at 12:00 for the purpose of conducting the business as stated in the Notice of AGM contained in the 2010 Annual Report.
09 Dec 2010 11:43:05
(Official Notice)
PPC has achieved the highest ranking broad-based black economic empowerment ("BBBEE") status in the cement industry. Having climbed from a level three to a level two contributor, PPC customers are now able to claim 156% of their spend with the company towards their own empowerment rating. The second improvement in the company's rating in one year, this achievement confirms PPC's ongoing commitment to meaningful transformation in South Africa.



PPC already has a level one rating in the specific areas of equity ownership, enterprise development and socio-economic development. In addition to this, PPC has been awarded level three gold contributor status for its national corporate social investment program. Awarded by the Department of Social Development in conjunction with the National CSI Registrar, this achievement recognises PPC's dedication to building a strong and sustainable South Africa.
10 Nov 2010 07:52:43
(Media Comment)
Business Report highlighted that low cement demand has led to listed cement and lime producer Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) developing a strategy to move into other exciting markets in sub- Saharan Africa. Paul Stuiver, the chief executive of PPC said that these markets included Mozambique, Zambia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda, which had not yet reached the level of infrastructure development evident in South Africa. Mr Stuiver added that huge demand would come at some stage in the future when these countries develop their infrastructure, and presented higher growth areas than South Africa in the long term.

09 Nov 2010 08:20:47
(C)
Group revenue remained stable at R6.8 billion (September 2009: R6.8 billion), while operating profit was recorded at R2 105 million (September: R2 141 million) representing a marginal decline of 2%. Net profit attributable to ordinary shareholders decreased by 1% to R1 010 million (September 2009: R1 024 million). Headline earnings per share rose to 216.9cps (September 2009: 169.9cps).



Dividends

A final dividend of 130cps was declared for the period under review.



Prospects

The outlook for the global and South African economies remains uncertain in the short term. Consequently the outlook for South African cement and aggregate demand remains subdued. PPC will continue to focus on operational performance and service efficiencies, whilst pursuing opportunities to expand the business into other emerging markets. Record low lending rates and the government?s commitment to infrastructure development and job creation bode well for medium- and long-term cement and aggregate demand in South Africa. The company?s ability to generate cash remains strong.
02 Nov 2010 15:04:15
(Official Notice)
Mr Robert Harley Dent has announced his retirement from the company with effect from 31 December 2010. Mr Dent has resigned as a director of the company and its associated boards with effect from 1 November 2010.
19 Oct 2010 08:15:38
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are referred to PPC's trading statement dated 28 October 2009 and that the R490 million IFRS2 charge relating to PPC's Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment transaction and the take-on gain of R213 million relating to the consolidation of Portland Holdings Ltd, the company's Zimbabwean operations, outlined in the group results for the year ended 30 September 2009 will not recur. As a result of the non-recurrence of these charges, PPC's headline earnings per share ("HEPS") are expected to be between 20% and 30% higher for the year ended 30 September 2010 compared to the previous corresponding period. Earnings per share ("EPS") are expected to be within a 10% range of the previous corresponding period's EPS. PPC further advises that, excluding the above mentioned adjustments, normalised EPS and HEPS for the year ended 30 September 2010 are expected to be between 10% and 20% lower than the previous corresponding period. PPC expects to release its annual results for the year ended 30 September 2010 on or about 9 November 2010 and stakeholders are reminded that the company is in a closed period until then.
01 Sep 2010 08:10:38
(Official Notice)
PPC will be conducting a number of investor meetings during September 2010. PPC management will be updating investors on its cement sales volumes since April 2010, its recently announced expansion plans in the Western Cape province and its view on the timing of new entrants to the South African cement industry. A presentation has been prepared detailing the updated information that will be provided and shareholders are herby informed that this presentation can be found on PPC's website, www.ppc.co.za.
03 Aug 2010 09:03:28
(Official Notice)
Pretoria Portland Cement has announced a review of its Western Cape capacity expansion programme and the resultant withdrawal of its environmental application for the original programme. The revised programme will see PPC upgrading and increasing capacity at its existing Riebeeck operation and its De Hoek operation near Piketberg instead of building a single new factory. The upgrade of existing plant will increase capacity in the Western Cape by approximately 50% up to 2016. The upgrade plan will allow PPC to increase capacity with lower impact on the surrounding communities and the environment and at a lower capital outlay. The new plan requires phased expenditure of R3 billion over 6 years as opposed to the original plans` R4.5 billion over 4 years.



The new expansion programme would not result in any job losses at the PPC operations. Additionally, PPC's commitment to social and labour projects the Western Cape remains unchanged. Recently the company completed construction of a cr?che and of classrooms at the Meiring and Riebeeck West primary schools in Riebeeck West and a number of classrooms at the Steytlerville Primary school in De Hoek. During August the company will be unveiling the completion of a water works at the Wittewater community near Piketberg. PPC will commence with a new environmental authorization process and will continue to engage with all the affected communities in the Riebeeck West and Piketberg regions regarding the new programme.
11 May 2010 09:24:38
(C)
Group revenue increased by 5% to R3 421 million (R3 261 million) whilst operating profit before the IFRS 2 charges for the BBBEE transaction rose 2% to R1 125 million (R1 100 million). Profit for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders was up to R551 million (R103 million). In addition, headline earnings per share rose to 115cps (20.4cps).



Dividend

Notice is hereby given that interim ordinary dividend number 213 of 45 cents per share has been declared in respect of the six months ended 31 March 2010.



Prospects

Economic indicators are currently mixed and economic recovery in the region appears fragile and uncertain. The South African government's commitment to infrastructural development is encouraging but commencement of new construction projects is taking longer than anticipated. This, together with the effects of the World Cup, makes the forecasting of cement demand during the remainder of 2010 extremely difficult. However it is likely that South African cement demand during 2010 will be lower than during 2009.

The contribution of PPC Zimbabwe is also difficult to forecast as the situation in the country remains transient. The recently announced Indigenisation regulations have impacted negatively on general business confidence and consequently on cement sales. Cement pricing is expected to remain under pressure for the remainder of the year with excess industry capacity and a strong local currency limiting pricing power.



Under these circumstances PPC will continue to focus on operational performance and the running of our most efficient production units to minimise the impact of reduced volume and increasing energy costs, and also ensure that the company will be ready to capitalise on increased demand when the anticipated economic recovery eventually materialises. The strategy to expand the business beyond its existing geographical boundaries will continue to receive significant management attention.
23 Apr 2010 14:44:08
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are reminded of PPC's trading statement of 4 May 2009 and the non- recurrence of the R487 million IFRS2 charge relating to PPC's broad based black economic empowerment ("BBBEE") transaction that was accounted for in the six months ended 31 March 2009. As a result PPC's earnings per share ("EPS") and headline earnings per share ("HEPS") are expected to be between 450% and 470% higher for the six months ended 31 March 2010. PPC further advises that EPS and HEPS for the six months ended 31 March 2010 are expected to be between 5% and 15% higher than the previous corresponding period excluding the effects of the IFRS2 charge relating to the BBBEE transaction. PPC will release its interim results for the six months ended 31 March 2010 on 11 May 2010.
16 Mar 2010 08:47:53
(Official Notice)
PPC will be attending the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Investor Conference at Sun City and a presentation has been prepared for this event. The presentation is an overview of PPC and the cement industry in South Africa and shareholders were informed that this presentation can be found on PPC's website, www.ppc.co.za.
25 Feb 2010 16:54:28
(Official Notice)
Shareholders were referred to the cautionary announcement dated 24 February 2010 and are advised that caution is no longer required to be exercised by shareholders when dealing in their securities. Shareholders are further advised that fungibility of up to a maximum of 40% of the PPC shares listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange ("ZSE") has been granted. Previously the company's shares were only transferable from the JSE to the ZSE, not in reverse. Shareholders wishing to transfer shares from the ZSE to the JSE will be able to do so on a "first come first served" basis within the abovementioned limitation.



Shareholders were advised that the following additional conditions are applicable:

* The shares can only be traded offshore by Zimbabwean sellers if the JSE price of the share is higher and there is no buyer on the Zimbabwean market.

* All procedures outlined in the exchange control guidelines on the trading of dually listed shares should be observed.
24 Feb 2010 11:19:01
(Official Notice)
Shareholders of the company were advised that the company applied for the PPC shares currently listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange ("ZSE") to become fully transferable between the ZSE and the JSE. Previously the company's shares were only transferable from the JSE to the ZSE, not in reverse. The company has received conditional approval in this regard from the reserve bank of Zimbabwe, and a formal announcement will be made once the conditions have been resolved. Shareholders were advised that some restrictions on share transfers from the ZSE to the JSE are likely to remain and they should exercise caution when dealing in the ZSE listed securities of the company until a further announcement is made.
24 Feb 2010 10:26:40
(Official Notice)
PPC has celebrated its 100th year as a listed company on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange ("JSE").
26 Jan 2010 08:15:05
(Media Comment)
According to Business Report, PPC is looking to make an acquisition or enter a new market in sub-Saharan Africa in the next twelve to 18 months. The company will not however be looking at North Africa because it was dominated by European companies. CE Paul Stuiver said PPC "is looking quite carefully and very deliberately to grow outside." A takeover will compensate for a slower growing South African market.
25 Jan 2010 15:19:46
(Official Notice)
PPC advised that at the annual general meeting of shareholders held on 25 January 2010, all the ordinary resolutions and the special resolution contained in the relevant notice of the annual general meeting were duly passed by the requisite majority votes. The special resolution regarding the granting of a general authority to the directors to repurchase the company's shares will be lodged with the registrar of companies in due course.
25 Jan 2010 12:16:55
(Official Notice)
Regional cement sales during October 2009 were 15% down on the previous year. While no further industry statistics have been available since PPC ceased submitting statistics at the request of the competition commission, PPC report that sales for the remainder of the first financial quarter continued lower than the previous year. Demand in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng provinces continued to disappoint while sales in the Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces continued to show growth due to a combination of infrastructure projects and retail demand in these provinces.



Exports from South African factories have continued to grow and are significantly above the corresponding period last year. Export focus has primarily been to Mozambique and Angola. Cement sales in Zimbabwe continued to perform well to the end of December 2009 and indications from January figures remain positive. Demand for lime has improved significantly on the comparable quarter in the previous year following better than expected demand from major steel producers. Aggregate volumes for the first financial quarter have shown growth due to the favourable geographic locations of our quarries and their specific product offerings.



Despite disappointing cement demand in South Africa's metropolitan areas, the dedicated efforts of the PPC team to streamline production and logistics and the positive results in the company's other sectors have all contributed to a pleasing first quarter. With regard to major projects, the mill at Hercules (Ntshafatso Project) continues to progress with commissioning still expected during the next two months. Work on achieving a positive record of decision regarding the environmental impact assessment for the proposed Se Kika Project (new Riebeeck plant) is continuing.
15 Jan 2010 16:31:21
(Official Notice)
Sello's CV does not appear with the CV's of the other directors on pages 56 -57 of the annual report.



This notice is intended to correct this omission and to provide his Curriculum Vitae:

Sello commenced his career with Gold Fields Ltd as Human Resources Superintendent at their Kloof Mine. Over his 10 year career with Gold Fields he held many positions within Human Resources, Corporate Communications and was appointed transformation manager. Sello joined Team PPC in 2007 as Group corporate social transformation manager and in 2008 was appointed to the position of Executive,transformation. Over the past 2 years Sello has pioneered the new face of social transformation for PPC and its integration with our Kambuku objectives. Sello holds BEd (Hons) degrees from Avondale College and the University of Newcastle in Australia.
21 Dec 2009 09:58:07
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that the company's 2009 annual report containing the annual financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2009 was posted to shareholders on 21 December 2009 and contains no modifications to the audited preliminary results which were published on 11 November 2009. The annual financial statements were audited by Deloitte - Touche and their report is available for inspection at the company's registered office.



The annual general meeting of PPC will be held in the Umkombe Room, Hilton Hotel, 138 Rivonia Road, Sandton, on Monday 25 January 2010 at 12:00 for the purpose of conducting the business as stated in the notice of annual general meeting contained in the 2009 annual report.
14 Dec 2009 14:36:21
(Official Notice)
PPC has improved its empowerment status from a Level 4 to a Level 3 BBBEE contributor rating. This rating, together with the highest preferential procurement recognition level in the cement industry of 138% reflects PPC's commitment to transformation in South Africa. PPC had expected to reach this target by 2011, but the solid transformation foundations laid many years ago and a committed team performance resulted in this goal being achieved significantly earlier than expected. PPC met its objectives in almost all of the DTI's code of good practice scorecard pillars with notable increases in scores relating to employment equity, enterprise development and socio-economic development. PPC's approach to transformation continues to create meaningful empowerment, both internally and in the communities in which PPC operates.
25 Nov 2009 08:58:38
(Official Notice)
PPC is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Salim Abdul Kader, an existing executive director of PPC, as the MD of its cement operations in South Africa and Mr Sello Helepi as executive director responsible for organisational performance and transformation with effect 1 December 2009.
11 Nov 2009 16:12:56
(Official Notice)
The competition commission has granted Pretoria Portland Cement company Ltd conditional leniency from prosecution under the competition act, in exchange for PPC's complete and truthful disclosure of all cartel activities between PPC and its competitors.

PPC applied for leniency shortly after the commission raided and seized documents and electronic data from PPC's premises and those of its competitors Lafarge Industries South Africa, AfriSam Consortium (Pty) Ltd and Natal Portland Cement Cimpor (Pty) Ltd on 24 June this year. The raids were in pursuance of the commission's investigation of possible collusion in the cement industry.



In exchange for immunity from prosecution PPC has agreed to cooperate fully with the commission until the investigation and tribunal proceedings are finalised. In terms of the agreement reached PPC must also stop its involvement in cartel activity and refrain from submitting competition sensitive information to the C-CI.
11 Nov 2009 12:07:23
(C)
Cash flow remained strong despite a decrease in demand and pressure from input costs. Group revenue increased 9% to R6.8 billion. The accounting treatment of the BBBEE transaction (IFRS 2 charge of R490 million) and the consolidation of Portland Holdings Ltd in Zimbabwe (R213 million gain) resulted in group operating profit reducing by 8% to R2.1 billion (2008: R2.3 billion) and net profit by 25% to R1.1 billion (2008: R1.5 billion). On a comparable basis, excluding the impact of the BBBEE transaction and Porthold, group operating profit rose 4% to R2.4 billion and net profit declined 8% to R1.4 billion. Headline earnings per share including the BBBEE transaction decreased by 40% to 170 cps (2008: 283 cps). Excluding the BBBEE transaction, headline earnings per share reduced by 9% to 257 cps.



Dividends

A final dividend of 155 cps was declared. Dividends declared for the year amounted to 200 cps.



Future Prospects

The effects of the 500 basis point reduction in interest rates over the past 18 months should improve activity in the formal residential sector. Demand from government infrastructure projects should continue through 2010 and beyond. Improvements in regional demand should result from a recovery in demand from the residential sector but this is difficult to predict and therefore creates some uncertainty for the outlook on cement demand during 2010.
28 Oct 2009 07:39:23
(Official Notice)
09 Sep 2009 09:57:15
(Official Notice)
A number of investors and analysts visited PPC's Dwaalboom cement production plant, during which a presentation was made on the plant's development and properties of the new kiln as well as a progress update on the new mill at the Hercules plant in Pretoria. This presentation focused on operational issues and contained no new material information on current trading or the future financial performance of the company and can be viewed on the company's website at www.ppc.co.za.
06 Aug 2009 16:09:17
(Official Notice)
PPC wishes to advise that Dr Orrie Fenn has resigned as a director of PPC with effect from 5 August 2009.
25 Jun 2009 08:17:32
(Official Notice)
On 24 June 2009 the competition commission conducted a search and seizure operation at the premises of the major cement manufacturers. This relates to a broad investigation into the cement industry. Whilst reserving its rights, PPC is co-operating with the Commission. Since the inception of the Competition Act in 1999, PPC has been vigilant in ensuring ongoing compliance with competition legislation.
04 Jun 2009 11:36:12
(Official Notice)
Pretoria Portland Cement is pleased to announce that its new Dwaalboom kiln 2 (Batsweledi) has for the month of May 2009 performed at above warranted output. John Gomersall, CEO of PPC commented; "We are very pleased to reach this point after effectively only 7 months of operation and we are now even more confident that this kiln line will comfortably exceed warranted output levels. This bears testimony to PPC's historical philosophy of buying excellent equipment and not necessarily the cheapest. It is what has and will continue to make PPC a sustainable company". Gomersall would not be drawn on by how much the kiln line would exceed the warranted capacity of 1.25 million tons of cement per annum but did add; "This reinforces our recent statement on expected savings generated by this investment."



PPC noted in their 2009 interim results that the project will be within budget and that the performance of the new more efficient Dwaalboom kiln 2 had allowed its plans to shut down three older kilns to be realised.
26 May 2009 14:47:46
(Official Notice)
The board of directors of PPC announced the appointment of Mr Paul Stuiver to the board as chief executive officer designate from 1 June 2009. He will succeed Mr John Gomersall as chief executive officer from 1 July 2009.
12 May 2009 07:46:40
(C)
Group revenue increased by 12% to R3 261 million (R2 919 million) whilst operating profit before the IFRS 2 charges for the BBBEE transaction rose 2% to R1 100 million (R1 077 million). EBITDA grew by 5% to R1 245 million (2008: R1 181 million). Profit for the period attributable to ordinary shareholders was down 85% to R103 million (R674 million). In addition, headline earnings per share fell to 20.4cps (125.6cps).



Dividend

An ordinary interim dividend of 45cps has been declared.



Prospects

The government commitment to infrastructural development indicates that growth in gross fixed capital formation is likely to continue until well beyond 2010 and to this end the government's infrastructural budget of R787 billion over the next three years confirms this. This incorporates housing delivery and the formation of the housing development Agency to secure land for low cost housing which should accelerate the much needed delivery of low cost housing. Further reductions in SA interest rates are likely to generate some resumption of activity in the residential and other interest rate sensitive sectors later in 2009 and heading into 2010. In the meantime, rural demand should continue to underpin bagged cement demand.



Although these are positive signs, the company anticipates that industry regional cement demand for this financial year could decline by up to 10% from the prior year volumes demand. With the new Dwaalboom kiln now running, as planned the company was able to shut down three older production units to match output to current demand and take advantage of the more efficient new capacity. In addition, the easing in cement demand growth provides us with the opportunity to switch production between plants to undertake some of the major maintenance required on existing lines that have been running at high output levels for the last five years as it is vital that they are fully fit and ready for the next demand growth phase.



The lime division should see some improvement in the second half and aggregates should maintain a steady performance. Management remains confident, given the economic circumstances, that a solid performance reflecting strong operating cash flows will be reported for the full year.
05 May 2009 15:33:02
(Official Notice)
PPC was rated the number one cement supplier to the construction industry and building material retailers in South Africa. This was confirmed at a function held on 8 April 2009. The award was contested by all four of SA's major cement producers. PMR conducted 118 interviews with representatives from construction companies and buyers at building material retailers between November 2008 and February 2009. All cement producers were rated on various attributes viz. consistently fulfilling orders and delivery promises, flexibility and responsiveness, price; quality and range of products.
04 May 2009 08:20:08
(Official Notice)
PPC advised that its earnings per share and headline earnings per share for the six months ended 31 March 2009 are expected to be between 75% and 90% less compared with the respective amounts reported for the comparable period ended 31 March 2008. Shareholders are reminded that the main contributor to this decrease is the IFRS 2 charge which is a consequence of the BBBEE transaction and which was anticipated and outlined in the SENS announcement on 28 August 2008 and in the circular to shareholders on 16 October 2008. PPC will release its interim results for the period ended 31 March 2009 on 12 May 2009.
01 Apr 2009 09:29:03
(Official Notice)
PPC is delighted to announce its Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment rating as audited by Empowerlogic (Pty) Ltd, a registered verification agency. The only cement manufacturer listed on the JSE since 1910 has now achieved a level 4 rating according to the Department of Trade and Industry's scorecard following the results of its interim BBBEE audit in March 2009. This is the highest BBBEE status to date in the cement manufacturing industry.
29 Mar 2009 09:15:36
(Media Comment)
Business Times reported PPC as saying that regional industry cement sales fell by 9.7% in the five months to February 2009. The decline was due to a slump in the residential housing market.
24 Mar 2009 07:53:06
(Official Notice)
PPC will be attending the Merrill Lynch investor conference at Sun City during the course of this week and has prepared a presentation in this regard. The presentation is an overview of PPC and the cement industry in South Africa and shareholders are hereby informed that this presentation can be found on PPC's website, www.ppc.co.za.
27 Feb 2009 13:45:12
(Official Notice)
PPC announced the appointment of Mr J S (Jerry) Vilakzi and Mr M P (Peter) Malungani, as non-executive directors with effect from 27 February 2009.
03 Feb 2009 15:17:30
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are referred to the announcement of 11 November 2008 in which it was stated that Mr Martin Shaw would retire as director from the board of directors of PPC at the annual general meeting of shareholders held on 26 January 2009 having reached the mandatory retirement age for board members. The company has now received written confirmation from Mr Shaw of his resignation with effect from 26 January 2009.
26 Jan 2009 15:20:53
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that at the annual general meeting of shareholders held on Monday, 26 January 2009, all the ordinary resolutions and the special resolution contained in the relevant notice of annual general meeting were duly passed by the requisite majority votes. The special resolution regarding the granting of a general authority to the directors to repurchase the company's shares will be lodged with the Registrar of Companies in due course.
26 Jan 2009 13:06:01
(Official Notice)
20 Jan 2009 10:50:29
(Official Notice)
The company's 2008 annual report containing the annual financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2008 was posted to shareholders on Wednesday 17 December 2008 and contains no modifications to the audited results which were published on 30 October 2008. The annual financial statements were audited by Deloitte - Touche and their report is available for inspection at the company's registered office.



Notice of Annual General Meeting

Shareholders are reminded that the one hundred and thirteenth annual general meeting of Pretoria Portland Cement company Ltd will be held in the Deloitte Auditorium, Deloitte Place, The Woodlands Building 1, 2nd Floor, 20 Woodlands Drive, Woodmead on Monday 26 January 2009 at 12h00 for the purpose of conducting the business as stated in the Notice of Annual General Meeting contained in the 2008 Annual Report.
05 Dec 2008 12:33:03
(Official Notice)
For purposes of this announcement, PPC shareholders are referred to the definitions set out in the scheme document dated Thursday, 16 October 2008.



Further to the announcement published on SENS on 28 November 2008 and in the press on 1 December 2008, PPC shareholders are hereby advised that all scheme conditions precedent have now been fulfilled or waived.



The dates and times for the implementation of the scheme, as mentioned in the SENS announcement released on 28 November 2008 and published in the press on 1 December 2008, remain in force.
28 Nov 2008 11:41:16
(Official Notice)
For purposes of this announcement, PPC shareholders are referred to the definitions set out in the scheme document dated Thursday, 16 October 2008. PPC shareholders are advised that all scheme conditions precedent have been fulfilled or waived, with the exception of the following :

* the conditions in the funding agreements that require that in order for the funding institutions referred to in paragraph 6.1 of the scheme document posted to PPC shareholders on Thursday, 16 October 2008 to be obliged to advance the funding:

* no adverse change (determined in the good faith discretion of the funders' agent) exists in the South African or international monetary, financial political or economic conditions which renders it unlawful, impossible or uneconomic to advance the funding;

* the funders' agent be satisfied that there has been no material deterioration in the financial condition of PPC since 22 August 2008; and

* no event, circumstance or matter, or combination thereof, has occurred since 29 August 2008 which has or could reasonably have a material adverse effect on the business, operations, property or condition of PPC or the Trust Funding SPVs, or their ability to perform their obligations thereunder or the validity or enforceability of the agreements pertaining to the transactions.

A further announcement will be made on Friday, 5 December 2008, being the last day to trade to participate in the scheme, whether or not the remaining conditions precedent as set out above have been fulfilled or waived.
27 Nov 2008 11:52:59
(Media Comment)
The Financial Mail reported PPC CE John Gomersall as saying that that even though costs are up and an energy surcharge might be added to prices, the South African infrastructure sector will be less affected by global volatility than the formal residential sector. However, Gomersall added that cement demand for rural and affordable housing is expected to continue due to government plans to counter the backlog in affordable housing.
25 Nov 2008 14:46:07
(Official Notice)
For purposes of this announcement, PPC shareholders are referred to the definitions set out in the scheme document dated Thursday, 16 October 2008. Further to the announcement released on SENS on Tuesday, 11 November 2008 and published in the press on Wednesday, 12 November 2008, PPC shareholders are advised that the scheme was sanctioned by the High Court of South Africa on Tuesday, 25 November 2008. A certified copy of the order of court sanctioning the scheme will be lodged with the Registrar of Companies for registration. A further announcement regarding the fulfilment of the remaining conditions precedent and setting out the dates and times in respect of the implementation of the broad-based black ownership initiative will be made in due course.
11 Nov 2008 14:25:00
(Official Notice)
Further to the announcement published on the Securities Exchange News Service of the JSE Limited on Thursday, 16 October 2008 and in the press on Friday, 17 October 2008, PPC announces that:

*The scheme of arrangement in terms of section 311 of the Companies Act, 1973, as amended, proposed by the trustees of the Direct Trusts and the Trust Funding SPVs between PPC and its shareholders has been approved by the requisite majority of votes at the scheme meeting held on Tuesday, 11 November 2008. Application will be made to the High Court of South Africa (Witwatersrand Local Division) on Tuesday, 25 November 2008 at 10:00 or as soon thereafter as Counsel may be heard for an order sanctioning the Scheme. The Court is located in the High Court Building, Von Brandis Square, corner Pritchard and Von Brandis Streets, Johannesburg.

*At the general meeting held on Tuesday, 11 November 2008, PPC shareholders passed the special and ordinary resolutions proposed thereat, authorising the company to give effect to the broad-based black ownership initiative in terms of which 15.29% of PPC's increased share capital will collectively be acquired by the trustees of the Direct Trusts, the Trust Funding SPVs, the CSG Funding SPV and the SBP Funding SPV.



Copies of the chairman's report on the scheme meeting will be available on request at the registered office of PPC, 180 Katherine Street, Sandton, and at the offices of the Investment Bank and transaction sponsor, being The Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd at 5th Floor, 3 Simmonds Street, Johannesburg, during normal business hours from Wednesday, 12 November 2008.



Further announcements regarding the outcome of the application to the Court for the sanctioning of the Scheme, fulfilment of the remaining conditions precedent and the implementation of the broad-based black ownership initiative will be made to PPC shareholders in due course.
11 Nov 2008 08:35:52
(C)
Group revenue increased 12% to R6.2 billion (R5.6 billion) whilst operating profit rose 7% to R2.3 billion (R2.2 billion). Net profit attributable to ordinary shareholders grew by 5% to R1.5 billion (R1.4 billion). In addition, headline earnings per share increased by 8% to 283cps (263cps).



Dividend

A final ordinary dividend of 180cps has been declared.



Prospects

The current turmoil in global markets will have an impact on the South African economy. However, this is likely to be less in the infrastructural intensive sector than in the formal residential sector. Cement demand for rural and affordable housing is expected to continue as the government plans to eliminate the backlog of almost three million houses by 2014.



Treasury announced in its Medium Term Budget Policy Statement that government plans capital investment in excess of R600 billion over the next three years. This will give rise to accelerated investment by public enterprises and should ensure that the strong demand from infrastructure projects will continue. In the current environment it is impossible to give a definitive outlook for the year ahead. The company has examined different scenarios for cement demand ranging from modest to negative growth and has action plans in place that will be implemented as the actual scenario unfolds.



The company will also optimise production units, benefiting from the additional output and lower production cost of the new Dwaalboom kiln2 and should be able to supply all regional demand without the need for imports. In addition plans to re-enter export markets from own production have already been implemented. Together with appropriate increased cost recovery, this should enable the company to report a steady performance and continue to reflect a strong operating cash flow for the year ahead.
11 Nov 2008 08:32:05
(Official Notice)
Mr Martin Shaw, the current chairman of PPC, will retire as director at the annual general meeting of shareholders in January 2009 having reached the mandatory retirement age for board members. In anticipation of the retirement of Mr Shaw, PPC announced the appointment of Mr Bheki Sibiya as an independent non-executive director to the board with effect from 10 November 2008.
22 Oct 2008 14:17:47
(Official Notice)
PPC is pleased to announce the appointment of Kgathola Ngoasheng as Executive: Supply Chain Services to succeed Kevin Odendaal. Ngoasheng brings with him many years of valuable senior management experience in all aspects of the supply chain gained at a number of major South African industrial organisations.



PPC is also pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Odendaal as Executive: Investor Relations and Strategy. More than 17 years experience in various positions within PPC has allowed Odendaal to gain valuable insight into the company and the cement industry as a whole. The establishment of this new role is a further step in PPC's stated intent to continually enhance its stakeholder value and relationships.
22 Oct 2008 10:04:57
(K)
When South Africa's R25 billion Gautrain speeds along the 80km route linking Johannesburg, Tshwane and O R Tambo International Airport, commuters can relax in the knowledge that PPC Cement has played an integral part in its design and safety.



Over 200 000 tons of PPC's CEM 1 product is at the heart of the Gautrain infrastructure.



The CEM1 cement, typically used for the construction of dam walls and other massive projects, has been used for the shotcrete in the tunnelling, as well as in the precast yard for the viaduct segments and tunnel lining segments.



A fleet of bulk tankers delivers the PPC cement seven days a week to six different station sites along the Gautrain route: O R Tambo International Airport, Pretoria, Midrand, Sandton, Rosebank and Park Station.
17 Oct 2008 14:11:23
(Official Notice)
Notice was given that, in terms of an Order of Court dated Tuesday, 14 October 2008, in the above matter, the High Court of South Africa has ordered that a meeting ("scheme meeting") in terms of section 311 of the Companies Act, 1973 (Act 61 of 1973), as amended ("the Companies Act"), of the shareholders of the applicant, recorded in the register of the applicant at the close of business on Thursday, 6 November 2008 ("the scheme members"), be held under the chairpersonship of Isaac Vincent Maleka or, failing him, Jawaid Ahmed Babamia or failing both of them, any other independent person nominated for that purpose by Bowman Gilfillan Inc. and approved by the above honourable court ("chairperson"), for the purpose of considering and, if deemed fit, approving, with or without modification, the scheme of arrangement ("the scheme") proposed by the trustees for the time being of The PPC Black Independent Non-executive Directors Trust.



The scheme meeting will be held at 09:30, or 10 minutes after the conclusion or adjournment of the general meeting, whichever is the later, on Tuesday, 11 November 2008 (or any adjourned date as determined by the chairperson ("adjourned meeting")) at the offices of PPC's legal advisers, Bowman Gilfillan, Auditorium, 165 West Street, Sandton.
16 Oct 2008 07:28:52
(Official Notice)
19 Sep 2008 10:07:52
(Official Notice)
When PPC announced its mid-year results in May 2008, it was indicated that regional sales volumes were marginally up on the previous corresponding period. PPC also advised that it had revised its expectation for the regional cement demand volume growth for the full financial year downwards, to between 2% and 4%. Industry regional cement sales volumes for PPC's financial year to date have recently steadied at a level of around 1.8% to 2% below the previous corresponding period.



The abnormally wet weather conditions in the Cape region during the last three months, which have continued into September, have negatively impacted on construction activity and consequently cement demand. This has had a disproportionate effect on PPC cement sales but despite this, indications are that PPC's regional cement sales volumes for the full year are likely to be at about the same level as those of the prior year.
16 Sep 2008 14:41:22
(Official Notice)
In anticipation of, and to further limit the dilutionary effect of the issue of new shares for purposes of PPC's BBBEE transaction, PPC Cement (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of PPC, has acquired a total of 17 123 583 of PPC's shares. As advised in the interim results announcement, 14.9 million shares had been acquired between 15 February 2008 and 31 March 2008 at an average price of 3937 cents per share ("the first tranch"). (Note that prices in this announcement are reflected exclusive of costs.) Over the period 5 September 2008 to 12 September 2008 an additional 2.2 million shares have been acquired at an average price of 3138 cents per share and on 12 September 2008, the company had in total acquired 3.19% of its current issued share capital ("the share repurchases").



The share repurchases were effected on the open market in terms of the special resolution relating to a general authority to repurchase 10% of the issued share capital ("the general authority") passed at the annual general meeting of the company held on 28 January 2008 and registered by the Registrar of Companies on 14 February 2008.



Details of the share repurchases

In respect of the share repurchases:

*the highest price paid was 4000cps and the lowest was 3099cps;

*the total consideration paid was R656 315 203;

*the extent of the general authority provides a mandate for the company to repurchase a further 36 637 656 ordinary shares (representing 6.81% of the current issued share capital) when deemed appropriate.



Source of funds

The share repurchases have been and will continue to be funded from available cash resources.



JSE listing

In terms of the share repurchases, all of the shares will remain in issue and be held as treasury shares.



Conclusion

The company intends repurchasing shares on the open market in terms of the general authority as and when deemed appropriate.
15 Sep 2008 10:18:54
(Official Notice)
PPC today released a final Environmental Impact Report, the next step in a process that could see it invest more than R4 billion in a new cement factory with a capacity of around 1.3Mt/yr to both replace and expand its aging plant at Riebeeck in the Western Cape. The existing plant which dates back to 1959, produces around 550 000 tons of cement a year and is reaching the end of its economic life. Orrie Fenn, PPC's COO, says that with the strong growth in South African cement demand, which has grown by nearly 60% over the past five years, coupled with Government's focus on infrastructure development, the Western Cape could face a shortage of cement in the next five years if production capacity is not increased.



The environmental impact assessment has been conducted by independent consultants Ninham Shand and is the culmination of more than two-and-a-half years of intensive consultation and research. The 1 200-page report includes the results of 14 specialist studies into aspects such as noise, air quality, traffic, social impacts, water, visual impact and health. The public has 60 days to comment before the report is presented to the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Planning. If the project is approved, construction will start mid 2009 and will take approximately three years to complete.
28 Aug 2008 07:37:49
(Official Notice)
PPC announced that, subject to the fulfilment of conditions precedent, it has concluded agreements for the subscription and issue of new PPC ordinary shares of R0.10 each, and has established trusts to acquire PPC shares from existing PPC shareholders, either directly or indirectly through special purpose vehicle private companies, under a scheme of arrangement proposed by the Direct Trusts and the Funding SPVs. The Share Issue and the Scheme will collectively result in a 15.00% interest in the issued share capital of PPC, immediately following implementation of the Share Issue and the Scheme, less treasury shares, being held by a broad-based grouping of black entities and 0.15% being held by white employees.



Highlights include:

* R2.7 billion broad-based black ownership initiative

* The broad-based black ownership initiative will result in the acquisition of a 15.00% shareholding by black people in the increased issued share capital of PPC

* Major portion (7.95% of the 15.00%) allocated to broad-based empowerment groupings through the inclusion of PPC employees and their immediate families, communities, construction and related industry associations, education and community service groups

* The broad-based black ownership initiative will directly benefit approximately three and a half million people in South Africa, of which 99.90% are black individuals

* Total risk equity capital of approximately R65.4 million contributed by black economic empowerment parties

* Implemented by way of an issue of shares for cash for 8.50% of PPC`s increased share capital and a scheme of arrangement for 6.65% of PPC`s increased share capital

* Simultaneously with the implementation of the broad-based black ownership initiative, PPC will raise approximately R1.5 billion of long-term debt to replace existing short- term interest-bearing debt raised by the company to fund its capital expansion projects and working capital requirements.



A circular setting out the full details of the broad-based black ownership initiative, and the general and scheme meetings required to implement it, will be posted to PPC shareholders on or about Thursday, 16 October 2008.
26 Aug 2008 10:29:05
(Official Notice)
In line with its transformation philosophy and focus on the development and promotion of black talent from within, PPC announced that four executive appointments have been made in the key areas of technical services, sales and marketing, transformation, and at its operation in Zimbabwe.

*Roshni Lawrence has been promoted to Executive: Technical Services for PPC.

*Sello Helepi has been appointed Executive: Transformation

*Richard Tomes has been appointed Executive: Sales and Marketing.

*Zak Limbada has been appointed Managing Director of PPC's Zimbabwe operations.
13 Aug 2008 16:25:51
(Official Notice)
PPC is pleased to announce that in line with its commitment to improving the environment around the communities in which it operates countrywide and adhering to international environmental best practices, it will undertake a major project to reduce dust emissions at the De Hoek factory in the Western Cape. Although current dust emission levels are not regarded as a health threat, reduced emissions will further improve the air quality for both employees and residents and ensure PPC complies more than satisfactorily with new legislation. The estimated cost of the project is around R70 million and it will be completed by 2011.
18 Jul 2008 10:56:59
(Official Notice)
The board of directors of PPC announced the appointment of Mr. Tim Ross to the board of directors with effect from 17 July 2008. Mr. Ross has been appointed as an independent non-executive director of PPC and also as the chairman of the Audit Committee of the board.
11 Jun 2008 09:12:34
(Media Comment)
Business Day reported PPC's share price had its biggest fall in more than four months on Tuesday, 10 June 2008, with cement sales in the Southern African Customs Union falling 10% in May 2008. PPC shed R2, or 6%, to R31.50, in late afternoon trade, its biggest drop since 28 January 2008, before closing at R31.75.
08 May 2008 09:30:20
(Official Notice)
The PPC results webcast is now available on the PPC website: www.ppc.co.za.
07 May 2008 08:12:10
(C)
Group revenue increased by 13% to R2.,9 billion (2007: R2.,6 billion) on marginal regional cement volume growth, whilst operating profit rose 9% to R1 077 million (2007: R987 million). The group operating margin decreased slightly compared to the same period last year, although the manufactured cement operating margin remained virtually unchanged. A reduction in the effective normal taxation and STC rate contributed significantly to the 16% improvement in headline earnings per share. The company repurchased 14.9 million shares out of surplus cash funds totalling R589 million (2.8% of issued share capital at an average price of R39.51 per share) in terms of the approval given by shareholders at the annual general meeting in January 2008. The repurchased shares are accounted for as treasury shares.



Dividends

Notice was given that interim ordinary dividend No. 209 of 45 cents per share has been declared in respect of the six months ended 31 March 2008.



Prospects

Infrastructure investment continues, with increased demand from government and public enterprises projects and the 2010 Soccer World Cup stadiums and related projects which are in full swing. The number and size of infrastructural projects, both in progress and planned, bodes well for industry cement demand in the medium-term and is expected to reduce the impact of the current slowdown in the residential sector. Although demand from the commercial and industrial property sectors has also slowed, we expect it to remain unchanged at current levels. The company is confident that in spite of current conditions we can look forward to reporting a good performance and strong operating cash flows for the full year.
03 Apr 2008 17:14:31
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that Merrill Lynch South Africa (Pty) Ltd has been appointed as corporate broker and sponsor to PPC effective 1 April 2008.
06 Feb 2008 11:42:54
(Media Comment)
According to Business Day, PPC announced that it intended to invest R40m to increase capacity at its Laezonia quarry by 340 000 tons a year by purchasing a new "jaw crusher". The new crusher would provide greater flexibility in crushing the various rock types mined at Laezonia. PPC's COO, Orrie Fenn said: "This will not only increase efficiency and improve the output of our plant, but also help meet the demand in the Gauteng market". The group expects sales in SA to rise over the next six years as the government builds infrastructure. This year?s sales were expected to show growth for the sixth year running.

06-Jul-2007
(Permanent)
PPC undertook a 1:10 share split of Monday 9 July 2007. All historical data has been adjusted.
10 May 2006 11:46:19
(C)
23 Jan 2006 14:32:25
(Official Notice)
All resolutions, including the special resolution to repurchase shares, were passed with the requisite majority at the group's annual general meeting.
23 Jan 2006 12:17:55
(Official Notice)
Due to improved trading conditions as well as a R41 million reduction in secondary tax on companies, it is expected that headline earnings per share to 31 March 2006 will be between 40% and 60% higher than in the previous year.
19 Dec 2005 09:40:27
(Official Notice)
Shareholders are advised that the company's 2005 Annual Report containing the annual financial statements for the year ended 30 September 2005 was posted to shareholders on Tuesday 13 December 2005 and contains no modifications to the audited results which were published on 9 November 2005. The annual financial statements were audited by Deloitte - Touche and their unqualified report is available for inspection at the company"s registered office.



The one hundred and tenth annual general meeting of PPC will be held in the Tokyo Meeting Room, Barloworld Corporate Office, 180 Katherine Street, Sandton, on Monday 23 January 2006 at 12:00 for the purpose of conducting the business as stated in the Notice of Annual General Meeting forming part of the 2005 Annual Report.
09 Nov 2005 13:12:05
(C)
The growth in the South African economy and continued high demand in both the residential and non-residential building sectors boosted cement volumes to record levels. This, together with improved operational efficiencies, tight cost control and some price realisation has resulted in a very good performance by the group for the year. Group revenue increased 16% to R4.0 billion (R3.4 billion) while operating profit rose 29% to R1.5 billion (R1.2 billion) on the back of record domestic cement demand. Investment income decreased to R84 million (R100.6 million) due to both lower cash balances and interest rates, whilst finance costs were higher at R63.6 million (R58.5 million), arising from increased borrowings during the year. Income attributable to shareholders rose to R943.5 million (R783.6 million) and headline earnings climbed 19% to 1730 cps (1458 cps).



Dividend

A final dividend of 840 cps and a special dividend of 800 cps were declared for the period.



Prospects

The positive announcements on infrastructural investment together with increased tender award activity bode well for future cement demand, which the company estimates could grow by 8% in the year ahead. This should enable the company to report improved performance and strong operating cash flows in the ensuing year. It is estimated that expenditure of R400 million will be incurred on the Batsweledi project during 2006, which will be funded out of cash flow and possible borrowings.
30 Aug 2005 08:51:57
(Official Notice)
PPC today announced the details of its Batsweledi cement capacity expansion project. The board of the company has approved the investment of R1.36bn to increase the company`s inland cement capacity in South Africa by just over one million tons per annum. The additional capacity will supply both future demand growth in the South African cement market and the eventual replacement of capacity from older production facilities which will be retired when market conditions allow.



The announcement follows a year of detailed feasibility studies following an initial public statement in August 2004 which said `In the light of recent and future anticipated cement demand growth, and the planned future retirement of older PPC production lines, the PPC board has resolved to commence with the planning for and broad approval in principle of, a 1 million ton per annum cement capacity expansion project for the inland region of South Africa.` The final project plan announced today has two components. R1.23bn will be invested in the installation of a new kiln line and related infrastructure at PPC`s existing Dwaalboom cement factory, which is situated in Limpopo Province on the border with the North West Province. A further R130m will be spent recommissioning and upgrading the existing cement milling facility at the Jupiter factory in Johannesburg. All figures are quoted in escalated terms. The new capacity is expected to come on line in the second calendar quarter of 2008 and the capital expenditure, which will be financed by a combination of operating cashflow and borrowings, will be spread over the three financial years from 2006, with peak expenditure in 2007.



An environmental impact assessment (EIA) has been completed for the new facilities at Dwaalboom and the necessary approvals to proceed with the project have been obtained from the authorities. By replacing old technology plant with state of the art technology, greenhouse gas emissions will be significantly reduced. There will also be a reduction in fossil fuel consumption per ton of cement produced. Work is expected to commence on site early in the first calendar quarter of 2006.
05-Oct-2017
(X)
A leading supplier of cement and related products in southern Africa, PPC has 11 cement factories in South Africa, Botswana, DRC, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. PPC?s capacity is around eleven and a half million tonnes of cement products each year.



PPC?s Materials business comprises of Safika Cement, Pronto Readymix (including Ulula Ash) and 3Q Mahuma Concrete. PPC?s footprint in the readymix sector has grown to include 26 batching plants across South Africa and Mozambique.



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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