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South Africa: Home DIY lifts cement sales amid Covid-19 restrictions

By Xolisa Phillip, in Johannesburg
Posted on Friday, 12 February 2021 17:32

Workers are seen building housing units at a construction site as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown regulations ease in Fleurhof, near Johannesburg, South Africa, 6 October 2020. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

The unique challenges brought on by the Covid-19 crisis – lockdowns, remote work and social distancing – have provided a surprising boon for cement producers, says Njombo Lekula, the South Africa and Botswana managing director for cement company PPC.

There are also positive signs coming through from the government’s infrastructure drive, says Lekula.

In the second half of 2020, cement sales experienced a double-digit surge.

“One part of the upswing is influenced by me and you in terms of DIY and ordinary housing requirements – other than infrastructure. We think that is a result of people spending time at home and seeing all the improvements required,” Lekula tells The Africa Report.

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