There is only one cement producer in Rwanda for now and that is CIMERWA. Established 30 years ago, the firm’s production plant is located in Bugarama, Rusizi district in South Western border of Rwanda. It is the only cement company in Rwanda that mines the raw materials, produces the clinker concentrate, packs and sells cement for general and civil construction.
CIMERWA has recently invested USD 170 million in a new modern dry process production plant at its head office in Bugarama with a capacity to turn out 600,000 tons of cement per year. This is a six-fold increase from the older plant’s total production that was capped at 100,000 tons per year. The new plant was unveiled last week.
This will boost cement production and export revenues of the country to over $85million per year hence reduce the big trade deficit gap the country currently has.
“The new plant will allow Rwanda have enough cement, exporting some to its neighbors like DRC and Burundi and also will help create employment opportunities for Rwandans,” Rwanda’s Premier, Anastase Murekezi said.
Rwanda has been importing over 500,000 tons of cement but with the opening of the new plant the country will be able to produce 600,000 tons/yr, allowing Rwanda to export 30% of the total production (about 200,000 tons) per year.
CIMERWA Limited has created job opportunities to over 600 people, 400 of these being Rwandans, and the 200 Chinese during the two years of its expansion. With the unveiling of this new plants, more employments opportunities are created.
CIMERWA is 51 per cent owned by PPC Ltd, Southern Africa’s largest cement producer. PPC Ltd has been in the cement business for more than 100 years and is a public company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. CIMERWA is committed to building strong partnerships with leaders and members of the local community. Big on CSR, the firm has helped set up a number of initiatives geared at improving the livelihoods of the people. These include a nursery and primary school, medical clinic, pipe borne water and empowering people with artisan skills.