Dangote Cement South Africa, which trades as Sephaku Cement (SepCem) has announced the passing of its CEO, Pieter Fourie.
Fourie was part of the Sephaku Holding (SepHold) founding management in 2005. He became CEO of SepCem in May 2007 following it revising its initial minerals exploration model to focus on industries like cement manufacturing.
Fourie was then appointed to the board of SepHold on November 20, 2009 following its JSE listing.
He was previously the marketing director of Blue Circle, which was subsequently acquired by Lafarge SA.
At Lafarge SA he was MD for the cement business unit, later taking on the role of strategic development director for Africa based at Lafarge’s head office in France.
“We have lost an individual with enormous institutional insight and memory of the cement industry,” says SepHold board chair Brent Williams.
He adds: “This is indeed a very sad day for the Sephaku family. Pieter was pivotal in negotiating the relationship agreement with Dangote Industries plc to establish SepHold’s partnership in Sephaku Cement.
“Pieter had successfully established SepCem as a formidable cement brand in South Africa at the time of his passing.
“He will be sorely missed and will remain an indelible part of the company story of success.”