Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LACZ) Appointed Geoffrey Ndugwa Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

LAFARGE Cements Zimbabwe (LACZ) has appointed Geoffrey Ndugwa as the substantive chief executive officer (CEO).

The appointment is with effect from December 15 2021.

He takes over from Precious Nyika-Murena who unceremoniously stepped down in September this year.

LACZ board chairperson, Kumbirayi Katsande said the incoming CEO has a long traceable record of top-notch management skills implemented across the continent.

LAFARGE Cements Zimbabwe
LAFARGE Cements Zimbabwe
“Prior to his appointment to this role, Geoffrey was the CEO for Lafarge Malawi from December 2019 to November 2021.He brings extensive experience in the cement industry spanning over 17 years working in various capacities across Africa. Some of his notable appointments in the past include being the Commercial Director for Bamburi Group in Kenya; General Manager Innovation and Marketing for Lafarge WAPCO Nigeria PLC; General Manager Bamburi Special Products Limited Kenya; Head of Business Support Barclays Bank of Uganda and Sales Manager for Hima Cement Limited Geoffrey Ndugwa Uganda,” Katsande said.

Ndugwa holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh Business School), a post-graduate diploma in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Engineering Honours Civil Engineering Degree from the University of East London.

“The Board, Management and Staff at Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe Limited warmly welcome Geoffrey and wish him success in his tenure as the Chief Executive Officer for Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe Limited,” Katsande said.

About Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe:

TRIED AND TRUSTED STRENGTH ACROSS GENERATIONS: With close to six decades of operations in the country, Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe Limited has earned the respect and trust of many generations of Zimbabweans as a reliable manufacturer and supplier of high quality and innovative building solutions. 

Over the years, the company has maintained its commitment to supporting the various sectors of the economy through infrastructure development and enhancing agricultural productivity. As such, Lafarge offers a range of cement and allied products suitable for various construction needs. These range from aggregates, to cement and dry mortar products applied for the finest finishes in construction work. 

The company also offers a range of soil strengthening compounds in the form of agricultural lime and continues to innovate in products and services in order to meet the changing demands of the customer. Lafarge serves in most provinces across the country with a current installed capacity to produce 450kt of cement annually. Through its operations, Lafarge employs about 800 people directly and creates thousands of upstream and downstream employment in its value chain. 

The company promotes diversity and inclusion thereby actively enforcing policies that support the participation of all persons regardless of gender, age and race. As a subsidiary of the Swiss headquartered LafargeHolcim, Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (Limited) taps into world-class standards in building solutions supply as well as health and safety standards. As a market leader in the construction industry in Zimbabwe, Lafarge commits to leading in sustainable operations ensuring a healthy footprint on the natural environment as well as the communities surrounding the business.

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe( Limited) is incorporated under the laws of Zimbabwe and listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.
Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe is a member of LafargeHolcim, the global leader in building materials and solutions. LafargeHolcim is active in three business segments: Cement, Aggregates, Dry Mix Mortar and Solutions & Products. LafargeHolcim offers a broad range of high-quality building materials and solutions to solve challenges that customers face around the world, whether they are building individual homes or major infrastructure projects. 

Demand for our materials is driven by global population growth, urbanisation, improved living standards and sustainable construction. Around 75,000 people work for the company in around 80 countries

Lafarge in Zimbabwe: 

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe is one of the leading cement and allied products producers in Zimbabwe. The now Swiss headquartered company was established in the country in 1956 first as Salisbury Portland Cement then owned by the United Kingdom-based Associated Portland and Manufacturers Association.

It was listed on Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in 1980 and subsequently changed its name to Circle Cement in 1982 in line with the change in the holding company name to Blue Circle Industries Plc. Circle Cement officially changed its name to Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe in 2007 and relisted on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.

The company has made a tremendous contribution to the country’s construction industry. Landmark construction projects in the country including the Kariba Dam, Cabora Bassa Dam, major high rising buildings and bridges were built with our cement which attests to the fact that we have a tried and tested product. The company has recorded remarkable growth in the past few years and has two mining operations where limestone is extracted. 

These include Mbubu in Mashonaland East Province and Sternblick quarry in Harare. Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe has an installed Plant Capacity of 500 000 tonnes per annum.

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