Savannah Cement to begin operations in Rwanda by 2015
Kenya-based Savannah Cement has announced that it is set to begin operations in Rwanda early 2015, once the firm gets approval from the Rwanda Standards Board (RSB)
According to estimates by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, local demand for cement in Rwanda is at 400,000 tonnes a year.
Ronald Ndegwa, MD of Savannah Cement, said: “We are required to test and certify our cement before we can enter the market.
We are thus looking forward to the harmonisation of standards across East Africa. If a firm has certification from the Kenya Bureau of Standards, it will require another certification process.”
He said that once the company gets the RSB approval, it will start identifying local cement distributors who can access the product and serve it to other retailers, contractors and the Rwandan government.
Savannah Cement has a capacity to produce 1.5mn tonnes of cement per year. It has operations in Uganda, South Sudan and northern Tanzania.