Lafarge Aggregates and Concrete has completed its new R62-million aggregates crushing plant in Tongaat, increasing its production capacity in the region by around 500 000 tons per annum.
“The quarry will almost triple its capacity from 25 000 tons per month to 70 000, to address the need in the region for premium quality aggregate,” explained Lafarge Aggregates and Concrete MD Ulrich Aumüller.
The new quarry is situated a mere two kilometres from the new King Shaka International Airport currently under construction.
According to Aumüller, the move is aimed at addressing the ongoing residential and leisure industry development that is currently under way in KwaZulu-Natal, and the construction of the airport and Dube TradePort — with the planned free trade zone and the commercial and infrastructure investments this will trigger.
It will produce the whole range of aggregates from road layer materials, and aggregates for asphalt to the entire product range used by the ready mix and concrete product industries.
Aumüller said that the plant will provide direct and indirect job opportunities for 60 to 80 people.
The local Aggregates and Concrete business unit is part of the international Lafarge group, the global giant in construction materials.