Challenges and opportunities in African energy strategy

CemWeek and Prescon recently spoke to Mr. Egmont Ottermann, Group Energy Manager for South Africa-based Pretoria Portland Cement Company. Mr. Otterman is responsible for developing an energy strategy for Pretoria Portland’s operations, South Africa’s leading cement maker. In our interview, he talks about the risks and opportunities in the fast growing African market, as well as how the industry is coping with more stringent emissions policies in their part of the world.



Africa: The cement market and alternative fuels

In collaboration with CemWeek, Michelle Fanus from Prescon recently had a chance to chat to with Mr. Dirk Lechtenberg Founder and Managing Director of MVW Lechtenberg & Partner, a leading Germany based consultant on the use of alternative energy. Mr. Lechtenberg spoke about the opportunities in the African cement market, as well as how the industry can help increase the use of alternative fuel sources.



"Will global environmental legislation diminish value in the cement industry?"

Mr. Terry Pavlopoulos, Managing Director of Construction Knowledge, addresses this critical question and the impact of environmental legislation on the cement sector.



Problems in Expatriation

I spoke with my good friend Fernando Dal Re, VP Human Resources of the Cementos Portland Valderrivas group, and we shared some old stories about expatriation. One of the instances he told me is probably worth mentioning.



How difficult is it to find the right expatriate?

Describing the perfect candidate is normally easier than finding them... In this entry in the CemWeek Expert Insight blog, Manual Llop discusses the challenge in finding expatriate "Super-people" and the importance for companies to plan ahead and create pools of international human capital talent.


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