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									                                             |1st Edition| FEBRUARY 2009

                                                                                                                                    re of th e ri sk s
                                                                               a n d th at ou r e       m p loy ee s a re a wa
Dea r C ollea g u e                                                             in th e work p la ce.                                 a in s crit ica lly
                                                                                 T h e qu a lity of       ou r p rod u ct s re m
                                                of I n th e Pipelin e,                                                         R ocla ’s re p ut ation
                              rst edit io n                                                        to m a inta in in g
Welco m e to th e fi                                                  k ee p im po rt a nt                                            to reta in ou r
                               es ig n ed es pe ci a lly to                                            et. We m a n a g ed
 th e n ew slette r d                                                      d in th e m a rk                                                “Well d on e”
                                                events, pe op le a n                                            if ication in 2008.
 y ou u p - to -d ate
  d evelop m ents at R
                             wit h th e
                                ocla  ..
                                                                                   IS O9001: 2000 ce rt
                                                                                   to every on e w h      o h el ped m a k e th
                                                                                                                                     is h a ppen !                     Navigating Stormy Seas
                               a lle n g in g     fo r a n u m ber of
  2009 will be ch                                                                                                                      ore on y ou, ou r
                                                                                    T hi s y ea r we      inte n d to focu s m
   rea so n s.                                                                                                                                  tea m work
                                                                                                                 el l a s im p ro vi n g
                                                                                     e m p loy ee, a s w                              ow we’ ll a chie ve
                                s ca     n es ca pe      th e d oo m a n d                             R  ocla . Det a ils of h
    F irst ly, n on e of u                                                  th e th rou g h out                                                re. T h e en d                    All we seem to he
                                                in th e wa k e of                                                   d in th e n ea r futu                                                           ar about nowaday
    g loo m fo re ca st s
                                co m in g                                             this will be re lea se                            a m fo ru m s th at                      gloom. Iceland bank                     s is economic doom
                                 cru n   ch. T h e     sl u m p will affect                               well-fu n ct io n in g te                                                                    rupt, the UK and th                    and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              e USA in recessio
     g lo ba l econ o m ic                                                    u st re su lt will be                                             vi n g se rv ice                          financial tremors                                     n,
                                   th e y ea r    a h ea d, a n d we m                                               lve p ro ble m s, im p ro                                                                in Beijing and on an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   d on.
     every on e of u s in                                                              will id entify a n d so                        ti n g u n n ecessa ry
                                          to m a inta     in ou r po sition in                            m ers a n d elim in a
      d o everyt hi n g we
                                  ca n                                                 to ou r cu st o
       th e m a rk et p la ce.                                                          co st s a n d wa st e.                            eryt hi n g y ou d o
                                                                                                             g ive y ou r best in ev
                                                                              rt ed I u rg e y ou to                                           er Pre-ca st
                                     st m a n     ufa ct u re rs h a ve st a              a n d h el p R ocla         to be th e N u m b
        Severa l n ew p re-ca                              te e ffective ly we                                                          South ern Africa .
                                           To co m pe                                                       d u ct Spe ci a list in
        u p in ou r m a rk et
                                      s.                                         ou r C on cret e Pro
                                       r cu st o   m ers a n d in crea se
         m u st look aft er ou                             in p rod u ct io n co st s
         m a rk et sh a     re. Sh a rp in crea se s                                          ou rs si n ce re ly,
                                                                                                                                                                       We in South Africa won’t be immune to the money woes

                                          ry in g tren d of      late. We m u st Y                                                                                     currently shaking the planet. But we can take steps to
                                                                                                                                                                       protect ourselves from the worst effects of the crisis. Our
          h a ve beco m e a wor                              a n d co st sa vi n g s                                                                                   turnover and profit before tax numbers have already been

           focu s on p ro    d u ct io n e ff icie n ci es                                                                                                             negatively affected by the econommic downturn when
                                                                                                                                                                       compared to the original budget.
                                          e co st in crea se s.
            to cou nt era ct th es                                                                                                                                     Never has it been more important to put in place sound financial
                                                                                                                                                                       policy. Here are some of the things that will help keep Rocla
                                                                     m a n y R ocla
                                      m ajor co n ce rn. Too
                                                                                                                                                                       financially sound in the coming months:
             Sa fety is a ls o a                                          u st m a k e
                                               ju red a n d we m                                                                      WE’D                             • Making sure debtors pay on time. Additional time correcting
                 op le a re bei n g in
                                                                                                                                                   E                     errors or chasing after debtors actually costs us money.
             pe                                       e work p    la ce a p      riority.                                                   FRO TO HEA
                                                                                                                                                      OU! R
                                              in th
              p re ve nt in g inju ri es                                   ca m pa ig n                                                                                • Keeping strict control over our assets, cash and debtors.
                                                t th e “Stop. T hi n k”                                                                 karen
                  e m u st en su re th a
              W                                                     bu si n ess     u n it s                                                            urrob          • Do things right first time, be it production or sales.
                                        ented a      t a ll ou r                                                                       011
               is fu  lly im p le m                                                                                                               7600
                                                                                                                                                                       • We also need to evaluate our costs and eliminate
                                                                                                                                   Kare                                  unnecessary costs and waste.
                                                                                                                                   Mark De Vos
                                                                                                                                  Rocla ting Depa                      The Finance Department wants to move away from an
                                                                                                                                 PO B Head Offic tment
                                                                                                                                Rood x 92
                                                                                                                                          rt 17
                                                                                                                                                                       “us and them“ attitude and really become partners with
                                                                                                                                                25                     the different business units.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hannes Ad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (Financial D
                                                                                                                                                                               rocla lands exciting orders for poles
                                                                                                                                                                    Rocla poles successfully delivered 18m Spun Concrete poles to Angola for Distribution of Electricity
                                                                                                                                                                 from Namibia into Angola. We delivered the poles via Transnet/Transnamib. The client was the Angolan
                                                                                                                                                                    Government and the Consulting engineer was Burmeister, the contractor was Clydon Namibia C.C.

                                                                                                                                                               Rocla poles also supplied 13m Concrete Cast poles for a new distribution line to a landfill site in Westonaria.
                                                                                                                                                                                      The client was the Westonaria Municipality and the contractor

                                                                                                                                  measure of success !
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Tumishi Electrical.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Many exciting opportunities lie ahead in 2009.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kevin West
                                                                                                                                                                                                               ROCLA POLES

 team gets together
 to rev up rocla sales
 Two key messages emerged from the recent “Blue Pipe” training session:

 • The future success of Rocla depends on the sales orders we can secure.
 Remember…customers buy from people they know, like and trust.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  t our ne
 • If we don’t look after our customers, our competitors will.
 Winning and retaining customers requires the energies and talents of every
                                                                                                                                                                    major projects                                                     Check o nage!!!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ehicle si
 member of Team Rocla – not just the sales force.


    Key focus areas:
    • Relationships with customers
    • Rocla brand
    • Market    knowledge
    • Fast action
    • Complaint handling                                                                                                                                                                                                           Medupi power station in Lephalale - Rocla
    • Checking how we are doing                                                                                                                                                                                                    supplied pipes and culverts from Polokwane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and Roodepoort
                                                                                     ended wit  h a very en                                                                                                                        Kusile power station near Witbank - We are
                                                                          g session                               oses how
                                                              The trainin                           e of us cho                                                                                                                    currently supplying pipes from Roodepoort
                                                                                       at each on s to choose to be
                                                                         reminder th ch one of u
                                                              energetic           up to ea                    tion to our
                                                               we ac t, and it is      a positiv e contribu         TO US!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Gautrain - We have been supplying pipes and
                                                                          l in making                la. IT IS UP                                                                                                                  culverts from Roodepoort - this is due to carry
                                                               successfu               c ess of Roc
                                                                           nd the suc                                                                                                                                              on for 2009
                                                               success a                                        with deleg
                                                                                          a wond  erful spirit
                                                                             was held in                           portant
                                                                The event                             g of the im                                                                                                                  Coega - This is an on-going project near Port
                                                                             h a new un                                                                                                                                            Elizabeth - well done to the PE staff in supplying
                                                                leaving wit
                                                                             at hand.                                                                                                                                              under strenuous time constraints - many night

                                                                                    ctio in ia now!
                                                                             foyrmato lose n chsnging muarke
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   shifts and extra hours have been put in.

                                                                  The timve an ti e                   o                                                                                                                            Bus Rapid Transit system in Jhb - Roodepoort

                        to                               r)              a                    eded to                                                                                                                              supplied custom designed culverts for the

    ig Wa rketing Direc
                                                                               h                   nce ne
                                                                   We do not           the differe
                                                                            r to make
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   prototype bus station - our customer is
                                                                   behaviou                l.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   extremely happy with the speed of delivery, the
                                                                   Rocla more
                                                                                                                                                         DANIE GREEFf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   quality and the assistance in placing the culverts.
                                                                                                                                                         (MAJOR PROJECTS AND NEW BUSINESS DIRECTOR)
 our journey ahead
                                                        2009 =                                                                                                                                     shaping our destiny
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Jacques Myburgh
                                                      Your Rocla!                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Operations Executive)
                                                                                                                                                                   In such a time of turmoil, opportunities for the brave at heart are endless.
                                                                                                  value to the business
 Yazi ukwenza

                     Will know what they need to do - clear roles                     Deliver                                                                      Are you ready for the challenge?
 u msebenzi

                     Has real and meaningful work – clarity of purpose                                     Faka u mongo kwibhizinisi                               As a team, we are faced with the following   exciting challenges:
                     Is individually accountable for delivering results –                                                                                          • Being aware of the   needs of our customer and those around us.
                     performance targets                                                             Take        ownership                                         • Growing our market by cementing existing customer relationships and establishing new ones.
                     And recognises that their  individual contribution to                           for your role                                                 • Delivering Safe production, our lives depend on it.

                     the bigger organisational targets adds real value
                               incentivisation                                                                                                                     • Producing a quality product in record time at minimal cost.
                     to Rocla -                                                                                       Thatha ubunikazi
                                                                                                                                                                   • Managing our cost and cash flow in such a way that we set new industry standards going forward.
                     this means                                                                                                                                    • Attacking waste with innovative solutions on every level in the organization.
                     start with the basics!                                                                     march 2
                                                                                                                                                                   • Testing our systems for responsiveness, while minimizing our stock.
                     grow to the top…..
                                                                                                                     january 2                                     • Taking time out to brainstorm issues and finding and implementing unique solutions in record time.

                     How do we do this?                                                                                                                            • Pulling together as a team - people are the glue that makes things happen.

                     We will continuously review and                 Wendy Teirli                                                                                  During the lean times, if we can say, “Job well done” when we have faced the challenges, we will
                                                                                              nck                          December
                     improve the way in which we operate.             (HR)                                                                                         come out on top, ready to face a growing market,
                                                                                                                                                                   fit and confident.                                                     In th                  en
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           must ear future
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  lo           wh
Organisational Effectiveness Model                                                                                                                                                                                                                        be ab ok back on en the dus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                le to s        the ro          t settle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         excitin        ay            ad                s we
                                                                                                                october                                                                                                                                          g, but to our frien travelled
                                                            What is the journey ?                                                                                                                                                                                       above
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              all WE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ds, “It
         Sebenzani njengabalingani                          As the journey begins with planning our                                                                                                                                                                                  HAD F as tough,
                                                            foundation, our focus between January
         beqiniso ebhizinisini                              and March 2009 is DEVELOPMENT.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Production -
         Act    as   true business partners                                                                                                                                                                      delivering on a promise made!
                                                                                                                                               recar   d
                                                                                                  april                                p a sco
                                                                                                                                                                                     WELL DO                                                   Winners show their strength!
                                                                                         march                             perfor

                                                                                                                                                                                                     NE                During the past year the following teams proved that even management
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 changes could not douse their competitive spirit and take their eyes off the ball.
                                                                                                                                              e job p                                                                               The awards for 2007/8 in the respective categories were:
                                                                                           rums                                            nt  survey
                                                                                 team fo                                            ageme
                                                                                                                             of eng               ork
                                                                                                                      review         sco pe of w                                                                                                                     Sales Achievement: Virginia
                                                                                   ion                    rdized              define
                                                                              nicat               standa e at BU                                                                                                                                              Product development: Blackheath
                                                                  team c                           struc tur                              gy                                                                                                           Total quality management: Kwena Rocla
                                                                                                                          agreed                    ndards                                                                                                      Health and safety: Kwena Rocla
                                                                                                           ey                                set sta
                                                                                                   of surv                                                                                                                                                  Most improved results: Roodepoort
                                                                                           review n plan
                                                                                            and a ctio                                                                                                                                                  Runner up Overall Winner: Blackheath
                                                                                                                          january 2009                                                                                                                    Overall Winner: George
                                                                                                                                                                       al bert w director)
                                                                                                                                                                                tions                                                                          We are proud of you, well done.
                                                                                                                                                                       (Opera                                                                     I ask each member in the respective team to
                                                                                      Be   competent                                                                                                                                         congratulate themselves and their counterparts on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a job well done!
                                                                                      Yiba ngokufanele ukwenza u msebenzi
                                                      The main challenge:
                                                      To minimise the impact of the huge cost increases in the key components used in Rocla products –
                                                      cement, steel and aggregates.

                                                      This highlights the need for close co-operation between the technical department and every branch to find the best solution
                                                      for each location. In-depth testing needs be carried out so we can offer the best quality product for all our customers


Delivering superior quality
products and service is recognized as
the most effective means of ensuring a
company’s offerings stand out from a
crowd of look-alike competitor products.

At Rocla we make a very simple promise
to our customers and prospects:
“Guaranteed quality”.
                                                         Goal?                                                       New Products
Our stated promise is to                                 Optimizing raw materials, reducing costs, increasing        Keep your eye out for exciting news in the near future
consistently meet or exceed                              profit.                                                     as we announce breakthrough new products , and
customer expectations through                                                                                        new uses for existing products. 2009 is going to be an
our well-established Quality                                                                                         exciting year in the technical department.
Management System.                                       Computerized Maintenance
All the company’s policies, procedures,
works instructions and product
specifications have been developed with
                                                         Timely maintenance and equipment replacement
the aim of delivering Guaranteed Quality.
                                                         schedules are essential to the smooth running of Rocla.

Guaranteed Quality is a holistic                         Our new Computerized Maintenance Program
process – it incorporates every aspect                   is designed to give us the tools we need to make
of our business; manufacturing, sales,                   sure servicing, repair and replacement of plant and
marketing, administration, logistics…                    machinery happens with minimum delay.

Customers remain loyal to a company if                   Downtime costs money, and the more we can do to
the value of what they receive is greater                reduce it, the better.
than that delivered by competitors, with
quality being the essential ingredient.

                                                                                                          ing forwa ear        t we
                                                                                                 r e look llenging y hieve wha
                                                                                           We a is cha            ll ac
           So let’s do everything                                                            t o th eve we wi our
                                                                                                      eli         hy        suppo
                                                                                             and b to do, wit help and
           in our p ower to live up                                                                   t
                                                                                              set ou thusiasti
           to our promise!       Geraldine Solomons
                                                                                                                                              Gerhard Rossouw
                                                                                                                                              (Technical Director)
                                      CHOLERA awareness
                                                 SOME FACTS ABOUT CHOLERA
                                                 In light of the severe cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe, and alarming reports of cholera outbreaks in various parts of
                                                 South Africa, we thought publishing some factual details about this dreaded disease would help you understand the

                                                 how do you get cholera?
                                                 By drinking water or eating food contaminated with the cholera bacterium. The disease can                                      think Sa                                   ecutive con
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ents are
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                                                                                                                                                                                                             do with sa e victim, and fa
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                                                     vomiting                                                                                                                    So w  hat has th cts on the part o d deaths.                                                les for a
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                                                                                                                                                                                                         the sake                that min
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                                                                                                                                                                                   • A mech ly take a minute               at could                                       carefully
                                                 how to avoid getting cholera                                                                                                      that will
                                                                                                                                                                                                 re to think abo
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cipline ourselves
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                                                 in a contaminated area?                                                                                                                                   can be avoid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ed if we
                                                                                                                                                                                     • Many a             fore actin
                                                                                                                                                                                     consequ   ences be

                                                    Drink only boiled water or water treated with chlorine. Other safe beverages include tea and coffee made with
                                                                                                                                                                                                          afety, ACT
                                                    boiled water and also carbonated bottled or canned beverages (Coca-Cola, Fanta, Stoney Ginger Beer, etc).                                  o should
                                                                                                                                                                                      Our mott

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                                                    Only eat foods that have been thoroughly cooked and are still hot, or fruit that you have peeled yourself.

                                                    Make sure all vegetables are cooked, avoid salads.
                                                    Avoid food and beverages from street vendors.
                   thout treatment                                                                                                                              “
                                                                                                                                                            b is
                                                                                                                                                                                                          ppen to me.
 If you even think                  death can occur
                   you may have co                     within hours!                                                                                      um
                                                                                                                                                    of th         ,                               ’t think
                                                                                                                                                           eel it
                                    ntracted cholera
                                                                                                                                                                                        And don
                                                       please see a doct                                                                      ule

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                                                                                                                  as early

    water: a source of life                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 r                 Merwe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               johan van de
               Saving our Most Valuable resource                                               • Use a bucket rather than a hose to wash your car. If you             Zero to
                                                                                                 must use a hose, use a sprayer that can be turned off                       lerance
               Water is the most precious resource on the planet. Many                           in-between spraying the car.                                                              to unsa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fe prac
               social scientists and historians believe that in future wars
               will not be fought over oil, or gold, or land – but water.                      In the Garden                                                                                                                           tices
                                                                                               • Always water your plants during the early morning
               Water Saving Tips                                                                 hours or in the evening, when temperatures are cooler
                                                                                                 - between 10:00 and 15:00 you can lose up to 90% of
                                                                                                 water to evaporation.
               In and around the House

               • Repair dripping taps.
                                                                                               • Water gardens less frequently, but water well.
                                                                                               • Roof water can also be profitably stored in tanks, for
                                                                                                 watering gardens.
               • Turn off taps while washing your face, brushing your
                                                                                               • Use “grey water” - used water from baths, washing
                 teeth or shaving.
                                                                                                 machines and other safe sources
               • Kettles should be filled with just enough water for your                                                                                                                                               Minimum PpE standards
                 needs, but not to the brim. This will reduce your                               (Taken from National Water Week)
                 electricity bill too.
               • Fix a leaking toilet - it can waste up to 100 000 litres of                                                                                                                                            No visitor or Rocla employee shall enter any Rocla factory
                 water in one year.                                                                                                                                                                                     unless they are wearing safety boots and a hard hat.
          in the                                                              WE
                                                                                !!!!                   !!!
Name the newsletter                                I was busy brushing my teeth when it ca me to me. I
                                                   was thinking of something that would combine what
                                                   we do with a newsletter.
                                                   In the pipeline, meaning, things that are to
                                                   come or are busy with...
                                                   It just sounded right.
                                                   Sorry there isn’t anymore to it...

                                                   Lydia Cilliers
                                                   Na mibia
In matters of luck I don’t have much success
but where words are concerned I’m in my             Being asked to write a bit on the selection on the new na me
                                                    for the Rocla newsletter I found that there was not all that
element. The day Karen walked into our              much that I could say.
office with an intriguing-looking box I had
my answer before she’d even finished telling        For me it was a no brainer in regards to our business, products
us the details of this competition. Gleefully I     and commitment to what we do in Rocla. Being through a
announced that I had the perfect na me and          good couple (hehehe) of production meetings in my time at
kept a very protective eye on the box containing    Rocla, I cant recall how many times the phrase “So whats
my ‘investment’ until it was emptied. To my         in the pipeline guys?” has been used by Tommy to the sales
                                                    guys. It’s a well known phrase, that’s just so right for us at
delight, my ‘investment’ paid off !!!               Rocla, to use in our line of business and products that it
                                                    stuck and caused me to not even really think before writing
Regards                                             the na me down on the entry form. Its also a phrase we can
                                                    evaluate ourselves on every so often for self improvement and
Lynn Erasmus                                        taking tasks to heart and reaching targets.
                                                    So that being my choice and reason I must say I a m rather
                                                    curious to read about the other two people’s decision on the
                                                    matter, but would it not be
                                                    interesting if the choice was made for the sa me reasoning as
                                                     Hope we all have a great year again at Rocla

                                                    Hein vd Westhuizen
                                                    Port Elizabeth

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