Roland van Wijnen, the highly regarded incoming CEO of cement group PPC, could be in for four years of hard grind.

PPC announced the appointment of Van Wijnen — a former top executive of international cement giant LafargeHolcim — only days before the belated release of financial results for the year to end-March. The results show a leaner and meaner PPC, but a business that is nonetheless wedged firmly between a rock and a hard place while the SA economy remains this brittle...

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