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Stefanutti Stocks Mechanical (SSM) has formed a joint venture with the Dawsons Group of Companies to offer minerals processing plant maintenance throughout Africa. SSM is part of the Stefanutti Stocks Mechanical and Electrical division, and has a decade of experience in petrochemical plant maintenance. Dawsons has worked extensively in the Australian mining sector, maintaining minerals processing plants for blue chip and junior mine owners.

Marius Botes Stefstocks mechanicalSSM is a pan-African expert in the construction of structural, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, platework and piping (SMEIPP), and Dawsons is considered an expert in the field of tailored plant maintenance, shut-down support and non-productive infrastructure maintenance. The two companies will be using their particular areas of expertise to ensure the success of the joint venture.

“While we have a solid construction and pan-African project execution track record, having top-class maintenance will not only extract the best life-cycle costs from the plant, but will also protect the reputation for quality that we have built up over the years,” says Marius Botes, Managing Director of Stefanutti Stocks Mechanical.

“Forming this minerals processing plant maintenance joint venture therefore makes great synergistic sense for both parties: SSM has the relationships, resources, in-country knowledge, infrastructure and pan-African projects experience, while we have the minerals processing plant maintenance expertise,” adds Sharon Dawson, Managing Director of Dawsons.

Botes says that SSM is currently executing several projects in East, West and Southern Africa. The company also offers its maintenance service to existing mines in Africa.

“We are keen to create a sustainable presence in sub-Saharan Africa, something which having a reliable maintenance partner will promote. We have already signalled our long-term intentions to invest in Africa by shipping a number of large capital equipment items to West Africa, where these will remain permanently for use on local projects,” he adds.

“Dawsons is a very experienced and innovative maintenance expert, with a similarly strong emphasis on safety and quality. And very importantly - in common with SSM - they recognise the value of seamless teamwork and are keen to be involved in pan-African minerals processing plant maintenance. Ultimately, this dynamic joint venture – drawing on our extensive combined industry experience - will be a game-changer for the future of mining in Africa,” Botes concludes.

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