Regional general manager for the Northern and Western Cape region Marius Steenkamp says the Scania Construction Day is based around product awareness. “We have been actively marketing and selling our vehicles and in the last ten years the focus has shifted from us being a niche supplier in the long haul segment to diversifying into other segments. We have our entire team here today not only from a sales perspective but people from the parts department, service, rentals and finance to talk to customers about what we consider to be a unique solution.
“Meeting the specific needs of owner-managed quarries requires us to develop a flexible and highly responsive approach,” says JD Singleton, general manager of Trio® and Enduron® products at Weir Minerals. “We established a comminution team to sell Trio products directly to our customers rather than via a distribution network. In conjunction with our existing branch network we provide crushing, screening and material handling expertise as well as applications, capital project management, product management and product support.”
Founded over 25 years ago by quarrying industry role players with the aim of establishing a single entity to promote the industry, Aspasa was tasked with formalising the industry and driving the implementation of rigid standards for both environmental and health and safety. These programmes are ongoing and are updated on a regular basis in terms of legislation which is constantly changing; all of which has resulted in a significant improvement in member operations.
It was lovely catching up with Peter Willemse, Lafarge’s quarry manager for the PE Area, who is tremendously proud of what he says are his two women in mining – Moregrove quarry foreman Neo Bepswa and Coega’s Pfariso Khorommbi (see next issue). “Both face huge challenges and for Neo in particular a major challenge is the fact that she is running a mine with neighbours as close as 50 m from the quarry.”
To further the number of qualified graduates with practical experience in the industry, global engineering firm DRA, is launching a two-year graduate programme that will see the firm taking on eight graduates across several disciplines in the next year.
This year will see Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) take the lead in transforming its membership and industry. This is a critical theme in the light of the many obstacles the country is facing more than 20 years after democracy, despite significant strides made by government to transform society, CESA president, Lynne Pretorius, told members of the media at a function, in Rosebank.