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Cashing in on Africa’s infrastructure gap

By: Mariaan Webb With billions set to be spent on infrastructure in Africa over the next several decades, a new opportunity to support mining operations and concentrator plants, which is outside its traditional focus area, is emerging for DRA Infrastructure. 

DRA sharpens focus on international expansion

By: Mariaan Webb From a modest start 30 years ago as an electrical control and instrumentation company, DRA has morphed into one of the continent’s largest project management and engineering enterprises with operations in Africa, North America, Europe and the Pacific. It is to these international markets that the... 

DRA sharpens focus on international expansion
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA CEO Paul Thomson

Education at the heart of DRA’s corporate social investment

By: Mariaan Webb Recognising the need for a constant supply of well-qualified, locally educated graduate engineers and scientists to recruit from, DRA has placed education at the heart of its corporate social investment (CSI) programme, with 26 local nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) benefiting from its... 

Maintenance specialist upbeat about 2014 contract renewals

By: Mariaan Webb Outsourced plant operations and maintenance specialist Minopex, a member of the DRA Group, has been awarded three contract renewals in 2014, which MD Gerhard Hendriksz says is indicative of the value-add service that the company offers. 

Mining division expanding again

By: Mariaan Webb DRA Mining – a division offering specialised mining services and total mining service solutions – is bouncing back after the South African mining industry took a knock in the post-Marikana environment. 

Mining division expanding again
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA director responsible for the mining division, Neale Goddard

Mining downturn threatens to erode local talent pool

By: Mariaan Webb Slow growth in the South African mining industry is threatening to erode the availability of critical skills in the local industry, as experienced engineers turn to other emerging and faster-growing industries for work opportunities. 

Mining downturn threatens to erode  local talent pool
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA CEO Paul Thomson

Mintek

State-owned minerals researcher Mintek was established in July 1934 under an Act of Parliament with a mandate to serve the national interest through technology transfer and research and development (R&D). The organisation works with industry and other R&D organisations to research, develop and... 

Mintek

New Oman office already bringing in leads

By: Mariaan Webb Having already established a strong foothold in sub-Saharan Africa, Johannesburg-headquartered  

New Oman office already bringing in leads
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA COO Michiel van Niekerk

Refurbished winders attractive alternative

By: Mariaan Webb Refurbishing existing mine winders remains a popular practice in the mining industry, with DRA’s specialist consultant winder systems team reporting that the majority of its clients choose refurbished equipment where possible, owing to significant cost and time savings. 

Refurbished winders attractive alternative
Photo by Duane Daws
DRA director responsible for the winder systems business, Graham du Plessis

Rosond

Established in 1956, drilling, grouting and geotechnical services provider Rosond considers itself to be one of the leading service providers in its field and believes that providing fast, efficient, safe and cost effective services is only attainable through a close and co-operative working... 

Rosond

Turnkey Instruments

Gauteng-based industrial and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Turnkey Instruments South Africa (SA) produces a range of instruments for the mining and quarrying industries, as well as local police and authorities. Its product portfolio includes road vehicle brake testers and window tint... 

Turnkey Instruments

Maxiflex Door Systems

East Rand-based Maxiflex Door Systems, which has been in operation since 1990, is a manufacturer, supplier and installer of strip curtains, protection screens, flexible impact doors and rigid impact doors. The 72-employee company is also the sole distributor in South Africa of the ASSA ABLOY... 

Maxiflex Door Systems

Bell Equipment

Established in 1954, Bell Equipment is a proudly South African company, which this year celebrates 60 years in the design, manufacture, distribution and support of materials handling equipment. With 75% of what the company sells in South Africa manufactured in-country, Bell is focused on... 

Bell Equipment

Barloworld Handling

Metso’s mobile crushing and screening solutions footprint in southern Africa has been given new traction with the launch on October 1 of a dedicated Metso mobile business unit within the Handling division of the Barloworld group. The transfer of Barloworld’s Metso business, previously part of... 

Barloworld Handling

C&N Petroleum Equipment

Bulk liquid transfer equipment solutions provider C&N Petroleum Equipment has been servicing the petroleum and chemicals industries since 1992, when the company was founded by owner and MD Yvonne van Schalkwyk, who was recognised at the 2012 Top Women Awards for her outstanding contribution and... 

C&N Petroleum Equipment

L&J Gemmell Plant Services

Established by Les, Johnny and Ivy Gemmell in 1982, plant equipment solutions provider L & J Gemmell Plant Services spent its first 20 years renting trucks, graders, rollers, tankers and tractors, with operators on a subcontract basis, to road construction and property development contractors.... 

L&J Gemmell Plant Services

The MSA Group

Local mining consultancy The MSA Group, which considers itself to be Africa’s leading minerals exploration and evaluation consultant, provides exploration, geology, mining and environmental consulting. The group’s client base includes some of the world’s largest multinational mining companies, as... 

The MSA Group

Keestrack

Established in 2012, the South African branch of Belgium-based crushing and screening solutions provider Keestrack designs and manufacturers mobile track-mounted crushing and screening equipment. The company fabricates fixed and modular processing plants, including crushing and screening plants,... 

Keestrack

Steel Services and Allied Industries

Steel Services & Allied Industries (SS & AI) is a dynamic group of companies specialising in heavy engineering business. SS & AI has extensive surface experience in headgears and steel shaft work, as well as underground experience in decline shaft and vertical shaft mines. The Group is respected... 

Steel Services and Allied Industries

Group Line Projects

By: Samantha Moolman Group Line Projects, an industrial linings solutions provider, was founded in 1991 and acquired in 2012 by Wonderstone, which is part of the larger Assore Group, whose origins date back to the early 1900s. Group Line Projects’ core business is focused on the appropriate specification, selection... 

Group Line  Projects

Veyance Technologies

Veyance Technologies is a global leader in rubber-compound technology and manufactures a superior range of conveyor belts, industrial hose and power transmission products for the industrial and mining industries.  

Veyance  Technologies

FB Crane Builders & Repairs

Customer-focused overhead cranes and lifting equipment manufacturer FB Crane Builders & Repairs (FB Cranes) has been manufacturing equipment for the Southern African market since its establishment in 1992. With a staff complement of 80, FB Cranes strives to provide customers with the best... 

FB Crane Builders & Repairs

SGB Industrial Cleaning

SGB Industrial Cleaning is a service provider in the power generation, mining and manufacturing industries and its services centre on protecting the environment through preservation, recycling and reusing. 

SGB Industrial Cleaning

Rescue One

In its endeavour to eliminate unnecessary deaths in the mining industry, Rescue One develops, manufactures an distributes evacuation systems for underground mines, assisting mineworkers to quickly reach a place of safety in the event of an emergency. Established in 1996, Rescue One’s main... 

Rescue One

Adroit Technologies

Adroit Technologies is a privately held South Africa-based software development company and has been developing award winning real-time software for the industrial automation markets for over 25 years. 

Adroit Technologies

Ernest Electro Engineering

Established in 1964, Ernest Electro Engineering distributes electrical water pumps and is a specialist in the rewiring of electrical motors. The company supplies the mining, agriculture, fishery, healthcare and tourism industries, as well as schools and sport and recreation businesses. Its... 

Ernest Electro  Engineering

Honingcraft

East Rand-based Honingcraft manufactures and supplies honed hydraulic cylinder tubes, hard-chromed shafts and cast iron bars for the hydraulics industry. With premises in Germiston’s Wadeville industrial area, the company also provides a range of services, including honing, grinding, machining... 

Honingcraft

J&C Engineering

Established in 1989, East Rand-based J&C Engineering designs, manufactures and installs gas-cleaning and industrial-emissions control equipment, including electrostatic precipitators, bag filters, wet electrostatic precipitators, scrubbers and cyclones. J&C Engineering recently reached an... 

J&C Engineering

Nameplate Centre

Custom traffic, safety and commercial signage manufacturer Nameplate Centre provides necessary visibility signage, safety equipment and branding for the mining, construction, government, metropolitan, and municipal sectors in the sub-Saharan Africa region. Established in May 2013, the company’s... 

Nameplate Centre

ALCO-Safe

ALCO-Safe is a major supplier of electronic breath alcohol detectors and drug testing equipment in South Africa with more than 40 years of experience in the field. The Pretoria, Gauteng-based company offers competency training on the use of its products and assists in the development of substance... 

ALCO-Safe

B&W Instrumentation and Electrical

Established more than 40 years ago, B&W Instrumentation and Electrical has grown into one of South Africa’s largest specialist electrical and instrumentation (E&I) construction groups, with a footprint throughout South Africa and across Sub-Saharan Africa. 

B&W Instrumentation and Electrical
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