Prefabricated and modular buildings manufacturer Kwikspace has completed various mining civil infrastructure upgrades and has supplied buildings to over 40 mining clients in South Africa in the past year.
Additionally, Kwikspace has manufactured, delivered and erected about 100 units for the mining sector, and has relocated various units from one mine site to another.
“Recent unit deliveries for rental and purchase purposes include offices, boardrooms, Covid-19 testing stations, sickbays, guardhouse units, ablutions blocks, training centres, accommodation, kitchens and dining facilities, as well as change houses,” says Kwikspace modular buildings client relations manager Talita Losper.She
explains that one of the advantages of a rental option is that it enables clients to avoid large capital expenditure that depends on fixed investment, minimising the risk of negative profit margins during the startup of new mine projects and, ultimately, assisting clients with their cash flow constraints by paying smaller monthly increments for the facilities they require.
“The benefit of a mobile rental building is that a company can have functionality within seven days,” notes Kwikspace rentals sales manager Claude Naidoo, adding that it would take several months to a year to establish various brick-and-mortar buildings.
Mobile rentals are also beneficial for the contractor, as the buildings can be disconnected from electrical and or plumbing infrastructure, and can be returned to the provider, leaving the area neat and relatively unchanged, which is useful from a mine reclamation perspective, Naidoo notes.
He explains that the rental buildings are standardised, but can incorporate variations, depending on the size of the project, the number of people on site and the company’s requirements.
Losper elaborates that the purchase of these units typically benefits clients and mining projects that have a longer life span, resulting in a one-off cost, and the potential to donate the mobile unit to the local community once the mine has reached its end of life.
Alternatively, the company can relocate the building/s to different sites once the initial operation has reached its end.
The purchased prefabricated units are customised to suit client requirements, and usually fit within Kwikspace’s standard product dimensions, says Losper.
“Providing these options for clients enables them to establish temporary sites, thereby reducing strain on existing infrastructure, and improving efficiencies in terms of reducing travel times by accessing on-site facilities, rather than commuting to the facilities on the general licence area,” says Naidoo.
Kwikspace also offers clients the option to procure material in “kit form” that can be constructed on site by their personnel or subcontractors, enabling the end-user to save costs and, when required, deliver on local content and local procurement requirements using local contractors within the project area, she concludes.