On 21 February 2020 a new member of the Multotec family was born - Multotec Services (Pty) Ltd. This company was envisioned in 2012 when Multotec’s service capacity started to grow. It became important to separately manage the branch operations, which play a vital role in servicing Multotec’s clients in the South African market.
In 2012, Garth Jones was recruited to head up the branch network. Until recently this was managed as a division of the Multotec Manufacturing stable. Separate to this Multotec Wear Linings also operated a branch in Secunda, while Multotec Process Equipment had a branch in Richards Bay, later added to the Multotec Manufacturing branch network. Over the last few years, the branch network has founds its own identity, focussing on value adding services for our customers and ensuring the development of a sustainable business.
On 27 September 2018, Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, gazetted the latest Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining and Minerals Industry. For the first time services were split from mining goods. Multotec needed to revisit its 2012 plan.
Multotec has always been a proud South African manufacturer of mining and mineral processing solutions. We have a SABS certificate classifying Multotec as a supplier of a South African manufactured goods per the mining charter. We are the first South African company to achieve this. The new mining charter requires an additional focus on services in a separate entity. The 2012 plans could come to fruition.
On 1 March 2020, over 300 employees were transferred from Multotec Manufacturing and Multotec Wear Linings into the brand new Multotec Services company. These were the service staff employed in the branches in KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape and the North West Province. Although very little has changed in the daily operations of all involved, the opportunities and focus afforded by this new entity is significant.
Currently this is a full subsidiary of Multotec (Pty) Ltd and benefits from the 26% black shareholding at its holding company. Plans are in place to increase black shareholding in this entity to 51% within the next 12 months, once operations and office functions have stabilised. This will also allow the company to tender for a much larger portion of the services to be procured by mines in line with the latest mining charter.
Under the guidance of its directors, Garth Jones and Bulelwa Mhlongo, we look forward to the future of Multotec Services (Pty) Ltd.