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SA emerging miners support local manufacturers

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Branden Moodley (Alfieri Director), Gary Bell (Bell Equipment Group Chairman) and Zabilon Inama (Alfieri Director). Image credit: Bell Equipment.

SA emerging miners support local manufacturers

An emerging mining company in South Africa has given local Original Equipment Manufacturer Bell Equipment the green light by investing in 12 Bell B45E Articulated Dump Trucks (ADTs).

According to Gary Bell, Group Chairman at Bell Equipment, the decision by the Alfieri Group to invest in Bell ADTs has a direct downstream benefit for 3500 employees at Bell Equipment, as well as for the more than 1000 suppliers to the manufacturer that supply a vast variety of components that go into each Bell ADT.

Bell handed over the 12 B45E ADTs to the Alfieri Group at its Ikoti coal mine near Breyten in Mpumalanga recently. The ADTs, locally manufactured at Bell Equipment’s factory in Richards Bay, will be used in the coal sector around Breyten area, providing meaningful jobs in the area.

Bell acknowledged that while the Alfieri Group had a choice of eight or more different manufacturers of haulage vehicles to choose from, its decision to acquire a wholly owned South African product proved yet again that ADTs manufactured and supported by Bell Equipment could compete on the global market and do so with confidence.

Most ADTs snapped up by world markets

“Despite current economic and social challenges within the country, Team South Africa has proven yet again that it can create a world-class product, and this is further borne out by the fact that only about 15% of our ADT production is sold in South Africa with the balance eagerly snapped up by wider world markets,” said Bell.

“We were influenced by the consensus in the market that Bell ADTs were the haulage machines of choice and that Bell had shown us that they understood our business and the challenges we face,” said Branden Moodley, Director at Alfieri.

The Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (MEMSA), of which Bell is a member, played a significant role in inviting key stakeholders to attend the event. Although numbers were restricted due to Covid-19 regulations and protocols, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s Director General, Advocate Thabo Mokoena, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s Shawn Moses (Regional Industrial Development Division) and Mzwakhe Mbatha (Automotive Sector Desk) were all in attendance, clearly demonstrating government’s support for the sector.

MEMSA CEO, Lehlohonolo Molloyi highlighted MEMSA’s commitment to supporting member initiatives. He went on to say that “the more we support local innovation, the more we can create local jobs”.

MEMSA is a champion of proudly South African mining equipment manufacturing companies working hard to positively impact on the national economy through manufacturing, job creation and skills development, which is in line with government policy and its drive to support local content. In addition, on behalf of MEMSA, he thanked stakeholders for supporting local mining equipment manufacturing companies saying that their support of the mining supply chain is greatly valued.

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