Current Issue 52
Change is the only constant for drilling and exploration Company, Geosearch International, having recently moved into Africa’s earthmoving industry to capitalise on new growth opportunities
Following a Roadmap to Success
Writer: Emily Jarvis
Project Manager: Josh Hyland
Facing an industry downturn in the drilling industry, Geosearch International has focused on consolidating its core operations while also exploring ways to unlock new revenue streams in Africa’s earthmoving industry.
Aligning with its 2020 vision – which will allow the business to truly thrive over the next 10 years and beyond – the Company is actively evaluating business opportunities in all regions across the African continent on their individual economic merits.
“We must look ahead and understand the trends and forces that will shape our business in the future and move swiftly to prepare for whatever is to come,” says the Company. “Change is the only constant in the exploration and mining industry and we must get ready for tomorrow, today. This is what our 2020 vision is all about. It creates a long-term destination for our business and provides us with a roadmap to achieve success together with our business partners.”
Since Sentula Mining Ltd acquired Geosearch and all its subsidiary companies in October, 2006, the organisation has undergone subsequent expansions resulting in the formation of Geosearch International, a name representative of the Company’s operational development across the entire African continent.
“Geosearch currently has more than 50 exploration drilling rigs operating on the African continent and employs in excess of 500 permanent staff. Exploration and mining companies have utilised our services across a diverse range of commodities; including platinum, gold, coal, copper, cobalt, nickel and uranium,” explains the Company.
Focused largely on exploration and drilling projects in key mining hubs across South Africa, Botswana and Mozambique, the Company has retained fruitful business partnerships with the likes of industry giants; such as Anglo Gold Ashanti, Anglo American Platinum, Vale, Debswana, Rovuma, Aveng, Khoemacau Copper and Portucel.
With a wide range of services in its repertoire – spanning drilling services, plant hire, earthmoving, rehabilitation services in land filling and clearing, mining services and forestry services – Geosearch International is able to work diligently and safely across the mining, natural resources, environmental, construction and industrial markets.
Monitoring the latest industry trends and identifying the need for earthmoving equipment not just in the mining industry, but to support Africa’s infrastructure-push, Geosearch International has been able to transfer its experience of working with specialist mining machinery into a new business division. Moreover, the strategic positioning of its head office in Mauritius and the subsequent spread of support functions across the continent – including regional operational offices in South Africa, Mozambique and Botswana – provide administrative, logistical and workshop services for the individual regions.
“Our mission, which is enduring, declares our purpose as a Company and serves as the standard against which we weigh our actions and decisions. We strive to create value and make a difference to all our stakeholders, to inspire careers and inspire moments of optimism and happiness in challenging times,” says the Company.
“[This means] Sentula Mining Services Mauritius, trading as Geosearch International, is actively evaluating business opportunities in all regions across the African continent.”
Priding itself on exceptional in-house expertise accumulated over more than 25 years, Geosearch International is committed to ensuring high levels of productivity; further demonstrated through its DTI codes of good practice, broad-based economic empowerment initiatives, and in-house safety, health, environment and quality training. “[Our commitment to social upliftment] is paramount to our business philosophy... [This, and] our rapid response to our clients’ needs, and our supply chain’s ability to replenish and support our operations, has differentiated us from all our competitors,” emphasises the Company website.
An ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified Company, Geosearch International has all the right elements in place to not only maximise stakeholder returns through strategic consolidation, but to ensure that its people are inspired to be the best they can be. Subsequently, the Company culture and values are trickling through the entire value chain and into partner relationships, securing these all important partnerships in the long-term.