Issue 78

Supreme Spring 2019

Gearing Up for GrowthAutomotive OEM supplier Supreme Spring is readying itself for an increase in activity, investing in equipment and people at its manufacturing plants in Nigel, Johannesburg, Gauteng Writer: Tom Wadlow | Project Manager: Kyle Livingstone“The industry is in an extremely exciting phase at the moment.“If you compare South Africa to competitors like India and Thailand, we are a fairly small market, producing around 600,000 vehicles a year, but there is a great opportunity to grow, especially in the areas of passenger vehicles with German OEMs and light commercial vehicles, or “pickups” as we call them.“In the next four to five years, driven mostly by international exports into the likes of Europe and Asia, the volume will grow to between 800,000 and 900,000 vehicles a year, which is hugely significant.”South Africa’s automotive industry is poised to accelerate.The above words of Christo Hechter, Commercial Director at Supreme Spring, reflect a wave of optimism that is reverberating through the country’s automotive supply chain, a direction of travel that is being firmly supported by the national government.Indeed, the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) is providing incentives for investment into SA automotive players, especially exporters.“This looks ahead to 2035 and plans to increase local content within the country’s automotive sector to 60 percent, up from the 38 to 40 percent it is sitting at currently,” Hechter adds.“Localisation becomes a big focus, and it provides a brilliant opportunity for smaller players than us – these companies we call enterprise development suppliers – and they will be providing tens of thousands of jobs

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Raubex Infra

Built on DiversityHaving successfully navigated a tough construction industry backdrop, South Africa’s Raubex Infra is now looking ahead to a busier, diversified future thanks to its wide-ranging expertise  Writer: Tom Wadlow  |  Project Manager: Eddie Clinton South Africa’s construction industry is, albeit tentatively, starting to emerge out of the darkness.October 2019 marked an important breakthrough in the form of approval for the government’s latest Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), while the fifth procurement round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Procurement Programme (REIPPP) looks set to move forwards.The IRP is particularly significant. Designed to support a diverse energy mix, it sets out nine policy interventions to ensure the security of South Africa’s electricity supply.It builds on the 2010 IRP. Since this was put into legislation, around 18,000 MW of new generation capacity has been developed across the country, including 9,564 MW of coal power, 1,333 MW of water pumped storage, 6,422 MW of renewable energy and 1,005 MW of open cycle gas turbine peaking plants.For diversified construction companies such as Raubex Infra, this presents a stream of opportunity to capitalise on.Indeed, the industry backdrop has brightened since Africa Outlook last spoke with Managing Director Ean Steenkamp in early 2019.  “It has been a challenging but exciting year for us,” he says. “We were privileged to secure some excellent projects within the renewable energy space, as well as infrastructure and road projects. We managed to stay focussed on what we do well, and this contributed to our success.“We can also confirm that we currently have our largest order book

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Puckree Group

Leaving the Right LegacyPuckree Group is imparting responsible practice onto its coal sites in South Africa, the company looking ahead to a promising pipeline of projects Writer: Tom Wadlow  |  Project Manager: Donovan Smith Despite facing adversity, Rajen Puckree was destined to set up a mine in South Africa.The South African-born 55-year-old businessman today manages a portfolio which is largely comprised of investments in the mining industry, an ambition which stems all the way back to the 1980s.“I recall sitting in my economics history class at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg and learning that people like me, my father and grandfather, were by law prevented from participating in the mining industry,” he says.“I thought this was rather unfair and I decided on that very day I would own a mine. When my decision was made to invest in mining, South Africa was still very much a resource-based economy, and so it made sense to enter this industry.”Now CEO of Puckree Group, a 100-percent BEE coal-focussed company engaged primarily in mining, exploration and development, the entrepreneur is determined to impart a positive long-term legacy in and around its active mine at Bultfontein, as well as develop a sustainable pipeline of future assets.Puckree Group was not his first venture into the field, however.“Sam Tolmay, a retired geologist, was my mentor and partner in my first three mining deals,” Puckree explains. “Sam, who is 24 years older than me, was only interested in doing very short life of mine projects.“Having a much longer-term outlook, I started Puckree Group in 2006 and successfully

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MedHealth 2019

Harmonising HealthcareTapping into new technologies and advocating universal access to healthcare across Malawi, MedHealth continues to help build a better, brighter future for the country  Writer: Jonathan Dyble  |  Project Manager: Callam Waller September 14, 2018 marked a progressive step in the history of Malawi.It was on this day that the small, landlocked Southern African nation launched a National Health Policy for the first time, aimed at improving the health status of all Malawians and taking steps towards the attainment of universal health coverage.Interestingly, Africa Outlook last spoke with MedHealth just two weeks prior to this announcement – one of the country’s leading medical schemes and an organisation that represents the optimism of the entire country surrounding the September 14 unveiling.“In the document, there is a proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme which has excited all Malawians,” its COO Dr. Macfenton Shariff affirms.“The policy has come at a time when medical schemes in Malawi have themselves come up with a Draft Constitution of Association of Healthcare Funders of Malawi (AFHM), one of the objectives of which is to represent healthcare stakeholders in supporting or opposing proposed legislation.“We hope to play a role in collaborating with the Government of Malawi and Ministry of Health and Population in achieving the expected health delivery in numerous areas, not just national health insurance and universal health coverage, but equally strengthening the health system and promoting social compact agreements for public-private sector collaboration.”And that is exactly what the healthcare environment in Malawi is becoming – collaborative, transparent and progressive.Aligned with advancementThe backdrop of the

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Kelvin Power

Keeping Joburg Switched OnKelvin Power represents much-needed grid stability for South Africa’s largest city, operating as the only large privately-owned coal power plant in the country  Writer: Tom Wadlow  |  Project Manager: Lewis Bush Johannesburg, despite its relatively young age, is Africa’s most prosperous and developed metropolis.In 1886, then President Paul Kruger declared what is now known as George Harrison Park as open for digging, signalling the start of the Witwatersrand Gold Rush and precursor to the construction of an entire city out of a tent-based mining camp.The Witwatersrand Basin is the largest known gold deposit in the world, its riches helping to fast-track Johannesburg’s development into South Africa’s largest city and economic beating heart.Such heavy mining and industrial endeavours, not surprisingly, consumed enormous amounts of energy, much of it being provided by nearby coal mines and power stations.However, over the past 30 years the regional economy has gradually transitioned away from its historical dependence on energy-intensive mining and manufacturing sectors towards a more diverse, increasingly services-related range of activities.Today, more than 600 companies are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, while almost all SA financial services firms and many of the large mining houses still base their headquarters in the city.But while heavy industry is no longer the consumer of energy it once was, modern-day Joburg still requires huge amounts of electricity to function on a daily basis – coal dominates the picture both here and in South Africa as a whole, accounting for 59 percent of the country’s energy supply.In Johannesburg, the major power station is under increasing

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Ilex South Africa

Transforming TreatmentFor ILEX South Africa, making a difference in people’s lives is the mission, while agile, patient-centric innovation is the solution Writer: Jonathan Dyble  |  Project Manager: Callam Waller“As a kid I was always very interested in the medical field. My mother worked in the operating theatre for most of her life, and based on the stories that she told me I decided I wanted to explore the diagnostic and in vitro diagnostic device (IVD) field, with the aim of bettering the lives of patients.“The difference one person can make at the end of the day is so motivating and inspiring – I would not change it for anything in the world.”Albeit a vastly complex and highly skilled field of work, the medical sector is one primed for those with philanthropic tendencies.In South Africa, the average life expectancy of citizens improved by an astounding 8.9 years between 2008 (54.7 years) and 2018 (63.6 years), owed to the commendable efforts of medical professionals, from the doctors on the ground to those innovating new, life-changing technologies.The latter can be said of JC Stoltz, the voice behind the opening statement, who today stands as the Managing Director and General Manager of ILEX South Africa – one of the major suppliers of IVD products in the country, with a strong emphasis on blood banks, molecular diagnostics, critical care products and laboratory information systems.“The main differentiator of ILEX is our dedication to the patient,” Stoltz affirms. “Patients are dependent on accurate and on-time diagnosis delivered by our instruments on a daily basis.“We carefully select and design products which provide solutions and fulfil

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Hi-Q : Gaining Traction

Hi-Q is both capitalising upon and helping to uphold the slipstream of innovation in SA’s automotive market, bringing quality products to the masses via its trusted, specialised team

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Groupe Heavymat Industry

Togo’s Machine MoverFamily-run Groupe Heavymat Industry continues to supply vital machinery to industrial projects across Francophone Africa, the company recognised for its quick turnaround times and service   Writer: Tom Wadlow  |  Project Manager: Josh MannNestled between Benin and Ghana, Togo has emerged as an ideal gateway into West Africa.Its capital city, Lome, is now home to the leading container port in the region, overtaking Lagos thanks to its rapid growth in business in recent years. Container traffic has increased by a factor of three since 2013, with 1.1 million 20-foot containers passing through in 2017.And the pattern looks set to continue. The Togolese government is doubling down on reform and investment plans which it hopes will transform the country into a critical transit hub in the Gulf of Guinea, and for companies based here such as Groupe Heavymat Industry, an exciting period lies ahead.“Through the vision of our President H.E. Faure Gnassingbe, there has also been a very strong period of construction projects over recent years to update the national infrastructure, including the port at Lome,” explains David Rozand, the family firm’s Deputy Managing Director.“This has resulted in new and renewed roads, a new airport, an additional seaport terminal and new border offices, and has encouraged the private sector to invest and develop more and more, especially towards our export market, since Togo is perfectly located to be a logistics hub for the region.”Set up in 2006, Heavymat Industry is headquartered in Lome, its portside base covering 22,000 square metres and dedicated to the semi knocked down assembly

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Conver-Tek

SA’s Entrepreneurial TrifectaPursuing a diversified range of ventures with Conver-Tek, Davis & Deale and Sure Sight, Bevan Davis is helping to uphold South Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem Writer: Jonathan Dyble  |  Project Manager: Kyle Livingstone Entrepreneurs are crucial to the success of any economy. In South Africa, this is no different.The country is home to a rising venture capital scene and a growing recognition from both the private and public sector that startups are crucial to solving the challenges created by sluggish economic growth – something it has been suffering with of late.Further, a shift towards broad-based black economic empowerment legislation has also made greater funds available for skills and enterprise development, as well as bolstering both the number and diversity of successful entrepreneurs.The result? South Africa’s startup ecosystem (currently home to 28 percent of all of Africa’s startups) has been and will continue to be a major source of innovation, technology and healthy competition, many of the country’s most successful companies having started from this same position.Take Davis & Deale, for example.Starting out in 1980, this company developed the now renowned micro-irrigation concept for citrus and sub-tropical fruit and vineyards that has come to be used the world over.“My passion has always been related to water and technical plastics,” irrigation engineer Bevan Davis reveals – the mastermind behind the concept and the company’s Founder and CEO.“When we came up with the micro-irrigation idea, we took over the plastics and tool making company doing our production in order to consolidate our intellectual property as well as development and production, keeping all facets under one

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BEAKE Africa Group

The Mining ModerniserHow a strong commitment to R&D has enabled BEAKE Africa Group to offer cutting edge engineering services and solutions to mining clients across the region  Writer: Tom Wadlow  |  Project Manager: Donovan Smith Of all the industrial endeavours occurring across Africa, few change the lives of people more than mining.If carried out responsibly, mining projects have the potential to transform entire communities for the better, be it through direct employment, training, CSR activities or development of critical infrastructure such as roads, schools, sanitation and hospitals.And it is big business, a massive contributor to national economies up and down the continent.In 2016, for example, West Africa supplied 22.6 percent of the world’s rutile (titanium oxide), 11.5 percent of its bauxite, 9.4 percent of its gold and 5.6 percent of its uranium. In 2017, the region exported minerals worth $16.1 billion, 26.3 percent more than the previous year, mainly as a result of the large increase in Guinea’s exports.South Africa’s mining industry is also growing. The historical backbone of the nation’s economy, mining for the year ending June 2019 generated R529 billion ($35.78 billion), an increase of nine percent on the previous period.For companies such as BEAKE Afrika Group, a leading provider of engineering services and steel solutions to the SA industry, opportunities are aplenty.“The industry has survived a lot of challenges and it has developed many pioneering technologies over the years,” comments Abrey Moagi, the company’s Managing Director. “There is still room for improvement to eliminate fatalities and injuries by developing more sophisticated technologies – this will also help to render the industry

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