Men of steel A well-established South African fabrication and boiler-making company with a client list that reads like a who’s who of the country’s mining and infrastructure sectors
written by: John O’Hanlon research by: Jeff Abbott
t was in 1969 that Douglas Simpson founded his fabrication business to serve the burgeoning industries of South Africa’s Gauteng Province. Today Planet Projects, the brand name under which the company sells its services, is located in the Labore district of Brakpan, an industrial town near to Benoni in the municipality of Ekurhuleni and conveniently located to the east of Johannesburg. The town has excellent road and rail links to the mining operations of South Africa, which today tend to be Planet Projects’ principal customers. The company has been involved in an impressive array of high profile projects such as Great Basin Gold’s Burnstone mine in the South Rand area of the Witwatersrand Goldfields in Mpumalanga Province, Goldfields’ South Deep mine to the
south-west of Johannesburg, Xstrata Coal’s Atcom mine and Anglo’s Waterval smelter. Other major clients include Alstom, Howden Energy Systems, Bhubezi Projects, Bateman, TWP Projects, Anglo Platinum, Impala Platinum, Xstrata Coal and Group Five. Though the company lists many of the majors in its client list the company still serves a wide range of industries from infrastructure to manufacturing and mining services. From its 6,168 square metre production area Planet Projects offers services such as the detailing, planning and fabrication of all types of structural steelwork, platework, and piping with specialised welding capabilities. It also offers a drawing office service which includes the detailing and developing of fabrication items for a range of industries. Total production capacity is 850 tonnes per month.
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