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The official magazine for LEEASA (Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of SA)

Women in the Industry Code of Conduct & Ethics

JUL/AUG 2020


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Contents The official magazine for LEEASA (Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of SA)

JUL/AUG 2020


Smith Capital Equipment is the exclusive FASSI distributor in Southern Africa



From the Chairmans Desk Code of Conduct and Ethics

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Pandemic disruptions an opportunity for Africa to reimagine cities XCMG’s global live streaming proves a success as third event turnover Electra Mining Africa Connect, It’s more than a show

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New V923 VersaHANDLER Telescopic Tool Carrier XCMG forklift expands its footprint in South Africa Combi-CS pedestrian stacker wins prestigious IFOY Award

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Eazi Access welcomes high capacity JLG model to its fleet



Ten questions that must be answered before attempting any lift 6 Elements that affect lifting and rigging safety Helping your cranes perform safely and optimally

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Wheel alignment the key to end carriage life



State of the art customer portal help keep crane maintenance on track



EKD Kolibri from Powermite: No weak links in this energy chain!


Women in the Industry Code of Conduct & Ethics

Smith Capital Equipment (Pty) Ltd, +27 (0) 11 873 9830,,

Lifting Africa Managing Editor Surita Marx Tel: +27 (0) 87 153-1217 Cell: +27 (0) 83 281-5761 Email: Web: Sales: Lusana Mrkusic Email: Sub-Editor: Debbie van Rensburg Production Manager: Xane Roestroff


The critical connection



South Africans successfully assemble polish machines locally


Women in the Industry

Smith Capital Equipment Masslift Africa Beam Industrial Alpha Load Testing Encouraging more women to enter male dominated industries

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Index to Advertisers Alpha Load Testing Beam Industrial Cranemec Demac Demag Giovenzana HP Cranes Consulting JExpress Liebherr Africa Morris Crane Aid Phakamisa Safety Consultants Sky Rigging Smith Capital Equipment Spider Mini Cranes XCMG

35 41 33 15 29 OBC 27 21 19,IBC 9 25 38 OFC 31 IFC

Disclaimer Opinions in this Publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of this publication, its editorial board, its editor or its Publishers LEEASA or CMA. The mention of specific products in articles and advertisements does not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by this Publication or its publishers in preference to others of a similar nature, which are not mentioned or advertised. Reliance on any information contained in this journal is at your own risk. While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of editorial board makes no representations or warranties, express or implied, as to the correctness or suitability contained and/or the products advertised in this publication. The Publisher shall not be liable for any damages or loss, howsoever arising, incurred by readers of this publication or any other person/s. The Publisher disclaims all responsibility and liability for any damages, includes pure economic loss and any consequential damages, resulting from the use of services or products advertised in this publication. Readers of this publication indemnify and hold harmless the publisher, its officers, employees, and servants for any demand action, application or other proceedings made by any third party and arising out or in connection with the use of any services and/or products or the reliance on any information contained in this publication.

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Smith Capital Equipment is the exclusive FASSI distributor in Southern Africa We are proud to announce that with effect, we will be the sole importer and distributor of Fassi, Marrel and Cranab in South Africa including supply of parts, services and maintenance as well as load testing. We are pleased to report that our partnership with Fassi will provide our customers with outstanding quality and exceptional customer service, achieving strong supply chains by consistently providing them with the highest product quality, and by offering an expanded and multipurpose product’s range and local stock for quicker deliveries. Some history on Smith Capital Equipment – Today, Smith Capital is the foremost Majority Black Woman Owned and Operated Level 2 BBBEE specialists in the design and manufacture of Aerial Platforms, Drilling Rigs, Truck Mounted Cranes and Waste Management solutions in South Africa. Over the past 4 years, CEO Fortunate Mdanda has played a paramount role in lifting the company to new levels with the assistance of the National Empowerment Fund.The company was registered in 1968 by Roger Briggs as Sation (Pty) Ltd. In November 2015 Smith Capital changed hands to new


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owners and the company now forms part of Isipho Capital Holdings. From 1976, Smith Capital Equipment has been manufacturing truck-mounted aerial platforms and drilling rigs. This was done mostly for the local market and the company soon became the leading experts in both insulated and non-insulated Aerial Platforms. Smith Capital is excited to be broadening our product range by the additions of Fassi, Marrel and Cranab. These new additions offer flexible and versatile applications for the South African industrial and commercial sectors and Fassi supplies a full range offering choices to meet our customer’s every need and for every environment application. Fassi Gru is the market leader among Italian producers. Its product range and sales numbers place it among the top producers of hydraulic cranes in the world. Fassi offers a wide variety of knuckle boom cranes with setups to suit each customer’s need.

Cranab products are sold and highly regarded in both the Swedish home market and in numerous countries around the world. Cranab offers the best technical solutions for forestry and road clearance work. Cranab's products - cranes and crane-tip equipment for professional mechanised forestry - have been designed, manufactured and sold since the early 60s. Cranab is a world-leading manufacturer of cranes and grapples for forestry machines and trucks.

The technological fittings include all the most innovative electronic, hydraulic and mechanical components. Within the Fassi group, and also available exclusively at Smith Capital Equipment in South Africa, is Marrel and Cranab. Marvel built an established brand by introducing the market’s first tipper body with jib and cable. Among Marrel’s well-known products are the Ampliroll hoist, the skip loader, the tipper scissors and Hook lifts.

Smith Capital Equipment (Pty) Ltd, +27 (0) 11 873 9830,,

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Marrel has been at the forefront of innovation, which allowed them to develop rapidly over the following decades. The Marrel name is strongly associated with the major technological advances in the industry.


FROM THE CHAIRMANS DESK Now that we have virtually reached the end to lockdown and have got used to the new normal in the work place since my last communication LEEASA has held two days of a face to face CPD conference. LEEASA conference 12th and 13th August 2010 The conference was held over two days at ERPM golf club function venue in two groups was very well attended considering the challenges around COVID19 regulations. The subject that was covered focused on registration requirements, applying standards and regulations, scope of competence, code of practice, codes of conduct and ethics, CPD requirements, lability, indemnity, and the inspection and testing of monorail runway beams and jibs – as a SANS. Further LEEASA CPD conferences and workshops will be held as soon as dates have been confirmed with conference venues for Gauteng: LEEASA will hold the same conference for the KZN members on the 18th September 2020 at Westville country club, Durban. Contact me directly 0749008378 or send me an email to book (1 CPD point). Engineering Council and Meetings, After the CEO instructed those responsible for meetings to reinstate the first video conference meetings VC – virtual meetings were held. This meant that I have attended Hight Impact Committee meetings and the overarching Code of Practice for the Performance of Engineering Work was completed in the lock down period: ECSA CoP – PoEW The Steering Committee and the Working Group that I am a member of finalised the overarching Code of Practice for the Performance of Engineering Work was presented to 6

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council for approval on 11th June 2020. This document has since gone out for public comment and was sent out by ECSA to registered persons. The next step will be for each sector of engineering to develop a Code of Practice for that sector of engineering for registered persons. CRC – Central Registration Committee meeting 23rd July 2020 From this CRC meeting it was clear that this meeting was very important that the concerned regarding the backlog of applications that had building up since the registration process had come to a standstill since the beginning of lockdown was been dealt with as a matter of urgency. Since interviews and assessor training through the means of VC (Virtual online) to meet the backlog were carried out. IC – Investigation Committee meeting 21st July 2020 Investigations are ongoing and all I can say is that there are a number of LMI’s that are under investigation. Most of these are due to practicing out of scope of competence. This has become a concern by the IC and I was requested by the IC to remind the LMIs through possibly holding conferences and workshops of their responsibilities and obligations as registered professionals registered as LMIs at ECSA. EC – Education Committee meeting 28th July 2020 The EC meeting dealt mainly with the international accords and how ECSA is able to carry the assessment of engineering programs that are due for approval by ECSA at the universities due to lockdown restrictions to meet the requirements of the Dublin, Washington and Sidney Educational agreements.

I reminded the Education Committee - EC that Council has as part of its strategy for the next term of council to roll out ECSAs program for the approval of academies and the EC would need to deal with the approval of those engineering programs at the academies in the future will deal the determination of education standards and the accreditation of educational programs and set accreditation criteria for Academies’ Engineering programs for seamless integration into mainstream engineering qualifications. This would open the required be a pathway for the LMI qualification to be eventually achieved. SABS/SANS TC 96 meeting 24th July 2020 TC 96 met online via VC for the first time and a very fruitful meeting was held. The main highlight was that not every one of the members had received a draft copy of the newly proposed SANS 522. The meeting mostly dealt with the new work items and motivations that are required to be completed by the committee member for the reaffirmation of existing SANS standards that required to be confirmed after five years, adoption of new standards and new work items for the drafting of new standards required by the crane industry. The most significant of the new work items in motion is the required SANS – South African National Standard for the inspection and testing of Monorail and Jib cranes which will assist the lifting equipment industry in this area. LEEASA AGM/SGM A general member meeting needs to be held before the end of the year. A date will be announced in in due course. Until next time stay safe and take care, From Chairman, Arni Sommer.


Code of Conduct and Ethics LMIs very often seem to overlook that when they applied for registration at ECSA that they signed a declaration in front of a commissioner of oath that they will abide by ECSA rules and the Engineering Professions Act, 2000 (Act No. 46 of 2000) and in so doing are held to a Codes of Conduct and Ethics as Registered Professionals (LMIs). With my involvement as a member of the High Impact Investigating Committee at ECSA and a member of ECSA council I would just like to take a moment and remind all the registered LMIs of this fact! I have taken some extracts from ECSA and would like to bring the following to LMIs attention: Rules of Conduct for Registered Persons: Engineering Profession Act, 2000 (Act No. 46 of 2000) Objectives 1. The objectives of this Schedule are to ensure that Registered Persons, in the execution of their engineering work (1) apply their knowledge and skill in the interests of the public and the environment; (2) execute their work with integrity and in accordance with generally accepted norms of professional conduct; (3) respect the interests of the public and honour the standing of the profession; (4) strive to improve their professional skills and those of their subordinates;

(5) encourage excellence within the engineering profession; and (6) do not prejudice public health and safety. ECSA’s Rules of Conduct: Ethics

(3) Registered Persons: -

Registered Persons in fulfilling the objectives contemplated in clause 1. above must comply with the following rules:

(b) must, when providing professional advice to a client or employer, and such advice is not accepted, inform such client or employer of any consequences which may be detrimental to the health, safety or interests of the public and at the same time inform the Council of their action.

Competency (1) Registered Persons: (a) must discharge their duties to their employers, clients, associates and the public with due care, skill and diligence. (b) may only undertake work which their education, training and experience have rendered them competent to perform and is within their category of their registration; (c) must, when carrying out work, adhere to norms of the profession. Integrity (2) Registered Persons: (a) must discharge their duties to their employers, clients, associates and the public with integrity, fidelity and honesty; (b) must not undertake work under conditions or terms that would compromise their ability to carry out their responsibilities in accordance with the norms of the profession; (c) must not engage in any act of dishonesty, corruption or bribery; Public Interest

(a) must at all times have due regard for and give priority to the health, safety and interest of the public.

Environment (4) Registered Persons must at all times (a) have due regard for, and in their work avoid or minimise, adverse impacts on the environment. The reason I am highlighting this in this article is that there has a been a resent spike in the amount of complaints lodged against LMIs with ECSA’s legal department and that are been dealt with by the IC (Investigation Committee) that I am a member of. I would also like to point out that most of these cases of misconduct have also been forwarded to DEL (Department of Employment and Labour) for further investigation against the LMEs who’s LMI are under their employment and are been investigated by ECSA.

Contact Arni Sommers, +27 (0) 74 900 8378, Lifting Africa - Jul/Aug 2020



Pandemic disruptions an opportunity for Africa to reimagine cities The need for social distancing and better sanitation could leapfrog African city development into a more sustainable future. This is according to Duncan Bonnett, Director Market Access & Research at Africa House, and research partner of exhibition organiser Messe Muenchen South Africa, who says that while Africa’s architects and planners have long been pushing for greener, smarter better designed urban spaces, the Covid-19 pandemic may help fasttrack moves to better living spaces. Speaking ahead of the bauma CONEXPO AFRICA trade show, Bonnett said: “The pandemic has certainly caused delays and disruptions across construction and infrastructure development, but there are some silver linings for the sector, and for Africa as a whole.” These, he said, included a new need for the realignment of developments such as commercial and hospitality spaces, the reconfiguration of retail developments and the reimagining of towns and cities. “We could see redevelopment and remodelling of spaces, the development of new warehousing and logistics hubs as e-commerce really takes off; and the growth of retail distribution infrastructure closer to outlets and consumers,” he says. ”Another opportunity lies in the complete redevelopment of urban spaces in South Africa and across Africa,” he says. “The pandemic is highlighting how difficult it is to maintain safe social distancing and ensure water and sanitation for townships and informal settlements, for example. This is an opportunity for investors, governments and private sector to reconfigure how Africa lives – reimagining housing, green spaces, sanitation, power, and the work environment to ensure that both urban and rural spaces are resilient to disruption such as pandemics.” 8

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The growth of urban areas in subSaharan Africa has accelerated in recent years and this growth is expected to pick up over the next 15 years, Bonnett says. “Donors, investors, governments and developers have been striving to improve living environments, but Covid-19 may sharpen minds around a more coordinated approach to developing sustainable, safe settlements.” “In the same way as much of Africa leapfrogged telephony progress and went direct to smartphones, we now have an opportunity to develop new urban areas that are sustainable, environmentally friendly and resilient to disruption. This shock to the system could push us in the right direction to develop better integrated, smarter cities.” Bonnett says Africa has much to learn from international best practice and pan-African forays into sustainable cities and infrastructure. “This is the time to have the conversations and stimulate thinking around how we do this. Events like bauma CONEXPO Africa can play a key role in creating the linkages and getting processes going, so that the future-

proof, sustainable African city is not just a theoretical concept.” Suzette Scheepers, CEO of Messe Muenchen South Africa organisers of bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, says new approaches, technologies and construction materials can underpin Africa's efforts to reimagine urban development. "Despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic, the development will continue, and new opportunities will emerge across the continent. At bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, thought leaders from around the world and across Africa have an opportunity to assess new approaches and forge new partnerships that can support the development of the African cities of the future,” she says. bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, subSaharan Africa's Leading Trade Fair for Construction, Building Material, Mining, Agriculture & Forestry Machines, Machinery and Vehicles, will be staged in Johannesburg.

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XCMG's global live streaming proves a success as third event turnover Leading Chinese construction machinery manufacturer, XCMG is expected to deliver the first order totalling R149 million (US$8.6 million) placed during its third global live streaming sales event to the Middle East region this weekend. This includes construction machinery equipment like mobile cranes, a truck-mounted crane, MEWP and forklifts. The third live streaming of XCMG's 2020 International Customer Festival (the "Festival") targeting Middle Eastern and African markets took place on July 16 in the factory shop of XCMG Fire-fighting Safety Equipment Company, the largest fire safety manufacturing base in China. XCMG demonstrated more than 30 equipment products and introduced the six major construction

solutions of hoisting, road, aerial work platform and special vehicles, earthmoving, logistics and environmental sanitation in English and French. Together with a global audience who joined the live streaming, XCMG unveiled several of its latest products which were designed for the Middle East and Africa, XCA40-M a 40-ton all-terrain crane, 24-metre articulated access, 18-ton heavy-duty forklift. A second-hand equipment trading section of the third live streaming also provided an allnew asset dealing solution for global customers, a total of 18 aerial work platforms were sold successfully. The event attracted a total of 200,000 viewers from China and reached 335,000 in exposure on overseas social networking platforms. The sales generated from the live streaming totalled over R498 million (US$28.74 million) in value. In addition to showcasing the products in action and introducing the XCMG brand and its products and services to global customers, XCMG also announced a donation of 100,000 medical masks to the Middle East and Africa during the third live streaming. Offering the best deals and the most convenient


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purchasing experience, XCMG's decision to host the second Festival online through a series of live streaming sessions has proved to be a huge success. Comprehensive presentations of XCMG's flagship products and real-time interactive dialogues answering the audiences' inquiries have significantly improved customer engagement as well as the brand influence. "XCMG is adapting to the everchanging sales and service trends to better serve our customers in international markets, by showcasing the products in live streaming and complete orders online, we not only overcame the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic but also explored new possibilities of the brand's overall international development," said Wang Min, Chairman of XCMG. XCMG is ready to expand their footprint into South Africa with Forklift, Knuckle Boom Crane, Spider Crane, Tower Crane, MEWP and Harbour equipment dealership opportunities available.

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Electra Mining Africa Connect It’s more than a show From 7-11 September industry players will unite in celebration of Electra Mining Africa through participation in its live industry webinar series and product showcases, Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect. For the last 46 years, Electra Mining Africa has been at the forefront of delivering the latest products, services and innovations to a captive and receptive audience. Bringing together industries from mining, manufacturing, electrical, power, transport, and new for 2020, automation, it is the largest show of its kind on the African continent, and highly anticipated by all. This cancels the 2020 edition as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic all the more disappointing. To maintain the spirit of the show, from 7-11 September, Electra Mining Africa will be hosting Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect. “In the face of devastating consequences for industries across the board and the economy as a whole, we feel that it’s more important than ever to find ways to continue to support and unite our industries however we can, which is why we have decided to host Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect,” says Gary Corin, Managing Director at Specialised Exhibitions.

replace the live event with a digital version, though the concept of the Electra Mining Africa Connect week, we can continue to create value for both exhibitors and visitor groups during a time when innovation is needed most.” Electra Mining Africa’s Association and media partners are pivotal to the success of Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect.

at our 2018 show, and have incorporated this popular feature within Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect,” says Hefer. ” The live webinars will focus on the themes with Safety Day taking centre stage on Monday 7 September, followed by Automation Day, Women in Industry Day, SA and Innovation Day and, on Friday 11 September, Professionals Day.

The South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (SAIOSH), the Southern African Protective Equipment Marketing Association (SAPEMA), the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control (SAIMC), Women in Mining South Africa (WiMSA), South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC), the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineering (SAIMechE), and the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), will be hosting the live webinars in conjunction with Electra Mining Africa.

Exhibitors will have the opportunity to promote their products and services through various platforms which includes a daily-themed digital newsletter and the Electra Mining Africa website, providing interested visitor groups with the latest product news and innovations.” Electra Mining Africa 2020 Connect is hosted by Specialised Exhibitions, a division of the Montgomery Group and organisers of Southern Africa’s leading mining, manufacturing, automation, electrical and power trade exhibition, Electra Mining Africa.

The webinar topics will be aligned with the theme days, with a different theme each day. “We have taken our concept of ‘every-day-athemed-day’, which was launched

The next edition of the Electra Mining Africa will be held from 5-9 September 2022 at the Expo Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, where it will celebrate its forty-eighth year.

“The Electra Mining Africa Connect week will enable exhibitors to promote their products and services, free of charge, alongside industry-related informative webinars, media activations and product showcase opportunities,” says Charlene Hefer, Portfolio Director at Specialised Exhibitions. "Whilst we are in no way trying to Lifting Africa - Jul/Aug 2020



New V923 VersaHANDLER Telescopic Tool Carrier

Bobcat Company is always working to create more powerful, more efficient products and innovative solutions to help customers do more. Featuring a 130-horsepower turbocharged Bobcat engine and heavy-duty drive train, the V923 offers an increased rated operating capacity of 4 tons for more productivity with every lift cycle and unbeatable pushing strength. Also, the new V923 gives operators the versatility they need in numerous applications with a travel speed of up to 24.5 km/h.

high wheel torque for digging and pushing. The low-profile, extendable boom gives operators the power to access a wide range of lift heights and reach lengths with increased visibility to the right side of the machine. The low boom pivot point in the rear also helps make it a powerful machine when pushing. As the machine pushes, more of the weight stays on the front axle.

A Z-Bar boom linkage delivers a greater range of bucket rotation, an increased dump angle at full height and increased breakout force to lift material out of a pile and dump it easily. Plus, the new V923 features the power quick-tach attachment mounting system to increase utilization.

Operation is safe and easy with the familiarity of a steering wheel and automotive-style foot pedals.

Improved performance The V923 delivers all the power you need for your most challenging tasks. Its 130-horsepower Bobcat engine is designed for high performance and maximum efficiency, enabling operators to do the job while keeping fuel consumption low. The V923 comes standard with a simple, state-of-the-art non-DPF Tier 4 engine solution. Besides, the V923 gives operators a heavy-duty hydrostatic transmission that delivers a smooth 0-25 km/h stepless driving experience, quick power when needed and 12

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Other notable performance features include: The load-sensing hydraulic system is designed for faster boom speeds and heavier lifting. A patented hydraulic lift system provides advanced high-flow technology to optimize lift capabilities while providing high-speed movement – plus unrivalled multifunctioning performance during the lift cycle. The V923 is equipped with reinforced heavy-duty axles with large lug nuts and a reinforced central differential gear. Heavy-duty universal joints are designed to handle tough working conditions, and the steering cylinder is protected in the upper position. The new, heavier-duty lift cylinder allows for a rated operating capacity of 4 tons and improved lifting performance.

Enable boom float while moving on uneven ground for smooth performance with attachments. Increased machine protection Bobcat has designed all its telehandlers with the same robust box-welded frame for enhanced rigidity – plus a low-centre-of gravity for great overall stability. Its shielded bottom plate protects vital components. The engine, cooling system and many critical components are well-protected within the centre of the chassis, ensuring minimal wear and tear due to job site obstacles or harsh terrain. For additional protection, the V923 is designed with a sealed engine compartment. Plus, the radiator, oil cooler and intake air coolers are mounted side by side, carefully located to receive the same quality and temperature of the air, which provides the efficient, consistent cooling ability, even in the most severe and dirty conditions. Also, an automatic reverse cooling fan gives operators the ability to keep the radiator area cleaner for longer – extending productivity and uptime while reducing the immediate need to clean debris by hand The new V923 is designed with optional window guards. The optional front and top window guards are designed to protect

The V923 has a variety of other uptime protection features including: Fine mesh intake screen to help prevent large debris from entering the engine basket and plugging the radiator. Diesel fuel is contained in a durable, rust-free polypropylene tank to minimize condensation and contamination of the fuel system. Battery run-down protection that automatically shuts down after a predetermined time and voltage level, preventing accidental battery discharge. Machine shutdown protection system to continuously monitor engine coolant, hydraulic engine oil and other vital machine functions. Cylinders are strategically located in areas that are less prone to damaging contact on the job, protecting them from harm. Selectable steering and travel modes The versatility of the V923 is endless with three steering and travel modes to give operators application-matched manoeuvrability. The V923 has three steering types and four travel speeds to fit the needs of a variety of jobs. All-wheel steer: Helps with quick and tight turns. Front-wheel steer: Enables top-

speed travel, eliminating the need to haul the machine on a trailer from the job site. Crab steer: Precise side-to-side positioning. Select from three travel modes that provide more precise movement in numerous applications. 2-Speed travel option: Offers two-speed ranges, each with its own high and low setting, for improved productivity and better manoeuvrability. Speed management: Adjusts travel speed independently from the engine speed. Operators can use their accelerator pedal to set the engine speed to the optimal setting for the attachment they are operating, then dial in their desired travel speed. Inching control: Reduces drive speed without reducing power to the attachment, enabling slower, more precise control without sacrificing productivity. Enhanced operator comfort The V923 was carefully designed for the best visibility from every angle. The low-profile boom sits below operator eye level to provide a better view of the operator’s surroundings. Front, top and rear window wipers clear away moisture and minimize the buildup of dust, debris and mud. Multiple mirrors on the operator’s left and right assist them when working in confined areas. An optional rear mirror kit and boom work light kit are also available. The V923 has a unique wraparound rear window that gives operators

a completely unobstructed line of sight to the side and rear of the machine. Plus, an easy-toread instrumentation panel gives operators an edge in equipment operation. The backlit display panel monitors major functions and features intuitive attachment controls, operation lights, warnings and an hour meter for quick service checks. A boom cushioning suspension system makes it easier for operators to handle the load, providing a smoother motion as the attachment angles to its minimum or maximum pitch, or when the boom reaches full retraction. Activating ride control reduces material spillage and enables operators to travel at faster speeds for increased productivity. Thanks to its dampening effect, this feature also increases comfort by offering a smoother ride when travelling across uneven terrain. An enclosed cab with heat and air conditioning is standard for V923 telescopic tool carriers, minimizing dirt and dust inside the operating area and keeping the operator refreshed through the workday. Besides, a single intuitive joystick allows operators to control several functions, including travel direction, lift and tilt functions, boom extension, and auxiliary hydraulics from the cab. A high-comfort air-suspension seat adjusts to the operator’s weight, enabling maximum comfort on the job site. Plus, the V923 is available with a keyless start option, giving operators the convenience of keyless start and the added security of an owner-defined numeric code. Unmatched attachment versatility Available on the V923, is the power quick-tach attachment mounting system, which provides robust, compact attachment versatility. The hydraulic lock function allows operators to change non-hydraulic attachments safely and quickly without leaving the cab.

Bobcat, +27 (0) 10 593 6917,,, Lifting Africa - Jul/Aug 2020



operators and the machine from falling and flying debris. Besides, the V923 cabs are designed and tested to Roll-Over Protection Structure (ROPS) and Falling Object Protective Structure (FOPS) standards.


XCMG forklift expands its footprint in South Africa XCMG, the leading OEM for yellow machinery in China has in recent years established their forklift division and extended their offerings to clients worldwide. XCMG is a one-stop supplier for material handling equipment featuring diesel forklifts, LPG forklifts, electric forklifts(3 & 4 wheels), sit-on reach trucks, standon reach trucks, empty-container forklifts and reach-stackers. South Africa has the second-largest economy in Africa however in current years the economic climate forced South African investors to account for every Rand spent. Price, productivity and machine utilisation are all factors that are taken into consideration before purchasing. XCMG material handling equipment is cost-effective, reliable and productive which will be an ideal solution for South African logistic and mining companies.

Tough times need tough machines, with this in mind, XCMG forklifts adopted worldwide proven powertrain systems such as Isuzu, Nissan, Cummins diesel engines or HAWK battery. All trusted crucial components with reliable and robust performance, meanwhile easy to source for backup supply as well as repairs and maintenance within South Africa to minimize downtime. With a complete understanding of various applications for forklifts, versatility is the trademark for all XCMG forklifts, below are different available forklift attachments: • Duplex and Triplex full free mast of different lifting height

Sit-on Model Forklift Forklift Forklift reach (3&4 wheels) truck Power



Battery Battery

Power Isuzu Nissan ZAPI AC brands or or GM Hawk Xinchai battery Lifting 1.5-18 1.5-5 1.5-5 capacity tons tons tons 14

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ZAPI AC Hawk battery

• Various attachments can be added on such as forks, clamp ect. • Pneumatic or solid tyres • Cascade side spreaders XCMG forklifts are built keeping quick and easy maintenance in mind, all service points are easily accessible between the engine and ground level and allow for faster regular checks that reduce downtime for repairs and maintenance. ShowCase Medtrans is a logistic company located at the Tel Aviv harbour in Israel. Included in their fleet are 8 XCMG units, varying from 3 tons to 7 tons, all with CE certificates. Jacob, Owner at Medtrans is quite

Standard- emptyReach container stacker on reach truck forklift Battery ZAPI AC Hawk battery

1.6-2.5 1.3-2.5 tons tons



Cummis Cummis 8,9,10 tons

10 ,31, 45 ,50 tons

• XCMG forklifts adopt renowned crucial parts like Cummins or Isuzu and Shimadzu hydraulics, with this machine downtime is minimized and parts sourcing is much easier. • High efficiency and availability, if you are going to work 24/7, go for XCMG instead of others, I need a tough forklift particularly in a tough time. • Cummins and Isuzu Euro IV engine produce higher power output and lower emission standard, moreover 5% diesel consumption saving than my previous machines. • XCMG forklift is simple to operate because on it there are less electrical but more mechanical parts. • Complemented by XCMG local dealer EasyLift Co, he has expertise and knowledge for XCMG forklift, sufficient stockholding of backup, quick and satisfactory service.” In conclusion, Jacob said XCMG forklifts is the right option and


satisfied with his purchase. “One of major factor to buy an XCMG forklift is no doubt the competitive price, however, it is not all, they have a complete understanding for the material handling application and I think from their forklift we can get the following merits:

adds value to his business. XCMG is ready to expand their footprint into South Africa with Forklift dealership opportunities available.

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Combi-CS pedestrian stacker wins prestigious IFOY Award

Combilift is a winner at this year’s IFOY Awards 2020– one of the most prestigious and hotly contested international awards in the materials handling industry which honours the best products and solutions of the year. The company won the Warehouse Truck Lowlifter Category with its innovative Combi-CS pedestrian counterbalanced stacker. The Combi-CS is the only pedestrian counterbalance stacker that will operate in a conventional reach truck aisle for space-saving and productive storage and handling. It features Combilift’s unique,

internationally patented and awardwinning multi-position tiller arm which can be turned to the left or right of the unit to position the rear drive wheel, allowing the operator to remain in the safest position- at the side of the machine rather than at the rear as is the case with other pedestrian stackers. This ensures optimum visibility of the load and surroundings as well as guaranteeing maximum safety in areas where other personnel or members of the public may be present. Due to the current circumstances, the hundreds of people that normally attend the IFOY ceremony could not get together personally, so the organisers rolled out the virtual red carpet for the winners online. IFOY founder and Executive Chairperson of the IFOY Jury Anita Würmser said: “Special times require special solutions and this year’s IFOY Awards were dedicated to the best innovations in intralogistics and to the people who make intralogistics happen.” Finalists’ products underwent stringent IFOY audit and innovation


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checks by industry experts and journalists from leading logistics media from 19 countries also tested and evaluated the equipment for qualities such as technology, design, ergonomics, safety, marketability, customer benefit and sustainability. Some of the jury’s comments on the Combi-CS were as follows: “The Combi-CS is a compact smart pedestrian operated truck and a nice hands-on solution. It offers significant added value in terms of narrow aisle operation and safety in confined environments. It is a customer-focussed solution with a very high level of market relevance.” Combilift CEO and Co-founder Martin McVicar said: “On behalf of the whole Combilift team I am delighted to receive the IFOY 2020 Award and proud that this innovative product has been recognised as a valuable solution for the intralogistics sector. We extend our thanks to the IFOY jury for selecting us for this important award.”



Eazi Access welcomes high capacity JLG model to its fleet Our journey to becoming Africa’s market leader in the rental, sales, servicing and training of work-at-height and material handling solutions has seen us partner with world-leading equipment manufacturers. With safety always at the pinnacle of what we do, we take delight in offering our customers a quality one-stop solution which gives them access to all our major OEM brands. We pride ourselves in being the sole distributor of JLG in South Africa. JLG is renowned for manufacturing lift equipment which includes aerial lifts, boom lifts, scissor lifts, telehandlers and low-level access lifts. We recently had the privilege to bring JLG’s 460SJ HC3 Telescopic Boom Lift into our diverse fleet. The high capacity boom lift allows for more flexibility at height with three working zones and an enhanced capacity that allows up to three workers and tools to fit into the platform. “The HC3 model is all about high capacity- three-person. Its features include the ability to take three people to full height in the basket. It also has the capacity which

allows you to do a different job at height. 5G Towers are currently being installed around South Africa which technically means you would need two technicians in a basket, an aerial that would need to be mounted as well as an Operator. This model allows for more productivity to be done in less time as it permits up to three occupants and tools to height in every zone,”

said Marcus Green, GM: Rental & Sales Support. Another excellent feature of the JLG 460SJ HC3 is its ability to enhance safety and eliminate guesswork for equipment operators as all Hi-Capacity models have built-in automatic load sensing. This feature keeps the machine within the allowable work envelope by limiting its use when the platform is overloaded. At 16 metres high, the 460SJ H3C is our first and smallest of a completely new JLG range that we have to offer at Eazi Access. We look forward to our customers in construction, heavy industries and mining enjoying this convenient and cost-efficient machine.

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Ten questions that must be answered before attempting any lift When attempting any lift, regardless of how small or seemingly insignificant, there is some basic information that must be known and confirmed before you begin. As an industry, we do a great job planning critical and super lifts. These major lifts are executed with precision and are successful if the plan is carefully followed. We don’t do as well on the everyday routine or standard lifts. In most cases there is little or no planning – and when things go wrong – accidents result. In my experience, the majority of crane accidents result from lifts that are classified as standard when in fact there is nothing standard about any lift. There are ten questions that must be answered for any lift. This list should be considered as the basics, i.e., a lift plan for standard lifts. The ten questions can be converted into a simple lift plan form. Then, require the crane operator to complete it before each and every lift. It only takes a few minutes and could prevent a costly accident or worse lead to a fatal. It has been shown that when a lift plan is required for every lift, the supervisors, operators and riggers catch mistakes before they happen. For example: The lift could be at a high percent of capacity. Or the crew may need to move the crane a few meters to reduce the radius which significantly improves the capacity and safety of the lift. The Ten Questions that must be answered include: 1. What is the “verified” weight of the load?

It is not possible to make a safe lift when the weight of the load is not known or verified. Many smaller loads can be easily calculated; such as a bucket of concrete or a steel beam. Most loads are shipped to the work site by truck; the trucking company weight ticket is a good source for weight information. In any case, the load weight is critical and must be known and verified. 2. What is the maximum radius? The radius is defined as the distance between the centre of rotation of a crane and the centre of gravity of a freely suspended load. The radius must be known and should be measured. At a minimum, a dry run should be performed by placing the empty hook over the pick and set locations; measuring radius for each case. Calculate the lift according to the farthest distance. 3. What is the rigging capacity and weight? Calculate the capacity of the rigging configuration. The system is only as strong as the weakest link. Consider the effect of sling angles on the rigging and try to maintain angles of 60 degrees, or higher, to horizontal. A sling angle of thirty degrees to horizontal results in a force of twice the force applied to a vertical sling. Calculate the effective weight of the rigging system and record it on the plan. The weight of the entire rigging system is deductible from the crane chart gross capacity. 4. What are the applicable capacity chart deductions? Once a crane is configured it is usually not changed often. A suggestion is to add all the deductible crane accessories and make a note of the combined deductions. Then all the operator has to do is add the weight of the rigging to the accessory total and subtract the combined total from the “gross” capacity to obtain the “net” capacity. Everything hanging under the crane block is considered part of the load. Don’t forget to include deductions for attachments that are mounted on the boom and not used; such as fly jibs or boom extensions. The Rigger must check and verify these calculations have been factored in before the lift commences. 5. WHAT IS THE CRANE “NET” CAPACITY AFTER DEDUCTIONS? (At the maximum radius and crane configuration) Very often accidents occur because the operator and rigger rely solely on the “gross” capacity from the crane chart. All deductible items must be subtracted from the “gross” capacity to establish the “net” capacity. 6. Is the crane on firm level ground? Ground bearing calculations and soils analysis are not practical for every lift made by small cranes. Matting should always be used; without exception. Due their small


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an additional, comprehensive, “Critical Lift Plan” may be in order. It is advisable to establish a definition and procedure for a “Critical Lift”. It is advisable to require the completion of a more comprehensive “Critical Lift” plan when the “Ten Question” plan indicates the lift has met the criteria for critical lift. It has been observed that when the ten-question lift plan indicated it is a critical lift; the crew will re-think the set up and lift parameters, thereby reducing the percent of capacity to a more reasonable, lower ratio. Why create a ten question lift plan and make it mandetory? From experienced major crane accidents happen in the construction industry. After consultation with SMEs (Subject Matter Experts) Lift Specialists/Rigger, Project Managers should create a ten question lift plan and made it mandatory as part of their CoP (Code of Practice for Lifting Operations) SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for every lift and required a critical lift plan for any lift over 85% of chart. The critical lift plan needs to be approved by the Project Manager or the designated Lift Specialist/Rigger. The 10-question lift plan for every lift should be a condition of employment and strictly enforced.

size, the manufacturers’ outrigger floats (pads) are not designed to stand-alone and do not provide an acceptable load distribution. Check to see if there has been a recent excavation in the set up area. A sure sign of trouble is when the crane tires sink into the ground while driving into position. A simple approach to matting size is to divide the crane rated capacity by 4. Then take the square root of the dividend. The result can be considered the length of one side of a square mat. This method is only a starting point and will not be sufficient in every case. Be sure to make the Project can be completed on time and under budget mat to strong enough to resist bending so as not to reduce without incurring additional crane related accident or incident. The project management team in turn the load distribution to the ground. will observed that all supervisors with crane related 7. Are there power lines anywhere in the path of the load responsibilities become creative about how they set up or crane attachments? the cranes. In many instances they will be able to effect minor changes to the crane set up locations, improving Search for power lines and sources of electric energy the lift parameters resulting in lifts rated well below the before moving the crane into position. Note the locations critical lift criteria. and record them on the lift plan. Discuss the lift plan with all persons evolved so that everyone is aware of a potential It should be understood that there are many things hazard. A designated spotter is required to warn the crane that affect the safety of a lift. The ten-question lift plan operator of an impending contact. Beware of power lines is intended to inspire creative thinking and assure the that are hidden within tree branches or behind buildings. most vital parameters are considered. It does not, in Statistically, power line contact is most occurring crane any way, relieve the crane operator or rigging crew from accident worldwide. These accidents out number all other their responsibilities to consider everything that may crane accidents combined. affect the safety on any lift by applying but limited to the golden rules of lifting. 8. Are there obstructions anywhere in the path of the load or crane attachments? Check the work area for obstructions. Make a dry run through the full swing path of the proposed lift and observe the boom clearance to any obstructions. 9. Will the load contact the crane boom or jib at anytime during the lift? Is the load long and can it contact the boom or jib during the lift? If a load contacts a loaded boom, the boom could collapse. Will there be room to turn a long load for alignment during the lift? Always use non-conductive tag lines to control the load. 10. What is the ratio of crane capacity to net load? Calculate the percent of chart capacity by dividing the load weight by the net capacity. When a crane is nearing capacity everything has to be exactly right. If anything goes wrong it happens fast there is little chance to recover. Percent of chart often defines a critical lift and 20

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The golden rules of lifting Lifts will not commence unless: • Everyone knows who the supervisor of the lift is (Rigger)? • An assessment of the lift has been completed and a lift plan of the lift method and rigging study of the required equipment have been determined by a competent person(s) (for critical lifts a qualified Rigger is required)? • Operators of lifting machines are trained and certified for the equipment and are in position of a valid operator’s license? • Rigging of the load is carried out by a competent person(s) (for critical lifts a qualified Rigger is required)? • Lifting Machines have been certified safe for use within the past 12 months (not exceeding 12 months) and Lifting Tackle has been examined by a competent person safe for use within the last 3 months (not exceeding 3 months)? • Load to be lifted does not exceed dynamic and/or static capacities of the lifting equipment? • All safety devices installed on lifting equipment are

operational ? • Everyone is aware of and do they fully understand the lifting procedures applicable to the lift Plan? • Everyone attended the toolbox talk.? • A pre-use inspection of the lifting equipment been carried out and the lifting tackle is tagged or marked with: Working Load Limit? A unique identification serial number? A valid conformance certification of each item? Are all safety devices are working? • Everyone is competent and aware of his or her tasks? • There is a current lift plan and everybody understand the job and precautions? • Everyone know the environmental limits (e.g maximum permissible wind speed) for the lift? • Is the lift area controlled and will everyone clear if the load falls or swings? • The load path been established? • The landing area been prepared? • Are signaling methods and communication agreed and clear to everyone? • All safety devices fitted have been checked and are functioning e.g. LMI of the crane?

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6 Elements that affect lifting and rigging safety Lifting and rigging operations are a critical part of every industry. They allow the loads to be moved from one place to another, without much human effort. Heavy cranes and hoist structures are used in shipping, factories, construction and virtually every other sectors of industry. Improper rigging methods, use of wrong equipment or other factors affecting the operations can cause serious injuries to the workers using the equipment as well as those in close proximity. Serious injuries, burns, cuts, physical impairments and fatalities can be caused due to improper use of rigging equipment (Lifting Tackle). The process of rigging and lifting uses cranes and other large pieces of lifting equipment to lift and move loads. Though this practice is regulated by OHS Act, each year many workers are killed in rigging operations and crane accidents and others are left seriously injured. It is important that the operators involved in rigging operations are sufficiently trained and when lifting operations become critical as a result of risk factors the skills of qualified Riggers becomes essential. Qualified Riggers are competent to understand how to apply rigging equipment to lifting 22

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and rigging operations.


Following are six major factors that can compromise the safety of the lifting and rigging equipment:

It is important to remember never to exceed the given manufactures working load limit.

1. Work Load Limit

2. Weather Condition

Don’t assume. It is important that you determine the actual work load limit of the equipment. You can determine the weight of the load by checking the shipping papers, catalogue, manufacturer’s specifications and other reliable sources. The size and weight of all the equipment used in the hoisting operation should be determined including the beams, slings, wire ropes, load and the crane boom.

Weather conditions are also important elements that affect rigging safety. These need to be considered while planning and executing lifting or hoisting operations. Poor visibility, darkness, dust etc. should be considered while planning a lift.

If the ideal work load weight is not provided, you have to calculate the weight using the standard weight and apply appropriate formulas using area and volume.

In extreme cold conditions avoid shock-loading or applying sudden jerk to rigging equipment and hardware, which can break the already brittle parts. Also keep in mind that at freezing temperatures, loads are likely to be frozen to the ground or the structures they might be resting on.

Generally, hoisting and rigging applications will require you to calculate the resistive forces applied. Skates and rollers on ground will also add some resistance and that must be included in the calculation considering friction coefficient and

In windy conditions, a great deal of judgment is required to carry out lifting operations. Most cranes have some specifications concerning the maximum wind speed they can tolerate. While no such specification is generally available in the load charts, it is important that

3. Proper Rigging Method Every rigging operation has a definite rigging method that should be followed in order to ensure safe working conditions. Using improper rigging methods can reduce the efficiency of the load to be lifted and can also cause fatal injuries if the load security loosens up and the (COG) centre of gravity moves out of control. You need to ensure that all rigging equipment are placed and rigged properly to the load as well as to the lifting machine. It is important to determine proper sling methods in order to increase the efficiency of the lift and reduce the amount of excessive forces applied. It is also important to secure or remove all unused slings before lifting the load. Determine the (COG) centre of gravity of the load as well as the crane in order to prevent the load swing. Avoid dragging slings from under the load. Also make sure the sling angles are properly maintained to reduce risks of load imbalance. Avoid sudden snatching, swinging, and stopping of suspended loads. Rapid acceleration and deceleration also increases these dynamic forces. Failure to maintain the load capacity is one of the main reasons of rigging failure. 4. Proper Rigging Equipment Choosing the right equipment for your rigging operation is the first step to ensuring safety. It is important that a competent person with the necessary knowledge and/or qualifications (qualified Rigger for critical lifts) is consulted while choosing the right rigging

equipment. That’s because you must know the purpose of the equipment and also the load weight which is to be rigged to the equipment. You need to understand the characteristics of various rigging equipment and their nature. Also while predetermining their use try and understand what should be kept in mind while storing or inspecting such equipment. For example, there are various kinds of lifting tackle like synthetic polyester webbing slings, chain and wire rope slings, shackles, etc. that can used for various purposes. Choosing the right rigging equipment/lifting tackle will protect the workers and property from any harm and the operation can be carried out easily. An experienced qualified rigger will have the best knowledge about selecting the appropriate equipment for a specific lift. Some of the main aspects to consider are strength, diameter, grade, and the type of construction. 5. Inspection and Maintenance of Rigging equipment (Lifting Tackle) All machinery and rigging hardware should undergo regular inspection. Understanding the nature of the material and its properties will allow you to identify the types of wear and abrasion it can face. Inspection and maintenance are generally equipment specific. There are generally three types of inspection that every piece of lifting tackle (Rigging Equipment) should go through: • pre-use visual Inspection • OHS Act Periodic examination • Post visual Inspection Proper storage and appropriate lubrication will help increase the

service life of the lifting tackle. Another aspect of maintenance is that you must store lifting tackle in a cool dry room away from dust and chemicals. Avoid leaving these lying on the open ground, use a pallet. 6. Responsible Lifting and Rigging Operator Responsible competent lifting and rigging operators are a necessity in every industry. Operators must be competent enough to carry out rigging operations safely and must be trained and/or qualified (qualified Rigger for critical lifts) and licenced to operate certain machines like cranes, forklifts, and certain technical devices. Being an operator also means they should be able to supervise the workforce that is under their control. Proper knowledge and understanding in their field will allow them to take accurate decisions when required. When on duty they should be alert enough to report any type of foreseen and unforeseen danger. Also, the management must give rigging operators the authority to stop an operation if he finds it risky. As a competent lifting and rigging operator they should understand the importance of conducting a safe hoist operation. They should understand how to lift and when to lower the load safely. An operator who leaves a load suspended and unattended should be subject to strict action, which may include suspending his or her appointment to operate the crane pending possible further training and supervision. Keeping these six elements in mind while performing a lifting or rigging operations will ensure safety at the work on site and reduce the risks of injury to yourself and your fellow workers.


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the crane manufacturer should be consulted to know the maximum permissible wind speed.


Helping your cranes perform safely and optimally To keep expensive capital equipment running safely and optimally requires regular servicing and maintenance, but operational issues can appear outside of these timeframes, needing to be addressed promptly so that the equipment continues to operate effectively. Hoists, runways, ropes and other lifting components can be analysed by Konecranes specialist technicians who undertake inspections that can help identify why a piece of equipment is not performing as it should. “At times, issues occur with crane performance outside of the normal servicing schedule, leading to a need for a more detailed evaluation, a function that is not always possible during scheduled and preventive maintenance cycles. Konecranes offers a variety of Consultation Services to meet these needs so that expensive equipment is not left underperforming. This would have a direct impact upon the overall safety and performance at a factory or plant,” said Emil Berning, Managing Director. “For example, cranes that are straight, square and aligned experience fewer repair costs and are more reliable. The CraneQ Crane Geometric Survey has been designed to provide accurate information detailing the alignment and square of the crane. The survey measures dimensional tolerance of wheels, end trucks, girders 24

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and other critical components of the crane,” said Berning, adding “Likewise the Konecranes RailQ Runway Survey gives accurate information on the alignment of the crane rail and expert recommendations on the corrective actions required.” Undetected defects or deficiencies in load-bearing or safety-related components can lead to equipment failure because they are not visible to the naked eye. Other failures may occur within components which would not normally be disassembled for inspection during servicing. This is where Konecranes Consultation Services and their technical expertise in analysing non-performance issues in crane equipment becomes a vital partnership for the customer. The RailQ Runway Survey Cranes should travel or track along their runway with a minimum of skew and without binding. Improper tracking leads to premature wheel and rail wear, which might result in unexpected costs and equipment downtime. If

left to operate without corrective action, the crane will operate inefficiently and sub-optimally. The RailQ Runway Survey can be performed on virtually any runway including those for overhead cranes, port cranes and yard cranes. The survey includes: • Visual inspection of the crane runway • Measurement of the alignment of the crane runway • Calculations based on measured data with proprietary analysis and visualisation software • 3D and 2D visualisations of the runway rails • Identification of straightness, span or elevation issues RailQ requires less time than a traditional survey and provides accurate and in-depth information on the condition and alignment of the runway and is reviewed by Konecranes specialist engineers. The Konecranes Roborail, a remotecontrolled robot trolley, assists in the collection of data, eliminating the need for a human to walk the rails taking measurements manually.


CraneQ Crane Geometric Survey Common problems of incorrect crane geometry include premature wheel wear, rail wear, structural component failures and drive faults. Operators often complain of ‘strange noises’ or positioning incorrectly, and this is where a CraneQ Crane Geometric Survey can establish the cause of these issues to help avoid major problems and downtime. The CraneQ Crane Geometric Survey verifies the crane for squareness – meaning the end trucks must be parallel to each other and perpendicular to the bridge girder for the crane to track properly. The geometry of the end trucks is also verified as is the alignment of the wheels within the end trucks. The girders for the crane are measured for camber. CraneQ is based on advanced and traditional measurement methods. Specialist technicians from Konecranes provide a highly accurate geometric analysis of the crane. In addition to the customer being supplied with a full report, Konecranes will assist in the planning of corrective actions. Crane Reliability Study The Crane Reliability Study is an engineering assessment that studies the current condition of a crane and provides a theoretical estimate of its remaining design life.

• Non-destructive testing (NDT) of the hook – this can be dye penetrant or magnetic particle testing • CraneQ Crane Geometric Survey • RailQ Runway Survey • Thermal imaging to determine if there are “hot spots” inside the electrical cubicle, cables or motors • Endoscopic inspection of the inside of the hoisting gearbox to determine the condition of the gears without stripping the gearbox • Gearbox Oil Analysis “Our specialised Consultation Services offer the customer inspection reports that shed light onto underperforming equipment and how to get the crane back on track in the most cost-effective manner. The financial investment in capital equipment such as cranes and lifting equipment is a huge outlay for any company, so it makes sense

to establish factors such as: how reliable your equipment is, are your cranes capable of meeting growing production demands, do your total crane costs contribute to a positive ROI, are you using your cranes as they were originally classified and are there are any safety issues with your current equipment? Getting the right information at the right time can achieve financial savings,” said Berning. “Not every crane and lifting component needs to be replaced” added Berning. “The Crane Reliability Study will show customers how they can modernise their equipment to meet changing operational requirements without upsetting the balance sheet.”

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Marius Naude, Global Technical Support Specialist from Konecranes said, “the survey establishes the serviceability of the crane components which indicates maintenance issues that might arise and can be a tool to rectify any shortcomings at any level. It looks at structures, mechanical components and electrical systems and highlights possible maintenance and modernisation requirements.” Depending on the application of the hoist or crane the following inspections can be included in addition to the Crane Reliability Study: Lifting Africa - Jul/Aug 2020



Wheel alignment the key to end carriage life

As a key sub-assembly in any overhead cranes, customers should question the wisdom of attempting their end-carriage assembly using individually sourced wheel-blocks, because wheel alignment is critical, and this is a specialised process. End-carriages are the “feet” at either end of the overhead crane. They support the girders and hoists, and move them along the rails.

Stocks of service exchange units, held either on site or by Condra according to customer preference, minimise downtime.

However, wheel wear can cause excessive and escalating endcarriage maintenance costs, the result of one or both of two factors: mis-alignment of the wheels at each end of the end-carriage, and/ or distortion of the rails caused by heat.

From the customer’s perspective, ordering an end-carriage from Condra as a completed assembly – aligned, tested and ready to work – is a simple process.

Wheel alignment within the endcarriage should not be confused with alignment of the end-carriages at either end of the girder, which is a much simpler process that most manufacturers would be able to carry out. It is to avoid misalignment within the end-carriage – the end-carriage wheels themselves – that Condra recommends sourcing the endcarriage as a completed subassembly from a single company. Another cause of wheel wear, rail distortion, is more difficult to counter, because it is caused by the very high temperatures that accumulate in the upper levels of all factories, where the rails are located. Although periodic wheel replacement is inevitable because of rail distortion, Condra has minimised its cost through careful design of the wheel-block, fixing the wheels in position using a simplified bolt arrangement that allows quick and easy removal for exchange. 26

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The design office needs only to know the load and how fast this load has to move. Armed with this data, Condra will supply a recommended configuration of wheel, motor, gearbox and brake for the wheel-blocks, a fully designed end-carriage recommendation, and a recommended rail. Should the rail not be available for any reason, Condra will adjust the wheel diameter and, if necessary, the motor and gearbox to suit. “So, just tell us what you want to move and how fast you want to move it, and Condra will come up with the solution,” said the spokesman, explaining that the design process, simplified from the customer’s side, nevertheless involves for the design office very careful end-carriage design and component selection. “Some 20 000 design combinations are possible,” explained the spokesman. “Wheels, for example, come in ten different off-the-shelf diameters from 63mm to 630mm, each offered with the flange on either side, or flangeless, and in widths

from 30mm to 125mm to suit the rail. There are also different motor powers and mounting arrangements for the wheelblocks, and the overall end-carriage varies in length depending on the customer’s girder arrangement,” the spokesman explained. “What we have done is to simplify as far as possible what is quite a complex process, to make the customer’s life easier.” Condra generally uses wheels of larger diameter than its competitors, to reduce loading and decrease rolling resistance. The result is longer component lifespan and lower overall lifetime cost. “With our design, it is not necessary to change the end-carriage wheels every two years," explained the spokesman. “They last a lot longer.” Condra’s end-carriages are among several component assemblies offered to crane manufacturers worldwide. Hoists, crabs, bottom blocks, cable-loop systems and enclosed conductor systems are also available. Hoists are supplied with capacities of up to 500 tons. All are manufactured to customer specification for final assembly, making unnecessary the need to transact with multiple suppliers.

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State of the art customer portal help keep crane maintenance on track

Investing in cranes and lifting systems for a plant or factory is one of the biggest financial undertakings that a company considers. Issues such as operator performance, safety management, maintenance and equipment monitoring are key elements to keep lifting equipment working smoothly and efficiently. Today, through digitisation, maintenance activities and cranes usage, as well as condition information, can be easily accessed through the customer portal and TRUCONNECT Remote Monitoring. “Quick, reliable and easy access to your crane information and how that impacts your lifting equipment’s safety, performance, maintenance and operation, is critical for positive corrective intervention - and all it takes is sensors and a modem attached to the crane to enable the data to start flowing. Machinery not performing as required, operator errors and delayed crucial maintenance are all issues that can affect safety and increase costs. Equipping cranes with TRUCONNECT and utilizing the information on yourKONECRANES can have a positive impact on safety and productivity,” said Emil Berning, Managing Director. “The key to any crane, or fleet of cranes, and lifting equipment operational success is the identification of safety or production risks, the establishment 28

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of proper preventive maintenance schedules and the correction of operator errors. Today, in our real-time and online world, our customers expect transparency and speed, and we do that through our digital ecosystem to bring safety and productivity improvements to their operations,” said Berning. TRUCONNECT Remote Service TRUCONNECT is a suite of remote service products and applications to support maintenance operations and drive improvements in safety and productivity. TRUCONNECT Remote Monitoring collects condition, alerts/faults, usage and operating data from the crane control system and sensors on an asset. Remote Monitoring data is aggregated at yourKONECRANES. com along with inspection and maintenance data enabling a comprehensive view and analysis of equipment condition, maintenance and operation. Collected data varies depending on asset make and model but typically covers condition and expected service life of critical

components, running time, lifted loads, motor starts, work cycles and emergency stops. Additional TRUCONNECT options allow certain assets to be equipped with hoisting brake and/or inverter monitoring. TRUCONNECT Remote Monitoring notifies you of brake service life, hoist overloads, emergency-stops and over-temperature occurrences through text or email alerts, allowing for a prompt response. “Whilst remote connection is available as a standard option on new Konecranes equipment," said Marius Naude “it can also be installed as a retrofit to existing cranes, even those not made by Konecranes. TRUCONNECT is the quickest way to address a nonperformance issue on your crane, helping to increase the lifespan of the crane and quickly address and correct operational errors. For example, following prescribed crane stoppage procedures can save on brake pad repair costs, which are an expensive replacement item when you are replacing them four to five times more often than you should be,” commented Naude.

Whether for a single crane or an entire fleet, the information and data on the yourKONECRANES customer portal can be used to make a telling difference on the performance of your equipment and how it is managed. Having all your crane maintenance and usage information in one place makes it easier to manage your high-cost capital equipment. The yourKONECRANES customer portal streamlines data access by organizing large volumes of information – including inspection and maintenance findings, TRUCONNECT data, asset lists and service spend – into easy-toread graphs and charts in a single location. Each connected asset has its own TRUCONNECT page where you can quickly see a summary of items that require attention, the most significant problem that could affect the safe operation of the crane and alerts. You can easily dive into more detailed information on crane condition, alerts and operating

statistics. Insights can be drawn by observing anomalies, patterns and trends, helping you make informed maintenance decisions. A valuable feature of yourKONECRANES is the Business Review section. Service KPIs, spend information and TRUCONNECT alerts and usage summary can be viewed for any selected time frame. This information is used during our consultative process for an in-depth assessment of the service relationship – looking at progress, feedback and documented value. Berning commented that in today’s difficult climate, the utilisation of advanced technology such as yourKONECRANES and TRUCONNECT providing factual data online in real time helps make maintenance and budgetary scheduling more precise, and therefore more effective.

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EKD Kolibri from Powermite: No weak links in this energy chain! EKD energy chain from electrical and mechanical equipment and energy supply systems specialist, Powermite, ensures seamless operation of cranes, milling and boring machines as well as other mobile equipment through the reliable and cost-effective protection of cable, hose and hydraulic supply at a fixed or variable speed. “Our combined 50 plus years of knowledge in drag chain applications with the globally renowned German energy chain manufacturer EKD, positions us as a specialist supplier of EKD Kolibri energy chain to Southern African industry,” says Managing Director of Powermite, Jacques van Rooyen. Uniquely engineered to substantially reduce operational costs and extend component life for the lowest total cost of ownership, this high-quality product is widely used across diverse industries such as ports and harbours, materials handling, as well as industrial and water treatment plants. “We have been supplying EKD energy chain to the southern African market for over three decades and one of the biggest challenges we encounter when it comes to recommending the most optimum energy chain solution is that customers are not always able to provide the most accurate or comprehensive information about their machines,” notes Van Rooyen. “So, to be able to recommend the best possible solution for our customers we ensure that we get to know their business and completely understand their equipment and requirements through regular

interaction and solid long-term relationship building.” Available in galvanised steel, stainless steel and carburised (hardened) steel, the unrivalled wear resistance of Powermite’s comprehensive range of EKD Kolibri energy chain delivers exceptional reliability. This robust chain requires minimal maintenance and spares and can operate in extreme temperatures of between -20°C and +100°C. Three different types of energy chain are on offer to meet diverse application requirements - a onepart link or flip-open link range, a wide range of bending radii (to facilitate large cables), as well as a chain with separate end-connectors (each link can be used as an endconnector). The EKD Kolibri series ranges from external sizes of 15mm x 15mm through to 65mm x 225mm. “We also offer the EKD PKK range which can handle external sizes up to 100mm x 340mm,” adds van Rooyen. Steel external sizes start from 50mm high x up to 1500mm wide. Powermite’s energy chain portfolio also extends to a plastic range consisting of self-extinguishing, ATEX, Anti-Static, steel-coated and Robotic bi-directional chain. All plastic chains are equipped with integrated connectors and therefore require very few spare parts, keeping costs and downtime to a minimum. The company also offers chains engineered for ultra-long distances. These chains, known as the Marathon System, use roller sets and are capable of maintaining


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speeds of up to 200m/minute. Powermite’s countrywide branch and distribution network carries a full range of spares for the entire EKD Kolibri energy chain range and delivers expert after-sales service support to customers and endusers across some fifteen African countries as well as in Mauritius. Powermite has over four decades of experience as a ‘one-stop’ supplier of electrical and mechanical equipment solutions for moving machinery in bulk materials handling applications. Alongside EKD energy chain, the company’s extensive product portfolio also includes a comprehensive range of industrial and mining cables, industrial and mining plugs and sockets, cable reeling equipment and accessories as well as energy supply systems such as Downshop lead systems, insulated conductor rails, etc. Powermite recently expanded its basket of offerings with the launch of the cutting-edge Gen 2 plastic range as well as new metal products from its renowned AMPCO brand. Powermite is a Hudaco group company and ISO 9001:2000 certified.

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The critical connection Reduced life expectancy can lead to catastrophic failures as well as increased maintenance and replacement costs In lifting equipment, the large diameter bearing serves as a joint between the upper structure and the undercarriage, providing a means of 360ยบ rotation. Lifting devices typically have a complex load spectrum: the slewing ring bearing can simultaneously handle all combinations of thrust, radial, and tilting moment loading. The use of a slewing ring bearing provides yet another benefit. Its shaftless design eliminates the need for a spindle or kingpost. The centre of the bearing remains open to allow passage of various hydraulic and control components. Since the bearing is so critical, careful maintenance is necessary. More than 96% of slewing ring bearing failures are due to surfaceoriginated lubrication problems, contamination, overloading, un-torqued bolts and improper installation and mounting. These

surface failures occur much earlier than classical fatigue failures and are less predictable. Checking of the torque of the bolts should be part of any routine maintenance procedure. The manufacturers manual shall indicate the frequency of these intervals however, this depends on the severity of service. Vibration and shock loading and overloading tend to loosen bolts, so periodic torque checks will ensure that the proper preload level is maintained. Mounting bolts should be torqued to the proper level and checked periodically to ensure proper pretension. Improperly pre-tensioned bolts can fail, causing damage to equipment and, more important, injuries to workers. Additionally, tightened bolts tend to creep or elongate over a period

of time, which reduces preload. Elevated temperatures will also increase bolt creep and this factor should be considered in developing a torque-check schedule. Inadequate lubrication is one of the most common causes of premature bearing failures. In slewing ring bearings, a heavy-duty, extreme pressure grease is required. When lubrication is inadequate, surface damage in the form of roughening or waviness occurs. Later, fine cracks develop, followed by flaking. Contamination also causes failures. Dirt or other debris within the lubrication system acts as an abrasive and accelerates the wear. Usually, the bearing raceways are scratched or indented, again leading to fine cracking and ultimately spalling. Slewing ring bearing life is calculated assuming infinitely rigid and flat mounting structures. A structure that distorts significantly under load, and/or one that is out-of-flat, apply loads to localized areas rather than evenly distributing them. This causes permanent deformation in the local area, leading to early failure. The unique design of slewing ring bearings allows for combination loads to be handled efficiently. However, whenever a load that exceeds the bearing capacity is applied, permanent


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Excessive bearing clearance due to accelerated wear results in less overall stiffness in the entire system. This lack of stiffness is magnified tremendously as this will change the operating parameters of the crane, which becomes a safety issue, causing a potential problem for riggers and operators. Another safety concern relates to uneven work distribution which is especially common among rough terrain cranes where most of the work is done on uneven working areas. Poor work distribution leads to an uneven wear pattern usually

causing excessive play. The potential costs associated with a worn slewing ring bearing can be significant if the problem is not detected in a timely manner. A severely worn bearing can damage other components, such as the drive pinion and gearbox. While maintenance is critical to lengthening the life of large slewing ring bearings, the severity of use of heavy equipment means that eventually, any large slewing ring bearing will become worn. Detection of bearing wear makes repairs a less costly alternative to replacement. If you practice proper maintenance and watch for common warning signs, a worn

bearing is likely to be deemed repairable. However, during the cranes' annual inspection, load test and thorough examination the Lifting Machine Inspector (LMI) should measure and record the wear over the four measuring points of the slew ring bearing, this will greatly assist with assessing the wear in accordance with the manufactures discard criteria for the slew ring bearing, this will now become part of the cranes' condition monitoring procedure.

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deformation could occur, again leading to premature failure. Safety is the primary goal of detecting turntable bearing problems.


South Africans successfully assemble polish machines locally The four new-generation straddle carriers delivered in parts to the Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) at the onset of the COVID19 pandemic – have been fully assembled, tested over 100 hours and handed over to operations. This follows South African resources successfully taking on the responsibility previously assigned to Polish engineers in a bid to reduce delays caused by travel restrictions under lockdown rules. CTCT is predominantly rubbertyre gantry (RTG) crane and the acquisition of the straddle carriers was largely part of a wind recovery strategy to mitigate against strong winds. The straddle carriers can work through wind speeds of up to 90km/h compared to 72km/h on RTGs. According to Acting Terminal Manager Oscar Borchards, “The terminal was at one point operating at 60% capacity due to COVID-19 infections. Having world-class equipment and dedicated, skilled operators during challenging conditions is a winning combination and our performance is getting better day by day”. The straddles complement an existing terminal fleet of the equipment largely servicing the agricultural industry, with containerised cargo moving across trade markets like Asia, Europe, America, Australia and East and West Africa. “The hand over to operations comes at a time when the terminal prepares for a full peak season starting in November, and we are confident of improved performance,” said Borchards. The R71 million-investment forms part of Transnet Port Terminals’ R2 billion-equipment replacement drive in the current calendar year.

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Women in the Industry focuses on creating opportunities for women through the implementation of the Smith Capital In-Service Training and Apprenticeship programmes. These programmes assist the candidates in completing the practical aspects of their certified training in becoming qualified Artisans. By completing their Trade Qualifications through the various in-service training programmes at Smith Capital, Fortunate hopes more exposure is afforded to women in the industry. The majority equipment for SCE is locally designed and manufactured, with drilling rigs and aerial platforms boasting over 90% local content. These locally manufactured products, together with Smith Capital’s imported products (such as the Fassi cranes brought in from Italy) and the ongoing service and repairs side of the business establishes that Fortunate considers a wide reach of solutions for the SCE customer. Additionally, Fortunate has placed an emphasis on the export of units to Africa. The African market demands a different approach and Fortunate believes Smith Capital has a firm understanding of what this market commands. Smith Capital designs these units specifically for the African terrain, based on the territory and the applications required of the equipment.

Fortunate Mdanda – Smith Capital Equipment

Fortunate Mdanda, the CEO of Smith Capital Equipment (SCE), is a highly qualified and experienced Corporate Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree, an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Auditing and a Master’s in Business Administration. Fortunate has gained vast experience in internal controls, risk, auditing, tax and compliance from Pfizer Laboratories, Alexander Forbes, South African Airways, City Power, South African Revenue Service and The Office of the Auditor-General. In her recent role at Pfizer, she provided support to develop and maintain a strong and practical risk awareness, compliance and control culture and environment; provided in-market support, guidance, and consultation to help drive efficiencies; pro-actively identified emerging risks and strategies and built strong relationships with key stakeholders. She has chaired and served as a member of various Audit Committees. Over the past 5 years, Fortunate has played a paramount role in lifting Smith Capital Equipment to new levels with the assistance of the National Empowerment Fund. Fortunate has fostered a culture of diversity and inclusiveness for all in the Company. She especially

Fortunate’s passion for positive change has seen her supporting the creation of work environments that focus on diversity and inclusion. Her management style revolves around providing support in skills-training and opening new opportunities within the industry. Fortunate places a focus on growing the inclusive culture at Smith Capital, while ensuring the team is involved in all aspects of the business. By making the strategic goals and vision of the company known to the workforce, Fortunate ensures the entire team is always on the same page. Fortunate took a leap when she changed career directions. However, her previous experience in the business sector created the perfect background for entering into the lifting industry. Resilient and adaptable at heart, Fortunate was able to merge her business savvy with the expertise of the Smith Capital team. Together, Smith Capital has been able to cross barriers and deliver unparalleled premium products to their customers. Another piece of expertise Fortunate brings to her role as CEO of Smith Capital, is learning that business doesn’t come to you, you go look for business. You go make your presence felt. Fortunate is an active supporter of the development of women in her industry. She advises young people to be positive and prepared to learn. When embracing each opportunity, there are certain to be challenged, but an open-minded and positive person can reach untold heights.

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Women in the Industry empowered, they immeasurably improve the lives of everyone around them, their families, their communities and their countries.” More recently social media shared stories of women-led countries who have successfully handled the global epidemic within their countries. This makes a strong case for companies to relook their transformation agenda and extend it beyond race to include gender. Issues faced by women in the workplace like the gender pay gap, harassment policies and childcare must be addressed and result in operational and strategic policies which will advance women. The forklift industry is seeing an increase in females taking up roles as warehouse managers and within the operations departments because more females are signing up for apprenticeships for technical roles. Skills development should encompass soft skills like emotional intelligence and leadership for high-potential female leaders. Women in leadership roles need this support.

Thembi Mazibuko, CFO at Masslift Africa is grateful to the leadership coaching she received throughout her career trajectory. Mazibuko’s tenacity is evident in her list of qualifications and works experience and results of her belief of not waiting to be given opportunities but rather reaching out and taking it is clear in her rise to the ranks of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Thembi says, “I aspired to make it into the C-suite as quickly as possible, so I knew that I had to apply myself to any task given to me and offer my assistance on projects led by others.“ Her journey was not without challenges which saw her questioning herself on work/life balance when she became a mother early in her career. The workplace does not permit leave when children get sick or for their first day of school – a deadline is a deadline; a deliverable is a deliverable. Confused by the feedback she received that she was not aggressive enough or assertive enough because of her compassion and camaraderie with her team, Thembi forged her way by being true to herself. She learned to express herself with passion at the risk of being emotional and she will try her hand at golf because you either learn to play golf to fit in or you get left out. The young CFO operates in an engineering and manufacturing environment, known to be dominated by men and she confidently occupies the space by being deliberate about showcasing her achievements and not waiting for others to recognise her competencies and skills. Masslift values diversity and inclusion, which is seen in the 50% representation of females in the leadership team. Talent discussions happen regularly at senior level and key individuals are identified for the talent pipeline and are coached and mentored to prepare them for their new roles. The popular opinion that “When women advance, everyone benefits” is strongly supported by Thembi as she remembers Prince Harry saying that, “We know that when women are

“Even when women have great potential, they deal with external barriers like the patriarchal systems, workplace policies for mothers and environmental issues in the engineering space; as well as internal barriers of confidence, balancing home and work and trusting in their ability. Women have been successful entrepreneurs because those psychological barriers are removed. This practice must be replicated in traditional corporate businesses so we can take up space successfully,” encourages Mazibuko. It is a fact that women get pushed off a glass cliff rather than shattering the glass ceiling, where women work twice as hard to progress in their careers, they have less work-life balance, and experience more pressure than their male counterparts which results in burn-out, break downs and less quality time with family and/or to be dedicated to health and self-care. Thembi advises that women need: to establish boundaries to avoid confusion and to align expectations, to communicate their expectations and understand their responsibilities, to be authentic and be led by their values and principles, to build a foundation of support with people who are smarter than them, to believe they are capable and competent to do the job then let the work speak for itself, to ask for help. She shares her secrets of success for other women to follow which recommend that women should not be afraid to express their opinions because it may add value or provide a fresh view and women should leave the door open for others to do the same. Her collaborative leadership style is exercised when Mazibuko shares her vision with her team and colleagues and then collaborates with them on how to successfully execute and achieve solutions. She believes this leadership style maximises individual success and achieves strategic goals.

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Women in the Industry on service and delivery, we still today try to live up to these building blocks. This has been an incredible journey and learning curve for me. Challenges I would say one of my biggest challenges in the work environment, is to prove to our customers that a woman can also be a LMI and do the work required. Something that few people know about you I love reading and enhancing my knowledge of aromatic oils and remedies for natural health. Management style I am very involved with the day to day running of Beam Industrial, and have a close working relationship with all the staff. I also promote a open door policy and want the staff to talk to me should they need help or assistance with anything. Personal Best Achievement My two daughters, Tania (12) and Twané (9), I cannot imagine my life without them and I hope that they know that they can come to me with anything that is troubling them. Professional Best Achievement

Debbie Fourie – Beam Industrial CC Academic Qualifications I have obtained a few qualifications, from C+ Computer Technician to Accounting. First Employer Van Rensburg, Gill & Associates – this was a Civil & Engineering Company based in Rustenburg. First Salary

Beam Industrial was 25 years old in April 2020 and I have been with the company for 18 years. Keeping the business going through tough times and supporting our loyal and valued customers is one of the most important achievements. Eventually been able to successfully register with ECSA as a LMI, what a lengthy procedure but so satisfying when completed. Person who has the biggest influence on your life and career


I would have to say my Grandmother, she has been a inspiration in my live ever since I can remember and a perfect example of a strong, loving woman.

Climbing the ladder in the lifting equipment industry has been an interesting journey for me.

What Woman’s Month Means to Me and Advice for Women Starting in the Industry

A lot of the things I know today I had to look up in catalogues or google to enhance my knowledge.

Woman’s Month to me is a month of recognising woman and their achievements in all industries and as woman and mothers.

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I took over the normal day to day running of Beam Industrial when the owner and founder Mr. Bert Altern became sick and passed away a few years ago. Beam Industrial was founded in 1995 and the business was built

Woman are incredible versatile beings and my advice for anyone coming into the industry is to learn as much as possible and to never doubt yourself.

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Women in the Industry but rather about ensuring that the people who use the equipment are kept safe. The lifting industry is a demanding one. There is no ‘off’ switch. I field calls during and after office hours so finding time to relax can be difficult. Yet when I do get time to relax, I thoroughly enjoy cooking, reading and spending time with my family and friends. What does Woman’s month mean to you and do you believe it makes a positive difference? Woman’s Month highlights the challenges faced by woman as well as the opportunities that are now available to us. Yes, I do believe it makes a difference. It makes us realise how far woman have come, the obstacles that we have had to overcome and the potential that lies ahead of us. Has lockdown had a negative impact on you and your business? No, it has created challenges but I do believe that we can shift a challenge into a positive. It has allowed me to realise that a balance between home and work is essential. I do believe that we have had stumbling blocks but it is how we face and overcome them that will determine the outcome. Do you think the Load Testing Industry is an evolving one?

Jennifer Harper – Alpha Load Testing How long have you been involved in the lifting industry for? I was initially skilled up in finance but when the business was formed, I was exposed to a number of additional functions and more importantly, the industry. I have been working in the industry for over decade and it has been a fascinating journey where I have gained vast experience and industry related knowledge. Do you find being a woman in the lifting industry challenging? No, I find it absolutely exhilarating. I have the opportunity to deal with both amazing men and women. However, any industry will hold its own challenges. It is not the challenge that counts but how you choose to approach the challenge that matters. Would you recommend the lifting industry to other women as a positive career choice? Yes, definitely. I don’t think a woman should be intimidated by an industry but should rather follow a career that she is drawn to and where her aptitude lies. Why is being in the lifting industry important for you? I am passionate about safety and service. Working in our industry isn’t necessarily about the equipment alone

As the equipment that we test is further developed I am sure our methods will evolve. As technology advances so will the load testing industry. Our primary function is to ensure equipment is safe to use and if new and innovative methods and ways are discovered and become available, I am sure the industry will embrace them. How has “Lockdown” changed the way you work? Do you think there has been any positives to how you have adapted to “Lockdown” in the work place? Working remotely or from home has become ‘the new normal’ and is very effective during these unprecedented times. Zoom meetings have become a norm which I was initially sceptical about but now embrace and enjoy. We have also ensured that our office staff can work from home if need be which has happened on occasions. Working remotely has allowed more time to focus on work as there isn’t a travel time component to my day. This provides us with a better work / life balance yet interestingly, productivity has increased.

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Encouraging more women to enter male dominated industries Before the COVID-19 crisis, of the 1,339 million people employed by the South African construction industry, only 11% were female. While the number of men still far exceeds that of women in the sector, female representation in the construction industry has increased by 7% over the past decade. Similarly, in the sub-Saharan African transport industry, only 8% of employees are female – a number which is steadily increasing as the years go by, albeit slowly. Nevertheless, these are welcome changes. "We want to close the gender gap in these industries both locally and throughout the continent. A recent study by the Boston Consulting Group has found that diverse companies produce 19% more revenue. Not only does diversity generate a bigger bottom line, but there also are a multitude of other benefits including access to a variety of perspectives, increased productivity, improved performance as well as heightened company reputation. Our events highlight the gaps that remain and provide opportunities for honest conversations to be held to enable transformation," says Devi Paulsen-Abbott, Vice President of dmg events which will be hosting the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo as well as the Transport Evolution African Forum and Expo in 2021. She adds, “These events are also an opportunity to show young women and girls that

there is a place for them in these traditionally masculine industries.” Chief Quantity Surveyor at the National Housing Corporation in Tanzania, Margaret Ezekiel concurs, saying, “The number of women in the industry is increasing, especially in the informal sector. This is because when girls see that women can succeed within the industry; they realise that they can succeed too. These days, you can find engineering classes and construction sector classes with more women than previously.” Asked about the importance of female representation in maledominated fields, Chief Quantity Surveyor: Infrastructure Services - Education at the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure, Zanele Mabathoana, says, “If you look at women, we’re the majority of the population. The construction industry has been making spaces to be occupied by the population. But who are you creating spaces for if the majority of the population do not have a say and are not included in the decision-making process?” Mabathoana believes that industry events are crucial for engaging women as well as for disseminating information and networking. "A lot of

information is shared at these events which are important for the industry at large. If women intend to be part of the industry, then they have to know what is happening within it." Both Ezekiel and Mabathoana are judges in the African Construction Awards – an event which is colocated with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo and powered by the National African Federation for the Building Industry (NAFBI). The Awards, now in their sixth year, highlight the year-round pursuit of excellence that is driven by the passion of leading professionals, entrepreneurs and rising stars working in the industry. Categories include the Female Innovator of the Year Award and the Women in Construction Award. PaulsenAbbott shares, “It’s important to show the positive impact that a gender-balanced workforce has so, we spotlight female professionals who excel in their roles and have a proven track record of implementing positive change to push the industry forward.” She concludes, “We need to be allowing women to participate, beyond administrative and HR functions and highlight the opportunities that are available for everyone in the sector in the sense of true transformation.”





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Experience the Progress.

Top performances thanks to cutting-edge technology Liebherr is fascinating technology. For decades our name has been synonymous with top quality in many areas. Whether it is tower cranes or mobile cranes – or hydraulic excavators or wheel loaders – or crawler tractors and crawler loaders or machines for concrete technology. With Liebherr you experience progress. In addition to construction machines, Liebherr develops, designs and manufactures cranes for port handling, high-quality fridge

and freezer units, machine tools, key components for aerospace and rail transport, as well as solutions for mechanical, hydraulic and electric drive and control technology. The portfolio of the Liebherr Group also includes six hotels in Ireland, Austria and Germany. Around 46,000 employees in over 130 companies worldwide ensure that Liebherr will also remain your reliable partner in the future.