Africa Maintenance Equipment (AME) was initially established under the auspices of INDUSTRI Tools & Equipment (formerly Mandirk), part of the Engineering Solutions Group (ESG) of Invicta Holdings Limited.
During 2020/2021, selected ESG businesses in selected regions were sold to new owners including locally based, black industrialists.
At the forefront of each AME business, is a deep commitment to customers with a view to reducing operational costs while implementing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) principles. AME’s are 51% local black-owned and include a 30% black female-owned enterprise development initiative that supports the Government’s objectives for the development of Previously Disadvantaged Individuals, through public and private sector collaboration. This venture strategically links enterprise and supplier development to skills development, successfully providing opportunities for black industrialists, increasing local job creation and enhancing sustainable business performance.
AME is now a well-established specialist supplier of engineering consumables to the maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) product segments of South Africa’s mining and industrial sectors. Our product portfolio includes tools and equipment, seals, power transmission and materials handling components, as well as electromechanical systems. Also in the range are fasteners, filtration, hydraulics and pneumatics, valves, instrumentation, agricultural components and personal protection equipment (PPE).
The structure of each AME is in full compliance with the requirements of Corporate Governance and the South African Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) charter. Together we strive to continue to uplift the country and build and develop local communities. Our customers are in various sectors - including mining, power generation, municipalities, general industry and state-owned enterprises – and they have access to leading global brands through ESG’s extensive distribution network.
ESG group companies comprise BMG (Africa’s industrial leader in the engineering consumables space), INDUSTRI Tools & Equipment (specialists in the tool and equipment sector), Hyflo, OST (Oscillating Systems Technology), Hansen (industrial gearboxes), Rustenburg Engineering and Foundry and Belt Brokers.
Africa Maintenance Equipment (AME) Sekhukhune
AME Sekhukhune is one of seven currently trading branches countrywide;
AME Kathu, AME Lephalale, AME Emalahleni, AME Mogale, AME Sekhukhune, AME Rustenburg, AME Amajuba. AME Sekhukhune has been trading since 1 May 2021, and proudly has branches in both Lydenburg and Steelpoort.
Kgebang Elein Makgolane, Esrom BigBoy Masilela and Giel De Beer who are partners of this new operation, share a clear strategy about how to achieve the company’s clearly defined goals.
Esrom BigBoy Masilela
Position Technical Manager
Esrom BigBoy Masilela, who enjoyed over 16 years of hands-on experience in the industry as part of OMSA and as a Field Service Supervisor at BMG, is passionate about introducing the advancements of fluid technology to the local market and sharing his expertise with the new AME Sekhukhune team. “It is a privilege for me to be part of the AME operation and to make a contribution to the South African economy, particularly in the mining sector,” he explains. “I believe AME Sekhukhune has a critical role to play in the region by providing quality products, that are supported by a consistently high standard of service from our team. I see growth opportunities for our people through training and education and I also believe, in line with AME’s fair ethos, that there are prospects for women to pursue a career in the industrial sector. “I think it is important that our youth is taught to appreciate the values of discipline, patience and hard work and be prepared to start at the bottom and work hard to get to the top.” Although many South Africans are pessimistic about a quick economic recovery for South Africa, Esrom sees a rainbow and to get to that pot of gold, he believes the business sector needs to sustain what is good and to keep pursuing new opportunities.
Kgebang Elein Makgolane
Position Administrative Manager
Kgebang believes the new AME operation plays a critical part in stimulating business opportunities in the Lydenburg/Steelpoort areas – particularly in mining and agriculture. “As the economy brightens, I believe we will be able to provide employment for the local community, but in the interim, we will focus on establishing and maintaining the highest standards of service to our customers,” she claims. “Inhouse skills training is critical to ensure every person in our team has a thorough understanding of each product and this includes correct component selection, installation and maintenance requirements.” Kgebang, who has worked as a laboratory analyst for many years, understands the value of ‘attention to detail’ in the work environment. She believes that as business leaders and their teams work hard to stimulate the economy, special attention should be given to introducing meaningful youth development programmes, internships and entrepreneurial training. Although Kgebang appreciates the value of the Government’s B-BEE initiatives that strive to advance economic transformation and enhance the economic participation of Africans, she also believes it is the responsibility of every person to be determined to achieve their own goals and fulfil their dreams.