History of Multotec Middelburg

The Multotec Middelburg branch was established in 2004. It initially consisted of only 11 employees and has since grown to ± 100.

Martin Jonck started working for Multotec in 2000, after 25 years of service at Rand Mines. He worked from home whilst taking over the areas from Anton Vermeulen, who serviced all the Duiker and Trans Natal mines, Tom McCuillin, who serviced all the Anglo mines, and Roy Roche, who serviced the Rietspruit area.

The Barberton gold mines, Nkomati Nickel as well as coal mines in the Piet Retief area as well as Swaziland were also acquired as time progressed.

In late 2003, a meeting was held between Multotec, Anglo and Xstrata (ex-Duiker), and they expressed a need for Multotec to have a branch in the area.

Derek Alston asked Martin in early 2004 to open a branch in Middelburg and Anton Vermeulen was made available for this project.

The first branch, with 14 people, was situated in Joule Street. Martin Jonck (branch manager), Tobie Kruger (maintenance manager), Gert van Tonder (sales engineer), Elna Walker (secretary) and 10 installers taken from Trichard.

The first screen maintenance contract was at Tavistock, (Xstrata), and then Landau & Kleinkopje, (Anglo) followed. Business grew fast and the branch had to move to bigger premises in Liter Street in 2007.

The number of staff members was approximately 80 in total, with screen maintenance contracts on 17 plants. They then started doing MPE and MWL products and these premises soon became outdated.

In June 2019, the branch moved to 3 Mboni Street with 77 current staff members and a R71.4 million turnover.

Going Forward:

  • Setting up of Multotec Services - Middelburg branch to migrate from MM to MS
  • Secunda branch to be incorporated under Middelburg branch and consolidate activities for the Mpumalanga region
  • New facility lends itself to taking on higher capacity work and executing more functions in-house
  • Potential growth targeted in sampler operation and maintenance

Types of Maintenance:

  • Screen panel maintenance and total management, ordering, stock keeping, transportation, installation and replacements
  • Plant tile maintenance and cyclone refurbishment total management
  • Cyclone maintenance
  • Sampler maintenance
  • Centrifuges, filter presses and spirals

The branch currently has maintenance contracts with all Glencore sites and Minopex Phola. Maintenance is also done at Anglo, Genet, South32 and various small sites. The branch has tiling contracts with Minopex Phola, Fraser Alexander and cyclone contracts with Mafube, and Glencore Tweefontein. Middelburg holds sampler contracts with Matla power station, Kendal power station, as well as all Glencore and Anglo sites. Centrifuge filter press contracts are held with Phola, Glencore sites, Fraser Alexander, and Anglo.

From left to right: Nicolette van der Merwe (Administrator), Mandy Bodemer (Administrator), Larissa Donnelly (Receptionist), Cordelia Child (Stores Controller)

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