Making Roads in the Northern Cape

From Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore Mine to the AMG Group’s manganese operations, Goscor Earth Moving (GEM) Kathu, a multi-franchise branch of Goscor Industrial & Construction Equipment, is making inroads in the Northern Cape mining region with both the Sany and Bobcat brands.
GEM Kathu acting branch manager, Rudi Burger reveals that the branch recently supplied 15 Bobcat skidsteer loaders to three different contractors and is currently negotiating with a fourth.
Good for cleaning up
“The Bobcat skidsteers are mainly being used for cleaning operations on the minerals-processing side, clearing debris and over-spillage from the
conveyor belts,” Rudi explains. The compact design and excellent manoeuvrability of the machines in confined spaces, in particular, makes them ideal for this application.
With an existing Sany fleet of ten excavators, ten load-haul dump trucks, and six front-end loaders, Rudi reveals that the AMG Group is also looking
to acquire a Sany SY750 excavator. It is ideal to load blasted material onto articulated dump trucks (ADTs), as well as for stripping top soil and free
digging. For example, the 4.2m3 bucket means that a 40t ADT can be loaded in less than seven passes, making it ideal for the group’s extensive
high-volume manganese mining operations.
Rugged machines
What sold the client on both Sany and GEM has been the superlative service support and technical back-up. While the Sany SY500 is a highly rugged machine, the extremely dusty conditions these excavators were operating under required some modifications on the filters to prevent them from clogging up prematurely.
“We had to install a top-spin pre-filter on the air filtration system in order to alleviate the dust issue and the excavators have been operating without a
hitch ever since,” Rudi concludes.
Debby Marx
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