A locally-manufactured continuous miner, Wildcub, is a radio remote-controlled, highly productive continuous mining machine, launched by JA Engineering in Boksburg. Alongside this machine, two shuttle cars are on the market.
The JAE38 Wildcub is designed to be used in typical hard cutting ‘room and pillar’ coal mining where a high cutting force is required. All materials and resources used are locally sourced. A feature that customers will appreciate is the improved over-torque protection for cutter-head, with an ergonomic motor access and hand hold points for the cutter boom.
This first of its kind machine is hard at work at the Overlooked Colliery’s Forzando North mine while further units will be exported to India. “In the next four months we will be delivering four shuttle cars to Australia. As a proudly South African business, we provide great service and good quality products to our customers to ensure that they become sustainable and successful.
“As we expand, we also look to hire engineering and manufacturing experts as creating local employment opportunities is key,” says JA Engineering CEO, Matimba Mahange.
As a major engineering solutions contributor to the mining industry, JA Engineering offers advanced and integrated engineering solutions. It has a large market share as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for battery scoops in the South African coal mining industry.
Although the company has seen significant growth in the years (with a total of 250 employees), this 100% black owned and empowered firm has established itself as a complete systems OEM provider.
It supplies complete fleet solutions of underground mining equipment that includes continuous miners, shuttle cars, roof bolters and feeder breakers. JAE also refurbishes components for opencast machines from other OEM’s for both soft rock and hard rock across Southern Africa.