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) Umhlathuze
Pearl Makhaphela, Andrew Oxley, Russel Nkosinathi Ntuli and Velenkosini S Shabane, are shareholders of AME Umhlathuze, which was recently established in Richards Bay, on the North-East Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
Pearl has had 12 years work experience, with a special focus on administration, finance and projects. She believes that qualities like respect, perseverance and hard work, have been critical in her career path. Pearl is looking forward to uplifting the skills of her team through in-house training programmes. She also hopes to be able to improve the quality of lives of the local community, by providing job opportunities in the industrial hub of KZN. “It is wonderful to be part of this inspiring initiative - where female ownership is being integrated into the business model - in an industry that has traditionally been male dominated,” says Pearl. “The Engineering Solutions Group (ESG) encourages women to embrace ownership roles and I am very thrilled to be given the opportunity to learn more about business and ownership and to be able to share my skills with my team.” “Business leaders have a responsibility to invest in youth development, internships and learnerships. We need to mentor our vulnerable youth and encourage entrepreneurial skills,” she says. “This is a very exciting time for our country! Although we might not see immediate changes, I’m optimistic about economic recovery overall. I believe our diversity as South Africans will motivate a new and refreshing approach to business. I am proud to be part of this transformation.”
Andrew shares Pearl’s enthusiasm for the significant contribution that AME Umhlathuze is making in all business sectors in Zululand, including mining, agriculture, shipping and general engineering. “I am an optimistic and goal-directed person and I believe there are always plenty of opportunities out there, to be able to make things even better,” Andrew claims. “I encourage our team to focus on success, to explore every prospect and to expect favourable outcomes each time. Of course there will be disappointments and tough times, but we need to challenge negative thoughts and focus only on positivity.” Andrew, with 21 years in sales, of which five have been in management, knows that AME Umhlathuze will stimulate business in the area and uplift the local economy. “Our unique business model combines enterprise and supplier development with skills upliftment, acting as a springboard to provide better opportunities for emerging business people. We also strive to increase local job creation and enhance sustainable business performance.” Andrew believes the youth is our future and that business leaders must pave the way for young people to be able to work hard, grow and mature, and make a positive contribution to the business sector.
Russel has been part of the BMG team since 2008 and is very thrilled to have this opportunity to share his knowledge and skills with the AME team. “I am very excited to work hard and to see our business grow, at the same time gaining invaluable experience myself. I believe AME offers our customers a world class service and all businesses in our area now benefit from easy access to a wide range of quality products and a professional support service from a highly-skilled team.” Russel’s experience in engineering is extensive. With his in-depth knowledge of gearboxes, condition monitoring, belting, bearings, fasteners and power transmission. He truly is an important “Part of the Process”. According to Russell, traits like ambition, enthusiasm, humility and respect, are integral for personal growth and successful teamwork and his example is true to his word.
Velenkosini is optimistic about the important role AME plays to uplift businesses and improve service delivery in the area. “Richards Bay is rich in natural resources, with many mining, agricultural, transport and logistics companies, as well as government entities, in the area. There are many opportunities for business growth – after all, we strive to be the “Number One supplier of quality engineering consumables and services.” “We believe AME will also make a major contribution to improving the lives of previously disadvantaged individuals and to every stakeholder from different backgrounds. The structure of our company aims for inclusiveness, where everyone benefits beyond remuneration, so as to uplift more families.” Velenkosini is a man of faith and he deems his journey to be a blessing. He believes that it is not important from what background we come, but what counts, is how we conduct ourselves as we move forward to achieving our goals. “The Government’s B-BBEE policy is critical to encourage the involvement of Africans in economic transformation, not only for personal advancement, but also for our country to prosper,” he says. “BEE cultivates a sense of pride and motivates younger generations to dream big.” Velenkosini is also heartened by the opportunities AME provides to women in business and is proud of the skills development programmes the company offers its team. While studying electrical engineering as a younger man, Velenkosini struggled to find an apprentice opportunity and he is honoured to now be in a position to be able to assist those seeking practical training, in a professional environment. When Velenkosini isn’t at work, you will find him with the referee’s whistle on the rugby field, or happily preaching the gospel.