But to Christo Venter, GaNala Plant Hire founder, machine No 8 means so much more as the machine that started his business and whose powerful frame has carried so much of the workload of his growing operation. Despite clocking more than 72 000 hours of back-breaking production work, No 8 is still working as hard as ever fulfilling round-the-clock production duties at Black Wattle Colliery and to Christo’s delight is showing no signs of slowing down.
He says that No 8 has been a stalwart that has worked on numerous different sites loading everything from chrome, to rock, coal and anything else required. Thanks to its work rate, reliability, fuel consumption and high levels of support received from equipment supplier, ELB Equipment, it has spurred him on to standardise his entire loader fleet on Kawasaki’s.
As loading specialists GaNala Plant Hire supply services mostly for mines and Eskom power plants. Due to the mission-critical nature of these operations they cannot afford downtime and as a result require the most reliable machines for the job that can deliver the highest possible levels of availability around the clock.
In Christo’s years of experience Kawasaki loaders have proven to be the best machines for production loading and the fleet of 19 machines including No 8 has seldom let them down.
Apart from work rate and reliability the machines use up to 10 litres of diesel less per hour than comparable machines from other premium brand manufacturers. What’s more the company receives complete support from ELB Equipment with the Middelburg and JHB branch staff always available.
The company’s proudest moment came in a time of crisis last year, with the collapse of the main coal silo at Majuba Power Station. GaNala Plant Hire was called upon to supply nine loaders equipped with 6m³ buckets to load the massive coal feeders that supply the stations’ six giant turbines.
Where high volume conveyors had supplied the station, the loading work would have to be carried out by the loaders until such time as an alternative arrangement could be made. The loss of just one machine for just two hours would have been sufficient to shut the power plant down so required utmost commitment from the part of the loading crew.
The team worked hard and to their credit they managed to keep the lights on. Once again No 8 was at the forefront of their efforts and leading from the front as has been the case for all these years.