Sharp young minds ignite growth at Sharpshell Engineering

Godfrey Pangeti and Stefanutti Stocks Civils Contracts Director Francois Vermeulen discuss potential mutual projects.

When current CEO Godfrey Pangeti joined Sharpshell as a director in March 2008 the company’s main focus was the provision of industrial solutions, comprising mainly corrosion protection and thermal insulation, to mine and process engineers working in the petrochemical and mining sectors.

Pangeti’s strategy for growth included seeking opportunities as a contractor and supplying the full spectrum of engineering services and solutions to clients, including industrial plant protection and the ongoing maintenance of existing infrastructure. A few years later, business development manager Muphrey Kashiri identified fire protection as a further complementary growth sector and today the company operates via three divisions: an engineering division (consulting, design, project management, construction, facility management and maintenance), a fire protection division (passive, active, detection and suppression), and a corrosion protection division (engineering, inspections, sand blasting, tank linings, CUI protection). Its services also include engineering supplies, custom fabrications and installations.

“Our expansion of services and capabilities has ensured our survival and we constantly strategize with regard to new opportunities,” says Pangeti. By focusing on supporting its clients’ production by maintaining existing infrastructure, Sharpshell was afforded continuous work by many of its clients. “Over the years our reputation as shutdown specialists with fast turnaround times has been cemented,” says Pangeti, “and this is supported by our specialist scaffolding and rope access teams.”

Sharpshell’s engineering project portfolio includes an engineering design, procurement, construction and project management for SCAW Metals; a maintenance engineering contract for eight national Shell depots for SNC Lavalin; mechanical and civil maintenance contract for various structures at SASOL Secunda; structural work for Glencore’s Rustenburg operations; and pipe fabrication for the Glencor Xstrata Boshoek Works Furnace’s Shell Cooling Ring Manifold.

In addition to Sharpshell’s association with the afore-mentioned industry-leading clients, this B-BBEE Level 2, majority black-woman-owned company has also undertaken a large number of turnkey projects for clients that required its engineering capabilities, as well as its fire and corrosion protection services.

Its customer-specific corrosion protection solution projects include the 2018 Petrosa shutdown during which Sharpshell managed a team of 250 painters, insulators and sheet metal workers; a three-year specialised coatings contract for Petrosa vessel lining with special glass flake coatings; a corrosion protection and tank lining project for Freda Rebecca Gold Mine; Shell Depots Storage tank lining projects; and corrosion protection for Glencore’s Boshoek Works structures that were under severe acid attacks.

Sharpshell’s Fire Protection division offers its clients a comprehensive fire protection and suppressant solution and the company has actively been seeking opportunities in the commercial property sectors. The division has undertaken projects in South Africa, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Madagascar and Zambia. Recent South African projects include structural beam fire protection for a number of Growth Point Property malls as well as for the Bay West Mall in Port Elizabeth (structural beams and columns as well as electric cable fire protection).

Sharpshell Engineering joined the Stefanutti Stocks enterprise development programme in 2018, as a partner to the Stefanutti Stocks Civils division. Every financial year three development areas, that support the enterprise development partner’s sustainability and growth, are identified and targeted. For Sharpshell these three areas include two that fall under legal compliance – namely CIDB and the QSE B-BBEE certificate, as well as the development of marketing and branding materials, including a website that went live in August 2019.

“Our vision for the business is to create capacity and compliance that will enable us to work on the bigger projects, that will take Sharpshell from a medium size business to the next level,” says Pangeti. “Unfortunately, the economy is limiting our growth opportunities, however, we hope that being part of Stefanutti Stocks’ enterprise development programme will also unlock opportunities that we have not yet explored.”