Sharpshell Engineering’s Trichardt team seeks growth
Project engineer Malvern Hobwana has a BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and has worked for Sharpshell since 2016. He has overseen a number of the company’s projects including for clients Engen, Shell and Glencore. In 2017 SASOL awarded Sharpshell Engineering a three-year maintenance contract at its Secunda mines that Hobwana oversees. He is currently also busy doing his Masters in the conversion of waste to biogas and GCC.
“The three-year contract at SASOL sees us maintaining the mines’ equipment and machinery and also motivated the establishment of our offices and a workshop in Trichardt. Our scope includes maintenance of equipment like beams, chutes, conveyor belts and reclaimers, ring chutes, platforms, stackers etc. We provide quick designs, do modifications on structures, fabricate structures and install. We install liners and undertake window patching of the chutes as well as undertaking welding and civil and structural works.
“I have a very experienced team here, including my two supervisors who have both worked in the industry for over twenty years. In total we currently have forty-six people working at Sharpshell’s Trichardt premises, including the admin (book keeper, office administrator) and operational staff comprising a site agent, site supervisors, boiler makers and welders, semi-skilled boilermakers and welders, a safety officer and assistants.
“My team is very focused on quality, delivery, safety and compliance. They know what the business wants from them; they know what the client wants from them; and they know what I expect from them. I have a great passion for engineering, and often when there is a problem in the SASOL plant, people will look to a mechanical engineer/engineer for solutions. We have to be innovative, self-motivated, pro-active and on standby 24-7 as the industry is very demanding.
“The more projects we do, the more people we can employ who can in turn support their families. We certainly have the capacity to service more clients in the surrounding area and South Africa as a whole. In addition to renewing the current maintenance contract in 2020 we would also like to expand the business to include more civil, structural and construction works, as well as seek further opportunities for our fire and corrosion protection divisions.”