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SA French

SA French is the leading distributor of tower cranes and lifting solutions in sub-equatorial Africa. Founded in 1982 with the exclusive local distributorship for Potain tower cranes, the company is now part of Torre Industries.

The company is known for its customer and quality centric approach, which is underpinned by its solid base of applications knowledge and experience in providing safe reliable lifting solutions across a broad spectrum of industry sectors.

Its range of lifting and materials handling equipment is available for outright purchase or rental, and in either option is backed by the highest levels of support including ready access to skilled technicians and an in-house engineering capability. The company also maintains a comprehensive parts inventory facilitating high parts availability.

SA French is a registered Lifting Machinery Entity, registered with the Department of Labour, and with its team of registered Lifting Machinery Inspectors and candidate Lifting Machinery Inspectors, is considered the most technically competent tower crane company in the region.

Potain has been a market leader in the global tower crane industry for more than 40 years and has supplied over 120 000 cranes worldwide. This trusted brand is part of New York listed Manitowoc Crane Group, which is considered the world’s largest crane manufacturer.

The Potain range includes hydraulic self-erecting units, topless cranes, luffing jib and conventional saddle jib tower cranes.

SA French is also the official distributor of Orbit Hoists. Produced by GJJ Jing Long Eng Machinery, the largest construction hoist manufacturer in the world, all products carry full CE certification and are used to carry personnel and material to facilitate above ground construction work.


Local company invests in significant rental fleet expansion

By: Victor Moolman     Updated 3 hours ago Compressor and generator rental company Rand-Air has introduced 52 new generators, ranging between 60 kVa and 500 kVa, to its rental fleet. The generators arrived earlier this year from the original-equipment manufacturer and supplier Atlas Copco; and have subsequently been fitted with trailers... 

Nigeria oil refinery, Nigeria

By: Sheila Barradas     Updated 3 hours ago Dangote Group is building a new 650 000 bbl/d refinery. 

Russia, betting on EU-Trump talks, keeps powder dry in Rusal row for now

By: Reuters     26th April 2018 Moscow is holding off on taking retaliatory measures against the United States for imposing sanctions on Rusal, hoping the EU can persuade Washington to ease restrictions against the world's second largest aluminium producer further, sources told Reuters. The United States on Monday gave... 

Aluminium maker Hydro to miss cost cutting target amid Brazil woes

By: Reuters     25th April 2018 Norwegian aluminium-maker Norsk Hydro will miss its 2018 cost-cutting target as its troubled Brazilian operation continues to work at reduced capacity following a spill in February from a major plant, it said on Wednesday. A regulatory order to cut output from Hydro's Alunorte, the world's... 

Data and the smart machine revolution

24th April 2018 How can manufacturing efficiency be improved? Any significant optimization of production lines is getting increasingly difficult to achieve. Bringing smarter automation into the workplace offers an innovative solution, but it all starts with data. Immense amounts of data. Omron Industrial,... 

US extends deadline for Rusal sanctions, aluminium prices dive

By: Reuters     23rd April 2018 The US on Monday gave American customers of Russia's biggest aluminium producer more time to comply with sanctions, and said it would consider lifting them if United Company Rusal Plc's major shareholder, Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska, ceded control of the company. Aluminium prices on the London... 

Babcock’s plant division gives customers a lift

23rd April 2018 Babcock’s safety first philosophy has resulted in its plant hire business receiving two orders from Air Products South Africa (Pty) Limited to install two 88-tonne cryogenic tanks at its plant in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal. Following the first successful, incident-free heavy lift in 2017, Air... 

Heavy capacity lifting equipment in high demand

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 Heavy lifting equipment suppliers must sustain investment in the upgrade of lifting equipment fleets and other resources if they wish to remain competitive, advises lifting solutions provider Johnson Crane Hire sales executive Peter Yaman. “The South African economy is experiencing a slight... 

New heavy-duty jib put to the test

20th April 2018 Heavy lifting solutions provider Ale has used its heavy duty jib with the the AL.SK350 crane while performing its inaugural lift, weighing 1 276 t, of a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) module integration project in Nigeria. The world’s largest capacity land based crane, the... 

Skills shortage a concern for industry

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 The lack of adequately trained professionals presents a significant safety concern for the South African heavy lifting industry, says Lifting Equipment Engineering Association of South Africa (Leeasa) chairperson Arnold Sommer.  

Home-Grown, World Class Mine Winder Manufacture

16th April 2018 So well regarded is Parnis Manufacturing’s reputation in manufacturing and refurbishing mine winders, that the company recently delivered a 23 tonne, 3 metre single drum winder to a gold mining company in Canada. The unit will be used as a man winder and service hoist, and will be used to reach a... 

Johnson Crane Hire Helps Gmc Repair Critical Cape Town Breakwater

16th April 2018 Lifting solutions leader Johnson Crane Hire has assisted Guerrini Marine Construction (GMC) to successfully complete vital maintenance at Cape Town’s breakwater – considered one of the most essential aspects of the infrastructure for the Port of Cape Town and the popular V&A Waterfront. Johnson... 

Maxiflex overhead sectional doors product of choice for fire emergency services

13th April 2018 It is crucial that fire station doors operate ultra-reliably and efficiently at all times to ensure that in an emergency, fire trucks are able to leave the station without delay. The rugged and attractive OH1042F overhead sectional doors from Maxiflex are defined by all-round efficiency,... 

BMG provides high performance chains with extended features

13th April 2018 Engineering components supplier BMG says its Tsubaki high performance chain products incorporate standard and custom attachment chains, which are critical to the efficient movement of products along a production line. “Conveyor chains often fail prematurely because insufficient consideration was... 

At the core of new residential suburb in Polokwane

11th April 2018 Demand for middle-income housing in Polokwane still remains high long after the city was named the capital of Limpopo. This demand is mainly being driven by civil servants, who prefer their own homes to rental accommodation, while the conversion of existing residences into commercial buildings in... 

Extreme inequality in South Africa is constraining growth and investment 

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2018 New analysis by the World Bank has confirmed that South Africa’s is not only the world’s most unequal country, but that extreme inequality has become a major constraint to higher levels of economic growth, because it is undermining policy certainty and depressing investment. The bank’s latest... 

Centamin boasts solid start to the year with 14% y/y increase in Q1 output

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2018 Gold mining company Centamin boasted a solid start to this year, with a 14% year-on-year increase in gold production, to 124 296 oz, at its flagship Sukari mine, in Egypt. Production for the quarter was, however, lower than planned owing to the transitional zone of the openpit delivering... 

Shackles, Beam Clamps, Slings, Chain Hoists And More: Konecranes Plus

9th April 2018 Like any machine cranes and hoists consist of many moving parts. With over 100 years’ experience all over the world, Konecranes’ parts and lifting accessories have evolved to be highly technologically advanced and to suit various industries and different environments. Konecranes Southern Africa... 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The need for cranes in the construction of bridges usually depends on the design and geographical location of the bridge, states Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes, which forms part of the Industrial Services Group. 

Harbour materials handling company transforms corporate identity

30th March 2018 Durban-based harbour materials handling specialists Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has transformed its corporate identity with the launch of a new company name – BLTWORLD. BLTWORLD MD Ken Mouritzen explains that the company – which has traded locally and internationally as BLT for over 20 years – needed... 


30th March 2018 China premier Li Keqiang, left, shakes hands with Xi Jinping, China’s president, following parliament’s approving of Li's appointment to a second five-year term during the first session of the thirteenth National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on March 18. Li... 

Senex granted approvals for project to supply gas-strapped east coast

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     29th March 2018 The Queensland government has granted ASX-listed Senex Energy a petroleum lease and preliminary environmental approvals to develop Project Atlas, to supply gas to the domestic market. Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the grant of Senex’s petroleum lease in the... 

Multi Alloys – casting a wider product footprint

27th March 2018 Multi Alloys (Pty) Ltd recently boosted its product offering with the addition of centrifugal castings. “With effect from 1st October 2017 we are able to offer customers centrifugally cast pipes and similar axial-symmetric items,” says director Ken Perel. 

Save the date: A-OSH EXPO 2018 now in its eighth year as Africa’s premier OHS exhibition

26th March 2018 A-OSH EXPO, Africa’s leading occupational health and safety (OHS) trade exhibition, is returning to the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand once again from 22 to 24 May 2018. Now in its eighth year, A-OSH EXPO has shown steady growth in industry support year-on-year, helping to match up the... 

Marijuana is the new gold as former Canada miners go to pot

By: Bloomberg     19th March 2018 Turns out, it may be easier to strike gold by growing green. Just ask Jay Wilgar, a former wind power developer who started a medical marijuana company with friend Travis Kanellos after hatching the idea while lifting weights at a gym. When they began looking at ways to take their startup... 

Erin Energy widens loss despite higher oil price lifting revenue

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 Oil and gas exploration and production company Erin Energy has widened its net loss to $151.9-million, or $0.71 a share, in 2017, from $142.4-million, or $0.67 a share in 2016. The loss comes despite a 30% increase in revenue to $101.2-million and lower exploration and production expenses. The... 

CoreSlab capabilities at the core of another fast-track commercial property development

16th March 2018 Golden Bay Property Developments is known for an ability to accelerate its property projects to swiftly supply a significant demand for office and industrial space in Pololwane, Limpopo’s capital city.This latest project will provide 40 additional offices to a growing number of small, medium and... 

Sarens siba

16th March 2018 It is the mission of heavy-lifting and engineered transport specialist Sarens to be the reference in crane rental services, heavy lifting and engineered transport. Understanding the need for change and transformation in the South African market, as well as the need to incorporate previously... 

South Africa discount no longer warranted, say analysts

By: Martin Creamer     15th March 2018 The so-called 'South Africa discount' that has dogged and diminished the share prices of mining companies operating in South Africa for decades, has been declared "unwarranted" by Goldman Sachs Europe Metals & Mining Equity Research analysts, against the backdrop of the winds of political change... 

Nigeria aims to become net exporter of refined petroleum by the end of 2019

By: Kim Cloete     13th March 2018 The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Nigeria (NNPC) is pushing ahead with its goal to revive its oil refineries and become a net exporter of petroleum products by the end of next year, delegates at the annual conference of the African Refiners & Distributors Association (ARA), in Cape... 

Maxiflex high-speed door solutions - food for thought

12th March 2018 Door and loading dock solutions specialist, Maxiflex, is proud to introduce the new ASSA ABLOY HS9020GHY high-speed interior door designed specifically for corrosive and humid environments as well as for the food processing industry with its typically stringent hygiene demands. “By effectively... 

Transport company awarded contract for Africa’s largest oil refinery

9th March 2018 Transportation service provider Mammoet has been contracted to provide heavy lifting and transport solutions for a new multibillion-dollar oil refinery in Nigeria. In January, Mammoet and Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate Dangote Group signed the contract for the project during... 


2nd March 2018 Established in 1989 by brothers Rob and Bruce Lovemore, Lovemore Bros has become one of South Africa’s premier machine moving and rigging companies, with branches in Johannesburg, Gauteng, and Durban and Richards Bay, in KwaZulu-Natal. A family business built on a legacy of performance excellence... 

Saxeni Equipment

2nd March 2018 Lifting machinery supplier Saxeni Equipment was established in 2010, becoming the sole agent for Sany mobile, crawler and tower cranes in South Africa. Now in its eighth year and having sold in excess of 200 cranes, Saxeni Equipment has earned the confidence and respect of its rapidly growing... 

Angola oil production declines slightly in 2017, profits rise

By: Reuters     28th February 2018 Oil production for Angola, Africa's No. 2 crude producer, averaged 1.632-million barrels per day in 2017, down from 1.72-million barrels the previous year, the chairman of the state-run oil company Sonangol said on Wednesday. Angola has been grappling with the effects of generally depressed oil... 

Endeavour Silver rises 6% as it swings back into the black

By: Henry Lazenby     27th February 2018 Dual-listed precious metals producer Endeavour Silver has swung to a fourth-quarter profit on the back of stronger output and higher metals prices. Headquartered in Vancouver, and maintaining equity listings on the TSX and NYSE, Endeavour announced net earnings of $2.7-million, or $0.02 a... 

Barrick guides for lower output for longer as it works to bolster production profile

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd February 2018 Major miner Barrick Gold has outlined a lower production profile in the coming years as it focuses on developing four major new projects that are expected to lift output by about one-million ounces from 2021 onwards. The Toronto-based company expects to produce between 4.2-million and 4.6-million... 

eCobalt launches up to C$30m financing

By: Henry Lazenby     21st February 2018 Canadian clean cobalt project developer eCobalt has launched a C$26-million bought-deal financing. The Vancouver-based company has signed an agreement with a syndicate of underwriters led by TD Securities, under which the underwriters have agreed to buy, on a bought-deal basis, 20-million units... 

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