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Press Office - SA French

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.


Khobab and Loeriesfontein wind farm projects, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th March 2017 Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has completed the installation of its 61 wind turbines. 

One-stop solution gives company market edge

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 The ability to supply a full range of high-quality pumps with full back-up and support, as well as readily available spare parts, has placed pump supplier and manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves in a unique position where clients can meet all their pumping requirements through a single supplier. 

Excellon reports Q4 loss despite lifting output while fighting water ingress

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2017 Mexico’s highest-grade silver miner Excellon Resources has narrowed its loss for the three months ended December 31, while lifting silver-equivalent output 20%. The Toronto-headquartered company recorded a net loss of $55 000, compared with a net loss of $1.7-million in the comparable period of... 

Atlas Copco mobile QES generators, predictable power where it’s needed, when it’s needed in six seconds

     23rd March 2017 “The QES range of mobile generators present the most practical Predictable Power choice currently available on the market,” according to Atlas Copco Construction Technique’s Portable Energy Business Line Manager, David Stanford. These high performing, efficient and tough generators from Atlas... 

Côte d'Ivoire govt agrees to sell 25% Ity stake to owner-operator Endeavour

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd March 2017 Côte d'Ivoire State-owned mining company Sodemi has agreed to sell its 25% stake in the Ity gold mine back to Canadian gold miner Endeavour Mining. President Alassane Ouattara approved the State miner’s sale of ownership in the mine in a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning. Following the... 

Find a multitude of industrial technology solutions at KITE 2017

     22nd March 2017 There are a number of common denominators for any manufacturing business when considering the sustainability and profitability of their operation and jargon like ‘just in time (JIT)’, ‘continuous workflow’ and ‘waste reduction’ is commonly used when referring to lean manufacturing processes.... 

Loeriesfontein completes wind turbine installation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th March 2017 Loeriesfontein Wind Farm has completed the installation of its 61 wind turbines, while achieving over 1.25-million hours without a single lost-time incident, on March 1. “This is a hugely significant health and safety construction milestone for one of the country’s largest wind farms, so... 

Sandspring on the hunt for major minerals, partner in Guyana

By: Henry Lazenby     14th March 2017 Canada-listed project developer Sandspring Resources is firming up the resource base at the Toroparu gold project, in Guyana, with the focus on enticing a major partner to join the development of the nearly seven-million-ounce project. “We’ve got the backing of major mining investors such as... 

World Bank urges South Africa to shift investment tax incentives to more labour-intensive sectors

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th March 2017 The World Bank on Monday urged South Africa to consider “reorienting” certain investment tax incentives towards more labour-intensive sectors such as construction, manufacturing, agriculture and trade to encourage private investment and bolster job creation in the muted growth environment. This... 

Absa PMI rises to 52.5 in Feb, suggests improvement in domestic manufacturing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st March 2017 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose by a further 1.6 points to 52.5 in February, following a 4.2-point rise in January – lifting the PMI to its highest level since June 2016. “This corresponds with the improvements observed in a number of South Africa’s key trading... 

Fassi To Launch 2017 At International Industry-Leading Trade Fair

     27th February 2017 Fassi to bring expertise, new models to CONEXPO in Las Vegas, March 7-11 Fassi will be exhibiting new and popular crane models with its American dealer, Fascan International., at the 2017 CONEXPO at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, March 7-11 in the external Gold Lot, Booth G3722. 

Mokonyane lifts Gauteng water restrictions 

By: African News Agency      27th February 2017 The Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane on Monday announced the lifting of water restrictions in Gauteng with immediate effect. She made the announcement following the sharp rise in dam levels as a result of torrential rains recently. The Vaal Dam which supplies the province with... 

High noon approaches for Centerra, Kyrgyz disputes as cash reserves dwindle

By: Henry Lazenby     25th February 2017 A resolution to the drawn-out dispute between Canadian gold producer Centerra Gold, the Republic of Kyrgyzstan and State miner Kyrgyzaltyn could potentially be reached by mid-year, the multinational miner said in its year-end results statement issued late on Thursday. Centerra, which in January... 

HowardPhillips puts quality and service back into the powder coating industry

     24th February 2017 The name HowardPhillips represents a team of specialists with a shared goal of providing customers with world-class quality aluminium powder coating solutions.  The company is spearheaded by powder coating industry guru Barney Phillips who, when establishing HowardPhillips (Pty) Ltd. in August... 

Alamos narrows Q4 loss as buoyant outlook bolsters guidance

By: Henry Lazenby     24th February 2017 Intermediate Canadian miner Alamos Gold on Thursday reported a net loss of $20.6-million, or $0.08 a share, for the three months ended December 31, citing stronger earnings from operations, offset by unrealised foreign exchange losses in both the foreign exchange and the deferred tax items. This... 

Offshore wind turbine installation vessel project, China

By: Sheila Barradas     24th February 2017 The project involves the construction of a wind turbine installation vessel, with the world’s largest lifting capacity of 2 000 t. 

Chicago Pneumatic’s widens its LED light tower offering

     23rd February 2017 Chicago Pneumatic has introduced its new series of electrically-powered light towers.  Available in both metal and LED versions, CPLB2 light towers are designed with a choice of high-quality bulbs to enhance visibility, wheels for optimal ease of movement and a robust canopy. They simply plug... 

Tshwalec Power Projects

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th February 2017 With Tshwalec Power Projects specialising in electrical engineering design services in conjunction with turnkey overhead power line and substation projects up to 166 kV, it has become the preferred supplier of high and medium voltage transmission, distribution and reticulation projects to leaders... 

Potain Tower Cranes Still Leading With Technology That Works

     16th February 2017 For decades Potain has built tower cranes that are easy to assembly, flexible in configuration and simply to use, and the new Potain MDT 389 topless crane is no different. The largest in the new line of topless cranes from Potain, the MDT 389 is well suited to crowded construction sites where... 

Blackham raises funds to advance Matilda expansion

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     10th February 2017 ASX-listed gold developer Blackham Resources has raised A$35-million through a share placement to expedite the expansion of its Matilda/Wiluna operation, in Western Australia. The company on Friday announced that some 51.47-million shares, priced at 68c each, will be placed to institutional... 

RS Components stocks power tools with lithium-ion batteries to replace nickel-cadmium types following lifting of EU exemption

     9th February 2017 EU exemption for NiCd batteries no longer in place, making Li-ion the ideal successor technology for leading power tools RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, has announced availability of a wide range of power tools that use... 

Avoiding Plant Changes When Upgrading Screens

     9th February 2017 Under the pressure of low commodity prices, mines will look to improve profitability when replacing or upgrading vibratory equipment; however, if the new equipment demands extensive modifications to plant infrastructure, the financial benefit can be lost. There is a way to avoid the need to... 

New Johnson Crane Hire Machine Reduces Turnaround Times For Wind Farm Lifts

     8th February 2017 Known for its proactive stance in meeting the market’s specific lifting requirements, Johnson Crane Hire recently acquired a new hydraulic crawler crane. Specifically manufactured to handle lifts within wind farm applications, the crane was sourced for a specific project. “Johnson Crane Hire is... 

New Johnson Crane Hire Machine Reduces Turnaround Times For Wind Farm Lifts

     6th February 2017 Known for its proactive stance in meeting the market’s specific lifting requirements, Johnson Crane Hire recently acquired a new hydraulic crawler crane. Specifically manufactured to handle lifts within wind farm applications, the crane was sourced for a specific project. “Johnson Crane Hire is... 

JV to be completed by end of Q1 2017

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 The transaction regarding the joint venture (JV) between Barloworld Handling South Africa’s local materials handling and agriculture business, and German agricultural trading, building materials and energy specialists BayWa AG (BayWa) is set for completion by the end of the first quarter this year. 

New crane tailored for smaller companies

By: Victor Moolman     3rd February 2017 Crane manufacturer Konecranes launched a new CXT UNO overhead crane in January for small and medium-sized construction, materials handling and logistics companies in Southern Africa. 

New equipment available from local supplier exclusively

     3rd February 2017 Machine manufacturer Meclift variable reach trucks, which are designed to swiftly, efficiently and safely handle heavy loads of materials such as steel and aluminium, are now available in South Africa exclusively from materials handling equipment supplier BLT South Africa (SA). 

Richmont stocks rally on 34% Island Gold reserve rise

By: Henry Lazenby     1st February 2017 The TSX- and NYSE MKT-listed stock of gold producer Richmont Mines rallied on Tuesday after the company announced a positive reserve and resource update for the flagship Island Gold mine, in Ontario, lifting reserve tonnes by 21% to 2.6-million tonnes and contained ounces by 34% to 752 000 oz.... 

The Fassi Group Consolidates Its Presence In The French Market

     31st January 2017 A new agreement for the Italian group, ready to take on the new year by developing new market synergies On Monday 23 January, in Paris, a new agreement was signed, giving the Fassi Group the majority share of CTELM, the holding company to which the French brands FASSI FRANCE, MILTRA and MARREL... 


     27th January 2017 While the good summer rains have helped raise water levels at the Vaal Dam (pictured here in early January) to close to 60%, Gauteng residents and businesses are still being urged to exercise restraint before opening their taps. The Department of Water and Sanitation has warned the full recovery... 

Specialist to supply ten motors to Jhb water plant

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th January 2017 Drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive will supply ten of its new DRN IE3 premium efficiency motors from its DR series to the extension of the existing Meyerton Wastewater Treatment Works south of Johannesburg, in Gauteng, at the end of next month. The company will also supply six 45 kW motors... 

Western Areas reviewing impact of Indonesia’s export ban reversal

By: Mariaan Webb     24th January 2017 Nickel miner Western Areas said on Tuesday that it was reviewing the impact of Indonesia’s decision to relax its export ban on unprocessed minerals. The lifting of the ban will end the South East Asian country’s prohibition on the export of nickel ore and bauxite and will extend a temporary deal... 

Exploration by proxy to feed Goldcorp’s project pipeline

By: Henry Lazenby     24th January 2017 The reserves of the world’s top-producing gold miners have decreased by about one-third over the last five years, a situation that has to be reversed if the industry is to maintain its attractiveness to investors, Goldcorp president and CEO David Garofalo said Monday. Delivering a keynote address... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th January 2017 A a significant milestone has been celebrated at the Port of Durban, with the Maydon Wharf precinct having serviced Bright Sky, the first vessel to use the common-user Berth 14 after its reconstruction. 

Moody’s base metals optimism rises despite seeing price fall back this year

By: Henry Lazenby     19th January 2017 Market analyst and ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service has adjusted upwards its pricing sensitivities for base metals in 2017, but says despite the recent run-up in base metal prices not being sustainable, some of the positive sentiment will remain. Moody’s said Wednesday it expected the... 

EnerMech Acquires Electrical & Instrumentation Specialist In Largest Deal To Date

     18th January 2017 Engineering services specialist EnerMech has made its first entry in to the electrical and instrumentation (E&I) sector with the acquisition of EPS Group in Australia and the Americas. EPS Group employs 250 staff in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Darwin, Houston and Louisiana, and has annual... 

Ghana's 2017 gold production off to a strong start

By: Anine Kilian     17th January 2017 Ghana's gold sector has had a strong start this year, owing to the start of gold production at a new mine, rising gold prices and a favourable investment environment, Fitch-affiliated market analyst BMI Research said on Tuesday. “We expect the steady growth rate of the country's gold output to... 

TNPA celebrates key milestone at Maydon Wharf

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) last week celebrated a significant milestone, when the Port of Durban’s Maydon Wharf precinct serviced Bright Sky, the first vessel to use the common-user Berth 14 after its reconstruction. Forming part of a six-berth reconstruction project at the port,... 

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