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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.

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On-The-Air (20/04/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2018 South Africa is expected to play an important role in a large new multi-billion-rand potash project in the Republic of Congo. Wonderful news for platinum is that mining equipment driven by a fuel cell is scheduled to make a game-changing debut underground next year. Mining giant Glencore has... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th April 2018 General Electric has successfully completed performance tests on Unit 1 of the power plant. 

Rio Tinto lifts iron, bauxite and copper output, warns sanctions could impact aluminium

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th April 2018 Diversified giant Rio Tinto has reported production increases at its iron-ore, bauxite and copper divisions, while warning shareholders that US sanctions against Russian companies could impact aluminium production in 2018. “We delivered a solid operational performance across most commodities in... 

The Capital Equipment Group (CEG) of Invicta Holdings Limited has acquired Shamrock Handling Concepts (Pty) Limited.

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Agreement for two hydrogen fuelling units struck

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Wacker Neuson EZ53 Excavator: Equipped for Future Requirements

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Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

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Carrapateena gets govt approvals

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Hydraulic innovations to be showcased at expo

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Wacker Neuson South Africa extends market share in partnership with Coastal Hire Botswana

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Big showcase for Bobcat compact equipment range at NAMPO 2018

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M&R committed to deliver sub-Saharan power and water prospects as mega-project era draws to close 

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Medupi power station project, South Africa

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Downer, Ausenco awarded $312m Carrapateena contract

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Medupi power station project, South Africa

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Science Of Transfer Chute Design Lowers End User Costs

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Maintenance programmes crucial for mine cost management

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AngloGold achieves strong Q3 performance, on track to meet FY guidance

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th November 2017 Johannesburg- and New York-listed AngloGold Ashanti generated free cash flow of $88-million in the third quarter of this year, following strong production and cost containment across its portfolio, and remains on track to meet its full-year guidance.  The free cash flow for the quarter, compared... 

Company offers industrial sweepers for efficient cleaning

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Transfer Points Can Contribute To High Maintenance Costs

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