President Cyril Ramaphosa will attend the launch of the new Sandvik Khomanani manufacturing site, in Kempton Park, on September 9, the multinational mining and mineral processing equipment manufacturer has announced.
The Swedish company has operated in South Africa since 1948. Sandvik renewed its commitment to South Africa as an investment partner at the fourth South Africa Investment Conference, in Sandton, six months ago.
“The launch of Sandvik’s Khomanani high-tech head office facility, workshop and manufacturing complex in Kempton Park, is a fulfillment of this industrial giant’s investment pledge of R350-million, made at the investment conference,” the company said.
The Khomanani facility, whose name means “hold each other as a unit” in Xitsonga, consolidates operations previously undertaken at five separate sites and accommodates approximately 550 employees.
The 62 000 m2 site is one of Sandvik’s biggest and most advanced facilities globally and has the ability to produce underground loaders with over 60% South African content, allowing them to be designated as ‘Proudly South African’.