Rosond targets consolidation in 2022 to drive further growth

Rosond has pioneered all-female drill-rig crews at Kumba in the Northern Cape.
Rosond has pioneered all-female drill-rig crews at Kumba in the Northern Cape

Last year the focus for drilling technology solutions provider Rosond was delivering 28 state-of-the-art drill rigs to the Kolomela and Sishen mines at Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore in the Northern Cape. This formed part of a R2-billion, five-year tender to supply Anglo American with the latest drilling technology as it modernises its geoscience operations.

Now that this major contract has been delivered and bedded down, the focus for 2022 will be consolidating the company’s rapid expansion as it plans for further growth by taking on additional work in sub-Saharan Africa, comments MD Ricardo Ribeiro.

Rosond is now the largest diversified privately-owned drilling company in South Africa, with 1 500 employees. It has pioneered all-female drill-rig crews at Kumba in the Northern Cape, where 20% of its workforce is female. This is largely because its next-generation drill rigs are fully automated, thereby removing the need for strenuous manual labour.

The drill rig technology developed by Rosond in conjunction with Comacchio has also resulted in significant health and safety records at Kumba. This is a significant achievement given that 80% of the workforce on the two projects are new recruits, all from local or host communities and trained by Rosond. “We are very proud of our safety record, which talks to the combination of our training and technology,” says Ribeiro.

Rosond provides customised solutions to cater for specific client requirements. “We look at the mining operation and the surrounding environment to be able to supply the best solution possible, considering technology, commercial considerations, and the host communities we work with.

“We can design drill rigs for both surface and underground mining applications. Mining clients supply us with the necessary specifications required to develop a concept design. This is a key differentiator for us, as we are unique in not supplying anything off the shelf,” says Ribeiro.

Another key focus for Rosond has been enterprise supplier development (ESD) in the Northern Cape specifically, whereby smaller businesses are being empowered as key mining services providers. “We are hoping that our ESD programme will result in a successful business model that can be rolled out elsewhere,” says Ribeiro.


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