Mining, Construction & Facility Management

Wednesday, September 25, 2019




Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Reflective collars for animals

Our client United Manganese of  Kalahari mine (UMK) requested reflective collars for animals. A recent accident involving some of UMK's employees caused the mine to think "out of the box" to prevent accidents like this. We all know the high risk involving accidents with animals at night due to poor visibility and lack of proper fencing along our roads. The risk will never be removed, but systems could be put into place to make the risk lower.

One prevention method will be to make animals more visible during the night. Obviously, this could only be done with domesticated livestock. Sharon Foden of Benir Holdings and one of our suppliers came up with the idea of an adjustable reflective collar that could be used on animals to make them more visible at night.

UMK decided to place an order with Benir Holdings for this reflective collars to be used.

The safety of people and animals is very important to all and this is definitely a well thought through plan from UMK and hope that other mines will follow this example.

Below pictures where these reflective collars were used on donkeys. Henri Bayman from Benir Holdings demonstrated the use of this collar to one of Deben's community members. The collar is adjustable to fit the type and size of the animal.


Renovations at Kolomela Mine Canteen

In November 2018 Benir Holdings did renovations at Kolomela Canteen under Bidvest Facilities Management as the principal Contractor.

Kobus Dreyer from Benir Holdings was the Project Manager.

Henri Bayman was 2.6.1 for Bidvest Facilities Management.

The work was done under Christo Grobler as 2.6.1 for KIO at Kolomela Mine.

The project started on 5 November and the project deadline was 30 November.

The Scope of work included:
  • Two cement slabs of 32 squares
  • Installation of 3m Sliding door for the entrance of the canteen
  • Installation of 94 squares Safety Glass and Panels
  • Installation of Office sliding doors
The project was completed within Project plan and on budget and without any safety incident.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

What is Facilities Management?

The definition of Facilities Management is always evolving and many people and organization s have different views. The South African Facilities Management Association (SAFMA) definition of Facilities Management is “Facilities Management is an enabler of sustainable enterprise performance through the whole life management of productive workplaces and effective business support services. 


Some educators define FM as “a strategically integrated approach to maintaining, improving and adapting the buildings and supporting services of an organization in order to create an environment that strongly supports the primary objectives of that organization .”   Peter Barret 2003
A simple definition of Facilities Management is “the integrated management of the work environment and supporting services of an organization to provide an environment that enables the business to achieve its primary objective. “ 


  • We employ small local businesses who are striving to expand.
  • We have lots of professional suppliers in hand since we have worked in this field for about 15 years.We know how to source reliable and competitive materials for your projects.
  • We promise to send you quotations within 48 hours when receiving your inquiry.We like replying efficiently to your questions.
  • We know the market well so as to offer you most reasonable price
  • While ensuring 100% operational and legislative requirements are met

 Facilities Manager’s areas of work

Facilities Management is varied and multi-disciplinary and a Facilities Managers work may cover aspects from all the following fields
• People Management
 • Working with Suppliers and Specialists
 • Property Portfolio Management
• Building Fabric Maintenance
• Managing Building Services
• Managing Support Services
• Project Management
 • Customer Service
• Environmental Issues
• Ensure tenders for service is done in line with Space Management
• Procurement
 • Risk Management
 • Financial Management
 • Quality Management
 • Information Management  

Who is a Facilities Manager?  

Specific Job Titles include:
 • Facilities Manager
• Head of Facilities
• Senior Facilities Manager
• Manager – Facilities And Support Services
• Workplace Services Contract Manager
• Area Facilities Manager
 • Facilities Account Manager
• Head of Property And Facilities 
 • Corporate Real Estate and Services Manager
 • Projects and Facilities Manager
 • Facilities and Purchasing Manager
• Specialist Facilities Management Engineer
 • Facilities Technical Manager

What does a Facilities Manager do?

• A Facilities Manager provides a single point of entry for the coordination of all
services relating to the efficient and effective running of a Facility.  This
includes setting up and running a helpdesk for all services and track work as
well as customer activities.
• A Facilities Manager is responsible for procuring 'value for money' services that perform the clients requirements.
 • The Facilities Manager develops the Facilities Management Strategy and Plan
which includes look at the building in the long term and make sure solutions
add value and are not just 'short term' fixes.
• Manage sustainability issues and report on utilities.
 • Reduce the impact of the use of facilities on the environment.
• Environmental principles must be applied and reported on.
 • Manage large contracts i.e. cleaning & technical maintenance to ensure
contractors adhere to agreed standards.
 • Implement and report on adherence as well as financial benchmarks for
• Is responsible for compliance to The Occupational Health Safety Act and the Mine Health and Safety Act and regulations for all services rendered.  

Facility Managers are jugglers

What must you be able to do?
• Report to senior management in an effective manner on a regular basis.
• Deal with lots of customers and be able to understand and show empathy in these dealings
. • Manage contracts for services and goods on a daily basis and provide service level and financial reports
• Provide leadership and management skills to a Facilities Management team
comprised of diverse skills  

Competencies of a Facilities Manager
1. Planning and Project Management
2. Operations and Maintenance
3. Real Estate
4. Quality of work Assessment and Innovation
5. Leadership and Management
6. Human and Environmental Factors
7. Finance
8. Communication
9. Technology
10. Risk Management
11. SHEQ
Assisting our contractors with acquiring the right materials at the right price builds our local economy and develop our businesses in a meaningful way


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