Ampcontrol Africa, manufacturers of industry-specific equipment for the mining, power utilities and industrial sectors, has been in operation in South Africa since 2007, and employs 134 people in Boksburg and a further 40 in Jwaneng. Ampcontrol has taken steady steps towards ensuring its longevity in the region through ongoing employee training and development.
Currently Ampcontrol does internal skills training and also sends employees on external training. With the recent establishment of the Ampcontrol Development Trust, they will be starting apprentice training and NQF1 basic skills training in the third quarter of 2014. Ampcontrol also has an internship program and currently has three interns, all graduates in the electrical and mechanical engineering fields. Ampcontrol has also taken on two previously unemployed women as interns training them in electrical wiring and provide NQF1 basic skills training.
Ampcontrol also has roots in the community in which it is situated, where it supports Bella Vista crèche and day care centre for the under privileged, in the form of monthly contributions as well as Christmas, Easter and Mandela Day functions where gifts are distributed to the many excited children.
Most of Ampcontrol’s raw materials and components are procured locally, and where possible Ampcontrol supports small local businesses, such as procuring electronic boards, and also making use of local skills they do not have in-house, for example laser cutting of steel parts.
Ampcontrol also recently achieved a level 4 BBBEE accreditation as a result of their new 26% black ownership, and new skills and development initiatives among other things. They continue to work hard to make further advances with accreditation, as Ampcontrol appreciate that their BBBEE status has a positive impact on their customers’ ratings as well, assisting them to meet their quotas.
And expansion plans?
Ampcontrol Africa is viewed as a key manufacturing centre for the group and therefore growth into new industries and markets in South Africa, as well as expansion further afield, into the rest of Africa is expected.
With considerable investment made in both the facility and their employees, Ampcontrol is committed to its local operation and to South Africa.