They Set The Standard


Taking its name from one of Africa’s ‘big five’, Lephalale-based company Dzombo Civils & Plant Hire (Dzombo) has undergone rapid expansion since its establishment in 2005, firstly in the road construction sector, which remains a core business, followed by bulk materials handling and load and haul contracts in the coal-fired power generation industry. ‘Dzombo’ is derived from a legendary bull elephant of the same name (born circa 1935), which once roamed South Africa’s Kruger National Park: a symbol of strength, endurance and longevity.

As a plant hire leader, Dzombo’s business model continues to evolve, as does its earthmoving and allied fleet, to keep pace with its clients’ requirements within the local Waterberg District operating region, as well as further afield nationally. 

“In the road construction field, as well as for building and platform construction, we are a leading hirer of Cat® motor graders. Our core specialization is in fielding final level operators that meet the highest industry standards,” comments Wynand Botha, head of Dzombo.

Grader units in the fleet comprise latest generation Cat 140Ks, working alongside previous generation H and G Series units. These units include a Cat 160H grader for dedicated mine haul road maintenance. Dzombo now plans to expand its grader capability to meet local provincial, as well as national, demand.

“Modern day research and development enhancements seen on the K Series build on the outstanding legacy of older series models like the G, first introduced globally in 1973, which still remains an outstanding construction grader, designed like most Cat machines for a second and third life rebuild.”

Alongside its plant hire solutions for the Limpopo road construction market, the company has been a part of the construction mix from 2009 at South African energy parastatal Eskom’s new Medupi coal-fired power station development in Lephalale.

Ongoing Dzombo projects at Medupi include a coal materials handing contract for Eskom subsidiary Roshcon. Here Dzombo’s Cat articulated truck fleet includes latest generation Cat 730C models.

For the materials handling phases, Dzombo supplies Cat 966H wheel loaders, as well as a larger Cat 980H (fitted with an 8 m³ bucket) for coal loading into its articulated trucks. The project scope entails coal stockpile transfers: a dump and return operation over a total distance of some 7 km.

“With its rated payload of 28 tonnes, the Cat 730C is the ideal model size for the plant hire industry,” says Botha, “and to date they have proven to be fuel efficient units with excellent return on investment.”

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