Helping your cranes perform safely and

To keep expensive capital equipment running safely and optimally requires
regular servicing and maintenance, but operational issues can appear
outside of these timeframes, needing to be addressed promptly so that the
equipment continues to operate effectively.


Wheel alignment
the key to end
carriage life

As a key sub-assembly in any overhead cranes, customers should question
the wisdom of attempting their end-carriage assembly using individually
sourced wheel-blocks, because wheel alignment is critical, and this is a
specialised process.

EKD Kolibri from Powermite: No weak links in this energy chain!

EKD energy chain from electrical and mechanical equipment and energy
supply systems specialist, Powermite, ensures seamless operation of
cranes, milling and boring machines as well as other mobile equipment
through the reliable and cost-effective protection of cable, hose and
hydraulic supply at a fixed or variable speed.

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South Africans successfully assemble
polish machines locally

The four new-generation straddle carriers delivered in parts to the Cape
Town Container Terminal (CTCT) at the onset of the COVID19 pandemic
– have been fully assembled, tested over 100 hours and handed over to

Fortunate Mdanda – Smith Capital Equipment

Fortunate Mdanda, the CEO of Smith Capital Equipment (SCE), is a highly qualified and experienced Corporate Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree, an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Auditing and a Master’s in Business Administration.

Debbie Fourie – Beam Industrial CC

Academic Qualifications
I have obtained a few qualifications, from C+ Computer
Technician to Accounting.
First Employer
Van Rensburg, Gill & Associates – this was a Civil &
Engineering Company based in Rustenburg.

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Gantry lifting taken to the next level

Enerpac Heavy Lifting Technology has boosted the capabilities of its gantry range enabling heavy lift contractors to tackle more demanding projects within the space constraints common to industrial moves. 

LIFTKET – Electric Chain Hoists 

LIFTKET moves - safely and everywhere, and any load of up to 25,000 kg and 200 meters.
Around 250 employees in the heart of Germany ensure that thousands of LIFETEKS leave our plant every month. 

40 Years of experience in the making of construction equipment and lifting accessories. 

Boscaro offers a wide range of solutions for the construction world including concrete buckets, self-dumping bins, lifting clamps and forks, man baskets and spreader bars.

When once round the world just isn’t enough

Six Liebherr machines are in operation for the extention of the Deutsche Bahn. Even the high demands for the realization of this project cannot shake the new slurry wall package. 

The gamechanger in crawler cranes - Ideal in tight spots

The PALFINGER crawler crane PCC 57.002 manoeuvres well in limited space, can shift (or "walk") on its outriggers and can be operated electrically. It´s perfect for indoor jobs, such as the removal of escalators.

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Manitowoc launched the new MLC150-1 crawler crane

Manitowoc has unveiled its latest crawler crane the Manitowoc MLC150-1. It is the latest in a line of crawler cranes that have been very successful, especially for their competitive load charts and job site manoeuvrability

When to replace, and when to refurbish

Is it better to replace or refurbish an overhead crane
reaching the end of its life?

Innovative solutions at Conexpo

Manitou Group, the world leader in material handling, personnel lifting
and earthmoving, presented a comprehensive range of connected
solutions to meet the needs of the construction industry and the mining
sector at the Conexpo.

Konecranes new S-series
overhead crane

World’s first synthetic wire rope launched
Into serial production with Konecranes new s-series hoist

Diverse product range seals the deal

Sumitomo Rubber South Africa has taken delivery of 43 machines on a
long-term rental from Goscor Lift Truck Company.

Toughness, reliability
and power across the

Compact footprints and precise lifts make Grove rough-terrain cranes a
favourite with customers at job sites everywhere.

As reefer season begins with
two brand new cranes in Port

Port Elizabeth Container Terminal (PECT) received two massive
R80 million mobile harbour cranes.

Embracing transformation

Come March 1 the business of EnerMech Engineering Services (part of the global EnerMech group of companies) will officially be transferred to EnerMech’s new entity, EnerMech Mzansi on local shores. Lifting Africa found out more about the new company name and the company’s transformation journey.


The Department of Labour is increasingly encouraging industry to opt for mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) rather than man cages

Steve Harper of Alpha Load Testing and Services spoke at the annual LEEASA/Lifting Africa conference about these aerial platforms.

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ALE helps to build Qatar’s
first cable-stayed bridge

Ahead of hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar is undertaking a significant
civil infrastructure project, linking Hamad International Airport to Umm Lekhba
Interchange in central Doha.

Offering the full service – What are the implications?

The principle of LME’s offering the “full service”- Repairs, Maintenance, Inspections & Load Testing – has become more prominent over the last several years. Isn’t that a conflict of interest?

Jekko Cranes at CONEXPO 2020

Jekko will participate in the upcoming edition of Conexpo and at its stand will showcase a selection of Jekko cranes.


Potain launches the MRH 175 tower crane at CONEXPO 2020

The Potain MRH 175 will be shown for the first time at CONEXPO 2020 with the Hup M 28-22. Both cranes focus on easier transport and assembly, as well as improved on-site productivity.


Gas turbine from ship to
power plant – HKV uses three
500-tonne Liebherr cranes

Crane and heavy transport contractor HKV Schmitz+Partner GmbH,
based in Cologne, used three 500-tonne Liebherr cranes to transport a gas turbine from the port at Chempark Dormagen to a newbuild
power plant at the neighbouring site occupied by INEOS Köln GmbH. Two LTM 1500-8.1 mobile cranes hoisted the turbine out of a
freighter onto a heavy haulage vehicle and an LR 1500 crawler crane then placed it on a prepared site once it had arrived at the INEOS plant.


Comansa will present new models and technologies for the Northern American market at the CONEXPO

Additions to the range, the CUBE cab and a new machine setting up system

Greater versatility is a given with the Potain Hup 40-30 self-erecting crane

The Potain Hup 40-30 self-erecting crane boasts a range of innovative design
and technology features which, according to Louw Smit, sales director at Crane
& Hoist Equipment SA, will enable greater versatility on construction and other
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Effective and versatile with a wide variety of uses

Truck-mounted cranes deliver benefits that can streamline just about any business. But too often the lifting capacity of these cranes is misunderstood. Anton du Plessis, regional sales manager of Palfinger,
shared his insights at the annual LEEASA and Lifting Africa conference.

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The new company brand
that’s heralding an era of
positive change

Introducing Industri Tools & Equipment. The merger of these companies
formed a tools & equipment powerhouse.

COMANSA presents its new
21LC1400 model: a new large-capacity Flat-Top crane

It will come in two versions, with maximum load capacities of 50 or 66 tons.

Tower crane industry disrupters
MES take the market lead

A new partnership between MES Cranes and venture capital company Open
Window Growth Partners has resulted in the establishment of southern Africa’s
most innovative, customer-focused tower crane company – a true market leader.

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Phakamisa has been serving the
lifting equipment industry for 20

According to Piet Otto, safety is not negotiable and all lifting equipment must
be regarded as safety critical items! Remember to always use the correct lifting
equipment, use it correctly and safely and train your staff to implement and
adhere to a Total Safe Lifting Program.

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Testing dilemma’s
– lift trucks

From recent market research World Wide Load Testing Specialists have discovered that many unethical individuals and organizations are carrying out testing and issuing certificates but not following required test procedures and
yet managing to issue “compliant” certification. This is both illegal and not in the users’ interest and safe practice.


Significance of regular
lift truck audits

Forklift safety is an important part of the overall warehouse and site safety.
To ensure a safe working environment, the importance of regular lift truck
audits cannot be reiterated enough

UNIC Spider Mini Cranes making a stand in Southern Africa

Spider Mini Cranes are small cranes with a large foothold that are the only cranes having passed all mine safety requirements to operate underground, and they’re readily available in South Africa from, UNIC Spider Mini Cranes SA.

Wire rope, inspection
To open or not to open

For a wire rope to be used safely in any application it must be inspected regularly and in the appropriate manner and must be removed from service when it shows any wear or damage that has occurred during normal operation. At this point, the rope has reached its discard criteria point.


Raimondi Cranes presents new high-performance luffer with the heaviest lifting capacity

The Raimondi LR372 is now the heaviest lifting crane in the company’s luffing range. Model’s design engineering builds on the innovations applied in the LR330

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South African expertise for Chile
hydroelectric plant

Chilean construction and energy concern Besalco has taken delivery of
a South African manufactured hydroelectric turbine maintenance crane,
tapping the experience of manufacturer Condra to meet the special high-lift

LiftEx 2019 open for registration

Visitor registration is open for LiftEx 2019, which takes place on 13-14 November 2019 at the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, UK.

Sky Cranes Africa brings knowledge and experience to the table

Offering a full turnkey service, from sourcing and designing equipment to the final installation and certification, Jacques Roux, managing director of Sky Cranes Africa understands the importance of meeting every client’s requirements. Lifting Africa sat down to talk cranes with him.



Since we have moved beyond the first quarter of 2019, I would like to share what has happened since we communicated last.

11 Morris / ABUS Overhead Cranes supplied and installed at Africa Steel and Tube

Morris Cranes, a Division of Morris Material Handling SA (Pty) Ltd, a wholly-owned South African company and the Sub - Saharan agent of ABUS Kransysteme GmbH has supplied and installed lifting equipment at Africa Steel and Tube in Johannesburg, South Africa. 


Intelligent solutions in lifting technology

STAHL CraneSystems offers solutions for the intelligent production of tomorrow.

Copper twin three decades later

Thirty years’ reliable duty in a corrosive environment has won Condra a repeat order from Lonmin Platinum for an overhead tankhouse crane to replace an identical machine delivered three decades ago.

Access all areas with the new Hyva Aerial Platform

Hyva has extended its solutions portfolio with a new range of innovative truck-mounted Aerial Platforms for both CE and NOT CE markets.

Load testing lessens the load

Choosing both the proper rigging equipment and lifting products is but the first decision in ensuring workplace safety.

Babcock bears the load

Defying the laws of gravity is all in a day’s work for Babcock’s plant hire business as their heavy lift mobile cranes continue turning challenges into triumphs.

Bonasika crane engineered across three continents

Today’s crane manufacturers need skills as varied as they are demanding. If growth is the goal, the company has to offer a global capability...

Emalini Enterprises &
GEDA join forces

Together these two forces will bring world quality hoists, lifts and other
equipment into South Africa and Sub-Sahara Africa

Spreader frame lifts viking boats on TV set

A modular spreader frame comprising Modulift beams is being used to lift handcrafted boats during filming of the History Channel’s “Vikings” historical drama series in Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

Combilift Combi C-range
multi-directional forklifts

Available exclusively from Shamrock Handling Concepts in Southern Africa – have been designed to improve workflow efficiencies, enhance safety and maximise storage space in warehousing facilities

Worldwide orders make for bullish mood

Condra has received an order for a further overhead crane from Kamoto Copper Company, the copper and cobalt mine in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Comansa: A unique brand

The tower crane manufacturer returns to COMANSA as the single brand name for all its product range. The tower crane manufacturer focuses all its efforts on a single brand name.


Concord Cranes helps install new ship loaders

A 750-ton crane from Concord Cranes, a crane hire and specialised transport service company in the Industrial Services Holdings (InServe) stable, was used to install sections of two new ship loaders at Richards Bay

Construction of world’s steepest funicular railway

Swiss manufacturer GIS AG provided four 5-ton capacity electric chain hoists for installation on a unique rig during construction of a funicular railway that transports passengers from Schwyz to Stoos, a mountain village in the heart of Switzerland

Tips on how to choose the most suitable chain hoist

When it comes to lifting equipment, consider your options carefully. Let us discuss the attributes of a chain hoist .It uses a combination of levers and pulleys to lift things off the ground. It is also characterized by a heavy duty chain and due to its efficiency and high carrying capacity; the machine spares you the hassle...

The world's highest capacity  up-tower lifting device

Rated at a lifting capacity of 75 tonnes, the RotorHook™ is an industry-leading innovation which is designed to lower and lift a fully-assembled wind turbine rotor and main shaft, eliminating the need to utilize a large conventional crane on the ground. The
RotorHook™ will set a new standard in performing major component corrective repairs.

Palfinger MFA jib: maximum reach and flexibility

Above all, the new application from Palfinger will meet the special requirements for longer reach and greater flexibility from customers in the height logistics industry. The MFA jib can be used to lift loads to previously inaccessible positions and, as a result, perform extraordinary operations.

More cranes for Grootegeluk

Orders for three cranes placed late last year bring to six the number of these machines supplied by Johannesburg-based Condra since mid-2016, with a total combined order value of some R10-million. The first of the new orders, for two cranes, was secured by authorised Condra distributor H&H Specialised Services in November of last year. 

Demag, one of the oldest crane manufacturers in the world established almost 200 years ago, has developed a new Double V-Girder crane which is capable of a 50-ton lifting capacity – four times that of the Single Girder.

Established in 1968, 600SA is celebrating 50 years as a partner of choice with South Africa’s industrial sector. Initially founded as the local subsidiary of the international Group 600, to manufacture machine tools, 600SA quickly diversified to become a market leader in South Africa in industrial and mechanical handling equipment. Joining the EIE Group in 2012

Crane hooks are a critical
part of the frequent and
annual inspection process

Inspection may vary from hook manufacturer to manufacturer as well as
the different standards that the crane load hooks can be classified into,
size and type of load hook.

Condra shipped several
tankhouse cranes and a
large portal machine

Contracts secured by the Bulgarian and Chilean subsidiaries grew steadily in
number, and head office announced mid-year that a new workshop is to be
built in Cape Town.

Doosan 7 series forklift ticks all the right boxes

Maximum productivity to cost-effective and safe operation across an array of applications – attributes that are high up on every warehouse or DC manager’s checklist

Two cranes with one mission: Lifting
operation in the Tatra Mountains

Two Liebherr cranes joined forces for a spectacular bridge lift. The two Liebherr cranes show highest precision during operation in Poland.

Crane technology will slash
mineshaft pre-sink time

The world’s fifth largest mine, Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia, will use advanced techniques enabled by pioneering crane design to fast-track the pre-sink phase at Shaft 6. 

Genie provides a front-row view
of French Formula 1 grand prix

It had been 10 years since France last hosted a Formula 1 Grand Prix. However, on June 24th, as what could be described as a “welcome return”, the event made its comeback on the Castellet racetrack

Electric chain hoist series for
industrial environments

In the year of its 60th anniversary, Swiss electric chain hoist manufacturer GIS AG has expanded the lifting capacity of its GP series of electric chain hoists with the launch of GP1000, the third model in its new generation for industrial applications.

Johnson Crane Hire offers
access platforms & telehandlers

Extending its total lifting solution for customers, Johnson Crane Hire now offers an extensive fleet of access platforms and telescopic handlers from its branch network around South Africa. According to Steve Robson of Johnson Crane Hire’s business development executive, the new units were put in place last year...

Konecranes supplier of 

Toyota forklifts

When driving past a busy dock, you are bound to see various machines of different sizes and shapes being used for the business of container handling. One of the popular brands in manufacturing these strong and uniquely shaped machinery is Konecranes. Should you be looking for a supplier in South Africa ...

Going in from above avoids dismantling a plant

The main item that needed replacing was a reactor vessel, which assists in creating urea to create fertilizer. The new vessel was made in Austria and the client required the most efficient way to get it installed at its final destination. So, four years before the actual exchange they engaged Mammoet.

For 46 years, Electra Mining Africa has been winning the minds and hearts of mining and related industries. Delivering an effective platform to showcase the latest innovations, technologies and trends, it’s much more than a show – it’s a tradition

Much in keeping with the B&B Group’s current business models of plant hire and general construction equipment, Unic Spider Mini Cranes have been incorporated successfully into the product range, giving it an additional footprint

The all-new Potain MCH 125 has launched, the company’s first hydraulic topless luffing jib crane. Having previewed as a prototype at bauma China 2016 in Shanghai, the first units have since been tested on site with select dealers in Thailand, Australia and New Zealand ahead of the crane’s launch into several international markets. It is the first topless luffing jib model from Potain 

Expanding into the
container shipping

Local crane company, Lift and Shift Equipment expanded into the lucrative field
of container shipping and has chosen Steelbro as their supplier in 2016.

Bridge expansion poses a challenge

The expansion of a bridge crossing over the freeway A1 near Cologne involved unique challenges for crane service provider Neeb from Wuppertal

Advantages of tripod cranes

The three-leg tripod design is used in industries from filmmaking and furniture to military and construction and almost everything in between. 

ST3 lifts jacket foundations for
wind farm with Modulift Beams

Modulift has supplied two large spreader beams to complete a rig that will lift 20 wind farm jacket foundations onto vessels at ST3 Offshore’s dockside location in Szczecin, Poland

EIE Group delivers specialised Konecranes lift truck against tight deadline

Despite additional and specialised engineering work being required, the Port Handling division of the EIE Group handed over a Konecranes 28-1200B heavy-duty fork-lift truck

Hiab renews its light range loader crane portfolio

Hiab, part of Cargotec, has launched its renewed HIAB light range loader cranes with a capacity from 4 to 11-ton meters. This range of HIAB loader cranes combines strength and reliability with ease of use.

Becker Mining South Africa completes installation of winding rope attachments for underground mine

Installation of winding rope attachments at a mine in the western limb of the Bushveld Complex is now complete and is ready to be put into full production.

Building for growth in South
Africa: A look at Sarens Siba

As recently as a few years ago, the South African market was very much project based, with Sarens involved in long-term rentals for projects like Medupi and Kusile power stations. At this time, Sarens was also doing a lot of renewable energy projects such as the Gouda wind farms in the Cape and Jeffreys Bay, as well as solar plants in Upington.

Breathing new life into

old forklifts

An in-depth understanding of lifting solutions and in particular tower cranes has seen Crane & Hoist Equipment SA secure an order from WBHO for three used Potain tower cranes. At this year’s NAMPO Harvest Days, Goscor Rental Company showcased its refurbished Doosan D25S-5 forklift...

Babcock’s plant division gives customers a lift

Babcock’s safety first philosophy has resulted in its plant hire business receiving two orders from Air Products South Africa (Pty) Limited to install two 88-ton cryogenic tanks at its plant in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal.

We received the following question from an LMI that does load testing on a mine: “We have a telehandler here with 3 attachments. I’ve always only tested the machine. Now they want a load test on each attachment. And I say I do not want to hurt the machine three times a year. I am doing NDT on them. Am I wrong or not?”

The establishment of two Centres of Specialisation (CoS) in Mechanical Fitting and Rigging is not just a significant development for the False Bay Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in Cape Town

Jekko is a world leading manufacturer of Minicranes with more than 45 years’ experience in the lifting and handling sector. The company is headquartered in the province of Treviso, occupying a 17,000-sq. m. industrial estate – 7,000 of which are indoors. The entire range of Jekko Minicranes is exported and traded all over the world by a network of more than 30 authorised dealers.

Crane and hoist manufacturer Condra is to supply feature-rich lifting equipment for ongoing expansion at Aberdare Cables’
Port Elizabeth facility. The modernization and expansion programme calls for two 23-metrespan overhead travelling factory cranes with capacities of 30 tons and 15 tons, and one 20-ton all weather portal crane with a span of 26 metres.

The responsibility for safety ends with the user why is load testing of new and used truck mounted cranes necessary and who is responsible for it? The load testing of truck mounted cranes is required by South African legislation, specifically by the
Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993, to promote safety in the workplace

I felt it necessary to write the article as I am confronted with this question on a regular basis and as much as I appreciate and encourage the need to become a Lifting Machinery Inspector - LMI the minimum requirements to enable one to register with the Engineering Council of South Africa, ECSA as a LMI 

Ehingen / Donau (Germany) November 2017 – Tower cranes were assembled in September on the natural electricity storage site at Gaildorf, an innovative energy storage project being completed by the Max Bögl Group in southern Germany

Hiab, part of Cargotec, presented the world's first electric powered skiploader concept vehicle at the Freight in the City Expo, London, in partnership with Dutch electric vehicle manufacturer EMOSS. This fully integrated electric solution matches the load handling capabilities of a diesel skiploader truck

Hyva has introduced new big truck-mounted cranes which will extend the Hyva Crane range up to 165 tm. “The new models – HC951, HC1151, and HC1651 – with lifting capacity class from 95 to 165 tm, are ideal for the Rental Service sector for multipurpose loading activities 

The currently largest duty cycle crawler crane type HS 8300 HD from Liebherr is presently carrying out dredging work in Piombino. The aim of the project is to remove deposited sediment from the mouth of the port and also to increase the depth of the water.

Maintenance on wind farms is a complex operation especially when large, heavy components need to be replaced, and this calls for the expertise of a company that has the necessary experience and capability. 

Houston, Texas-based Fagioli Inc. used its 500-ton capacity Hydra-Slide HT500 heavy track hydraulic skidding system and other rigging equipment to remove a 115-ton pipe bending machine and replace it with a spare system. 

The newly-launched Demag DMR modular rope hoist can be adapted precisely to match specific requirements. With one basic technology, Demag is now able to cover an even broader range of applications than rival products on the market.

On Monday 17 July 2017, this article was published by News24 where it is alleged that the #GuptaLeaks have revealed that two more companies that won Transnet tenders paid tens of millions to Gupta offshore fronts. 

Houston, Texas-based Fagioli Inc. used its 500-ton capacity Hydra-Slide HT500 heavy track hydraulic skidding system and other rigging equipment to remove a 115-ton pipe bending machine and replace it with a spare system. 

Nowadays that is the big question. Especially in Africa where cranes and lifting equipment at ports, in particular, are having to be upgraded to meet the world trend of servicing larger vessels. Lifting Africa finds out more.

Load measuring pins are designed for many diverse applications as direct replacements for clevis or pivot pins. They have many advantages over other load sensors in that they do not normally require any change to the mechanical structure being monitored.

Engaged by Stefanutti Stocks Oil & Gas Division in the construction of the largest air separation train ever built,Johnson Crane Hire has been providing heavy lift services as well as a range of smaller lifts at Sasol’s Secunda complex.

Festoon systems are the life blood of mobile electric bulk materials handling machinery, feeding energy, data, air or fluids to these machines to keep them moving.

Liebherr has extended its mobile crane product range with an additional series of rough-terrain cranes in the 90-ton and 100-ton classes

A total of ten Liebherr duty cycle crawler cranes and crawler cranes are currently in operation at the Suez Canal as part of a multibillion project. A HS 8100 HD duty cycle crawler crane of the newest generation belonging to the German company Züblin