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166 MINING SERVICES | Basil Read
The mining services sector in Southern Africa is extremely competitive and the recent commodity downturn has forced contract miners to streamline and demonstrate to the market speci cally how they can reduce operating costs and improve pro ts in order to continue to win contracts.
Mapasa says Basil Read has di erentiated itself in the African contract mining industry through two key factors; safety and productivity.
Firstly, when it comes to safety Mapasa
sees it as an essential licence to operate. He identi es that clients place such importance on a strong safety record that he has implemented systems to place Basil Read as a best-in-class contractor when it comes to keeping employees safe – it also has a huge
bearing on a company’s potential revenue.

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