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portrays the service as an ability to bring a lean manufacturing concept to any project and reduce the unit costs by, for example, increasing the amount of tonnage or the  nal product delivery.
Basil Read has demonstrated its e ectiveness in this area at Vedanta’s Skorpion zinc project in Namibia. With the project’s economics putting it in the highest cost quartile,
Vedanta approached Basil Read with a view to bringing operational costs down and a challenge to push the project into the second quartile of the cost curve.
“We were able to demonstrate that and now the project has been in operation for three months and we have shown what we are made of,” says Mapasa. “I was on site recently and the client is very satis ed with the costs
we are delivering and in turn the productivity. It comes down to productivity and we have delivered in that space.”
Mapasa declares that while Basil Read is
not often the cheapest bidder at the tender stage, it’s the company’s track record in safety and productivity gains that sets it apart and normally leads to repeat contracts. He cites
a recent tender for a project in Botswana where Basil Read came third in terms of cost but its history of delivering projects on time, on budget and safely gave it the advantage over the competition.
Traditionally, the South African  rm has only occupied the contract mining space however things are starting to change on that front. Mapasa is targeting a full turnkey o ering for future clients, using its experience and

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