Liviero, the multi-disciplinary construction group, has added a new service offering to its capabilities – Liviero Drill & Blast.
This is a new company that has been launched to enable Liviero to offer its clients drilling and blasting services that meet the group’s unwavering standards in safety and quality, reveals group CEO Neil Cloete. It rounds off Liviero Mining’s opencast business and will add exceptional value for clients, he notes.
Johan Pieterse is the director at the helm of Liviero Drill & Blast. With a career in drilling and blasting that spans more than 20 years, Cloete says that Liviero is delighted to have him on board. Pieterse was previously CEO of JEF Drill and Blast.
Liviero’s opencast mining business has grown substantially since it was launched five years ago. Today, the operation moves more than 35 million m3 of material a year. “All blasting was previously contracted out of the Liviero Group, so the next logical step was to investigate the feasibility of starting a Liviero company to undertake the drilling and blasting in-house,” explains Cloete. “This investigation turned out to be very positive, and prompted Liviero to embark on the new venture as soon as possible.”
Pieterse outlines the benefits of the addition of Liviero Drill & Blast to the group: “By keeping drilling and blasting in-house, sub-contractor risks can be mitigated, Liviero Mining can be more cost effective in this area, and this will have an impact on our success rate in future mining tenders. Clients will reap financial benefits in terms of cost savings, as well as being assured of Liviero quality and safety in all areas.”
Liviero Drill & Blast’s short term strategy is to manage the drilling and blasting operations on all Liviero’s Mining’s current contracts, and those in the pipeline. The company will expand this customer base in the future, Pieterse says.
Liviero Drill & Blast is based in Middelburg. “We will develop the company into a sustainable, respected and proud brand that will add a new value proposition to the Liviero Group’s existing expertise,” Cloete concludes.