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SA’s largest uniform supplier targets mining sector

Joe Pereira

CEO of the The Kit Group,
Joe Pereira.

South Africa’s leading uniform solutions and management specialist, The Kit Group, which has proven itself with various large contracts for the supply of uniforms and related kit in Africa has established a division to focus on the mining sector. This division will specialise not only in uniforms but in safety and PPE products.

CEO of the The Kit Group, Joe Pereira, tells Mining Review Africa that while the Doornfontein, Johannesburg, based company uses a combination of local manufacture as well as sourcing from across the world, the real secret to its offering is in the IT systems that lie behind it. “We provide to the customer’s specification as do the other suppliers. Where we add greater value is in the monitoring and tracking of the requirements of each person and ensuring they are supplied with exactly what they need. It provides companies with the opportunity to outsource this function.”

The benefits of this service could include guaranteed turnaround times, continuous levels of stock to meet requirements, exact size specifications for each employee as well as individual packaging. All medium to long term supply solutions run on a continuous improvement strategy, in reconciliation with specific targets.

A unique service The Kit Group offers its clients is offsite storage. Its bulk warehousing facility enables clients with branded garments to store their supplies at The Kit Group’s warehouse. The goods are managed on behalf of the clients through the company’s offsite vendor management system software.

For those clients who have high uniform and PPE usages and demand high levels of service and maintenance, The Kit Group also offers an onsite vendor management system, which is in effect a warehouse or storage facility at the client’s own premises. Stock is issued onsite using the IT software and is replenished from The Kit Group’s central warehouse once minimum stock levels are reached.

This removes one logistical headache for mining companies, minimises wastage and ensures the onus on safety is maintained. “We very much see ourselves as entering into partnerships with mining companies,” Pereira says.

In addition to its Johannesburg offices the company also has branches in Pretoria, Polokwane, Rustenburg, Nelspruit, Swaziland, Mozambique, Angola, Namibia and agencies in Port Elizabeth and Kimberley and a franchise in Richards Bay.

The company has a very good track record with supplying large uniform and equipment contracts to groups across Africa, with one contract involving the supply up to 110,000 people. And with its web based IT systems it is able to track and cater for individual needs.