Leading remote camp solutions provider Fedics Site Services is delighted to offer this free white paper on the Mining Technology website.
Fedics Site Services is one of the leading sub-Saharan African suppliers of turnkey operational support for remote construction camp management and site catering. We have a long, successful history as the southern African leader in providing a ‘home away from home’ for workers in some of the most remote, and even inhospitable, locations on the continent.
African remote construction projects
Fedics Site Services’ knowledge of language, laws and cultures in Africa enables us to cater to governmental, national and cultural considerations in any area. This is vital to the smooth running of any remote construction project.
Catering and hospitality for remote mine sites
We also specialise in the supply of catering and hospitality services into African countries and to other remote sites for specific projects. We successfully provided the catering in Central Africa at the 8th All Africa Games, held in Abuja, Nigeria, proving its mettle to fans and players alike by serving around 800,000 meals in 21 days.
Based in South Africa and using the infrastructure here as a springboard into Africa, past and current projects include countries such as Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, DRC, Namibia, Malawi, Uganda, Nigeria, Lesotho, Angola, Swaziland, Ghana and others.
Fedics Site Services
Use of local labour in mine site communities
Where feasible, we strive to employ local labour in foreign countries and to make use of local procurement, buying supplies and even equipment within that country. We believe that by the transferring of skills to under-skilled local communities, we leave the area better than we found it. In every instance, though, cost effectiveness is vital to our operations. Our comprehensive range of offerings includes:
- Site buildings
- Temporary tented camp
- Catering services
- Functions and events
- Bar services
- Site refrigeration
- Gate security and guards
- Housekeeping and cleaning
- Laundry service
- Vector control
- Camp and office furnishings and fittings
- Catering equipment
- Tuck shop service
- Meal / ration packs
- Water purification plant
- Establishing a supply chain in remote areas
- DStv (satellite television) and recreational services including a gym
- Training/employment of local communities
Whether it’s a long-term contract, a one-year or three-week project, we clearly understand one size does not fit all and have perfected the process of developing and implementing tailor-made solutions to meet individual client needs. Our philosophy for success in all projects is to form a partnership, and ultimately a strong relationship, with each client in order to offer a bespoke service.
Environmental mine camp sites
Preserving the environment for future generations is an issue that the Group deems highly important, especially as Fedics Site Services often operates in environmentally sensitive areas.
Having worked on projects based in nature reserves such as the Namib-Naukluft Reserve in Namibia, we understand how to set up camp taking cognisance of the environment, and always ensure we return the area to its original condition.
Catering for mine camps
The combined experience of a skilled, articulate team and an excellent track record ensures a seamless yet flexible approach to clients’ individual projects and contracts. With a strong service ethic and integrated offerings, Fedics Site Services can blend the resources of a large company with the specialist services required by our clients. Fedics’ 40 years of experience in outsourced catering sees to it that healthy and tasty meals offer a ‘home away from home’ experience.
Seamless integration into client projects
To ensure Fedics Site Services meets all client requirements and expectations, we appoint an opening team of operational, human resources, financial, marketing and IT specialists headed up by an experienced and accountable project leader.
Service level agreements between parties ensure that both Fedics and the client agree on deliverables, that the highest level of service is delivered, and that measurable goals are met.
Mine camp planning and procurement
In developing our bespoke service per client, our offering includes:
- Project management
- Recipe development
- Process manufacturing
- Project resource management
- Site management
Safety, health and the smooth running of every project is key to all Fedics Site Services offerings. Our team becomes your team and the enlistment of the local communities is part of the deal.
The Liqhobong diamond mine, located within the Liqhobong valley in the Maluti mountains, approximately 120km east-northeast (ENE) of Maseru, is owned by Liqhobong Mining Development Company (LMDC), a company owned by Firestone Diamonds (75%) and the Kingdom of Lesotho (25%).
At the Moma project in Tau-Poito Mozambique, Fedics Site Services received GPS co-ordinates from the client and sent an 'advance team' to start providing 'life support' services to the early works team on site.
At the All Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria, we took a team of 33 South African managers and employed 750 local Nigeria people.
The two biggest challenges in the provision of remote camp management services are the people element and a reliable supply chain. Both of these elements tested Fedics Site Services. The staff compliment was recruited from the local village of Taupito, with no knowledge of the catering or hospitality industry.
Fedics Site Services has released a new white paper brochure on the Mining Technology website.