Blockrite team wins the Thebe Excellence Award

Celebrating Success: BlokRite™ Team Takes Home the Co Builder Award

Thebe Group Annual Excellence Awards aim to celebrate excellence across the Group.

Thebe excellence awards seek to recognize and celebrate the many and varied contributions that Thebe employees make to the success of Thebe and its Group Companies. The objectives of the awards are :

  • To acknowledge and recognize excellence.
  • To promote a performance culture.
  • To promote the Value of Excellence within the Thebe Goup.

Timrite was nominated under the Company award and Co Builder Award and won the Co Builder Award for the Blockrite Project.

The team worked hard jointly to ensure that Blockrite is a success.

This included:

  • Creating a new market for Timrite within a two-month period – from finalisation of the product to the full production and sales roll out at the customer.
  • Monthly sales value of R 2mil /R24 mil per annum – 25% contribution

The team is composed of different departments who worked together endlessly.

New Product Development team: Sanele Mukondeleli and Dineo Mofokeng

They developed a complete cement composite product for seismic mines (only kind of product of this nature in the world). Optimized the construction of the product and reduced curing by 24 hours, in so doing increased productivity levels by 33%.

They selflessly assisted with the design of the plant, manufacturing and production quality until full production levels were met and exceeded.

Plant Construction & Production: Willem Denner , Lovemore Sithole , Nkosinathi Sefika, Boitumelo Katane, Roland Johnson, Vincent Tlhale and Shadrack Ntjoboko

The team built a state-of-the-art plant to manufacture the designed product within one month, while still carrying out their daily duties at their designated sites. The self-sacrifice and overtime hours worked were tremendous.

Their dedication also enabled the plant to be 100% capacity, which enabled the sales and distribution to meet the demand and roll out target of 2 months from inception.

Marketing & distribution : Abner Mashabela and Theodora Sofe

They developed the market, engaged the customer through the acceptance of the new product and the final implementation at Khomanani , Sibanye Stillwater, all in the midst of a declining mining market and very stiff competitor activity.

Their selflessness and willingness to do everything to capture this market was exceptional.
We congratulate the team.

MS Pienaar, the COO stated that, “the team worked under stressful times, but they made it, we are proud of them. They faced lots of challenges including the plant not working at times, but they soldiered on”.

Bill Coote was always closed by, supporting and guiding the team.

Abner Mashabela, Willem Denner , Bill Coote and Sanele Mukondeleli attended the Thebe Awards event and received the award on behalf of the team.

Jacques commented that, “the team demonstrated great work, great effort and great value add”.

Sometimes, we think we’ll do much better at work when we’re alone, working at our own pace. But since no man is an island, we must realise that working together with other will bring us much closer to our goals.

John Maxwell once said, “Teams are incredible things, No task is too great, no accomplishment too grand, and no dream too far-fetched for a team. It takes teamwork to make the dream work”.

The entire team at the plant and Westonaria Office was so excited.