In his 2019 State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Cyril Ramaphosa underscored the need to manufacture locally and for South Africans to buy locally produced goods. This will boost the country’s economy and create more jobs, which will in turn help to address issues like poverty, inequality and unemployment. These are some of the exact reasons that Werner Pumps SA invests in manufacturing their high-pressure jetting equipment locally, rather than importing from abroad.
“By manufacturing locally, we are creating more opportunities within South Africa, and we are also able to custom-build our units to suit the South African context and meet our customers’ specific needs,” says Sebastian Werner, MD at Werner Pumps.
Werner Pumps SA has been supplying high-pressure jetting equipment for more than three decades and has added water recycling units to its range. “Our new Werner Water Recycling Units are especially designed for rugged conditions, and are 100% locally manufactured (except for the high-quality pump, which we import) and fitted on to a robust chassis. We are currently building our first unit on a local Toyota 2838 chassis,” says Werner. “With wet and dry suction capacity and the ability to use water obtained from sewer lines onsite, we believe this is an ideal solution for cleaning sewer and stormwater lines, and for municipal applications.”
The recycling unit saves up to 168.000l of clean water per 8-hour shift – catering for South Africa’s water scare environment – and is available in available in various forms and sizes.
The units will also help South African businesses dealing with water affairs to scale and to better service local municipalities. For example, Zakhi Mabaso has ordered a unit for his company, Oxy Trading, which contracts to municipalities in the Vereeniging area. “Currently, we hire a unit,” he says. “We use it to service pump stations, but it makes more sense for us to have our own recycling unit – it will help us to grow our business in the long-term.”
Mabaso says that the unit will be differentiator for Oxy Trading, as recycling units are scarce in South Africa, but in great demand. “It’s a very good thing for us,” he says.
Werner says that like all of its truck-mounted jetting units, the recycling unit can be customised as required – an advantage of manufacturing locally. “The vacuum pump is available in various sizes and we include a tank-cleaning nozzle for cleaning out debris,” he says. “Optional extras range from toolboxes to remote-controlled hydraulic operation.”
Werner Pumps will be exhibiting its specialist high-pressure jetting equipment at stand OS.03 at IFAT Africa trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling from 9 to 11 July at Gallagher Convention Centre. Visit them in the outdoor area exiting Hall 5.