Vitreous enamel steel benches are a good fit for the mining environment.
As part of the refurbishment of the hostels at Igoda Coal’s Twistdraai Colliery near Secunda in Mpumalanga, Vitrex has supplied and installed 240 shower cubicles. Vitrex produces enamel steel products for architectural applications.
This follows the successful completion of another installation for Sasol Mining’s Igoda Thubelisha mine in Trichardt in 2012, where Vitrex designed, supplied and installed 520 combined shower and change room cubicles, fitted with new integral Vitraflex vitreous enamel steel benches.
Cristian Cottino, sales and marketing director of Vitrex, points out that the cubicles specifically feature Vitrex’s special stainless steel telescopic anchors that ensure ease of installation, a very important consideration on such large contracts.
“In addition, the anchors eliminate conspicuous floor mountings, facilitate ease of cleaning and improve hygiene by reducing bacterial growth at the base of the stiles,” he says.
The Twistdraai mine and washing plant is part of Igoda Coal’s Secunda Collieries complex, which was opened in 1980 by Sasol Mining to produce coal for Sasol’s synthesis plant in Secunda. Since 1995, it has been a three-shaft complex producing low-ash steam coal for export, as well as a middling product for Sasol feed. In 2006 ownership of Twistdraai was transferred to a BEE company, Igoda Resources, a joint venture between Sasol Mining and Exxaro Resources.
The Vitraflex shower cubicles for Twistdraai were supplied in “graphite grey” as specified by Leon Venter Architects. The main contractor for the refurbishment is Mesure Facilities, while the 2012 Thubelisha contract was handled by Group Five Housing.
“Leon Venter Architects specified our Vitraflex cubicles for reasons that included durability, ease of cleaning and hygiene – all of which were regarded as important factors in a mining environment,” Cottino states.
“The extreme hardness and durability of Vitrex’s vitreous enamel steel ablution cubicles have for decades impressed specifiers throughout Southern Africa. These sought-after qualities are derived from the fusing of three layers of glass to steel sheets at temperatures of over 800°C at the Vitrex plant in Jet Park.
“In addition, vitreous enamel surfaces are corrosion-resistant, impervious to chemical spillage, graffiti and fade proof. Tests in Europe, involving as many as nine different materials, have also shown that vitreous enamel steel provides the best anti-bacterial protection,” Cottino adds.
Vitrex completed the extremely challenging installation of the new shower cubicles at Twistdraai in just over four weeks.
“We were working to an extremely tight installation schedule, involving several progressive deadlines that had to be met, but thanks to the modular design and stainless steel telescopic anchors of the cubicles, installation stayed on track,” says Cottino.
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Vitraflex cubicles – highlights:
– Ease of installation.
– No conspicuous floor mountings.
– Ease of cleaning.
– Impervious to chemical spillage.
– Graffiti- and fade-proof.
– Anti-bacterial protection.