African Analytics and Advisory has moved to new premises in the Kya Sands industrial area in Johannesburg to cope with growth and expansion plans.

African Analytics and Advisory (AAA), the first African company in the SADC region to provide inspection, testing and analysis services for businesses operating in the high-value commodities trade, has moved from Fourways to new premises in Kya Sands.

CEO Julian Moodley says the move, which took place in June 2020, was necessary to cope with the company’s growing numbers of staff and longer-term plans to expand its footprint deeper into Africa.

“Since our establishment in 2016, AAA has developed a growing reputation for excellence, that has seen a number of local and international mining companies and traders turn to us for our comprehensive range of minerals inspection, testing and analysis services,” he says.

These services were further increased following AAA’s prestigious appointment last year as the preferred representative in the SADC region on behalf of Alex Stewart International, one of the world’s premier providers of professional inspection and laboratory services to business and government sectors. 

“This appointment significantly boosted our business offering by enabling us to include non-ferrous  and precious metals in our quality sampling and testing services,” Moodley notes.

Fully-fledged laboratory

In addition to a bulk commodities sample preparation laboratory and support offices, the new premises incorporates a nonferrous/precious metal sample preparation laboratory, wet chemistry laboratory and instrument laboratory.  Following rigorous safety protocols, we provide comprehensive commercial analysis and testing of  a range of commodities within base and minor metals, precious metals, ferro alloys and water effluents.

“All samples are logged and tracked on our laboratory information and management system,” says Moodley.

The AAA satellite laboratory, Sithanda GeoScience operates six days a week in Steelpoort, Limpopo province. The company further offers off-site analytical support for applications such as, laboratory audits, training, process control support and quality check analysis.

Graduate in-training programme

The new premises will enable the company to increase its annual graduate in-training programme, in which it employs graduates in the sciences such as geology, chemistry, and metallurgy, as well as in technology and administration. 

“We are committed to providing opportunities for young graduates, by bridging the gap between university and the workplace, where they can experience real-life training with the potential for career advancement. 

“With few such opportunities available for graduates, we believe we are fulfilling an important role in combatting the brain-drain and contributing towards attracting more skilled individuals to stay in the country.”

A BEE Level 1 company, AAA further includes a number of qualified female staff members who hold equity in the organisation.

Geared for growth

Moodley notes that PWC’s report on the nation’s mining industry in 2020 said the coronavirus pandemic highlighted the absolute need to build back better and that mining will play a key role in that recovery.

“With our move to prime premises and our on-going inspection partnership with an industry-leading company like Alex Stewart International – AAA is positioned to play a meaningful role in South Africa’s economic recovery,” Moodley says.

However, he notes that this will require that mining houses and the commodities industry at large increase their support of local companies aligned to the 2018 Mining Charter. 

“The Charter recognises the importance of ownership, employment equity, human resource development, and inclusive procurement, as well as supplier and enterprise development.  AAA fulfills all of those requirements and we are looking forward to greater recognition and trust within the industry so that we can all play a meaningful role in ‘building back better.”