Luhlaza is Owned by BH Ferris, JG Geyser and JS Lambrechts. The company was established in December 2017 with the aim of compliance in the South African Market as a Locally register company with a BEE Level 2 score.
BH Ferris started working on the age of 15. Started working at a Panelbeaters during school holidays. After school he started working for Spur in Thabazimbi and moved to Thaba Auto. He got retrenched and moved to Amandelbuld Platinum where he was a multi skilled operator.
He moved to Rupa scrap metals and worked here for more than 2 years. After resigning at Rupa scrap metals to pursue a career in AutoZone in Thabazimbi where he worked for one and a half years. He decided to continue with his own business after this and started his own building company. Building RDP houses in Danielskuil. In 2008 the recession hit South Africa and work dried up. He kept himself busy with recycling work in and around the Danielskuil area during this time. In 2010 to 2011 he started working for Beeshoek mine restoring and demolishing houses.
In August 2014 Bevan Started working for PPC Lime Acers as a Admin Driver, Safety Rep and general driving responsibility’s in and around the mine. In November 2017 JG Geyser contacted him and made the proposal that himself, JG Geyser and JS Lambrechts open a new company venture.
Bevan bough into the plan and took control of 51% of Luhlaza. He was also elected as the CEO of Luhlaza and is responsible for new projects and the day to day running of Luhlaza.
Jaco Geyser matriculated from Vaalrivier High School in 2001 after which his career started in the mining industry. He started as a general worker for Murry and Roberts Cementation and was eventually promoted to a Drill Rig Operator. In 2005 Jaco decided to pursue a career in occupational safety. After achieving certification, he started work with Botes & Kennedy Manyano Engineering during the construction phase of Khumani Mine in the Northern Cape. He worked for Botes and Kennedy for a year and six months at which time he was approached by Moolmans for a Safety Officer position in Guinea West Africa. Jaco spent the next 7 years working for Aveng Moolmans on various operations in Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the Northern Cape as the National Head of the SHEQ Department.
In 2014 Jaco registered a company called Geyser Enterprise Development Group which was intended to identify gaps in the market, build companies to fill these needs, support the local communities by creating employment as well as promote entrepreneurship. Since the launch of the company, it has been involved in creating Eco-Con (Environmental Products and Services), Sixth Sense Online (Online Gaming and Technology), Eco-Con Namibia, Kalahari & Kathu Diesel and is currently also entering the food and beverage industry.
During 2017, the need for a company to provide services to the local mining industry was identified. Using the gained knowledge and support from clients, Jaco founded Luhlaza Waste Management (PTY)LTD which immediately went into operation with waste water and waste management contracts. Bevan Ferris came on board shortly after registration and Garies Lambrechts joined the company officially during June of 2018. The company currently employs 27 local individuals with a fleet which is continuously growing along with its contract engagements. The future of this company shines bright.
JS Lambrechts started his work career in 2000 when he started to work at Finsch Mine Lime Acers as a LHD Operator. Three month later he got promoted to Team Leader and three months after that he was transferred to the Mine development section as a team leader. In 2001 he was accepted at BW Construction as a learner miner and completed his blasting certificate for Metalliferous Mines. He worked until 2003 as Development miner for BW Construction. Late in 2003 he resigned at BW Construction and moved to BrandDrill Torex as miner. This company was taken over by Murray Roberts Cementation in 2004.
In 2007 he resigned and started to work for Lime Civils construction as a Site Foreman. Building all Civil structures for a new conveyor system. In 2008 he was offered a job at Murray Roberts as a Shiftboss for a project at Wessels Mine. Here he stayed until 2011 as a shiftboss and was also promoted to senior Shift supervisor, after this in 2011 JS Lambrechts moved to Assmang Black rock as a shiftboss on the production team.
In 2012 he resigned and started working for his Dad. They rehabilitated exploration drill sites in the Northern Cape. In September 2013 JS Lambrechts registered Nvirobuild and all environmental work was shifted to Nvirobuild. Nvirobuild conducted work in the Northern Cape in environmental services and civil construction. In April 2018 he joined the Luhlaza team and took control of 24% of the company. With more than 18 Years’ experience in the mining environment and 5 years in the Environmental Environment he is the co-ordinator for all rehabilitation project in Luhlaza.