GE is the world’s premier Digital Industrial company with a global presence in 130 countries. In South Africa, GE has over 1100 employees and participates in business sectors that include; Power, Transportation, Healthcare, Energy Connections and Aviation.
GE’s presence in South Africa can be dated back to 1898, with the first overseas office outside the USA having being opened in Johannesburg in that year.
In 2016 GE opened a R500M Africa Innovation Centre in Johannesburg South Africa. This is GE’s centre of excellence for innovation and technology transfer in Africa. It is the first for GE in Africa and the 10th GE innovation Centre globally.
In November 2015 GE completed the global acquisition of the Alstom power business. This acquisition has now positioned GE as a strategic and value adding partner to South Africa.
We are a responsible corporate citizen with a strong commitment to contributing to South Africa’s sustainable development especially in skills and small medium enterprise development. Our commitment to Localisation focuses on expanding local supplier’s capabilities through skills development and technology transfer. Further to this, GE has embarked on a Supplier Development Vehicle program that is focused on the development of black owned SME’s through business development services and technical development services. Post program the overall goal is to incorporate these suppliers into the GE supply chain.
We operate across a number of business sectors in South Africa.
Powering: GE provides advanced power generation technology and services including maintenance and operations, parts and repair services, and contractual services agreements. Today, 9 Eskom Power stations have installed GE Electrical Distribution equipment with an additional 2 9E gas turbines Installed at Sasol’s Secunda Plant. In November 2016, the GE Steam Power Systems business was awarded the Global Project Excellence Gold Award by the prestigious International Project Management Association (IPMA)’s for their work on South Africa’s Medupi Power Plant.
Eskom is also using GE’s innovative water and waste-water treatment technology for the Kusile power plant.
In 2010, GE Industrial Solutions was awarded a R500 million contract to provide low arch proof switchgears to Eskom.
With its power generation technology, GE Energy enables oil and fuel company Sasol to meet its critical requirements for long-term reliability and plant performance. In 2013, GE Water and Sasol launched their jointly developed anaerobic MBR technology which cleans waste water to make it reusable in industrial processes and provide biogas as a by-product for power generation.
GE Jenbacher gas engines are installed at Durban’s landfill site converting methane gas into energy that can be distributed via the participating municipality’s electricity grid.
Curing: GE Healthcare is transforming healthcare delivery in South Africa with 6000 clinical devices installed such as anesthesia equipment and monitor.GE Healthcare ships over $2Million worth of parts per year. Last year, the GE Foundation donated $1million to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund for the construction of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. The hospital’s radiology division is a showcase of GE Healthcare technology with a GE Adventure series experience designed to make imaging more inviting for pediatric patients.
Moving: GE Transportation is at the forefront of the revitalization of the rail industry in South Africa, we have supplied close to 500 locomotives to South Africa’s private and public sectors in the past 5 years. In 2015 GE Transportation formed GESAT, a joint venture company between GE and the Mine Workers Investment Company (MIC). Last year GESAT delivered the most “African GE locomotive” with over 55% local content. This is part of the GESAT order to supply Transnet SOC with 233 evolution series diesel electric locomotives.
GE Transportation has also signed an export alliance agreement with Transnet SOC to partner in the local manufacturing of locomotives for export into the rest of Africa. It has delivered 10 locomotives to Caminhos de Ferro Moçambique (CFM) and 16 leased locomotives to Thelo Rolling Stock for use by Vale Mozambique.
GE Transportation recently announced their partnership with Transnet SOC on digitizing Africa’s transport sector. The plan will deliver a digital solution that will seamlessly connect shippers and transport operators making it easier to for a company to understand pricing and capacity on the network. The digital solution will be enabled by Predix, the operating system for GE industrial Internet.
Building: GE South Africa’s commitment to uplifting the communities we do business in is evident in R28 Million allocated towards the building of Sibongindawo School at Wilge Power Station, which was opened in July 2016. This joint project between GE and Eskom will ensure that the children of the Wilge community will continue to benefit from world class teaching facilities.
At GE, we always strive to uplift the communities wherein we do business through our Kujenga Sustainability program launched at the World Economic Forum, Africa in 2014. The word Kujenga means “build” in Swahili. Our approach is to empower people by building valuable skills, equipping communities with new tools and technology, and elevating the ideas that are helping to solve Africa’s challenges.
In South Africa GE, has donated six fully-equipped, state-of-the-art classroom containers and a service container worth R3.6 million to Bright Kid Foundation. These will provide 75 children with access to fully-equipped education facilities.
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