GE is the world’s premier Digital Industrial company with a global presence in 130 countries. In South Africa, GE participates in business sectors that include; Power, Healthcare, Renewable Energy and Aviation.
GE’s presence in South Africa dates as far back to 1898, with the first overseas office outside the USA having being opened in Johannesburg in that year.
n 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.
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.
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 2018, GE Power and Eskom announced that Medupi Unit 2, the fifth out of the six unit at the Power Station, has now been fully synchronized to the national grid. Furthermore, 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 supercritical 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.
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. In 2016, 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: As a world-leading manufacturer and service provider for jet engines, GE Aviation works closely with our suppliers to deliver on commitments to customers. It has been said that out of three aircrafts that leave South African Airports, two are GE-engine powered.
GE Aviation has signed a ten-year agreement with South African airline SA Airlink to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services to the CF34-8E and CF34-10E engines powering the carrier’s 13 Embraer aircraft. With this agreement in force, GE is now a partner rather than simply a service provider to SA Airlink in the care of its CF34 engines.
Community 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.
GE is committed to the sustainable development of Africa’s future through GE Kujenga, our sustainability program in Africa. The word Kujenga means “build” in Swahili. Our approach is to empower people by building valuable skills, equip communities with new tools and technology, and elevate ideas that are helping to solve Africa’s challenges. To date, GE businesses have invested more than $19,000,000 in CSI programs throughout the region, impacting over 91,000 lives.
In South Africa, GE through GE Kujenga and its employees volunteer program, GE Volunteers, has implemented several projects. As part of our commitment to transformation and BBBEE, GE has spent over $USD 2,000,000* on sustainability programs in South Africa some of which include:
- GE Learner Excellence program- Protec: Through our implementing partner Protec, GE provides additional learning support for 40 high school learners from the Ivory park township (Johannesburg). This STEM program provides extra Mathematics, Science and English lessons to learners from grade 10 to 12. At the end of the program, the top achievers are awarded GE bursaries to help them study towards a degree or diploma in STEM.
- School refurbishments – Mpumalanga: Through its Power business, GE works closely with customers to address challenges around education & skills development. GE has spent over $10 million to-date on community projects in and around the Kusile Power Station with the most recent project being the upgrade and refurbishment of classrooms at the Mafa Max Motloung secondary school & Swartklip combined school in Delmas, in partnership with Eskom.
- Early childhood Development – Brightkid Foundation:
Through Brightkid Foundation, a provider of containerized class rooms and Early Childhood Development center support, GE Transporation has delivered 12 fully equipped ECD centers in 4 provinces, created 56 jobs and provided 800 children with quality ECD learning..GE Transportation has spent close to $1 Million US dollars on this project since inception in 2014.
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