Clarence “Oupa” Galane is Director responsible for the manufacturing business. He is also a Director of Ziya Waste Solutions.
He studied mechanical engineering at Vaal University of Technology and obtained a national diploma. Clarence has more than 10 years working experience in the engineering field. He worked for Sappi Ngodwana as a mechanical technician where he gained in-depth knowledge in project management, reliability improvement, standards writing & development, technical support & design, plant management, safety management, shut down planning and plant maintenance. Some of the equipment and areas he worked on include the PF (Pulverized Fuel) Boiler, Steam Turbines, Water Treatment Plant, CRF (Chemical Recovery Furnace) Boilers, John Thomson Africa Boilers, Package Boilers, Compressors, Newsprint Machine, Kraft Linerboard Machine, Stocker Type Boilers, Effluent Plant, Utilities & Support services.
After leaving Sappi he worked as a consulting engineer and project manager on numerous projects with Eskom and several mining houses including Anglo Platinum (Rustenburg and Thabazimbi), Lonmin Platinum (Rustenburg), Impala Platinum (Rustenburg), Anglo Coal (Witbank, Standerton, Kriel and Ogies) and Harmony Gold (Welkom).
He worked with Aveng Manufacturing Rail, as a production manager where he managed the following departments, inspection; work in progress; workshop x2 and small plant. He was responsible for the construction, upgrade, maintenance, project management and commissioning of mechanised track maintenance equipment. He facilitated a strategy, which yielded a significant increase in the recovery, wrote various policies and implemented numerous systems.
He is a managing director of Mafirico (Pty) Ltd, an engineering company that operates predominantly in the engineering space and provides clients with sound engineering solutions for their operations.
Having studied computer studies from 1996, Clarence has above average computer skills which coupled with his engineering knowledge have helped him develop products geared towards improving plant & equipment efficiency, reliability, cost saving, knowledge transfer and maintenance.