Louis Fourie –
Founder and Director
Born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, Louis passed his NTC 1 and 2 Mechanical Technical College subjects with distinctions before serving his apprenticeship as a petrol mechanic at Stanley Motors. Wanting to gain equal proficiency with diesel engines, he continued his apprenticeship at Leyland, before working his way up to Workshop Foreman. This time as a journeyman was of great advantage to Louis, and he was exposed to a variety of skills which would be of tremendous use in later life.
While at Leyland, he bought and renovated a stage truck which he used for transporting sand. This first venture proved profitable, and he soon added two more vehicles to his fleet before making the move towards self-employment. Not content to rest on his laurels, Louis also started a sand supply business in Thornville which continues to this day. During this time he was approached to build a small crushing plant and took over the running of his first quarry, earning royalties for his work. By the time he left he had accumulated a vast amount of equipment and decided to capitalise on this.
In 1992 Louis seized on an opportunity to open his own quarry using a mobile crushing plant built entirely by himself. This endeavour, Midmar Crushers, has grown significantly and is currently in the process of expanding to a second quarry near Taylor’s Halt.
Derryn Fourie –
Founder and Managing Director
Of Thornville in Pietermaritzburg origin, Derryn stayed close to his roots, and gained an education through Maritzburg College and then completed a three year National Diploma in Engineering through the (then) Technikon Natal in Durban.
Soon afterwards, Derryn helped establish Midmar Crushers, a company that entered the market in response to the tremendous potential offered by the local mining industry. His management and business skills, combined with his father’s ability to build highly efficient crushing equipment, soon saw the company become a sustainable and respected enterprise.
An enthusiastic businessman, Derryn grew with the company and became its Managing Member. The business, which employs a staff of 50, benchmarks itself against other top players and has carved for itself an impressive niche in a highly competitive industry. Now firmly established as a trusted and respected supplier to the civil and construction industry, Derryn is looking to expand the company into related new markets.
Professionally, Derryn is a member of the Institute of Quarrying and ASPASA, the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa. He is a skilled advisor in stone crushing, aggregate surveying and screening, sand and stone quality control, and concrete block making. He is also certified in open cast blasting. He genuinely enjoys passing on knowledge to others, and is determined to effect positive change through his contact with others.
Luke Cameron –
Luke has spent 17 years as a Management Consultant, working for Accenture, a global management consulting firm. He has spent this time in the retail and consumer goods industries in both the UK and South Africa.
Luke has also spent 2 years as a business coach, coaching businesses in the SMME sector to grow and sustain their businesses. He is now a director for Malleo Equipment, a company that provides hydraulic attachments for the mining and construction industry. He also acts in a consulting capacity for the Midmar Group.
Luke has obtained his BSc Mechanical Engineering, MBA (University of Cape Town and Duke North Carolina) and is a certified Business Coach.
At Accenture Luke was responsible for new business development and delivery of consulting services at clients in the retail and consumer goods industry.
Luke has brought a wealth of knowledge and possibility to the group and Malleo.
Grant Bullock –
Qualified as an Associate member (ACIS) of the CSSA Chartered Secretaries of Southern Africa and is currently a student member of ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), six subjects needed to graduate.
Originally from South Africa, Grant ventured to the United Kingdom where he lived for 17 years.
Grant worked for Southern Pacific Mortgage Limited in the companies finance department, preparing management reports and doing cash control. The company was a mortgage lender to high-risk lenders in the United Kingdom.
Grant has worked for Equitas/Lloyds of London in the data management department collecting data on the Lloyds syndicates, for the purpose of valuing the 1992 and prior market assets and liabilities. Grant was involved in the validation and analysis of financial statements.
Having returned from London in October 2012, Grant started a bookkeeping and accounting practice offering services to small to medium size businesses. The business has grown from 6 clients to 32 clients, Midmar Crushers (Pty) Ltd being one of those. After having worked as a consultant in the business for a year Grant was offered the Financial Managers position for the Group and is overseeing the day to day financial operations with the assistance of a team including an Assistant Financial Manager and 2 bookkeepers.
Grant holds directorship in Malleo.
Cathlin Fourie –
Cathlin started her background in Sales and Marketing while working at The Witness publication for 4 years before being head hunted by Liberty Properties as the Marketing Manager for Liberty Midlands Mall. After running this successfully for 2 years Cathlin was given the opportunity to become Centre Manager for the Liberty Midlands Mall which she successfully ran for a further 2 years before leaving to become a mother.
Property Management entailed managing 8 managers and over 100 employees onsite. Financially Cathlin was successful in managing income of approximately R58mil and operating costs close to R20 mil. The Centre Manager position provided an all round business experience with responsibilities that included everything in the business such as Human Resources, Health & Safety, Building Maintenance, Customer liaison and Leasing. During Cathlin’s management period Liberty Midlands Mall was rated the top shopping centre of choice for it’s size in the KwaZulu Natal area.
Qualified with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of KZN, Cathlin has a practical approach to managing a business and is currently assisting Midmar Group in developing shared services and systems to help the business function efficiently.
Serika Govender –
Human Resources Administrator.
After graduating from UKZN Pietermaritzburg with a degree in Social Sciences, Serika was eager to get into the world of Human Resources and started by volunteering at the PMB Municipality for a short period. She then welcomed an opportunity to fill the role of HR Clerk at PMB’s leading casino, Golden Horse Casino where she was promoted shortly thereafter to the position of HR Consultant. She grew in her portfolio over the next 9 years and then decided to spend a bit of time at home raising her daughters.
She then made her way back into the HR field by securing temporary employment at SRF Flexipak as an HR Assistant.
Finally her experience led her to Midmar Group, where she performs the role of Human Resources Administrator for all of Midmar Group’s entities.
Bronwyn Moore –
Regional Mine Manager
Bronwyn started her career in a very different industry to where she finds herself today. She obtained an International Diploma in Health and Beauty in 1992 and ran her own salon for 4 years.
She then assisted her father in running a timber harvesting company in Mozambique for 2 years. Post her harvesting exposure Bronwyn opened 4 cellular phone shops and a large franchise grocery store that she managed and co-owned for 13 years.
Thereafter Bronwyn worked as a Body Corporate Manageress in the Eastern Cape for an international realty company for 18 months before moving back to KZN where she was employed as a PA to the Quarry Manager at Midmar Crushers.
After 2 years of remarkable performance she was offered the position as Quarry Manager. Bronwyn has directly been responsible for Midmar Crushers being awarded the Best Independent Quarry in South Africa award for 2 years running.
Bronwyn has since obtained her Mini MBA through Action Coach Hilton in 2015. She completed her Examine Make Safe certificate in Quarrying from Xtract Training in 2015.
Chris Aylward –
Business Development Manager
Chris has worked in the retail and building industry for 20 years.
Chris started off his business career in 1995 by joining a newly established refrigeration and air-conditioning business called A-Right Refrigeration & Air-conditioning. He assisted the company with strong growth while overseeing sales and installations.
Thereafter in 2000 Chris managed a Total fuel station and developed it to become the second largest fuel seller for the brand in South Africa during this time. 1,5 million litres of fuel a month were sold.
Chris then joined Wired Up Fencing as the General Manager in 2005 (a company that specialized in electric fencing and gate automation) and helped this business initiate small-scale building works.
He then moved to assist in building and setting up the Big City Chicken franchised outlets, similar to KFC, and was involved in managing the operations.
Chris was employed as the Midmar Building Supplies Manager in November 2014 and has already grown the hardware sales to just under a million monthly.
William Pitout –
Quarry Operations Manager
William started his diesel apprenticeship in 1995 where he completed a 5 year apprenticeship. During this time he worked on various models of vans and cars including DA tippers, Toyota Hino, Peterbuilt, internationals and Merc. He also dealt with earthmoving vehicles such as bulldozers, front end loaders and a grader. By 1999 he completed his trade test at Oelifantsfontain Trade test centre and continued to work for the transport company up until 2002.
From 2002-2005 he worked at Malenge Sawmills as the Workshop Manager. His duties included ensuring the maintenance of a fleet of 26 units, ranging from Bell loggers, tractors, forklifts, Front end Loaders a grader and vans. His mining career started in 2006 at Ixopo Quarries as the Workshop Manager where he maintained the fleet and was responsible for plant maintenance. He was Production Manager for 2 years and was then appointed Quarry Manager. During his years at Ixopo Quarries, he was involved with production blasting and secondary blasting first hand.
From the 01.08.2016 he has been working at Midmar Crushers as the Operations Manager and has recently been promoted to Quarry Manager of Midmar Crushers.