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Our quarry... Our factory... Our unique business.

Our quarry

Slate is a sedimentary succession, laid down in a marine environment 2250 million years ago. This succession compacted to become shale. 1900 Million years ago, volcanic eruptions in the surrounding area caused lava to spill over the shale. Different minerals (iron, manganese, chrome, copper etc.), “burnt” (oxidized) into the slate layers to cause the most beautiful and unique colour combinations.

Each layer of slate has its own unique colour and texture.

These slate layers are excavated with a pinch bar, chisel and hammer. Each piece of raw material are carefully checked and inspected to ensure that it has a usable (undamaged) surface.

Indigenous people (mainly Setswana) are trained as quarrymen (to excavate the slate) and factory workers (to check quality, cut and process raw slate into final products).
Our labourers are the backbone of the company (excavating, quality checking, cutting and processing). Most labourers start unskilled or with little school education are then trained to perform different functions.
At least 40 labourers are constantly employed.
One of these trainees (Martiens Tsetse) was appointed manager last year, after 13 years of training. 

Only high quality raw material is cut to tiles, hand selected for thickness. Smooth and rough surfaces are separated by hand and loose chips are removed through a hand split process.

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Hammer test

Hammer check:
A hit at the back of slate with a hammer to check density.

Cutting:
Only high quality raw material is cut to tiles.

Cutting slate
Piles of slate tiles

Inspecting:
Hand selected for thickness while smooth and rough surfaces are separated.

Loose chips:
Loose chips are removed through a hand split process.

Hand split process
Chisel method

Chisel proses:
Hand selected for thickness while smooth and rough surfaces are separated. Loose chips are removed through a hand split process.

Washing:
Cleaning the tiles.

Mobirise
Crated slate tiles

Crating:
Final product ready for shipping.

Address

Cnr. President & Queen str.,
Zeerust, North West Province,
South Africa, 2865


Contacts

Email: slatetiles@webmail.co.za
Phone:
+2718 642 2582
Cell:
Mauritius Claase
+2782 332 5188