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Mpumamanzi Laboratory Service   

About the business

Mpumamanzi Laboratory Service is a completely blackowned and managed emerging business in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga. The laboratory’s team of professionals is closely associated with the full cycle of water resources management with a focus on improving the quality of South Africa’s potable water and aquatic systems. Team members are also involved in empowering young professionals with skills in water-related management issues. Clients, mainly in Mpumalanga and Limpopo, include Eskom, mining houses and municipalities.

The challenges

The challenges and needs that the business experienced were access to funding, obtain SABS accreditation and upgrade inadequate laboratory equipment.

Seda interventions and support

Seda assisted the laboratory with securing a Technology Transfer Fund incentive for new equipment – a machine to test samples that vary in turbidity – to increase the laboratory’s daily sample testing capacity and efficiency and comply with the National Laboratory Association’s annual proficiency performance test. Seda’s Quality and Standards Unit assisted with SABS ISO 900:2008 and ISO 17205 certification, as well as full SANSA accreditation (the latter in 2013).

The outcomes

Seda’s support has helped the company:

  • grow from seven employees in 2010 to 15 at the end of 2012 with the addition mainly of professionals (environmental scientist, chemical engineer, analytical chemist, microbiologist)
  • improve its analysis output from 40 to an average of 80 microbiological samples per day and increase its sample testing capacity to at least 200 per day
  • achieve a 100% compliance score from the National Laboratory Association for its proficiency performance test
  • achieve accreditation to secure tenders in the mining and municipal sectors and increase its clients base.