A decade of peace and success

CONGRATULATIONS to Shalom Scrap Metal Services that is celebrating a decade in business this year. “Our mission is to recover valuable metals from unsightly industrial and consumer products, which would otherwise be pollutants and eyesores.

All forms of both ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metals are collected and exported,” says the owner, Mr. John Lucas. Shalom Scrap Metal Services started doing business at Tsumeb in 1999. In the beginning a Ford Laser Tracer was used for transporting non-ferrous metals from working sites for stripping with only one employee in their service. In 2000 they started small scale buying and selling. A five year contract with Ongopolo Mine was signed in 2001 for collecting all surface scrap at the smelter area and upper levels. From 2003 until 2005 Shalom Services dismantled a lot of small steel structures in the mill, smelter and other areas. They also started buying scrap metal and non-ferrous metals from farmers and towns. Shalom Services also recovered usable scrap material to resell. They also tackled Otjihase and Kombat Mines for cleaning up the surface.

In 2004 the contract was renewed for five more years. From 2006 to 2008 more plants (steel structures) were dismantled in smelter and mill areas like the sinter plant and old column cell.

A big job of completely dismantling the Germanium plant and full surface clean-up was done by Shalom Services, as well as the dismantling of the back fill plant in the mill area. Shalom Services started collecting scrap at old dump sites and sorting light and heavy material, plastic, rubber, etc. In 2008 and 2009 Shalom Services received a contract to paint about 70% of the smelter plant.They rendered excavating services to Ongopolo and the public. Shalom Services also started with auctions. Since 1999 Shalom has grown from strength to strength and is a successful business today. “Our vision goes back to the meaning of the word Shalom,” say the owners, John and Marlinda Lucas: “Shalom means peace in every country of the world.

In Israel, Shalom is used on a daily basis to greet people. However, Shalom means much more than peace, hello or goodbye. A word study in the New King James version for Shalom says: Completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquillity, prosperity, perfection, fullness, rest, harmony, and the absence of agitation or discord. So in essence, when you speak out the word Sha¬lom, you are not only proclaiming peace, but all the above meanings over that person or business.That’s a mighty blessing.” Shalom Scrap Metal Services would like to thank the following for their support over the past ten years: Hans Nolte, Andre Neethling, Christo Groenewald, Casper Derks, Ettiene Weakly, Pieter Lerm, Renier Van Zyl, Frans Lucas, WIA Namibia, A. Schulze, the Tsumeb community, Brandberg Construction, NCCI Namibia, Cymot Tsumeb, Frikkie and Naomi Briedenhann, Indica Global Limited, Esspee Me munity, Brandberg Construction, NCCI Namibia, Cymot Tsumeb, Frikkie and Naomi Briedenhann, Indica Global Limited, Esspee Metal, SA Metal South Africa and their family. Don’t miss the next auction of Shalom Services on Saturday, 30 May.