Rigging emerged from the days of sailing ships, where a rigger was a person who worked the ropes to hoist sails.
They would then use those skills in moving and lifting huge loads, and from there rigging became a trade. It is today a growing trade practiced by 10 rigging companies in Port Elizabeth such as Jamak Rigging.
An owner-managed company by Bloemfontein-born Jaco Kotze, Jamak is a relatively new outfit having started operations in 2012.
State of the art equipment and modern technology allows Jamak to move anything from a rhino , wooden houses, industrial machinery ,presses, shipping containers to delicate equipment such as RMI cat scanners, wire cutters, spark erodes, cnc’s as well as lazer cutting machines.
With 16 years’ experience in the rigging business Jaco is a well-known and respected rigger.
After high school, Jaco moved to the windy city where he found his first job as a rigger at Samson Rigging, where he worked for six years.
In 2002, Jaco together with a partner, started a rigging company, Rig rite, an adventure that went on for five years until he decided on opening his own rigging business.
“At first I struggled to find funding, I was being turned away by different private lenders.
“I went from one bank to the next without success. Finally someone suggested that I should approach the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC). ECDC approved a R500,000 loan to bring my dream to life. I used these funds to buy the truck.
“In 2016/17, I again approached ECDC to help me buy a crane from Italy that would elevate the business. The cost of the crane was R1.48 million and I raised R300,000 of the amount required.
“ECDC then paid the balance of R1,1 million in the form of a loan. I have no doubt that without ECDC’s assistance from the initial loan to the more recent one, it would have been almost impossible to get this business off the ground,” says Jaco.
On a daily basis alongside his crew Jaco is dedicated to deliver service excellence and outstanding quality.
“Being fully involved in one’s business provides some surety that the tasks will be completed to the highest level of quality. This is why I personally take part in the projects to ensure it is quality work and for my own peace of mind. I form part of my six man team.
“As a newly-established company all our equipment is brand new and certified to ensure optimum results, because your machines are more important to us than it is to you,” Jaco says.