AEL South Africa: Leading in a Manufacturing Context
On January 8, 2017, Ronald Huggins, plant manager at AEL Mining Services Limited (AEL), needed to come up with innovative ways to keep his employees motivated. This need was driven by the downward trend of the local mining market. In 2011 and 2012, AEL had rolled out a major retrenchment, leaving employees with low morale and motivation, which in turn had affected performance levels. It became apparent that plant performance needed to ramp up. This was particularly important given the company's strategic plans to expand internationally and focus 80 per cent of its business, rather than the current 20 per cent, on the international mining market. Caren Scheepers is affiliated with University of Pretoria.