Our director, Nardus Bezuidenhout, joined Champ Drilling in 1998 as a drilling foreman. Gaining valuable experience he was appointed as the company’s drilling manager in 2002, and between 2000 -2009 built up the company from a single drill rig to a thriving company owning 6 rigs. During this period reverse circulation, percussion and exploration drilling was done all over South Africa for companies including: ANGLO PLATINUM POTGIETERSRUS, FOSKOR MINE, LONMIN PLATINUM BRITS, ETRUSCAN DIAMONDS, PANGEA MINE, PERCUSSO BOR, ROCKWELL RESOURCES, DE BEERS GROUP, NAMAKWA DIAMONDS, SEPHAKU CEMENT, ZULULAND ANTRACITE COLLIERIES, FERROMETALS, MCC and SRK CONSULTING. During 2008 Nardus and his team expanded and took on projects in Namibia, drilling in Khorixas, Usakos and Noord-Oewer areas.
In May 2010 Champ Drilling was sold to Hall Core Drilling, but Nardus and his teams operated independently as a division of Hall Core. Nardus was a director of the new company but operated and managed the percussion rigs locally and in Africa. Contracts were acquired in Mauritania, drilling for companies such as FORTE and AURA ENERGY. He left Hall Core Drilling in March 2011 and joined Torque Drilling as a director and operations manager. A decision was made to split operations between NKOMATI MINE, where 3 of the drill rigs was used on a permanent basis under the name of Torque Drilling, and Torque Africa Exploration was used for the other 3 drill rigs that were used to drill on all the other projects. Some of our clients included: MANNGWE MINING, WITKOP FLUORSPAR MINE, AQUILA, BLUE GUM DIAMONDS, CHIMERA DIAMONDS, NAMAKWA DIAMONDS, VYFSTER DELWERY, GOPHOMA DIGGINGS, KIMOPAX, WALDEXPLORE, BOBOKO INVESTMENTS, BADENHORST DIAMONDS, SASOL, GOLD ONE, GEOSERVE, GCS CONSULTANTS, PIA SOLAR, SUN EDISON, AFRISAM and ADR MINING among others. We also drilled on projects in Botswana and Pakistan.
By the end of May 2015 Torque Africa Exploration (Pty) Ltd went on its own with Nardus as the only director and shareholder. After the split with Torque Drilling we had 4 drill rigs but soon realised that we would have to increase our fleet because of increased demand. Today we are proud of our fleet of 9 drill rigs, various support vehicles and a newly erected workshop just outside of Rayton, about 30 kilometers east of Pretoria.