By Bongani Lukhele
The Consul-General of South Africa in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ms Nosicelo Mbele says the DRC Mining Week presents an opportunity for South African businesspeople to network and create ties that can be translated into exports of their products and services. Mbele was addressing the South African business delegation that is currently showcasing at the DRC Mining Week show which started today and will end on Friday, 3 June 2022.The twenty mining exporters are supported by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) to participate and exhibit their products and services at the DRC Mining Week, through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) Scheme. The objective of the scheme is to develop export markets for South African products and services and to recruit new foreign direct investment into the country.
“There are huge unexploited opportunities for South African exporters to increase exports of capital goods into the DRC’s mining industry with potential exports of mining equipment and related products estimated to be around R569 million. The country holds a wealth of opportunities, not just in mining, but as well as in agriculture and retail, telecommunications, mining and construction, logistics and other services, electricity and infrastructure,” said Mbele.
According to Mbele, Covid-19 has affected the South African economy and there is a need for businesses to get more export orders which will translate into employing more people and contribute in addressing the current unemployment rate that now stands at 34,5%. She adds that this rich market needs their knowledge in various sectors and points out the importance of seeking partners that will offer support in penetrating the market.
“This market is fertile and there is money. Interact and network with potential partners, agents and distributors, market yourself, create contacts and get good partners. However, do not miss to be in contact with the envoys at the South African mission who have the knowledge of the environment as you might fall prey to scammers. The office is there to service you, use it accordingly,” added Mbele.
The Foreign Economic Representative of South Africa in the DRC, Mr Siphamandla Kumkani highlighted the importance of being patient and persistent as the market is not an easy one. He added that the market is huge and needs the South African businesspeople.
Caption: The Consulate-General of South Africa in Lubumbashi, DRC Ms Nosicelo Mbele addressing South African businesspeople at the DRC Mining Week.
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