« Renewing the presence of the South African National Pavilion at the DRC Mining Week positions South African companies as leading players in the mining and power sectors and will allow them to enhance their presence in the region, and for new companies to increase the South African foothold in the DRC».
This is according to Eric Bruggeman, CEO of the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC), that is bringing a strong delegation of South African suppliers to the DRC Mining Week conference and exhibition, that is taking place in Lubumbashi, in the hub of the mining province of Katanga, from 23-24 June.
The SACEEC is a public/private partnership between the capital equipment industry and the South African Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and currently services more than 140 member companies in manufacturing and allied services, representing a major proportion of the capital equipment industry in South Africa.
According to Mr Bruggeman : « the DRC is potentially one of the richest mining countries in Africa. The country was the world’s fourth largest producer of industrial diamonds during the 1980s, and diamonds continue to dominate exports, accounting for nearly half of exports ».
He continues: « trade relations between South Africa and the DRC are showing positive growth from a relatively low base, with bilateral trade being heavily skewed in South Africa’s favour due to limited productive capacity on the part of the DRC’s economy. In response to the extended period of globalisation, the focus has now swung to localisation and South Africa and South African companies are looking at ways to provide long-term and meaning partnerships with companies within the DRC ».
He says Lubumbashi, where the DRC Mining Week is taking place, « is the second largest city in the DRC and sets the stage for a business-to-business forum of facilitated sessions and meetings with key stakeholders. The SACEEC will also be looking at establishing a business centre in Lubumbashi to assist South African companies doing business in the country ».
South African companies at DRC Mining Week include
SACEEC members as part of the SA National Pavilion :
– AZMET – Engineering Services
– AZ-Armaturen – Lubricating Plug Valve and Sampling Valves
– WEBA Chutes – Chute designed
– Fabchem – Dome plates, Pumps
SACEEC members as individual exhibitors :
– FL Smidth
– Aard Mining Equipment
SA Companies as part of the National Pavilion :
– African Mixing Technologies – Pumps & agitators
– Hose manufacturers – Boreline, flatlay
– APE Pumps – Pumps
– Nitralife – Nitrogen generators
– Tru-Trac Rollers – Conveyor Equipment
– Turner Morris – DRIVE units, generators, Bio-mixers, Conveyors
– OE Bearings – SRB Brandsplit Roller, Bearing housing support, Hanger units, Flanges
The full interview with Mr Bruggeman can be viewed here: http://www.drcminingweek.com/SACEEC-interview