Posted: June 19, 2019
Gauteng Engineering Company keen to Establish Presence in the Rest of Africa
|A mining engineering company, Senet, which is based in Johannesburg, is keen to establish its presence in the African continent using their participation in the three-day DRC Mining Week scheduled to take place in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from today to Friday, 21 June 2019. The participation of Senet is funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance 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.
DRC Mining Week is the largest mining and industrial platform in the DRC, bringing together over 3 000 international professionals and local stakeholders from more than 50 countries, aiming to explore and showcase the vast investment opportunities in the mining sector.
The Sales Lead for Senet, Mr Elvis Ntungicimpaye says the company decided to participate in this year’s DRC Mining Week because they want to expand their brand footprint and penetrate other African markets.
“We already have trade leads in the DRC and we believe that the exhibition will give us an opportunity to connect and network with potential clients and other businesspeople from the continent. We also want to forge relationships that will lead to new developments or joint ventures. Our business strategy has always been to grow and expand into the whole of Africa and not just remain domestic,” says Ntungicimpaye.
Ntungicimpaye says he believes that African businesses should do more in adding value to their products instead of exporting raw materials.
“We should maximise our resources and ensure that we tap into the skills that we can gain from other continents and utilise to produce value-added goods which we can export out of the continent,” he indicates.
Senet was established 30 years ago and specialises in engineering and consulting services to mines, and also the manufacturing of agglomeration drums, grasshopper and stacker conveyors using local content materials. It currently employs 190 people.