|A KwaZulu-Natal company, Cubicle Manufacturing Solutions is on a mission to find an export market for its products in Uganda. The Managing Director of the company, Ms Susan Hadcroft, will be one of the 25 businesspeople who will participate in the Outward Trade and Investment Mission to Uganda from 19-24 May 2019.
The mission is organised and funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme. One of the objectives of the scheme is to develop export markets for the South African products and services. More than 1 000 companies benefitted from the scheme in the last financial year.
Cubicle Manufacturing Solutions manufactures toilet and shower cubicles, lockers and benches for ablution and changing rooms at their main factory in Pietermaritzburg, and small factories in Johannesburg and Cape Town. It employs 62 people.
“We are excited about the trip to Uganda because we are hoping to meet people in the construction industry, including architects and quantity surveyors, who will recommend my products for procurement in forthcoming commercial building projects such as offices, malls, universities, hospitals, warehouses and gymnasiums. We manufacture extremely durable, water proof and vandal-proof products and we are confident that the Ugandan people will be impressed with them,” says Hadcroft.
She adds that it is her wish to add Uganda on the list of countries that her products are exported to. Currently, the company exports to several countries in Africa and the Middle East. These include Zambia, Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mauritius, Seychelles and Qatar.
According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, the main objective of the mission is to increase bilateral trade and investment between South Africa and Uganda.
In addition to increasing trade and investment between South Africa and Uganda, the mission is also expected to boost efforts of the dti to assist participating companies create job opportunities where they are located. Companies that manage to successfully obtain orders or secure deals with distributors and importers will increase their production and certainly create more jobs to meet the new export demand.
Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson
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Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
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