Posted: September 5, 2019
SA Businesspeople Delighted About Progress in Australia
|The South African businesspeople attending the annual Africa Down Under (ADU) International Conference and Exhibition currently underway in Perth, Australia are delighted at the prospects of achieving their objectives as the event enters its second day.
The businesspeople are funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and are part of the Outward Selling Mission to Australia. The objective of the mission, which includes participation of the companies in both the conference and exhibition, is to provide a platform for the companies to seek an export market for their products and services in Australia and other countries.
One of the delegates, Mr Eliot Mnisi who is the Chief Executive Officer of Rhimak Holdings, a North West-based engineering, procurement and construction management company, says the event began on a high note for him.
“We came here to market our new product in our portfolio called minecrete. It is a proudly South African product which will improve safety in underground mining as it solves the problem of fall of ground by preventing oxidation underground. I have been impressed by the unexpectedly high interest that the product has attracted among mainly mining companies that are participating in ADU, including a CEO of a big Australian company with whom we are already discussing possible tests in their new mine in Botswana,” says Mnisi.
The Managing Director of the Gauteng-based Kama Coils & Transformers, Mr Grant Rousseau says he was inspired by the speeches and presentations that were delivered on the first day of the conference.
“There is a wealth of valuable information that we received from the CEOs of international companies themselves, and from various senior government officials and politicians. The information was very inspiring as the presenters and speakers provided us with multiple opportunities that are available in the mining sector in Austria and various African countries,” says Rousseau.
He adds that he has already met an existing Australian client with whom he held discussions about a possibility of an extension of the deal and expansion of the relationship.
The first two days of the event have also been constructive and beneficial for the Durban-based businessman Mr Tom Phillips, who is the Strategic Marketing Analyst of Inspired Interfaces.
“We have managed to generate a few promising leads on the first day of this event. As a fairly small company this has been a phenomenal opportunity for us to rub shoulders with the big guns of the mining industry which we are targeting for our cutting-edge software products. I am really excited about the good contacts that I have made and hope the follow-up meetings and interactions today will also bear more fruit. We are making gradual but significant progress and hope the leads will develop into deals,” adds Phillips.
The ADU is the world’s leading gathering for companies and organisations in mineral exploration and mining services from all continents. It is said to have grown to become the largest African-focused mining event held outside the continent itself. It is providing a perfect platform for the South African companies to showcase their products, services and expertise and interact with CEOs of leading mining companies from Australia, and various countries in Africa. ADU is also an excellent source of information on future mining projects in Africa and elsewhere.