South African Businesspeople Conclude Mission to Angola

A group of South African businesspeople has arrived in South Africa after concluding a five-day Outward Trade and Investment Mission organised and funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) with the aim of assisting them seek a market for their products and services in Angola.

The businesspeople expressed their fulfilment with the level of exposure and outcomes the mission provided. They added that the mission has presented them with an opportunity to understand the Angolan market, discover trade and investment opportunities and engage with their Angolan counterparts.

The Business Development Manager responsible for Africa at Burncrete, Mr Saalim Jallal, says the company was thrilled to be part of the mission to explore the trade and investment prospects and to source new business partners for their steel manufacturing company.

“My trip to Angola was successful. I managed to score a business deal with Macsteel whom after meeting with their general manager. The company will be buying steel materials from us,” said Jallal.

Mr Johannes Mpotu of Aberdare Cable, an electrical and power cables manufacturer from Johannesburg, described the mission as a fruitful one. He indicated that his company has received an order and they will be submitting quotations in the next few days.

“For us this was a fact-finding mission and we are happy about the outcomes and how everything unfolded from the first day when we started with the seminar and business-to-business meetings. Going back home with trade leads and proposals is a sign that Angola has plenty of opportunities that can be explored going forward.,” emphasised Mpotu.

The Chief Executive Officer of Bridge of Hope Wines, Ms Rosemary Mosia from Cape Town was also pleased as a result of the openings the mission produced.

“My reflection of the trip will be that Angola has a wide range of opportunities and we must embrace them. In my case I managed to meet with five companies. I have already provided them with quotations. I am hopeful something will materialise in the next month or two. What I am more excited about is that the Angolan wine market is now shifting away from Europe and setting their sight on South African companies to provide quality locally factory-made wine which is a major boost for us,” indicated Mosia.

Members of the South African business delegation on a site visit to Zango, a sub-urban housing settlement in Luanda.

Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson
Tel: (012) 394 1650
Mobile: 079 492 1774
Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
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