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Bonagui SA ESS LDA Darling Brew Three of the continent’s leading beverage and FMCG operators are on hand to help celebrate the 50th edition of Africa Outlook

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Mauritius: The heavenly Island

ORYX PROPERTIES 56 Targeting achievable growth, both for the Company and for Namibia

VELOS ENTERPRISES LTD 64 Significant growth facilitates a reputation as one of Zambia’s largest contracting companies

MINOPEX 90 Overcoming cross-border challenges to achieve continued success all over the world

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Mauritius Mauritius is without doubt the perfect spot for the inquisitive business traveller, providing an endless array of surprises with every turn Writer: Phoebe Calver Project Manager: Ryan Gray PHOTO: LY HOANG LONG

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here is far more than meets the eye when it comes to Mauritius’ offerings to the eager business traveller. Of course there is the extensive beauty seen wherever you look; but delve beneath the surface and you’ll find a plethora of intriguing activities to take up your spare time. Perhaps offering up the most relaxing business trip you can find, Mauritius’ beaches are renowned for the piercing blues which will

undoubtedly leave you speechless. However, look just beyond and you will discover the islands wildlife which will capture your imagination and leave you wanting more time to explore. Located just east of Madagascar, Mauritius only has two seasons for you to consider when travelling - summer and winter - with very little change to differentiate the two; taking into account that during your business hours, the central plateau will be cooler than time spent on the more coastal areas.

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If you are a keen wildlife connoisseur, the wildlife tourism sector of Mauritius is gaining popularity; having saved more birds than any other country on the planet, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise. As a result, when you make your way down to the shores of this beautiful island, you will be treated to two of the loveliest birds in the Indian Ocean - the pink pigeon and Mauritian kestrel. Of course it is not just the natural sights you should relish in during your time there, with the food on

offer standing out as an experience in itself. Mauritius is gaining a long list of accolades for its excellence in food and fine-dining offerings, providing something to suit the tastes of everyone; it is most definitely an experience not to be missed. Mauritius will provide the perfect back-drop for your business trip and with the help of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority’s exclusive interview in this month’s travel guide, you won’t be short of ideas when it comes to down time.

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Raise a Glass to the 50th Edition AFRICA of Africa Outlook A little more than four years ago, a fledgling magazine entered the market Bonagui SA hoping to bring the latest in engaging ESS LDA Darling Brew news and success stories to a continent Three of the continent’s leading beverage and of business professionals witnessing FMCG operators are on hand to help celebrate their ‘emerging’ tag escalate into the 50th edition of Africa Outlook ‘emerged’. Simultaneously, both Africa Outlook and African business has evolved immeasurably between then and now, and we thought it only fitting to capitalise on this anniversary edition by commemorating the rise; and by - quite simply - toasting African industry. And what better way to do so than with a beer in hand, as we kick-off the issue with a tour around Darling Brew’s state-of-the-art facilities and an interview with the Company’s entrepreneurial Managing Director, Kevin Wood. Similar to Africa Outlook at its inception, the brewer is enjoying the ‘David and Goliath’ battle to become established in a competitive industry, but is optimising key drivers across location, quality and branding to ensure success on a soon-tobe international scale. For any designated drivers out there, worry not. Bonagui SA - a subsidiary of the Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company - and Express Support Services Lda are also on hand this month with their vast range of soft drink products and FMCG options. Not one to just look back at former glories, we also take the chance to glance ahead to one of the most impacting and significant global events set to effect foreign direct investment and trade in Africa over the coming years, in the form of the UK’s Brexit vote. Dr Amy Jadesimi of Nigerian industrial free zone, LADOL joins forces with Rosalind Kainyah, MBE of London-based, Kina Advisory Limited to assess the potential long-term fall-outs. Across our showcasing assortment, as always, the full spectrum of sectors are accounted for via real estate entrepreneurs, Oryx Properties; renowned multinational miners, Minopex; and two socially-enriching Zambian pioneers in the form of Velos Enterprises and Missionpharma. And finally, back with beer in hand, we hit the beaches of Mauritius... purely for business of course though, as we assess the stunning country’s business travel credentials. www.africaoutlookmag.com

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ORYX PROPERTIES 00 Targeting achievable growth, both for the Company and for Namibia

VELOS ENTERPRISES LTD 00 Significant growth facilitates a reputation as one of Zambia’s largest contracting companies

MINOPEX 00 Overcoming cross-border challenges to achieve continued success all over the world

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AGRICULTURE Wake Up and Smell the Coffee A new outlook for Ethiopian coffee growers

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Tell us your story and we’ll tell the world

The first choice in East African construction

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DARLING BREW Slow Beer

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BONAGUI SA EQUATORIAL COCACOLA BOTTLING COMPANY IN GUINEA CONAKRY The Only Constant is Change

HOLTAN EAST AFRICA Today’s Innovation for Tomorrow’s Success

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Brewing engineers with creativity and innovation

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Creating value and making a difference for 30 years

Strengthening tomorrow’s healthcare with intelligent solutions and trustful partnerships

GILL CONSULTING ENGINEERS LTD Top-Tier Service

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VELOS ENTERPRISES LTD We Deliver Significant growth facilitates a reputation as one of Zambia’s largest contracting companies

ABDUL MULLICK ASSOCIATES CONSULTING ENGINEERS A Clear Vision

Unveiling a five-year strategic plan with innovation and improvement at its core

MODI MINING CC Rooted in Mining

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CHERRY IRRIGATION Quality that Grows

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ARCELORMITTAL SOUTH AFRICA Transforming Tomorrow Striving to be among one of the lowest-cost steel producers in the world

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AFRICA PROPERTY INVESTMENT SUMMIT & EXPO

Disrupt, Debate, Deliver

Giving a voice to the African real estate industry

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WEST AFRICA PROPERTY INVESTMENT SUMMIT

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China Pumps Cash into African Floating LNG Projects

China plans to pour almost $7 billion into floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) projects in Africa, betting on a largely untested technology in the hope that energy markets will recover by the time they start production in the early 2020s. Western banks are wary due to the depressed state of the shipping and gas markets, as well as the technical difficulties of pumping gas extracted from below the ocean floor, chilling it into liquid form on

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a floating platform and transferring it into tankers for export. China, however, is making a strategic push into FLNG, aiming to become the lowest cost seller of the complex floating plants and lead the global rollout of a technique that remains in its infancy, with only one project in commercial production so far. The country needs gas as a cleaner alternative to coal under a drive to improve air quality in its cities, and has

already lent $12 billion to Russia’s conventional Yamal LNG project in the Arctic as U.S. sanctions scared away Western banks. It has also lent or committed almost $4 billion to three FLNG schemes off the African coast. In two more African projects costing a total of $3 billion, it plans not only to provide the funding, but also build the production platforms. “We see a real commitment to FLNG in China both from the construction side and from the LNG consumption side where decreasing costs mean potentially lower cost LNG,” said Steve Lowden, chairman of Jersey-based NewAge which is planning FLNG projects off Congo Republic and Cameroon. China already dominates the global market for solar panels and is a major supplier of coal-fired power plants, aided by easy money, cheaper labour and state support. Now, with Beijing pushing President Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road” vision of expanding trade links between Asia, Africa and Europe, it is turning to FLNG to bring high technology work to its shipyards and create jobs a strategic priority. FLNG is also attractive to resource-rich but debt-burdened African countries. Projects can sail into place, drop anchor, and begin exporting for much less than the cost of onshore plants, the price of which quadrupled in the decade to 2013. That, at least, is the theory. The reality is that the technology remains complex. Royal Dutch Shell’s mammoth Prelude FLNG plant, for example will be aboard the world’s biggest floating structure, but must squeeze the equipment into a quarter of the space occupied by an LNG plant on dry land.

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Kenya’s Ruling Party Promises to Expand Free Education and Healthcare Kenya’s ruling party promised to expand free education and healthcare in a manifesto published on Monday, but did not acknowledge problems in existing social services that have triggered strikes as elections approach. President Uhuru Kenyatta, the head of the Jubilee Party, is seeking a second and final five-year term in office in the 8 August polls, where voters will choose a president, legislators and local representatives. Public debates have focused on social services and the cost of living, although some voters will cleave to tribal allegiances. More than 1,200 people were killed after the 2007

polls when political protests unleashed ethnic violence. Kenyatta’s chief rival, veteran opposition leader Raila Odinga, is heading the National Super Alliance, a coalition of opposition parties that has yet to publish its manifesto. In its new policy pledges, Jubilee promised to provide free, quality primary healthcare for all Kenyans; free secondary education; affordable housing and connect every citizen to the electricity grid by 2020. “Employment creation is at

the heart of the next Jubilee administration’s priorities,” he wrote in a preface to the manifesto. Reuters was not able to independently verify all the president’s assertions, but maternal mortality has been falling in Kenya since 2003, and the Kenya Power Company said it has 6.1 million connections, up from 2.26 million in March, 2013, just before Kenyatta took office. Many new roads have been built and the first phase of railway opened last month.

President Jacob Zuma is embroiled in a net of scandals. “The public protector does not have the power to direct parliament to amend the constitution,” Gigaba told business leaders at the start of a policy conference of the ruling African

National Congress. “These recommendations should have been directed at the finance ministry. We should all insist on the independence of the South African Reserve Bank.” Zuma has drawn unprecedented criticism from senior ruling party members in recent weeks. A shock cabinet reshuffle prompted in March ratings agencies to downgrade South Africa to “junk” status and unemployment is at a 14-year high. The economy has also entered recession, prompting Gigaba to call in his speech for drastic measures to kick-start growth. “Should the main indicators continue to disappoint any further we may have to seek assistance from quarters we have thus far avoided,” Gigaba added, without elaborating. growth, to create jobs.

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Central Bank must be Independent, says South African Finance Minister South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba accused the country’s anti-corruption agency of overstepping the mark in suggesting changes to the way the central bank works, insisting that monetary policy should remain independent. A call by South Africa’s public protector for an overhaul of Reserve Bank’s mandate - to focus on growth rather than inflation and the currency has rattled investors this month, hitting the rand. It exposed worsening divisions between state institutions just as

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Ivory Coast to Build 25 MW Solar Power Station Ivory Coast plans to build a 25-megawatt solar power plant in the north of the country as it seeks to bolster a strained power grid with renewables. The 23.6 billion CFA franc ($40 million) plant will be built by Korhogo Solaire, a subsidiary of Morocco’s Nova Power, and is expected to be operational by 2018. It could be one of the first solar power plants in Ivory Coast which until now has depended mostly on gas and oil-fired thermal plants to produce power and has only a small number of planned solar projects. “The realisation of this plant will improve the balance of the energy mix, which requires an increasingly strong integration of renewable energy,” a representative said. Demand for electricity is increasing by about 10 percent annually and the government hopes to attract enough investment to double output to 4,000 megawatts by 2020. F O O D & D R I N K

Danone Expands Fan Milk Production Capacity in Ghana Danone and its Dubai-based private equity partner Abraj will together invest $25 million to expand production capacity at the Fan Milk dairy business in Ghana. Attracted by the spending power of a growing middle class, Africa has in recent years become a major area of

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Millions of bed nets delivered to fight malaria in West Africa Millions of insecticide-treated bed nets are being delivered to protect people from malaria in the West African nations of Guinea-Bissau and Sierra Leone, where the mosquitoborne disease is one of the biggest killers. The countries’ health ministries are working with United Nations agencies and local partners in a drive to ensure every household receives at least one bed net in the coming expansion for Danone and other global consumer product companies such as Unilever, Nestle, Pernod Ricard and Diageo.

weeks. “This is not just a distribution drive but also a mass information campaign,” said John James, representative for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Sierra Leone. “Teams will be going door-to-door, and using social media and radio to raise awareness ... the goal is to reach every last house,” James told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone. More than a quarter of people in Sierra Leone - at least two million - suffer from the disease, which accounts for a fifth of the country’s child deaths and four in 10 of its hospital admissions, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). in February to buy out GM’s 57.7 percent stake in a joint venture in Kenya. Paris-based Danone has spent more than €1 billion ($1.12 billion) since 2013 to expand in Africa through acquisitions in countries including Kenya, Morocco and Ivory Coast. Africa accounts for more than five percent of Danone’s revenue. Sales from West Africa are growing near an annual 20 percent and the target is to continue that until 2020. The investment will add three production lines to the Akosombo plant in Accra, Ghana to meet growing demand in West Africa for dairy products, Danone said.

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Death of Botswana’s Ex-President who Helped Steady Democracy Botswana’s former President Ketumile Masire, an instrumental figure in establishing the southern African country’s image as a stable African democracy, has died at the age of 91. Masire was Botswana’s second president after independence in 1966 and was in office from 1980 to 1998 when he stepped down voluntarily. Botswana, the world’s largest diamond producer and a haven for

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Botswana Lerala Diamond Mine Shuts Down Australia’s Kimberley Diamond Ltd (KDL) has shut its Lerala Diamond Mine in Botswana citing weak market conditions, leaving 130 workers unemployed. Botswana Mine Workers Union

South Africa’s Chamber of Mines Challenges New Charter in Court luxury safari tourism, has been one of the world’s fastest growing economies since the 1970s and has remained politically stable on a continent plagued by violence and corruption. “He died peacefully at Bokamoso Private Hospital surrounded by his family,” private secretary Fraser Tlhoiwe said in a statement.

national organising coordinator, Abel Buka told Mmegi Newspaper that Kimberley had briefed workers in a letter that it was closing operations after failing to agree a funding deal with a Chinese financier. Lerala Mine was opened in 2008 and has shut twice owing to weak sales. Kimberley had targeted an annual output of 360,000 carats over seven years.

South Africa’s Chamber of Mines has applied to a high court for an interdict to prevent the implementation of a new charter that increases the minimum threshold for black ownership of mining companies. “The vast and systemic damage which the publication and threatened enforcement of the 2017 Charter has and continues to inflict requires that it is submitted urgently,” the chamber said in a statement. A court application to have the new mining charter reviewed in terms of the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act will follow in due course, the Chamber confirmed. M I N I N G & R E S O U R C E S

Madagascar President says No Change to Mining Code Madagascar president Hery Rajaonarimampianina said that the Government did not plan to go through with planned changes to its mining code which had alarmed investors. Madagascar, one of Africa’s poorest nations, planned to increase royalty fees and claim 10 percent stakes in mining concessions under a draft code dated 27 August, 2015. Mining executives in the Indian Ocean island state had raised concerns that the draft was less investor friendly than the previous one. “For the moment there is no change, we are applying the existing code and any change will not happen in the near future,” Rajaonarimampianina said.

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Rosalind Kainyah, MBE of Kina Advisory Limited and Dr Amy Jadesimi of LADOL analyse the implications, challenges and opportunities facing African trade in the wake of the UK’s 2016 referendum

Kainyah set the scene from Kina Advisory’s London office:

Although there is much speculation about the UK’s ability to negotiate better bi-lateral trade agreements Writer: Matthew Staff with countries outside the EU, it does not guarantee that African countries t’s almost a year to the will be priority beneficiaries. It will day since the UK narrowly all depend on how proactive African erred in the favour of countries are in positioning themselves independence from the to make Brexit work in their favour; European Union in a and to start doing so now rather than decision that sent shockwaves around waiting for “it to be done to them”. the world. For the European community, The one thing I know for certain it might be perceived that there was a at the moment is that no-one knows sense of loss and abandonment on what the practical outworkings of the agreements that had been in place for potential consensus is in a region 2016 Brexit vote will be. This means decades. For the rest of the world that has ties to the UK on a historic - in spite of many views aired - it is though, it has often been spun on UK Commonwealth level, as well as on an difficult to say definitively what the shores to represent an era of established trade scale, Africa Outlook impact of Brexit will be for countries in opportunity to solidify and even improve garnered opinion from Rosalind Africa. However, the magnitude of the trade channels on an unlimited scale. Kainyah, MBE, the Founder and impact will vary across the continent, But what does it mean for Africa Managing Director of Kina Advisory with countries such as Mauritius, specifically? To find out what the Limited, a socio-economic advisory unit Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya most

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Effect likely to be affected, given the level of their commercial links to the UK. The main effects of Brexit for Africa will be in the form of trade and aid. How trade regimes with the UK will look is unknown territory. The UK could cut and paste the provisions of current Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and certain African countries into future trade agreements; and, as a leader in the EPA negotiations, may well go this route. Alternatively, Brexit could open up opportunities for new trading regimes that could give African countries better market access to the UK and, to compete, the EU or individual member states may also seek to offer better trade terms. However, if the UK were to impose a new set of import standards in addition to and/or different from those imposed by the EU, this could overwhelm Africa’s infant exporters already struggling to meet EU standards. A weaker pound sterling, as a result of Brexit, means cheaper imports from Britain into African countries, which can benefit consumers as well as businesses importing equipment

for production. The flipside though is that it makes African exports more expensive for British consumers; from Kenyan cut flowers through to tourists taking holidays in popular African destinations like Zanzibar and South Africa. Bearing in mind that other than commodities, the balance of trade would still be in favour of the UK and the EU exporting to African countries rather than African countries exporting to them, the total sum of this impact is a disadvantage to African countries. On the other hand, with their own market access to Europe reduced, post-Brexit British investors will be looking for places to invest and markets to serve. Africa can capture some of that potential investment. British money is welcome in Africa. With its historic ties and long-running relationships with many African countries, British companies are wellpositioned to do business in Africa while contributing to the continent’s economic and social development. I advise UK companies that are working hard to invest on the continent in a way that also leaves a positive footprint on the continent. While new money from British

investors could flow into Africa, money from development aid to Africa could decrease. The withdrawal of the UK’s $585 million contribution to the European Development Fund (14.8 percent of the fund) may not necessarily be fully compensated for by any increase in bilateral aid to African countries as fiscal and political pressures could make Britain turn inward. However, in spite of its Brexit challenges, the UK has always been a very influential voice in international development, and African countries hope that it will maintain the level of its existing commitments and its influence in multilateral institutions. The UK’s focus on Africa through its own institutions such as CDC & DFiD, as well as through the multilateral institutions such as the World Bank Group and the African Development Bank, has been a strong factor in moving the development agenda forward. But perhaps a more important consideration is to ensure that any loss in aid is more than made up for by gains in trade and investment, bringing with them jobs, infrastructure, and the transfer of skills and technology.

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Knowing better than most the influence that the UK already has in Africa is Dr Jadseimi, whose stewardship of a major industrial Free Zone in Nigeria - one of the countries listed by Kainyah as being most affected - will be directly influenced by the implications of Brexit. LADOL is the single largest, 100 percent indigenous, industrial and maritime facility in Nigeria, disrupting “the many bloated, capital intensive, inefficient, rent-seeking business practices in Nigeria by privately investing in capacity that will enable Nigerians to add value and lower operational costs for a range of industries” Jadesimi describes. It has always been Jadesimi’s ambition to help contribute to the betterment of her country through the development of a “strong, sustainable and prosperous global economy”, making Brexit a fascinating - and potentially detrimental - event for Nigeria if not capitalised on effectively. Africa Outlook (AfO): Regarding last year’s referendum, can you firstly provide an insight into what businesses and industrial

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Dr Amy Jadesimi, CEO & MD, LADOL zones in Africa, such as LADOL, were hoping for in terms of a result, and the reasons for this? Dr Amy Jadesimi (AJ): As staunch supporters of a progressive and inclusive global community, we at LADOL were in favour of a ‘remain’ vote. Globalisation is an important mechanism towards global equality, and regressive political rhetoric

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threatens to undo many of the strides made over the past 70 years. I think the EU has largely been a success; of course it needs to evolve and make some significant changes to remain one, but hopefully Brexit will be a wakeup call that leads to a stronger union in the long-run. As a Nigerian and African I think we can learn a lot from the EU and I hope that the African Union (AU) grows into an equally strong and effective political and commercial union of countries. A strong AU, with wide spread intraAfrican trade could generate US$12 trillion for African countries through trade. Many countries, particularly those of us in the Commonwealth, will now seize this opportunity to redefine their working relationship with Britain. AfO: And since the breakaway from the EU was confirmed, what are LADOL’s thoughts as to how a move such as this could be capitalised upon in Africa? AJ: Business leaders and politicians in Africa must make it clear to Britain that the new relationship with Commonwealth - and in particular


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low-income, high growth - countries like Nigeria, must be based on a sustainable trade, investment and manufacturing collaboration. In other words, we must form alliances where both sides contribute and both sides benefit; e.g. sustainably manufacturing cars at LADOL using British knowhow and a Nigerian workforce and facility. [This will pull] more Nigerians out of poverty, strengthen the global economy and drive greater prosperity in the UK as well. By 2050 Nigeria will be the third largest country in the world, and Africa will have a quarter of the world’s population and its youngest people. Harnessing this population boom in a sustainable way will unleash an unprecedented period of wealth creation. The key for Britain is to

actively engage with legitimate private companies in Africa, such as LADOL, with whom they can collaborate and can get the support needed to thrive in Africa. Brexit will bring with it an opportunity for Britain to radically change its international relationships and exercise first mover advantage to capture this unique African opportunity.

for example. Any agreement between the UK and Nigeria will take time. We expect to see a breakup, by the UK, of the West Africa agreement, which is currently imposed by the EU. This will create the environment necessary for a fair agreement between the UK and Nigeria, as it will no longer be tied to requirements of other member states. The terms of any agreement will depend on local growth but it would be best for Nigeria and Britain if we Nigerians trade finished goods.

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Today, however, the full range of global consumer themes - including health and wellness, convenience, indulgence, low/no calories and food protection - are now also major themes in Africa. This not only presents global marketers with a wider market, but also, “provides Africans with an opportunity to participate in the global consumer sector as producers and suppliers of new and innovative products that speak to global consumer trends”, says Brendan Grundlingh, Executive, Consumer Client Coverage, Standard Bank. As Africans adapt and combine technologies to service both local and global consumer opportunities, a world of new consumer product, service and support opportunities are emerging on the continent. There is a huge opportunity, for example, for existing digital and new speech technologies to utilise algorithms around discounting a basic basket of goods; targeting lower income households in Africa, for instance. Innovation in ecommerce focused on digitally

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acquired consumer insights combining new distribution models, including, perhaps, delivery of goods or even medicines via drone to remote locations, is also presenting huge opportunity in Africa’s direct-toconsumer space. The fact that global consumer trends are increasingly favouring the niche and the local over the global and the general presents Africa with further opportunity. While this is part of a broader trend towards sustainability and social and economic justice in production and consumption, it has meant that increasingly - and in Africa too - larger multinationals that previously dominated the personal care sector, for example, are either losing out to smaller local players, “or are being forced to buy out and incorporate the offerings of local champions into their brands”, says Mr Grundlingh.

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As such, looking ahead in Africa there is scope for smaller niche players - at home with ethnic and cultural diversity, for example - to win market share from larger multinational companies by using, “the smart, the small, and the local, to scale products though innovation, or bring new technologies to delivery and service”, he adds.

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Africa’s large, growing and increasingly urbanised millennial population has a high expectation of integrity from brands, products and services. This is also likely to drive rapid change and innovation in how Africa’s consumer sector understands and meets holistic wellness themes in food and lifestyle. With health and wellness emerging as strong consumer theme in Africa over the past five years, food providers that previously provided a handful of products now have an opportunity to develop an integrated range of healthy food products across the full human lifecycle. With people living longer, for example, there is also a greater focus on, “early life and medical nutrition, healthier water and plant based beverages, sustainable foods, zero net carbon food production technologies, trusted origin and sustainable agriculture”, adds Mr Grundlingh.


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Given Africa’s natural agricultural advantages - 60 percent of the world’s unused arable land, abundant water supply in many parts of the continent, and 80 percent of Africa’s population are already involved in agriculture – the scope for innovation in food production, beneficiation, supply and distribution through the adaptation and application of new technologies is vast. Add to this innovation in adapting to climate change - sustaining food production through drought or other extreme weather events - and the scope for new product and service development in the agricultural sector becomes even wider. Food production and supply innovation also play well to Africa’s strong medical consumer themes. The bulk of Africa’s heath challenges are related, directly or indirectly, to food and nutrition. Globally, obesity kills three times more people than malnutrition. In sub-Saharan Africa, 70 percent of South African females for example are obese and approximately one in three people are undernourished. HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections and diarrhoea remain Africa’s biggest causes

of death. All are partially combated or exacerbated by diet. Again, “the nexus between food and health, combined with disruptive technologies, presents broad opportunity for Africa to adapt, evolve and service new consumer themes - and markets - in these areas”, says Mr Grundlingh. Understanding that in today’s consumer environment change is a constant - to be worked with, not resisted - will also allow Africans to leverage existing and innovate new consumer opportunities. Much of this change in Africa is driven by the same global sustainability and health and wellness concerns evident in the rest of the world. For example, Kenya has become the latest African country to ban plastic bags due their negative environmental impact. Soon, the kind of change that global reactions to sugar

have driven in food and beverage evolution will very soon drive change in Africa too. For example, large soft drink multinationals - many of them with products unchanged for almost a century - are rapidly developing entirely new product ranges, marketing philosophies and distribution technologies as, increasingly, global populations turn away from sugar. There is no doubt that the global themes that have shaped consumer trends in the rest of the world are also present in Africa today. What is different in Africa, however, is that these themes are evolving in a very different demographic, cultural, spatial and infrastructural environment; “amongst populations that have proved much quicker at successfully adopting and adapting new mobile technologies”, says Mr Grundlingh. “As a bank present in more than 20 African economies, we are able to recognise - and support - the huge consumer opportunity that is currently unfolding across Africa,” he adds. The most exciting aspect of this evolution is that beyond the continent’s rapidly evolving domestic consumer landscape, “Africa is, today, evidencing a strong ability to absorb consumer themes from the rest of the world, adapt these locally, and export new consumer combinations to the rest of the world”, says Mr Grundlingh. “This is likely to make Africa an important global player in the world’s consumer landscape, not only as a recipient market, but also as a global originator, producer and exporter of consumer products and services.”

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COFFEE Predictions for Ethiopia’s coffee production show the effect that climate change will have on one of the country’s biggest exports Writer: Phoebe Calver

t is looking increasingly possible that the ever-changing climate could be responsible for wiping out more than 50 percent of Ethiopia’s coffee production, calling for the country’s farmers to move to higher ground to avoid such large scale damage to the industry. Both the climbing temperatures and the lacking rainfall is already showing a significant impact, downgrading some of the prime crop growing spots, a prime example being the Zege Peninsula. It is becoming particularly clear that if global warming continues at the rate in which it has, a vast majority of the land Ethiopia currently

uses to grow its coffee beans, will be unsuitable for production within the next 50 years. Should Ethiopia’s farmers continue to go about their business as they have, it could potentially be disastrous to Ethiopia’s economy and of course, particularly the country’s food and drink industry.

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Despite what appears to be a relatively bleak outlook for Ethiopia’s coffee growth, researchers could have potentially uncovered a silver lining and potential plan for producers.

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years and rainfall becoming particularly patchy, and unfortunately some of the most prominent coffee areas that once flourished are in major decline. In recent times there has been an influx in reports of changes to both the regional and local climate, within that including an increase in the unpredictability of the seasons.

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Ethiopia is already facing difficult times for its growing climate, with a drought that is rapidly killing off livestock and drying up well resources, and there are huge concerns that if things continue the way they are at present, food will very quickly run out. Droughts are particularly common in Africa and are something that the farmers have always had to deal with when it comes to adapting to get the most out of their crop, particularly coffee crops. Moving forward and taking into account the regularity of situations such as the current drought that is plaguing Ethiopia, the country will have to take action soon in order to maintain its strong standing as a top coffee producer in Africa.

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Mauritius Mauritius is without doubt the perfect spot for the inquisitive business traveller, providing an endless array of surprises with every turn Writer: Phoebe Calver Project Manager: Ryan Gray PHOTO: LY HOANG LONG

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here is far more than meets the eye when it comes to Mauritius’ offerings to the eager business traveller. Of course there is the extensive beauty seen wherever you look; but delve beneath the surface and you’ll find a plethora of intriguing activities to take up your spare time. Perhaps offering up the most relaxing business trip you can find, Mauritius’ beaches are renowned for the piercing blues which will

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undoubtedly leave you speechless. However, look just beyond and you will discover the islands wildlife which will capture your imagination and leave you wanting more time to explore. Located just east of Madagascar, Mauritius only has two seasons for you to consider when travelling - summer and winter - with very little change to differentiate the two; taking into account that during your business hours, the central plateau will be cooler than time spent on the more coastal areas.


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If you are a keen wildlife connoisseur, the wildlife tourism sector of Mauritius is gaining popularity; having saved more birds than any other country on the planet, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise. As a result, when you make your way down to the shores of this beautiful island, you will be treated to two of the loveliest birds in the Indian Ocean - the pink pigeon and Mauritian kestrel. Of course it is not just the natural sights you should relish in during your time there, with the food on

offer standing out as an experience in itself. Mauritius is gaining a long list of accolades for its excellence in food and fine-dining offerings, providing something to suit the tastes of everyone; it is most definitely an experience not to be missed. Mauritius will provide the perfect back-drop for your business trip and with the help of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority’s exclusive interview in this month’s travel guide, you won’t be short of ideas when it comes to down time.

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The Business End AS YOU WOULD expect for an area of such beauty, the tourism industry in Mauritius is booming, contributing 7.8 percent to GDP and providing one of the fastest growing sectors after the financial services industry. As a major tourist destination - ranking 3rd in the region and 56th globally, the island is growing in popularity as a hot-spot for tourists, but also excitingly for business opportunities. In order to continue on with this upwards trajectory for the sector, Mauritius is working hard to promote Mauritius as an all-year-round destination for people to enjoy - perfect for the business travel sector. The island provides the perfect backdrop, with just the right balance of business and pleasure available, including gold,

sports and eco-tourism, among many other activities to suit all tastes. Mauritius is making its way up the ranks as one of the best places to do business, having recently been ranked 32nd by the World Bank as one of the easiest places to do business out of 189 economies; both strategically placed as the perfect platform for investment into India and a gateway for investment into Africa. The market is particularly stable for business operations, with political stability playing a major factor, as well as its secure investment location and the availability of legal, accounting and finance professionals.

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Since its independence in 1968, Mauritius has come a long way, developing itself from a low income, agriculturally based economy to a particularly diversified economy built upon tourism, textiles, sugar and impressive financial services. Alongside those larger sectors, recent years have seen a rise in information and communications technology, hospitality, healthcare, renewable energy and education, making it the perfect diversified base for business travel.


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The Mauritius Tourism Authority THE MAURITIUS TOURISM AUTHORITY (MTPA) was borne out of the Mauritius Government Tourist Office, an institution set up in 1959 in order to promote the island as the tourist hot-spot that it is recognised as today. With the growth in the tourism industry, the Government fervently considered the need of Mauritius for a dedicated promotion agency for tourism, creating a new entity which would be able to operate more flexibly and with better efficiency in meeting the new challenges and impetus put on the industry. In the early days there was an average of 7,700 tourist arrivals and only two hotels operating on the island; now 30 years later, with the MTPA in full flow, the landscape of tourism in Mauritius has changed dramatically, with tourist arrivals sitting at 480,000 and approximately 90 hotels for them to chose from. Kevin Ramkaloan, Director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority talks to Africa Outlook about the exciting work of the Authority to make it the success it is today, alongside the

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plans for the future to take tourism in Mauritius to the next level. Africa Outlook (AfO): Since inception, how has Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority developed and progressed in terms of its key objectives and the messages it tries to portray? Kevin Ramkaloan (KR): The MTPA is acting specifically in the promotion of the destination in all our key markets and also in selected new markets where we believe there are opportunities for strong growth. We count on a local team of approximately 50 persons and on 10 overseas representative offices. Our key message has unwaveringly been to promote Mauritius as a lifestyle and all-year round destination to reach our targets. We also focus on niche segments, including golf, sports and eco-tourism among others. AfO: Taking a more general industry stance, how would you evaluate the tourism sector in Mauritius now compared to its condition when the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority began?

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KR: There has been a marked focus on professionalising the tourism industry in Mauritius, which has yielded positive results for this sector, and recorded an annual increase in tourism arrivals from 2010. Subsequently this has also resulted in an increase in the number of hotels and room capacity across the island. As at June 2017, there are 394 tour-operators listed in the following categories: DMC, Tour Organiser, Outdoor Tour Operator and Online Tour operator and going forward, ongoing and healthy public/private sector dialogue is key to developing further and growing the tourism industry. There is a need to work together in the tourism sector to take Mauritius to the next level in guest experience and ensure the island keeps its leading position as a global destination. AfO: What is in store for Mauritius over the course of 2017 and beyond to continue the good work already commenced and to enhance its reputation as a tourism and business travel hub further in the future?


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KR: Mauritius has acquired a global reputation as a leading destination for excellence in hospitality. The sector operates within a growth market with tourist arrivals posting healthy doubledigit increases since 2015. However, it is also an extremely competitive environment and we have to continue delivering a world-class, seamless experience to both business and leisure travellers. As an industry, we need to focus on strengthening the emerging market and diversifying new markets and the successful completion of the Africa-Asia Air Corridor offers high prospects for the growth of the economy. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is to introduce a direct flight from Amsterdam to Mauritius from October this year, in co-operation with Air Mauritius. Using KLM’s extensive network will enhance the flights offered to Mauritius from Amsterdam and across Europe. AfO: Finally, looking forward, if we were to speak again in three-five years’ time, what progress and development would you

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hope and expect to be able to report back, both in regard to the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority as an entity, and in regard to the business travel industry in Mauritius as a whole? KR: As the MTPA, our focus is to be better staffed and, with a fully computerised IT system, be more responsive, adaptable and increase our efficiencies, effectiveness and decisionmaking processes. We are working towards introducing dedicated teams to retain and grow current markets and to develop new markets; we will increase the role of e-marketing, and engage proactively within our market segments such as sports tourism, the cruise market etc. Mauritius has successfully established itself as a business hub on the AsiaAfrica Air Corridor, within the tourism industry and financial services sectors, working together closely to achieve the objective of making Mauritius the preferred hub on the Asia-Africa Corridor.

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Out & About AS PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED, Mauritius is becoming quite the extensive hub for business travellers, with various hotel groups - including the Indigo Group and Holiday Inn - moving in to cater specifically for business travellers, providing exclusive packages which target business travellers have been introduced by all the major groups to accommodate this growing sector. The hotel industry in particular is booming in Mauritius in order to meet the demand placed upon it by the growing tourism industry, with companies such as Starwood Hotels setting the benchmark for excellence with its range of hotels answering to all your needs across the island. In order to maximise your time in between a busy schedule

and make the most of the natural beauty available, there are a plethora of activities to suit every individual. If you are looking for a relaxing way to spend your afternoon, then what better way than relaxing in Mauritius’ Natural Botanical Gardens. Alternatively, if you are looking for a little more adventure then one of Mauritius’ many diving excursion options could be the perfect activity for you. With companies such as Dive Passion Mauritius you can explore the beauty hidden away, travelling through passageways that lead to the open seas, rich in

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plankton and an endless variety of sea creatures. As previously mentioned, every day there will be a huge array of different cultural culinary specialities to entice you. Whether you would like a more relaxed offering after a busy day, or alternatively to experience fine-dining at its best in some of the most scenic restaurants in the world, Mauritius is able to offer it all. However long or short your business trip, you will undoubtedly be hooked by your time in Mauritius and with so much to explore be left with the perfect excuse to return to its clear blue beaches in your own time.


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Just Diving Just Diving is perfectly placed in Mauritius, surrounded by the amazing north islands which provide tourists with a huge and exciting variety of diving spots and depths to explore. The variety available is truly unique and an unforgettable experience for any adventurous business traveller looking to explore the depths of Mauritius.

Le Meridien Starwood Hotels’ Le Meridien is situated on the on the edge of 1,000 metres of sparkling ivory beach on the North-West coast of Mauritius. Offering guests a wide selection of beautifully sophisticated restaurants and bars, alongside the hotels gardens which create the perfect place for a serene hideaway after a busy day. In your spare time, the hotel offers an infinite array of activities and sports such as spa or diving, or the option to relax and take in the breathtaking views.

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Mauritius Natural Botanical Garden

Sunset Catamaran Cruise

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BEACHES Trou d’Argent Beach Ile aux Cerfs Mont Choisy Beach

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Mauritius has successfully established itself as a business hub on the Asia-Africa Air Corridor

AS AN ISLAND, Mauritius is particularly dependent on its airlift and seat capacity and as such, it will bring about the opening of the AsiaAfrica Air Corridor, linking the two continents via Mauritius, a fact that will aid the island’s business tourism with easy connections to Singapore and offering high prospects for the local economy. This will provide travellers with a convenient stop-over in Mauritius that looks set to transform the island over the coming years to become a strategic airline hub for flights between Africa and Asia. With the

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ever-present focus on corporate events and business travel as a whole, additional flights from South India to Mauritius have been introduced in order to accommodate the increased hosting of corporate events. Mauritius is a particularly easy destination to get around and therefore makes for a very relaxed time in between meetings. In order to make the most of your time, it is advisable to rent a car - for longer trips - enabling you to explore all of the enticing corners of the island in less than 90 minutes. However, for the shorter

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business excursion then taxi’s are in a bountiful supply, and for a trip offshore, catamarans will provide the perfect mode of transport to get you to the offshore islands. For getting around the mainland, if you have a little more time on your hands between meetings, there are several reliable bus services operating around the island. Taking the bus is of course the most economical form of travelling, and with newly air-conditioned busses operating, it makes for quite the relaxing and enjoyable journey around.


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“The Black River Gorges National Park offers a network of hiking trails that cut across the wild and empty Black River Gorges National Park…. Look for the rare tambalacoque (dodo tree), black ebony trees and wild guavas. Birdwatchers should keep an eye out for Mauritius kestrels, pink pigeons, echo parakeets and Mauritius cuckoo-shrikes.” - Lonely Planet

Eureka

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“The visit of the Eureka Mansion and its grounds provides an intriguing glimpse into colonial life. The house is filled with antiques and photos of the period. It also has a magnificent garden surrounded by waterfalls of the Moka River… The Eureka house was restored and opened to the public as a museum in 1986.” - Mauritius Attractions

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Blue Penny Museum

“The Blue Penny Museum is one of the prime elements of the Mauritian cultural scene… It displays a precious heritage collection about Mauritius and the region. A real voyage in space and time, this history and art museum will take you on the steps of the explorers and the successive occupation of the island, at the cross-road of civilisations from Europe, Africa and Asia.” - Caudan.com

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oving away from his clothing retail background in 2010, Kevin Wood, Managing Director of Darling Brew, began an exciting venture into the relatively unknown world of South African craft beer brewing. Darling Brew was inspired by a trip around Africa in October, 2007, originally with the sole purpose of seeing as much wildlife as possible with an undecided return date; however, an unexpected discovery three days into the trip, Wood stumbled into an idea to bring to life in Darling. “When we first began, it was like being sat at the bottom of a cliff for a couple of years, finding our feet while we figured out how to make our way up,” explains Wood. “We have been particularly successful in gaining an invaluable understanding of the processes that make the industry thrive; it has been a very interesting ride so far.” The Company keeps a relatively small product line in order to focus on the produce it is selling. With six core products in its range and four seasonal beers each season, Darling Brew is extremely focused on its research and development (R&D) which enables focus on the brand. “It is important to keep a key focus on the brand as I believe your core range

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is always going to provide the majority of your turnover,” affirms Wood. “I always think that through developing new products, we keep ourselves competitive by establishing a new bottle that could potentially knock one of our core range off its pedestal.”

Bringing attention to wildlife

At Darling Brew, the Company’s branding has a recognisably contemporary design, with the aim of bringing people’s attention to the plethora of endangered wildlife in Southern Africa. By not just focusing on the bigger and more popular animals such as the elephant - which is regularly publicised - it is drawing attention to the smaller animals that need supporting. “We have found a brilliant way of drawing attention to these animals through our branding,” continues Wood. “Each beer has a unique characteristic which is based around the endangered animal that it honours and supports, providing the much needed publicity and education required to make a difference.” Branding is often something that isn’t utilised properly by companies, particularly those in the craft beer industry that will usually tend to focus on creating a shock tactic, whereas Darling Brewery is designed with the purpose of protecting the environment; in 2016 becoming the first in Africa to bring out a carbon neutral beer named Blood Serpent. “Because of our surrounding wildlife platform, we have also involved ourselves in a few projects, for example one of our beers is named Thunder Bird, after the southern ground hornbill which is listed as endangered presently,” describes Wood. “We are working with Mabula Lodge, where there is a PHD student focused on the Southern Ground Hornbill, and to aid her research we donate a proportion of our profits on Thunder Bird to her project.”

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The Company has come a very long way in a relatively short space of time, having to gain vast amounts of expertise and experience in the industry in order to gain the high standing in the industry that it holds now. “Investing in a state-of-the-art brewery has been the biggest and best decision we could have made to drive the Company forward,” Wood adds. “When we started out the most viable option was using a small turnkey brewery; however, our contract quickly grew and was becoming unsustainable

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smaller well of information to dip into. “In my experience, we have found that industrial brewers tend to be the engineers of the trade, whereas craft brewing is focused a lot more on creativity and innovation,” continues Wood. “I believe things are getting a little easier now in terms of the ability to up-skill as the industry is experiencing good growth.”

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the right path to achieve our goals in the next three to five years,” concludes Wood. “However at present we haven’t established 80 percent of our core business, so before we can expand we must truly cement ourselves and our reputation in South Africa. Of course focusing on our international journey and building a new brewery upcountry in time will make us more profitable, but to get there we will continue to work on the processes that have brought us success so far and increase in scale as we go.”

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BONAGUI SA – EQUATORIAL COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY IN GUINEA CONAKRY

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Bonagui SA, part of Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company, looks to inspire moments of optimism and happiness while creating value and making a difference for Guinea Conakry Writer: Matthew Staff | Project Manager: Joshua Mann

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AFRICA or the past 30 years, Bonagui SA has expanded, inspired, enriched and innovated under the guidance of the Equatorial Coca-Cola Bottling Company, the official bottler of Coca-Cola products in 13 countries of Africa, bringing refreshing products and outlooks to Guinea Conakry’s population. Officially inaugurated in October, 1987, back then the Company only had 100 employees to its name, but three decades on the subsidiary can boast more than 400; all of whom supply the Coca-Cola Company across the entire country, reaching an impressive 12,000 outlets. “Bonagui SA is part of Equatorial Coca-Cola, an international business group that operates on a local scale, in every community of Guinea where we do business,” introduces the Company’s General Manager, Jean Ntambwe. “Bonagui manufactures, packages, merchandises and distributes a portfolio of Coca-Cola branded beverages, as well as some of the region’s favourite local brands, to our customers and vending partners, who then sell our products to consumers. “We also have dedicated distributor partners called Managed Distributor Centres (MDC) to reach out to our customers (retailers) who comprise grocery stores, restaurants, street vendors, convenience stores, hawker tables, amusement parks, and many others; to all of which we execute localised strategies developed in partnership with our Company. Customers then sell our products to the end consumers.” As the Company’s reach and influence has expanded, so too has its product range; initially starting with the production of 30cl RGBs (returnable glass bottle) across its core branded carbonated soft drinks (Coke, Fanta, Sprite and Schweppes), before diversifying into three new categories

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in the form of water (Bonaqua), energy (Power Play) and juices (Rani). Consequently, Equatorial Coca-Cola in Guinea currently enjoys a 60 percent market share in the beverage sector, as a result of the business’s ability to monitor consumer trends and adapt accordingly. Recently, such adaptations have included a veer towards more convenient PET and can sizes, the launch of lower calorie products such as Coke Zero, and an ongoing review of its route to market “to ensure perfect execution at the points of sale”. Ntambwe continues: “Ultimately

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With 100 feet on the ground we are able to ensure brilliant execution across our trade routes, calling on 12,000 outlets...

though, our secret recipe to success is our people and we are investing in their capacity to ensure the right execution daily, with a robust commercial routine. “With 100 feet on the ground we are able to ensure brilliant execution across our trade routes, calling on 12,000 outlets to capture and retain new customers into our franchise.”

The best place to be

This sheds light on Bonagui SA’s most necessary and poignant capabilities, in being an effective local entity despite its evident international support and clout.


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“With 100 feet on the ground we are able to ensure brilliant execution across our trade routes, calling on 12,000 outlets to capture and retain new customers into our franchise”

“We are now building the best place to be for any talent who wishes to unlock and develop his or her leadership skills”

“Ultimately though, our secret recipe to success is our people and we are investing in their capacity to ensure the right execution daily, with a robust commercial routine”

As an example, the past three years has seen the number of expats employed in its executive committee cut drastically, in order to promote local talent instead. Undoubtedly a challenge over the years, formulating a sustainable talent pool and identifying fresh local skills to take the business forward is now an achievable aim for the Company; in turn making it a natural employer of choice. “We are now building the best place to be for any talent who wishes to unlock and develop his or her leadership skills,” Ntambwe

We are now building the best place to be for any talent who wishes to unlock and develop his or her leadership skills

emphasises. “We are investing in our 400 employees’ skills and knowhow from bottom to top management, not only to deliver sustainable and profitable results in the market place and workplace, but to help develop leaders who will act as owners of this business and leave a legacy.” Further indictments of Bonagui SA’s localisation strategy are illustrated by the Equatorial Coca-Cola’s supply chain management strategy whereby, once again, it is looking to improve the entire infrastructure for long-term gains, rather than for short-term profit. “We are committed to supplier

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Bonagui SA is committed to supplier diversity, and is giving all suppliers - especially local suppliers - equal access to purchasing opportunities

“As soon as the Group ECCBC was created 20 years ago, we actively took part, along with the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, in Community development programmes”

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diversity, and are giving all suppliers especially local suppliers - equal access to purchasing opportunities. This is a profitable strategy as it allows healthy competition between our vendors, to drive innovation, and to open new supply channels for the Company,” Ntambwe iterates. “In general, giving back to the local community in which we operate is a key pillar and value as part of sustainability development. “Since Equatorial Coca-Cola was created 20 years ago, we actively took part, along with the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF), in Community development programmes; the main focus revolving around education, water stewardship, health and sustainability.” Since then, the Company has played an active role in tackling challenges such as the Ebola Virus - through numerous donations in collaboration with the Government of Guinea and cataracts via a partnership with Barraquer, the Minister of Health and Prosmi whereby more than 230 patients were treated. Recently, the Company has also delivered, together with TCCAF and Medshare, a container with lifesaving medical materials, worth US$200,000. The direct recipients of these donations were the Baro Hospital and the Medical Centre Enta. “On the education and sustainability side we helped to empower 400 women,” Ntambwe continues. Following the EVD (Ebola virus disease), many women were left without resources and providing them with financial sustainable resources was key to reinforce the community. “400 of these women were trained to run a small business (cold drink equipment), and provided with the materials and credit - supported by our sales force - whereby they have been able regain their pride, autonomy and their place in their community. This programme will be scaled-up to 1,000 women in the future.”


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“To continue to thrive as a business over the next 10 years and beyond, we must look ahead, understand the trends and forces that will shape our business in the future, and move swiftly to prepare for what’s to come”

“In the coming years, Bonagui SA will have increased its volume size, upgraded its profit, and will have contributed towards leaving a legacy by refreshing all Guineans...”

Entrenching itself so deeply and responsibly into the fabric of Guinea’s communities inevitably allows for closer collaboration and interaction with the general population, which - in turn - aids market research as well. The aforementioned diversification of packaging size, product types and healthy options have all been driven as a consequence while the adoption of more advanced technologies in the country has opened new doors from a marketing perspective. “Social media in Guinea is shaping opinions among young people, with wider telecom coverage,” Ntambwe offers as an example. “[Through monitoring potential consumer trends via these mediums], Equatorial CocaCola in Guinea has been reinforcing its portfolio of brands in each category, investing in production capacity for both RGB and PET while increasing warehousing capacity to counter competition and avoid destroying value through a price war.” As Ntambwe aptly reflects, “the only constant is change”, and this is certainly true of a sector so hinged upon consumer fluctuations, and a country still very much in ‘emerging’ mode and expanding its knowledgebase at a rapid pace. “To continue to thrive as a business over the next 10 years and beyond, we must look ahead, understand the trends and forces that will shape our business in the future, and move swiftly to prepare for what’s to come,” Ntambwe affirms to this end. “We must get ready for tomorrow, today, and this means bold investment ahead of demand. “In the coming years, Bonagui SA will have increased its volume size, upgraded its profit, and will have contributed towards leaving a legacy by refreshing all Guineans; inspiring moments of optimism and happiness while creating value and making a difference for Guinea, Equatorial CocaCola and The Coca-Cola Company”.

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Refuel and Refresh Express Support Services Lda is the leading catering and support service to the hydrocarbon industry in Angola, providing a taste of home to those onshore and offshore Writer: Phoebe Calver | Project Manager: Joshua Mann

t a time when Angolan service and supply markets are going through a process of consolidation, services companies such as Express Support Services Lda (ESS) will need to focus energies on local investments to create facilities from which to support their clients. Previously, oil & gas companies had provided the necessary facilities, however, due to recent cost-cutting efficiencies and local content development measures that are being adopted across the oil & gas industry these collaborations are no longer optimal for companies that are looking to lower their cost of ownership. It is looking likely that due to this new market landscape, only services companies with solid capital support will succeed. The market ESS works in has spent the past 12 months in a state of constant fluctuation due to the ebb and flow of oil production, however, despite these fluctuations; Angola’s

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large offshore hydrocarbon potential continues to attract international oil companies. ESS stems back to 2000, when the Compass Group purchased a company called SHRAM, and the Company name became Eurest Support Services; prior to another rebranding in 2002 when it became ESS Support Services Worldwide. Two years later the Company merged with a local partner and the new name of Express Support Services was created. “It is our goal to be able to provide a taste of home through our food services, enabling companies to have refuelled and refreshed employees with hopes to improve their productivity,” explains James King, Managing Director at Express Support Services Lda. “It doesn’t matter where people are in the world, their need for quality, choice and value will always be paramount. Our consumer focus will always drive development and innovation in the food, brands and services we offer.”

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The Company’s commitment to rolling improvements means it is always on the look-out for ways to develop its already high standards, adding value in terms of cost-saving, innovation, efficiency, communication and simplicity. Every day ESS’s catering teams are able to provide 30,000 meals, always ensuring the best possible quality and quantity for its customers.

Ethical responsibilities

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will enable it to be a leader in the industry. “As a Company we encourage individual ownership while working closely as a team,” adds King. “We value the expertise, individuality and overall contribution of all our employees and the ability of working in support of each other, sharing good practice in the workplace through the pursuit of shared goals.” Everyone working within the Company takes responsibility for their actions - both individually and as a group - by consistently seeking opportunities to make a positive contribution to the health and wellbeing not only of its customers, but also the communities that it works in.

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When it comes to hiring the right people to fulfil the Company’s vision, its approach is to recruit the right candidate for the right position, a strategy that is achieved with the help of its qualified and experienced recruiters as well as using psychometric assessments. King affirms: “When recruiting for our new vacancies, it is important to us to prioritise internal candidates which ensure internal promotions as well as our employee development and retention. “We have focuses on internal as well as external training, alongside certified accreditation to ensure that our staff are always capable of carrying out their duties to the best of their abilities, while focusing on their strengths and developing their weaknesses.” The extensive training and career progression opportunities aside, ESS also provides a very competitive pay scale and benefits which place it highly comparative to market statistics; massively aiding in the motivation and retention of employees. “It is one of our biggest aims to maintain the ratio of 97 percent local employees, while also focusing our energies on diversity within our units,” explains King. “We are particularly focused on promoting and developing female and disabled employees through our specialised programmes such as Angolanisation and Succession Plans.” Not only is localised employment important to the Company, but the need to source products locally is also a driving factor which is taken into consideration. Thanks to economic diversification, local fabricators are encouraged to grow, develop and deliver quality products. “Presently, Angola is making moves away from importing products where the country would have subsequently been at the mercy of foreign exchange rates,” explains King. “Ideally as we move forward our products will be

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both grown and manufactured in Angola. This will make way for less transportation and be better for the market, while delivering fresher goods to the market at a lower price.

Transparency in service

The Company has worked hard to differentiate itself within the industry, based on two factors - quality service and health & safety - which are driven by a well established Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) platform with transparency in reporting and several subject matter experts in food quality and safety. “Our partners always want to know that they are providing the best quality and the safest possible products for the customer,” adds King. “We

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ensure that our QAQC inspections and audits all fall in line with our partners’ KPIs, making HSE our number one operational priority. We place it first in everything we do.” ESS takes safeguarding the health & safety of its people and customers as a moral responsibility, therefore playing an essential role in the success of the business. Over the years the Company has established a safety culture where its people can instinctively take responsibility for their own safety and that of the people around them, acting accordingly. On an equally important level, the Company is minimising the environmental impact of its operations, particularly on the local communities ESS operates in and of course the larger


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global community. Its aim is to continue to set industry leading standards which lay the benchmark on health, safety and environmental performance, while providing customers with the assurance that the Company is constantly striving to reach the top in industry standards. King concludes: “In order to achieve this, we have employed a Company policy and standards framework which is supported by comprehensive communications and training, designed specifically to ensure that processes and practice within each of our operating units fully comply with local legislation as the minimum requirement. It will be exciting to see how our processes grow and develop over time as we expand in the industry.”

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Investments Oryx Properties is renowned for its consistency in delivering growing and sustainable income for its investors; doing so in a way that enriches not just the business, but the wider communities also Writer: Matthew Staff | Project Manager: Richard Thomas isted on the Namibian Stock Exchange in 2002 with an initial asset value around N$300 million, Oryx Properties has grown exponentially over the intervening 15 years to become one of the country’s leading property loan stock entities, now boasting a portfolio worth more than N$2.5 billion as of 2017. Investing extensively in direct real estate in the commercial property sector - the majority of which based in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek - the Company’s growth has not only opened doors from a industry evolution perspective, but from a geographic footprint as well; Oryx subsequently becoming a similarly dominant player in South Africa.

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The substantial growth of the Company portfolio is through employing carefully thought out strategies

“Our strategy going forward would be to partner with a local player in any market, as the management of any asset outside of your known jurisdiction can prove to be challenging,” Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Carel Fourie adds to this end. “[Across our footprint] the best attribute of Oryx during the past few years has been its consistency in delivering growing and sustainable income for its investors. “Through prudent and selective investing, Oryx has been able to grow its portfolio throughout the years and mostly with yield-enhancing investments.” The evident and substantial growth of the Company’s portfolio has not been purely for the sake of growing, but rather in line with a much more concerted and thought-through strategy revolving around only investing in assets with both short and long-term income potential.

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Through prudent and selective investing, Oryx has been able to grow its portfolio throughout the years and mostly with yieldenhancing investments

By combining the unique strengths and rich heritages of these two law firms, Dr. Weder Kauta & Hoveka Inc. has been able to increase its capacity, not only in terms of workforce, but also its various fields of expertise, experience and infrastructure. The result is a large nationwide practice which enables and delivers service excellence to its ever increasing and diverse client base. Dr. Weder Kauta & Hoveka Inc. specialises in litigation, labour-, commercial- and corporate law, estates and conveyancing. The law firm consists of 17 Directors, with nine admitted conveyancers, and has offices in Windhoek, Ongwediva, Grootfontein, and Swakopmund. Not only does the firm believe that employees and clients are their most valuable assets, but in a country where the majority of the citizens face major social and economic challenges, the firm has an active Corporate Social Investment programme, which specialises in tertiary education for law students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. The firm further funds various organised institutions as part of their social responsibility to make a meaningful contribution to the Namibian society.

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People are passionate about the Company and its continued success,” he emphasises.

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Oryx Properties has naturally ingrained itself into the fabric of Namibia’s - and especially Windhoek’s - real estate infrastructure over the years, having been involved and taken the lead in some of the most renowned and recognisable constructs in the country. “The Company’s focus on tenant growth as well as consistent and stable First and foremost was the original relations and being flexible to the returns for the Company’s investors, acquisition and later development needs of our customers has served epitomised by its 14,000 square metre of Maerua Mall, a regional shopping it well in maintaining very low warehouse located in the Northern centre in Windhoek which has served vacancy levels and a high success Industrial area of Windhoek. However, the Namibian community for more rate in retention of tenants in prime it is internal astuteness and agility, than a decade. properties,” Fourie continues rather than project grandeur, which “The Centre has evolved over in regards to Oryx’s overriding Fourie attributes as the business’s various phases into a 55,000 square continuous improvement philosophies. foremost differentiator. metre regional shopping centre with Ultimately, the resultant sizable “Oryx Properties is a Company that all the amenities included, to create portfolio of prime-located industrial operates very much like a family, even a value proposition that has stood properties has shown tremendous including the non-executive directors. the test of time,” Fourie enthuses

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bar on their 14th floor; the completion of an upgrade and modernisation to Maerua Mall’s food court and walkways, as well as the first indoor family entertainment centre in Namibia; and the opportunity to invest in offshore property whereby Oryx is in the process of finalising an agreement to enter the Eastern European market along with partners both there and in South Africa. “We have also invested in solar technologies, having erected a 1MWp rooftop solar power plant at Maerua Mall and will likely continue to do so,” Fourie adds. “Furthermore, we are investing in Wi-Fi in our major shopping centres along with consumer tracking technology.”

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“[Another example is] the Gustav Voigts Shopping Centre in the CBD of Windhoek which is an iconic landmark and has been in existence since the early ‘80s. “This Centre is home to the Avani Hotel and Casino, previously known as the Kalahari Sands Hotel and Casino. The CBD of Windhoek is currently in a revival stage and Oryx’s intentions to revamp this Centre fit in perfectly with the needs of the inner city office worker, resident and ever-present tourist.” The revamp will comprise an upgrade of the entire shopping centre including, but not limited to, new tiles, ablutions, shop fronts, walkways and a new roof which will allow more natural light into the complex. Additional works include a the relocation of Avani Hotel’s lobby area as well as the creation of a new sky

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On the business front, Oryx’s office segment is primarily saturated by the iconic Maerua Office Tower and its dazzling light displays, as well as the Channel Life building also situated in Windhoek’s CBD. Looking forward, the construction of a new Virgin Active gymnasium on top of the fourth level parking structure at Maerua Mall has been the most significant investment in recent times, and across each and every property, the business can rely on a multiskilled workforce ensuring project sustainability and enriched wellbeing. “As certain skills are very limited in the Namibian market, we are very focused on the wellbeing and working environment for our personnel,” Fourie affirms. “We only hire individuals after a detailed interview process and thorough follow up of key references. We remain cognisant and sensitive to the socio economic climate as a result of the history of Namibia, and will always look to place an emphasis on the upliftment of previously disadvantaged individuals, without compromising on talent and potential.” Deeply entrenched within this


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We Deliver Velos Enterprises Ltd has a CV almost second to none in Zambia when it comes to construction contracting, building a positive reputation for overcoming challenges in order to finish projects no matter what Writer: Matthew Staff | Project Manager: Kane Weller or 40 years, Velos Enterprises has ingrained itself into the retail infrastructure of Zambia, having played its part in the majority of the country’s shopping malls, and in establishing itself as one of the leading names in national construction. Growing exponentially and organically over the years, the Company’s recently elevated status as a subsidiary of Union Gold Group has opened up the door to even more concerted opportunities in recent years, ensuring continued prominence in the years to come. “The growth of the Company has been commercial rather than acquisitional, building on the reputation we have formed and the success of the projects completed over the years,” states Velos’ Managing Director, Nick Frangeskides. “The Company was initiated here in Lusaka by my late father and since I’ve taken over, we’ve enjoyed significant growth to be one of the larger contracting companies here in Zambia.”

This family-orientated facet plays naturally into the hands of a business that prides itself on quick decision making, heightened mobility, and flexible operations; being able to set up at a prospective site with very little bureaucracy or delay. An additional foray into project finance and the ability to carry out turnkey projects has further compounded its vertical integration ambitions more recently as well, ensuring that Velos is capitalising on its own in-house capabilities wherever possible.

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“In turn, this ensures that we retain our biggest strength which is that we deliver,” Frangeskides affirms. “That is what we’re reputed for in the market place; that we will complete the work laid out for us. We may have differences of opinion along the way, or have to overcome difficulties, but the most important thing is to complete the job and to make sure that our name is out there for doing so.”

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Such reliability and project security has been rewarded with significant tenders across Lusaka and the rest of Zambia throughout the decades, while personability and close collaboration with clients further compounds the Company’s strong ‘word of mouth’ status. Frageskides explains: “If we look at the marketing side, ideally we like to be involved in a project from its outset, sitting down with potential clients and negotiating the logistics of the project. “This might not always be possible but it is our preferred mode of working and at the very least we are usually tendering on contracts by way of invitation. Some you win, some you don’t but generally speaking, when it comes to the larger private projects, we will at least receive a shout to put a bid in.” Having such an accomplished track record inevitably paves the way for more and more landmark contracts


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commercial properties market, some of which include designer ceiling installation, office partitioning, shop fronts, skylights and cladding, sun protection systems, fire rated doors and other specialised doors. All of Just Aluminum’s windows, doors and partitions are fabricated to a very high standard at the Company’s workshop, and then carefully transported to site to be fitted by professionals. The professional team is both highly qualified and knowledgeable in their ability to guide clients through the project management process, enabling the consistent hand-over of projects in a timely and effective manner. One of Just Aluminium’s areas of focus aluminum windows and doors - can supply a wide variety of fittings and ironmongery for the use of construction projects. The Company can also offer imported architectural hardware and products to its clients made by Häfele, Geze, Dorma, Union, Hoppe, Savi and other reputable suppliers. Just Aluminum can supply its clients with an incredibly broad range of products including door handles, drawer handles, locks, hinges, latches, support handles and rails, fixtures and general tools. With such a great range of services on offer, Just Aluminum is able to provide a comprehensive service to the building trade, as well as contractors and consultants involved in large building projects in the industry.

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each year, and has in fact culminated in the vast majority of shopping malls in Zambia having been influenced by Velos Enterprises’ expertise; including Manda Hill and the Great North Mall. And perhaps most importantly of all, every inch of the Company’s portfolio has been constructed by Zambian hands; the business overcoming industry-entrenched challenges and difficulties relating to retention and training to boast an entirely localised driving force. “Everyone here is local,” Frangeskides affirms, “but because we have to adopt a new workforce in each particular area that we’re working in, the workforce inevitably increases and decreases according to demand. “Of course, an added difficulty then arises if the area we’re working in isn’t blessed with abundance of skills, in which case we take time to bring people

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Bringing to mind aspects of corporate social responsibility (CSR), Velos has gone one stop further to try and bridge the skills gap and overcome this challenge somewhat, by encouraging local partners to branch out and set up their own businesses; Velos then supplying the materials, and the new company providing and managing the labour. While not directly employed by Velos this aids both consistency and local enrichment, and will be a core focus on


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or more than 40 years, Abdul Mullick Associates (AMA) Consulting Engineers Ltd has emerged as one of Kenya’s leading multi-discipline engineering firms, and - on the anniversary of its 40th year - reaffirmed its dedication to continuous improvement by unveiling its new five-year strategic vision. Engaged in infrastructure, building, multi-purpose dams, and capacity building over the years, AMA’s development path has been one driven by ongoing expansion and diversification; an ethos reflected in its almost unparalleled portfolio. Across areas of consultancy, surveying and training, bridges, water and irrigation, environmental and geotechnical activities, and much more, AMA has become renowned for carrying out assignments with knowledgeable and efficient professionalism; optimising the knowhow of its skilled workforce. “Our mission is derived from the core business of AMA,” affirms the Company on its website. “This is to conduct studies for engineering infrastructure development and maintenance; for project management of engineering infrastructure; to carry out restructuring and capacity building for engineering institutes; and to advise clients on sound policies related to engineering infrastructure.” The Company adds: “Our ultimate vision is our statement of intent, which aims to energise and drive our organisation and people to new heights and constant achievement; and to provide an internationally comparable, efficient and sound engineering practice in Kenya and the region.” These messages of commitment and ambition are strongly echoed by the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Engineer David Maganda who also attributes large

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swathes of the business’ flexibility and success to its loyal employees. “AMA is an incorporated Kenyan company with specialisation in undertaking feasibility studies, design and management in transportation; in transportation infrastructure, structural, civil and water engineering; and in environmental and social services in East and Central Africa,” he says. “The staff have a wealth of experience gained from working in the region and overseas. We have resources in terms of vehicles and engineering equipment to carry out projects of any magnitude and complexity. “The firm is also committed to training young engineers and towards this end; it trains undergraduates and employs fresh graduates in all its projects.”

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AMA is an incorporated Kenyan company with specialisation in undertaking feasibility studies, design and management in transportation; in transportation infrastructure, structural, civil and water engineering

areas of operation, but also social impact assessments; documentation and construction supervision of roads; structural designs and supervisions of buildings from single to highrise structures; works on bridges, sewerage, water treatment, plumbing and electrical works; and numerous works in less favourable remote areas where enhanced logistics and project management capabilities are paramount. And aiding each and every project is an equally impressive array of internal functions, systems, processes and certifications compounding AMA’s overall appeal in the industry. However, never one to rest on its laurels or be content with the status quo, 2016 presented the perfect opportunity for the Company to look once again at its own infrastructure; a decision which culminated in the unveiling of its five-year corporate strategic plan. “This strategic plan sets out


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the long-term vision required for AMA in order for it to be executed seamlessly,” it says. “The goals set for the organisation as part of the strategic planning process will be intentioned to deal with improving the operating environment to enable the organisation to achieve its stated vision, and will be monitored and reviewed every two years.” Driving the ideas incorporated within the plan is a realistic and self-evaluative look at AMA’s current situation: the good, the bad, the external environment, and the longterm strategic goals of the business. “The planning horizon chosen for this strategic plan was five years, and the AMA team performed the background preparation for the strategy through to-and-fro consultation, teamwork and strategy formulation,” the plan explains. “The following were then conceptualised and reaffirmed: the AMA Vision, SWOT and PEST analysis, critical success factors, long-term objectives, and strategic options. “After consultations, the strategic plan was mapped out using the model framework (institutionalisation of strategy, and control and evaluation) and this framework will be driven by ISO 9001:2015 methodology.”

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and capabilities to the requirements of the environment in which we operate. “In other words, this analysis provides the foundation for evaluating the internal potential and limitations and the probable/likely opportunities and threats from the external environment. It is used to view all positive and negative factors inside and outside the firm that affect the success.” The former notion - ‘strengths’ - will be especially prominent in exercising the organisation’s key missions, and Maganda has already pinpointed AMA’s highly qualified and experienced staff, and its highly visible

and valuable products as two key strengths to rely upon. And of course, every strength and opportunity needs to be offset against the potential arising threats of industry fluctuations and circumstances. Meanwhile, “PEST helps in evaluation the impact of Political, Economic, Social, and Technological factors on AMA’s business”, the plan continues. “It also involves consideration of the external environment.” An outcome from the combination of both SWOT and PEST is a more clear and efficient identification of critical success factors (CSF); a succession of necessities that need to be in place for

the Company to achieve the goals set up in the strategic plan. “The eight most important CSF out of a large number of (potential) enablers are iterated as follows,” the plan concludes. “The ability to attract and retain adequate skilled and experienced personnel; predictable and adequate financing; operating in a business-like manner; the efficient and effective utilisation of available resources; the development of innovative approaches and technologies; the performance measurement framework; zero tolerance for unethical practices; and effective communication.”

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Today’s Innovation for Tomorrow’s Success Holtan East Africa has come a long way in the industry, now a name synonymous with toptier construction and superior service in Tanzania Writer: Phoebe Calver Project Manager: Kane Weller hen Africa Outlook last spoke to Holtan East Africa, the relatively young construction Company was going from strength to strength in the industry, working on numerous large-scale projects and cementing itself as the go-to in Tanzania. At the time - in 2015 - the Company was working on making its way into more infrastructural projects and components that had the option to be commercially marketable, through which it was hoped an awareness of its capabilities would become accentuated. “At the time our partnerships with other international contractors, on three of the highest projects in Tanzania proved to be exactly what we needed,” explains Henry Sisye,

Commercial Manager at Holtan East Africa. “These exciting projects involved the Rapid Transit system in Dar es Salaam, engagement in the refurbishment of the Kilimanjaro International Airport, alongside the construction of the terminal building at the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam.” In a similarly exciting turn of events, in 2015 the Company had been awarded a tender to build up the highend South African high commission building. Sisye continues: “We are so pleased to be able to report back on the success of this project, which was completed effectively and is now a landmark attraction in Dar es Salaam architecture in its own right.” The Company has built upon successes such as these and constantly drives for new levels of achievement in the industry, a prime example of this being the initiation of the measures needed to lead to ISO certification. Actions such as these have caused the revitalisation of the Company brand, predominantly as part of a bigger plan to gain East African and perhaps in the near future, national recognition. Of course in order to be able to successfully achieve this Holtan is having to build upon and develop the

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skills and professionalism of its existing work force, with the aim of using them to drive the Company’s successes forward. Similarly, with an increased amount of employees - now sitting at 500 Holtan has already been able to charter new territories, moving into Rwanda and securing its place as one of the top three construction companies currently operating in Tanzania.

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For the success of any company, it is pivotal to continuously take on new projects, and the aforementioned refurbishment of Kilimanjaro International Airport Terminal Building opened up a whole new sector for Holtan to branch into when looking for contracts. “This year has also seen the continuation of the Zuri Zanzibar Resort, however, in order to facilitate these larger scale projects, similarly large investments have needed to be

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made in the company,” adds Sisye. “We have made large investments in project cost management software such as Buildsmart and CCS Candy, which are incredibly helpful as tools in estimation and cost control. “Alongside the technology, the acquisition of the latest manufacturing equipment for the Factory will provide us with an unparalleled edge over all of the other construction companies operating in the East and Central Africa; as well as the refurbishment of our factory and office facility which now hold incredibly contemporary standards, having used products from our own factory.”

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to serving our people first which is woven throughout our organisation,” describes Sisye. “We never allow ourselves to forget that our business decisions will have a huge impact on people’s lives, therefore we are sure to infuse fairness and professionalism throughout everything that we do.” Naturally, partnerships are a key factor in a successful company, whether that partnership is with those working in the Company, or the clients, or partners of Holtan. The Company believes that the best work is carried out side by side and encourages striving for shared goals, treating business relationships as true partnerships. “We are constantly planning as well as using innovation as a way to improve and deliver on the services that we had previously, as today’s innovation is used for tomorrow’s success,” explains Sisye. “We ensure we invest and reinvest in order to ensure the health and longevity of our company and the

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employees that work with us.” It is ingrained within Holtan that providing professional and reliable quality buildings and construction is the way to securing success. “Within our Company we have a well of experience to tap into when it comes to building world-class structures for both residential and commercial clients,” affirms Sisye. “Part of the long list of successful projects we can now proudly profess are hotels, banks, offices, commercial properties, new builds and industrial buildings, all of which we are sure to deliver with first-class service.” A constant for Holtan has always been its belief in building relationships that are based on honesty and respect, which is essential to achieving perfection in working practices, taking ownership and accountability from the top down. “Management in the Company is always closely involved in all aspects of the projects, meaning that we can


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Moving forward, the Company is being faced with increased competition and therefore a need to constantly have an edge over its key competitors, as well as any that are emerging. “We have found that recently client trends and more specifically design briefs are changing quite dramatically, meaning we have to embrace new technology and perhaps more intricate designs,” describes Sisye. “This compiled by the emergence of new potential markets to tap into, means that we have to adapt some of the fundamentals in Holtan.” At present the Company has instilled frameworks that will allow for these changes, as well as the strategic identification of the right pool of responsive potential employees; calling for in-house mentoring programmes and training opportunities to be cemented within Holtan. “Retaining employees is a challenge experienced the world over and our approach to this is to ensure that our staff enjoy a good working balance, emphasising the importance of family spirit within the workplace,” concludes Sisye. “We hope that we are retaining our reputation as the first choice in East African Construction, through adhering to employee skill development, health, safety and a full commitment to employee and customer satisfaction. To work with Holtan is the sensible choice.”

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SERVICE Gill Consulting Engineers Ltd, provides a dedicated team of engineering specialists to respond to your construction needs Writer: Phoebe Calver | Project Manager: Kane Weller ill Consulting Engineers Ltd, was established in 1996, providing services that cover the full spectrum of needs in the construction industry, specifically consultancy services and building services for engineering. With a fully dedicated team of engineering specialists the Company has had the ability to specialise in various fields, among those including electrical and mechanical engineering. “We are very lucky that with the expertise housed within our Company, we are able to specialise in a vast array of areas in the industry,” explains the Company on its website. “Recently we have specialised in technical studies, design, supervision and

the preparation of specifications and contract documents, as well as feasibility and technical studies.” Within the firm there are six electrical and mechanical engineers

whose qualifications and expertise particularly highlight the high-level service on offer from Gill Consulting Engineers. “We are particularly lucky that some of the engineers in the firm have received training on energy efficiency and energy auditing through GEF-KAM - a project proposed by the Government of Kenya and supported by UNDP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) implemented by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers,” continues the Company. “This has put us in an excellent position in the industry when it comes to the need for extra services, for example, our firm was asked to conduct energy audits in specific industries and particularly the University of Nairobi.”

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Gill Consulting Engineers Ltd Gill Consulting Engineers Ltd offers a wide range of services for clients in all sectors, making it the one of the top companies to work with in the construction industry, some of these include: Plumbing and drainage including sanitary fittings, hot and cold water supply systems • Fire protection equipment and sprinkler installations

One of the pivotal aspects to Gill Consulting’s success within the industry is the hard work and dedication of its engineers; between them having enough years experience to rival any company working in the industry today. “John Nyalita is one of our mechanical engineers, who has over 15 years of post-qualification experience,” the Company affirms. “This experience is centralised in both the design of mechanical services and in the building projects themselves, alongside the installation and maintenance of mechanical equipment in manufacturing and hospitality sector.” The Company aims to recruit from the top universities in order to ensure spectacular service and top-tier work for every project. With engineers

like John Nyalita holding a Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, this becomes an attainable reality. The Company has a particularly strong range of electrical engineers, with many years of expertise between them, including Job M. Sisungo, an electrical engineer with an excellent range of projects under his belt, including design, documentation, supervision and commissioning of electrical services in building projects. The Company adds: “Similarly we have Walaa Mohamed, and electronics and communication engineer, who joined us from Cairo University and impressively a graduate member of the Egyptian syndicate of engineering in Egypt.” The Company has managed to select

• Boilers and steam services • Incinerators • Refrigeration • Lift equipment • Kitchen and laundry equipment • Gas installation • Vacuum systems • Solar and wind energy • Air conditioning and ventilation • Conveyor systems • Dust extraction systems • Industrial and laboratories Gill recruits from the top universities in order to find the necessary skills

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a wide range of employees with varied project experience, again reiterating the desire of Gill Consulting to be able to achieve a full service offering for all needs in the industry. “As a company we like to nurture young talent and help them work their way up the ranks,” explains the Company. “A prime example would be Dismas Okoth, an assistant mechanical engineer who is two years postqualification, yet showing great promise in the design of mechanical services. It is working with young talent like this that really keeps us on our toes and drives the Company onwards.”

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the temporary relief services of other qualified engineers, consulting firms and reputed secretarial bureaus specifically for secretarial personnel - in order to provide an uninterrupted service to clients during any unanticipated increases in the volume of work taken on. “Some of this extra work can include technical studies, design, supervision and projects for schools, hospitals, research institutions, multipurpose halls, cinemas, production and process factories, libraries and laboratories,” concludes the Company. “The design of operating and maintenance systems for various institutions such as hospitals and international conference centres, can cause quite the extra workload, which is why it is important to have contingencies in place. “In having these contingencies, we ensure that our service and standards are never compromised, and we are always producing work we are incredibly proud of.”


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Minopex provides tailored services to suit each client’s individual needs, covering all operational requirements and adapting a turnkey service that stands it head and shoulders above the rest Writer: Phoebe Calver | Project Manager: Arron Rampling

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n the two years since Africa Outlook last spoke to Minopex, the Company has continued to experience numerous successes, which have led it to become the operations and maintenance powerhouse that we see today. At the time, the Company had successfully completed the replication of its very well established South Africa branch in Mozambique, a process

that was completed four years ago. Minopex had been moving from strength to strength, predominantly due to the delivery of its operations and maintenance offerings that inevitably save clients on their capital in the long-run. With its ability to work with almost every metal or mineral possible, the Company has given itself quite the name in the industry for its reliability and exceptionally innovative service. Following in the very successful footsteps of Minopex South Africa, the

Mozambique branch has been able to offer a particularly flexible service due to its remote site and available service offering. Moving forward from 2015, it was Minopex’s hope to see the Company consistently remaining focused on its clients, always going the extra mile in order to successfully meet their needs. In the present day these goals have truly been realised, now with a new objective to expand the Company and its various operations dramatically.

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The scope to respond to the ever-changing demands of a volatile mineral sector

“We have been particularly successful in our objectives to date, particularly in regards to our customer relations in our Mozambique branch,” explains Renira Reddy, Business Development Executive at Minopex. “Our current objectives are centralised around continuing with our hard work in Africa as well as the potential of globalising and taking our business out into both Australia and America, while diversifying outside the minerals sector including the water, sugar, power and energy industries.” As a whole, the Company is establishing a definitive mining division, which will alter the way in which it works within the industry, employing a wider scope in the market. Reddy continues: “We are responding to the ever-changing and somewhat volatile mineral sector in Africa - which of course is not aided by currency and commodity fluctuations and we are working hard to counter all of those effects.”

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Our current objectives are centralised around continuing with our hard work in Africa as well as the potential of globalising and taking our business out into both Australia and America

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Organic growth

At present, the biggest investment for Minopex as a whole lies within its mining division due to the fact it is being grown completely from scratch. Minopex has always been particularly logical when it comes to employing for new projects and new departments within the Company, only hiring after it has been successfully awarded projects. “I would say it is a little like the chicken and egg scenario, where you can either employ people in the hopes that you will get the work and carry the overheads,” Reddy adds. “Or you can secure the work and then employ the right people with the required skills to carry it out.” Appointments are made both internally to extend the Minopex culture to new projects as well as externally to target skills available in local communities. “The only change to this way of thinking may come when the potential move into Australian market begins;

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things will have to be done in a different way to the African business in order for a successful start-up,” Reddy says. “Minopex has appointed a VP - Australia, Mr Greg Paholski who is responsible for expanding our footprint into Australia and who will be able to carry out a large chunk of the preliminary work for the Company to ensure that we are operationally ready to target the market.”

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Long-term projects

Closer to home with the Company’s main focus, Minopex is on the verge of securing a large and long-term project in Tanzania, while also working on ventures in Zambia and South Africa, centralising its key focus on Southern Africa. “There are a few things that differentiate us and make the Company particularly appealing in the industry and the operator of choice, with 21 years of experience under our belts,” continues Reddy. “In that time we have successfully developed our operational readiness and we have also integrated all our systems to an extent that sets us head and shoulders above the rest of our competition.” Due to the years of experience under the Company’s belt and the lessons it has learned over that time has meant it was able to ramp up projects quickly and maintain the standards set according to ISO accreditation, enabling the growth of partnerships with clients.

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We are constantly achieving repeat business which shows that we are definitely doing something right, and I firmly believe that comes down to being KPI driven as a company and pushing operational boundaries to see what we can achieve

“We have an incredibly good retention rate when it comes to our projects - many of which are longstanding - including one that is in its 19th year,” adds Reddy. “We are constantly achieving repeat business which shows that we are definitely doing something right, and I firmly believe that comes down to being KPI driven as a company and pushing operational boundaries to see what we can achieve.”

High staff retention

Minopex is now in the particularly strong position of having an incredibly good staff retention rate, treating its staff and managers incredibly well and forging long-lasting relationships, similar to its relationships with clients. Reddy continues: “I would say that


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without a shadow of a doubt, we are able to retain our projects due to the particularly high calibre of staff we have and the partnerships we develop with our clients.” The Company has the privilege of establishing and working with some particularly important subsidiary companies within its business, including Quality Laboratory Services (QLS), a division that is wholly-owned by Minopex that renders analytical laboratory services. “Another two important whollyowned subsidiaries are Ensersa our maintenance division and Ensermo which is the workshop that enables us to service mining clients in the Tete region in Mozambique,” concludes Reddy. “We are incredibly proud of these entities and I believe that continuing to evolve and build our Company in areas like this will bring us continued success and in the future, exciting projects all over the world.”

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Rooted in Mining With an abundance of managerial acumen and entrepreneurial flair to pull upon, Modi Mining cc’s track record continues to turn heads in Southern Africa Writer: Matthew Staff | Project Manager: Arron Rampling odi Mining cc’s turnkey approach to Southern Africa’s mining and resources industry has put it firmly on the map of the sector; an achievement not at all surprising when analysing the extent of experience and expertise housed within the Rustenberg-based business. Founded and owned by mining engineer and entrepreneur, Samuel Molefi - alongside fellow entrepreneur, Miss Kebareng Welhemina Moagi - the Company was incepted and established with the sole objective of rendering differentiated contract mining services in the region and ultimately affirming a status as the supplier of choice in the mining industry. Knowing that nothing but a full selection of services and solutions could fulfil such a goal, the Company has since expanded and diversified with complete customer satisfaction in mind. To this end, the current array of mining services delivered to the region include: drill and blast (stoping and

developing); sweepings and vamping; secondary support including wire mesh and lacing, long anchors, OSRO straps, Guniting and tunnel roof bolts; spillage handling; haulage maintenance; blast consult services; production efficiency improvement; reclamation and equipping; drop raises; surface mining and ore; and transportation. “Modi Mining cc remains highly competitive in the mining services sector,” the Company says. “Our track record speaks volumes as does the expansive experience of all our people. Quality is the standard when it comes to project execution as all our clients deserve nothing less.” These projects have included RBPlat’s BRPM North shaft where Modi Mining provided the mine with a complete stoping service. The Company continues: “We differentiate ourselves by strictly adhering to the mine’s safety standards and procedures at all times, We have so far achieved 60 days incident-free shifts since the inception of the safety drive by the management.”

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PC Technical Services is a vibrant and dynamic Company with specific emphasis on providing the highest quality of workmanship coupled with excellent services at market rates. The Company has highly skilled and experience associates and specialists when it comes to technical services and consulting for mine planning, surveying and geology. The Company offers mining technical services to Modi Mining, Namane and other mining houses as well as partnerships. Refer to the website below for more information.

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www.mpconcepts.co.za The Company employs highly experienced mining engineers to maximise operations

Passion and potential

This aforementioned management complement has driven the business forward from day one, and is supported on a daily basis by a plethora of skilled project directors, site managers, admin managers, shift supervisors, HR assistants, data capturers, miners, team leaders, stoping crews and gully crews. Standing front and centre among them all though is the founder, Sam Molefi whose profile on the Modi Mining website emphasises not just his vision for Modi Mining, but the extensive journey he has gone on through the industry to reach this point. “Sam is a black mine engineer and entrepreneur who holds a Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competence and a total of 18 years’ mining experience,” it says. “He began his mining career at GFTS or Gold Fields Academy (Gold Fields Ltd) as a learner official mining bursar. He went to complete his training in record time

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Sam is a black mine engineer and entrepreneur who holds a Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competence and a total of 18 years’ mining experience

and also graduated from UJ (TWR) as a mine engineer. His experience with Gold Fields included working as Stoping and Developing Miner and a Production Supervisor in the ultra-deep shafts of the West Wits area. “He joined Sasol Nitro after spending seven years at Gold Fields to pursue his career in mining explosives. A qualified explosives engineer, his experience with Sasol Nitro included marketing, providing technical support, consulting with clients and designing blast patterns for both underground and open cast mines. He left Sasol Nitro as a key Account Manager and Senior Engineer after serving it for seven years and joined Anglo Platinum as a long-term mine planner.” Working for such an esteemed organisation as Anglo Platinum inevitably inflamed Molefi’s experience and skill-set immeasurably; which he later applied to another international explosives company in Mali, and at JLC Mining Services in South Africa.


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Further employment opportunities rounded his expertise even more concertedly; ultimately resulting in his decision to incept Modi Mining where he identified “the right time to channel all his energy and skills into a business where his passion and potential lies”, the profile concludes.

Rooted in mining

Helping to guide the Modi Mining ship to smooth successes are similarly attuned and professional leaders in the form of Israel Phejana and Erens Oelsen, who share a total of around 60 years of experience. And this is not to forget Molefi’s

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Safety remains our number one priority but our objective remains to deliver cost effective services

partner from day one, Keba Moagi, who has been every bit as groundbreaking in her own achievements as they hope the Company to be over its tenure. “Keba Moagi, a female entrepreneur and a farmer, brings with her an administrative background and business acumen. She is one of the first local women to be involved in farming and thus possesses the required business skills for Modi Mining,” her profile details. “She is highly energetic and ready to contribute positively to the involvement of women in mining as required by the law of South Africa through BBBEE codes of good practice and the Mining Charter.”


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Significantly, such elite managerial prowess filters down throughout the Company to infiltrate a set of standards difficult to rival in the industry. And standing first and foremost within these codes of conduct and operational excellence procedures is safety. “Safety remains our number one priority but our objective remains to deliver cost effective services while at the same time achieving our clients’ set targets,” the Company explained. “This is achieved through the integration of our extensive experience in the mining and explosives sector, well proven machines, and highly motivated staff who are target-driven and have an

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understanding of our vision and mission. “We believe in continuous improvement and in partnering with our clients so that we continue to deliver a relevant quality service. “We also demonstrate our support for local economic development and employment equity by sourcing most of our labour from the local communities that we serve in, by having a plan to involve the disabled in our workforce, and by having a training programme that will help to advance women into the top management structure of our Company. “Mining is our business because we are ‘Rooted in Mining’.”

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Economical World-class Commercial Vehicles The MAN brand has achieved worldwide recognition for efficiency, innovation and customer proximity, gaining the trust of its customers through reliable vehicles and services Writer: Phoebe Calver | Project Manager: Kane Weller

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bus and coach production plant instatus. contributor to CO2 neutral Olifantsfontein and a chassis assembly plant in Pinetown. The site in Pinetown is in fact located on the same site as the original Meyer & Hiller factory which was renamed MAN Truck & Bus in 1974.” Given South Africa’s location in a global sense, coupled with the importation laws that are aimed at protecting local employment, the country is required to assemble automotive products locally to avoid significant import duties. MAN Automotive South Africa boast two assembly plants, which are integrated into MAN’s global production network. “As a Company, we are a proud employer of a significant amount of people in our facilities, which over the years have conformed to the exacting quality standards aligned with our group, while passing on world-class skills to a vast volume of South Africa’s

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In working closely with our customers, we can consistently tailormake transport solutions that are possible from our vast automotive platforms...

working closely with our customers, we can consistently tailor-make transport solutions that are possible from our vast automotive platforms, to provide the local industry with value adding solutions that also contribute to the greater economy.”

Product innovation

In the many years since the Company came to fruition, MAN has been accredited with numerous world champion awards for its product innovation; ranging from its proud invention of the diesel engine, along to the very latest offerings sporting Euro 6 emission standards. Geyer adds: “We continuously aim and succeed in offering a very wide range of trucks and buses that are suitable for a myriad of transport demands of the local logistics companies and passenger transport suppliers. “Our flagship premium TG truck


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Your On-The-Road Ambassadors product range has been enhanced with Euro 5 TGX introduction and the addition of EfficientLine specifications to our TGS long-haul range.” In order to compete in more of an aggressive manner in the market and particularly the ‘budget’ segment against the prominent Japanese players, the Company has upgraded its CLA range - German engineering which My Twitter : @chriskere My Twitter : @chriskere is manufactured in India - with a new cab and transmissions. In keeping with its regular introduction of innovative and exciting products, the Company has introduced a RR4 480 horsepower flagship coach chassis, which will sport high-end imported bodywork from Brasil. “We have an extensive after sales offering which will see the introduction of projects such as Ecotrade - a programme which entails a discount for old part returns - Health Check, Senior Truck Card and Driver Rewards, all of which require extremely

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knowledgeable staff to run,” continues Geyer. “There is a lot of emphasis on training our people, particularly in South Africa where the available skill levels are a challenge.” In that respect, the Company has a long-term strategy for the development of its employees in South Africa, with particular focus at present on increasing both the technical knowledge and leadership knowledge base with the support of a handful of expats from around the world in order to bring specific trucking knowledge to

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Evolving with customer demands

South Africa has a world-class transport and logistics sector, where its local operators have been using telematics systems for many decades. This initially stemmed from the need for vehicle and load securitisation; with more recent times bringing the need for managed scheduling, load delivery tracking and driver behaviour. MAN Telematics, MAN ServiceCare and ProfiDrive are in high demand currently


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MAN has recently started up its Ecotrade offering in attempts to better serve its customers, which is the first of its kind to be operating in South Africa. MAN Ecotrade is a concept in which you can return your used MAN genuine parts and get up to a 25 percent discount on new parts, including engines, turbochargers, cooling water pumps, gearboxes, long blocks, injectors, clutch plates, cylinder heads and air compressors. “This means we are able to offer

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Conscious enterprise development It has been greatly important for MAN Truck and Bus South Africa that the Company’s purchasing team supports Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE), through adopting conscious enterprise development. Claudio Fernandes, acting Head of Procurement at MAN Truck & Bus adds: “In 2016 through supporting MAN’s supplier development programme, MAN’s purchasing team combined their efforts to establish which inbound parts would be most likely to increase in demand.” Linking to this demand is the Company’s ongoing philosophy of sustainably growing with its supplier base, as well as the ongoing commitment to the BBBEE initiatives that are taking place in South Africa and MAN has been proud to conclude its project with Kunene Manufacturing. “The investment that we have made in this project is in a state-of-the-art laser cutting machine,” elaborates the Kunene Group. “This will ensure that we can improve both the supply efficiency, while also maintaining a higher quality per unit into MAN’s exacting production process.”

an even bigger array of benefits to our loyal customers, committing to our customers by providing them with a long-term price advantage,” explains Van Graan.

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...by pulling together we are working very hard to be recognised as the brand of ‘first choice’ in the market

synergies possible from such a vast and impressive group of companies. Geyer affirms: “We are incredibly proud of our heritage and the story of development and success at MAN Truck and Bus South Africa, alongside the plethora of world-renowned products that bring true value to our customers.” Despite the large scale of the Company, it has worked hard to retain an open and approachable attitude to customer service, remaining humble in its achievements and constantly


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course a reasonable return for our shareholders,” concludes Geyer. “We wish to remain a strong presence in South Africa and with that always adding value to our stake-holders. “This will enable to MAN Truck and Bus South Africa to continue its upward growth trajectory and with that ensure the much needed employment and education of the people in this great region, by pulling together we are working very hard to be recognised as the brand of ‘first choice’ in the market.”

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ligning with the wider ArcelorMittal Group’s globally-renowned industry excellence, ArcelorMittal South Africa has adapted to changing local needs by continuously developing higher grades of steel in line with increasing demand across core industry verticals. With shareholdings in the Company changing hands numerous times over the course of its 88-year history, the

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Company has taken up additional business in order to answer the current and future market demand for steel products by increasing its production and output of steel plate; despite facing tough competition from foreign imports and an overall weakening economic climate. As Africa’s largest steel producer, ArcelorMittal South Africa has installed capacity to produce six million tonnes of steel per annum - as of June, 2016 - across its operations in Gauteng,


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includes slabs, plates, cold and hot rolled coil (HRC), galvanised, tinplate, Corex, Midrex, billet rebar and other bars and rods. Showcasing its depth of technical and managerial expertise across not only its primary business vertical, the Company also has interests in coking coal and is able to process and beneficiate metallurgical and steel products into coal tar pitch. With domestic sales accounting for 90 percent of its revenue, the

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Company proudly contributed R43 billion to South Africa’s economy in 2015, an amount equivalent to 1.1 percent of the country’s GDP. This is further compounded by a team of 9,315 permanent employees, in addition to supporting more than 90,000 jobs directly and indirectly across South Africa, as well as investing a total of R12.6 million back into local communities in 2015, impacting 18,300 people through a multitude of socioeconomic development initiatives.

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With the recent economic climate presenting difficult trading conditions, ArcelorMittal South Africa has adapted and restructured several internal departments to optimise its operations. Over the past few years, the Company formed a Business Improvement division to continuously identify and implement measures to improve operational and financial

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performance in a bid to regain local market share; a feat which has become increasingly challenging as a result of Chinese imports and over-supply in the market. Dean Subramanian, ArcelorMittal South Africa’s Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2016 explained at the time: “Until last year [2015], South Africa was one of only two steelproducing countries (out of a total of 69) that did not have protection measures in place to counter the impact of foreign imports. Based

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on the recent approval of import duties by the International Trade and Administration Commission (ITAC), I am confident that stability will be restored in the coming years.” He continued to say: “Our innovative and creative investments in research and development (R&D), as well as the significant spending allocated to environmental and health & safety initiatives, will also serve to counter over-supply and distinguish us from the competition; boosting efficiencies and optimising costs. We continually monitor the quality of our products and are quick to respond and address any problems by applying the necessary knowledge and technology to find a solution.” Benchmarking itself against similar manufacturing plants through the Global Technical Benchmark System used by the Group, ArcelorMittal South Africa also embraces the latest technologies that can enhance and streamline business activity.


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that no lift is too big or too small to handle. “All of our cranes are manned by operators who are trained to the highest standards within the industry.”   Dedicated staff and management are committed in understanding the unique requirements of customers who make use of equipment in the crane industry. Thus, Delta’s strong focus on the small section of its fleet is to ensure that the most effective and prompt service is available to all customers.   Subsequently, Delta Crane & Plant Hire (Pty) Ltd has been awarded long-term contracts over the years, several of which are presently still active; including a longstanding and positive relationship with ArcelorMittal. “We are proud to say that we are a service provider at ArcelorMittal and would continue to strive to higher standards together,” Van Dam says. All told, Delta hires out cranes, on time, in five provinces of South Africa, and in each, there is a full complement of skilled staff across its different divisions. For further insight into the level of our expertise and our unrivalled ability to supply the most suitable crane, quickly, safely and anywhere in South Africa, please take the opportunity to contact our team for a customised quotation or any information needed. 

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“We are continuously working to increase the level of automation in all our plants and now utilise SAP as standard across our ERP systems. Moreover, on a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) level, we have adopted various bespoke developed systems,” Subramanian detailed during the interview. In spite of the industry slowdown, the Company has experienced growth in the automotive and renewable sectors in particular, due to increased localisation of products and the need to develop higher grades of steel. “There has been huge but somewhat erratic growth in the renewable energy sector in recent years and we have been working hard to extend our product range in relation to steel plate products for wind turbines, which are largely being imported from China,” he added. “Similarly, the rising cost of electricity in South Africa means that we are making internal investments in energy efficiency initiatives and exploring viable alternative sources of power generation.”

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Working closely with the South African Government to identify and implement various measures to ensure the sustainability of the local steel industry - including the introduction of import tariffs on 10 locally-produced steel products as well as the consideration of anti-dumping measures ArcelorMittal South Africa continues to work with the best interests of the wider economy in mind. “First and foremost, we are a proudly South African steel-producing Company and this is heavily reflected in our emphasis on local employment, B-BBEE emphasis, and community and Government involvement,” said Subramanian, who has since been replaced by the current Chief Executive Officer, Wim De Klerk. “Our employment strategy is designed to

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provide local opportunity through apprenticeships, learnerships, bursaries and other skills development initiatives to ensure there is a pool of qualified talent available to meet both current and future requirements. “In partnership with the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Education, our Science Centres represent our biggest investment in the local communities in which we operate; providing local students with extra tuition in science, technology, English and mathematics (STEM subjects). In 2016, our flagship Science Centre in Sebokeng is celebrating 10 years of existence, and

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in 2016 which provided at least 12 local fabricators with a facility to work from, access to markets and the opportunity to exchange ideas. “We are cognisant of the role that we play in the socio-economic development of local communities and as the country’s and the region’s largest steel producer, we will work with all stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of the South African steel industry for the benefit of all stakeholders,” Subramanian further detailed in regards to the launch last year.

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The global steel industry contributes enormously to the growth and development of economies around the world. With the crisis in the steel industry continuing unabated, it is more important than ever before to ensure that ArcelorMittal’s Group-wide stakeholders understand the threat to the industry and the implication for national and local economies.

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Devcoat (Pty) Ltd trading under Varcol Paints and Varchem Protective Coatings has been a paint manufacturer since 1980 with a track record for excellence. Varcol Paints manufactures a complete range of quality paints for the light to heavy Industrial, Decorative, Military and Automotive markets, and specialised products used in the moulding industries. The Varchem Protective Coatings range has been developed in South Africa for use in specialised applications in highly corrosive and chemical environments in the mining, agriculture, water, pulp and paper, petrochemical, power generation and parastatal sectors. At the heart of Devcoat (Pty) Ltd is the company’s hightech R & D Laboratory, staffed by a team of highly skilled industrial chemists, committed to ensuring the continued growth of the Product Range. Devcoat’s Sales Division and Technical Consultants provide a high level of customer support, addressing the supply of specifications and advice on surface preparation, application methods and coating systems. Devcoat is a listed SABS ISO 9001 Company. 8 Marconi Nook, Hennopspark Ext. 15 Centurion; P O Box 8210, Centurion 0046; Email: devcoat@netactive.co.za Tel.:+27 (012) 653-0095 Fax:+27 (012) 653-0926

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All coke & chemicals’ plants are ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 listed

“We are focused on stabilising the business and returning our operations to profitability. Above all, we aspire to be the preferred steel producer on the African continent as we understand what steel products are needed to satisfy the demand,” noted Subramanian in a sentiment no doubt echoed by De Klerk since taking up the post. On a local scale in South Africa, the Company is more than half-way through its 2012-2019 strategy, which will grow ArcelorMittal’s footprint on the continent even more extensively. Subramanian rounded up the remaining goals for 2016 and 2017, onwards: “We hope to double our tin product capabilities for the packaging market, continue modifying our facilities to produce galvanised products for the automotive industry, bolster our construction market offering, and conduct a mini-reline of our blast furnace at Saldanha to extend the life of our operations.

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the New Africa Missionpharma Zambia Ltd’s goal to ensure safe and secure healthcare processes on an entirely localised scale is set to save lives and innovate the most encompassing of sectors Writer: Matthew Staff Project Manager: Callam Waller

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our quality assurance capacity, which today includes employment of pharmacists on three different continents, compounded by our strong logistics experience from supplying pharmaceuticals globally. “In the past decade we have focused more on bringing big brands to the African market to respond to a growing middle class and more recently we have expanded into the equipment area where our willingness to invest and train locally fits well with current trends.”

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Of course, local enrichment and sustainability is not a new concept for any country, but the ability and inclination to put your money where your mouth is and to actually - and wholly - commit to such an idea is a rarity. For Missionpharma Zambia though, this is precisely the concept and philosophy being adhered to in enacting a long-term methodology for improvement which remaining successful as an enterprise simultaneously. Cohn elaborates: “Generally speaking we as Missionpharma Zambia will focus on the same management ideas that made the pre-established

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much needed, hard working, skilled personnel. “Despite being a young firm, several employees has already been oversees to receive education and training, to strengthen their ability to teach colleagues and assist clients. We have identified areas where the Zambian market has a gap and have reacted accordingly,” Cohn continues. Such an ethos helps the business to react more speedily and effectively to pressing trends such as the growing issue of diabetes in Zambia at present. The establishment of a diabetes unit with some of the best educated

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people in the country manning it is an indictment of Missionpharma Zambia’s influence to this end. Similarly, a US$300,000 order to support the first Zambian manufacturer able to meet the Company’s quality assurance demands promises to be a vital stepping stone in its overall, localised vertical integration ambitions. “Placing the order is a huge success, because manufacturing locally is what I hope we will continue to be able to do. The placement of this order is hopefully also seen as an encouragement to others to show that a focus on quality matters,” Cohn emphasises. And in order to facilitate Missionpharma Zambia’s own extensive growth, capital expenditures to the tune of seven digits will bring about a new, modern facility able to meet growing quality standards, required transparency and enhanced kit packing monitoring procedures.

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The manufacturing facility in Chennai produces: · Neutraceuticals · Small volume parenterals, large volume parenterals, eye & ear drops · Oral medication - tablets, capsules, syrups, sachets and dry syrups · Ointments, creams and gels

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Bar-coding assembly lines and stateof-the-art modern production systems will also be incorporated into the new facility, while the Company is also in the process of transferring tech transfer processes from its Indian site to its African hub to once again fulfil localisation goals. “In our industry the trend on local procurement is also increasing,” Cohn notes, “and this is partially driven by the donors but also as the Government is increasingly more capable of utilising their own funds. “This requires more of a local presence and the movement of activities from overseas into Zambia; including a significant amount of activities across our kit assembly production. This would provide a huge job boost and would create plenty of business for various Zambian companies as a kit production facility requires several different types of supplies, not just pharmaceuticals.”

“My Danish colleague, Lise Lotte, who has been in Zambia for 15 months as a trainer and educator in IT systems and order processing, will be leaving us at the end of June, 2017,” the GM explains. “Her task is complete, her function is now handled by a Zambian colleague and this is a perfect example of how expats should be utilised.” Compliance to international Cohn concludes: “Therefore, in pharmaceutical standards and the the future, I hope that you will not adjacent transparency that is needed be speaking to me here, but to an for long-term stability are slowly ambitious Zambian national leader who coming to fruition; increasing the will have taken the baton from me and amount of healthy competition in the lifted the Company even higher. market and reducing the amount of “We will have achieved the transfer dangerous drugs entering the market of knowledge to the extent where from further afield. Missionpharma Zambia is competitive And by building this indigenous outside of the country; we will have a network, Cohn is more than happy to sales force which - as a minimum - has admit that the overriding goal would increased by 100 percent; and a kit be to make himself redundant to assembly line that might be able to Missionpharma Zambia in the long-term, employ as many as 100 people. We as the country’s talent pool becomes will be the biggest player in hospital concerted enough to man the company equipment and a strong brand in the - and wider industry - themselves. B2B arena.”

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Grows Cherry Irrigation has established a solid foundation in the industry, built upon years of knowledge and experience as one of the few irrigation companies possessing the ability to take you from design right through to implementation Writer: Phoebe Calver Project Manager: Joshua Mann herry Irrigation has set itself apart in the industry with its delivery of an end-to-end solution service, which covers all aspects from the initial consultation, right through to design, implementation and after-sales customer support. The Company boasts 30 years’ experience of working in the irrigation industry, working with a full complement of specialists spread across our service offering, all of which are very familiar with the close details involved at each stage of the process. “It was my father, Peter Cherry and Andle Boonzaaier that founded the Company in 1987, predominantly with the purpose of serving the local

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farming community,” explains Charles Cherry, Owner of Cherry Irrigation. “All these years later we are still expanding, having moved on from an almost purely irrigation design office in the early days, to a supplier and following that with our installation and maintenance services. “Excitingly, we have also increased our stock holding and now have an irrigation shop where local farmers are able to buy their irrigation, we are so proud of this and the way it links back to the heart of the Company in providing local farmers with everything required to suit their irrigation needs.” With the inclusion of the store into Cherry Irrigation’s portfolio, it is now responsible for the sourcing and stock, calling for stringent organisation of the wide range of teams operating at the Company. Cherry adds: “For example our installation team is excelling in the success of each project, taking full responsibility for all of its installations, with six teams at present that are constantly expanding.” When it comes to developments in the irrigation sector, Cherry Irrigation has always been at the forefront and one step ahead of the competition in all aspects including planning, irrigation and installation systems. Due to its past and current success, there is no need to enlist sub-contractors, with in-house specialists that are fully responsible for all aspects of every project, with no middle-men there to slow the process.

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With the Company’s excellent reputation, it is able to be very picky when it comes to the companies that it works with, only choosing reputable suppliers and leaders in the field of automation that will be able to offer top-class automation solution systems for each customers greenhouse needs. “We combine all of these factors with the ability to produce high-end designs,” continues Cherry. “We are a South African Irrigation Institute (SABI) Company Member and therefore all of our designers are also SABI members, therefore ensuring consistency in offering the best possible design solution.” Through its tireless hard work over the years, the Company has built a very good relationship with other service providers in the industry which enables very good working relations when working as a team.

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“As a multi-faceted Company, teamwork is one of our main objectives and we are constantly on the lookout for staff that will fit into our dynamic environment,” affirms Cherry. “In order to attract and retain the right people, we offer constant training and skill development as one of our most important tools. “I firmly believe that retention of staff is a key factor to our success, we truly value our employees and that is demonstrated in the incredibly low staff turnover we possess.”

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Cherry Irrigation is constantly striving towards achieving better and stronger client relationships, understanding both the changing needs of the clients and the market in which the Company operates. “Right from the start of a project, we will work with soil scientists and crop specific experts in order to ensure that we meet all of the client’s specific criteria and take on the difficult areas such as designing it to fit those specifications,” Cherry describes. “Our protocol is to always use the most energy efficient designs possible, staying at the forefront in terms of irrigation regulations, consultants and soil scientists. Although the Company is based in the Western Cape, Cherry Irrigation has successfully branched all over South Africa, also involved in Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania; where Cherry will regularly conduct site visits to ensure standards are


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being maintained. “We ensure that all of our facilities are up-to-date with the newest software, and alongside keeping our designs energy efficient,” adds Cherry. “In order to do this we are constantly upgrading our tools and survey equipment in order to meet industry demands and working on our facilities in order to suit our needs.”

Major focus

Some of the major focus-points within the Company are centrally around open-field irrigation, specialist greenhouse climate control and fertigation solutions; alongside that are Cherry Irrigation’s consultation, assessment, planning and design, implementation and after-sales support teams which are all part of the exceptional service on offer. Cherry explains: “Whether the required services are in an open-field situation or located undercover in a greenhouse, each application will

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naturally have different requirements with every situation being unique to each client.” With Cherry Irrigation’s irrigation projects, its designs take into consideration many factors, including environmental, geographical and agronomical aspects which ensure that plants both outside and those located within the greenhouses are

obtaining the optimum amount of water required. “Another of our main sectors is fertigation - which we are particularly excited about - where we are able to combine your fertilisation needs within drip irrigation systems,” Cherry shares. “It is without a doubt the most efficient way to be able to feed and water crops.” The Company also provides specialist climate control solutions to greenhouses and poly tunnels which enable the guarantee of maximum results for the customer’s investment. “Moving forward we would like to continue our work with a wide variety of different agricultural businesses located throughout Southern Africa and perhaps further afield,” concludes Cherry. “We are incredibly proud of the high-standard of work that we consistently demonstrate and I look forward to seeing how we adapt and grow within this innovative market in the years to come.”

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The Black Tulip Group is one of the largest independent floral companies, supplying a premium quality range of cut flowers, cut foliages and plants, evolving into a truly global enterprise with decades of expertise Writer: Phoebe Calver

he Black Tulip Group has experienced astronomical success in the years since it came to fruition, laying the foundations for product excellence which over time has been the key factor in sowing the seeds of success for the Company. Currently, Black Tulip Group’s reach spans far and wide, operating 24 companies in which the locations where specifically and strategically chosen to maximise potential,

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including UAE, Holland, India, Malaysia, Qatar and of course Kenya, with centralised headquarters in the UAE. “Our corporate direction and strategic outlook of the Group in general is predominantly driven by the determination we have to redefine and enrich the collective experience of our clients,” explains the Company on its website. “We believe we can achieve this by reaching higher standards in both quality and customer care. “Alongside that, we are creating value for all of our stakeholders,


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both directly and indirectly linked to our Company, and simultaneously maintaining good corporate governance and acting as a socially responsible entity.” The Group is renowned for challenging existing issues and creating solutions which will allow them to achieve consistent growth with applied innovation and skilled execution. In the years since its inception, constantly investing in niche market opportunities with an open-minded attitude and hard-headed practicality has served it incredibly well.

Client oriented service

One of the ultimate goals of the Group is to always keep its customers in sight, remembering at all times that each customer is unique and similarly to all of the flowers produced by Black Tulip on its farms in Kenya, distinguished in their own right. “Just like the flowers we are renowned for, we realise that our

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customers should be given close attention to detail,” continues the Company. “We treat each customer with the utmost care, ensuring that at all times during the process of our work with them that they are happy and of course satisfied with every purchase that they make, be that flowers, plants or accessories.” The dedication to its personalised client-oriented service and to the perfection of the product - all for an incredibly competitive price has led to the inevitable success of Black Tulip as one of the largest independent flora companies operating today. “We are incredibly proud of the development of a strong and loyal B2B and B2C customer base,” adds the Company. “All of the customers we have worked with recognise the unique value that we have to offer at Black Tulip, where we always go above and beyond the other similar floral companies in the region.

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“As a particularly socially responsible - not to mention community driven organisation - not only do we invest in our customers’ wellbeing, but also the wellbeing of our staff and the incredibly important team members who work with us as part of the family to both produce and deliver the best at all times.”

Progressive expertise

With two decades of progressive and socially responsible expertise under its belt, Black Tulip Group can offer work and knowledge in a broad spectrum of business subsidiaries which cover the span of floral services, production, retail, logistics as well as import and export. “Within our showrooms we display flowers that will make a stylized statement, including a touch of fantasy, allowing each flower and plant to truly resonate the pride of Black Tulip Group’s origin,” the Company describes. “All of our flower arrangements are treasured buds stemming from engineered brilliance, which of course sets the tone when used by customers as a way to celebrate precious moments in life.” The Group has mastered the ability to cater for every possible flower related need, whether that be a

The promise we make to our customers time and time again is to always deliver on high quality, product freshness and made-to-order perfection

flower that requires sophistication or flamboyance, perhaps a level of surreal, Black Tulip is able to always provide its customers with just the right flower to suit every possible mood. “The promise we make to our customers time and time again is to always deliver on high quality, product freshness and madeto-order perfection,” says the Company. “Our farms in Kenya have been earnestly cultivated

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and nurtured by our staff to deliver on the best premium range of cut-flowers found in the industry.” Black Tulip is very well positioned in order to offer high-grade flowers to suit its customers’ needs, maintaining control of the process right the way across the production chain of the flowers and plants it is producing. The Company continues: “We proudly have the widest variety of plants growing on our state-of-the-art farms, all factors are closely managed to ensure customers receive the


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Integrating Future Innovation with

EXPERIENCE or more than 150 years, Standard Chartered Bank has been using its knowledge and expertise to build its strong industry presence in Africa; as one of the oldest banks in the world, it was formed as part of a very unique franchise with a focus on Asia, Africa and the Middle East. With its age and experience in Africa in particular, the Bank has a profound knowledge of some of the most challenging but also exciting markets, particularly through its trade corridor. “Within Africa we have a presence in 15 markets, with Kenya and Nigeria playing a role as the major contributors, however there are also significant contributions from countries such as Uganda and South Africa,” explains Mohamed Abdel Bary, Regional Chief Financial Officer for Africa and Middle East at Standard Chartered Bank. “From a market share perspective, we are incredibly well established, servicing one million retail clients and over 20,000 corporate clients.”

Adapting to a changing population

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Standard Chartered Bank has been in Africa for more than 150 years, bringing infinite value socially and economically. Mohamed Abdel Bary, Regional Chief Financial Officer, Africa and Middle East, explains the driving force behind enhancing digital service across the continent Writer: Phoebe Calver under 25 years old; by 2040 Africa is expected to have the largest available workforce in the world, four fifths of which will be young people. “This will provide us with a tremendous opportunity and of course is exciting for the potential in Africa,” adds Bary. “The demand for capital in Africa is very strong, with an estimated need for investment of approximately one trillion dollars over the next decade, providing a tremendous opportunity for us to tap into. “Alongside this, from a trade corridor perspective when working towards

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this demand for capital, I would say that some of our most important trade partners in securing this process are China, India and Japan.” Trade between India and Africa has dramatically increased by five times the amount during the past 10 years to approximately $56.7 billion and it is expected to reach $100 billion by 2018. Similarly with China, the trade corridor is providing a huge turnover, not to mention creating numerous opportunities for Standard Chartered to tap into.

Banking digitalisation

With the Banks’ operations in Commercial, Corporate and Retail opportunities, it has had to find ways to adapt to work successfully in these varying markets. “There is a lot of room for growth and adaptation in our retail work, with our recent approach being to invest in digital advancements,” describes Bary. “We are very aware that in order to keep up with the times - particularly when it comes to retail companies - we need to grow our digital capabilities to secure opportunities, always bringing solutions to our clients in a controlled and efficient manner.” Being a particularly well established and innovative Bank in the industry, Standard Chartered is always


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Investment in infrastructure

In recent years the Bank has invested heavily in its infrastructure and the aforementioned digitalisation of Standard Chartered’s operations. Bary affirms: “We are particularly interested in the end-to-end framework, not only in the area visible to our clients, but also our back end operating systems to ensure that our clients are always receiving the best experience and service from us.” It is clear that the network the Bank has built over the 150 years is one of Standard Chartered’s key differentiators, as well as its ability to adapt with the times; a skill it has perfected over its long history.

“Of course it is always difficult to comment on what the competition is doing, but it is very rare that you will find a bank such as ourselves that is present in Africa, the Middle East as well as Asia,” concludes Bary. “I believe that is where we truly come into our own as we have a solid presence and reach across all of these markets and are able to connect clients right the way across our footprint. “We will continue to innovate and digitise adapting to client needs and technological changes, securing our reputation as an innovative provider for clients in the region, reemphasising the power of our network.”

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THE INSURANCE CONFERENCE 2017

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EVENT DETAILS WHEN: 23-26 July WHERE: Sun City, South Africa WEBSITE:

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DAVID HARPUR HAS been in the insurance industry for more than 48 years. His industry involvement includes having served as President of the Insurance Institute of South Africa on two occasions. He is a past President of the Financial Intermediaries Federation of South Africa (FIFSA), the Insurance Institute of Gauteng (IIG) and the South African Financial Services Intermediaries Association (SAFSIA), now FIA. He has also served as a member of the Policy Board for Financial Services and Regulation. He is a member of several insurance industry committees and works with INSETA, SAIA, FIA, FPI,

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IOD, IPBF and the FSB in different capacities. David was elected as a member of the executive committee of the Worldwide Broker Network (WBN) in 2006 and was appointed Managing Director of WBN Limited in November, 2006. He served in this capacity until June, 2008. He retired as a non-executive director of Glenrand M.I.B Ltd in 2008 having handed over as Chief Executive of the group in 2005 after 16 years in that role. He spent 33 years of his career at Minet, Mibsa, MIB and Glenrand M.I.B. He was fully involved in the listing of Glenrand M.I.B on the JSE in 1988. He joined the IISA in January 2009 as CEO and after more than eight years at the IISA he has helped to re-establish the status, reputation and financial base of the IISA across local, African and international markets. His passion is the professionalism of the industry and insurance education at all levels. He sees many challenges and opportunities to improve and extend the activities of the institute in the years ahead and will assist his successor when his contract expires at the end of 2017. David also serves as a nonexecutive Director on the board of JSE listed, Conduit Capital Ltd; Chairs the Remuneration Committee; and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. He hopes to see many industry representatives at the 44th Annual IISA/SAIA/FIA “DISRUPT - DEBATE DELIVER� Insurance Conference at Sun City; 23-26 July, 2017.


AFRICA PROPERTY INVESTMENT SUMMIT & EXPO

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Giving a voice to the African real estate industry

THE AFRICA PROPERTY Investment Summit & Expo (API) is Africa’s largest and most premier real estate event. It connects the most influential local and international Africa property stakeholders, driving PROPERTY INVESTMENT SUMMIT & EXPO ™ investment and development 24-25 AUGUST 2017 Sandton Convention Centre. Johannesburg. South Africa into a wide range of real estate EVENT DETAILS and infrastructure projects and G VOICE TO THE AFRICAN REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY developments across the continent. WHEN: Over the past eight years The API 24-25 August Summit has proven to be Africa’s WHERE: flagship real estate event, connecting Sandton Convention Centre, the region’s most senior investors, Johannesburg, South Africa developers, operators and professionals and providing the perfect platform to do WEBSITE: deals across the region. www.apisummit.co.za The two-day conference is an accumulation of bespoke networking opportunities, learnings and out what your peers, competitors and other leading

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Property Investment Summit & Expo (API) is Africa’s largest and most premier real

transactions through an extensive range of discussions, networking receptions as well as a dedicated exhibition area designed to give you the most traction for your company and brand. This standalone event is the ideal opportunity to discuss current trends, share industry experiences and enjoy insightful debates with Africa’s top real estate minds. API Summit & Expo is hosted by the well-established API Events, comprising of a team of passionate, property-savvy professionals who strive to deliver the highest quality content for every event. Running for more than eight years, the 2017 Africa Property Summit and Expo will transcend and further drive growth in Africa’s real estate sectors.


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FUTURE ENERGY UGANDA

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Identifying business opportunities in response to increasing power demand

EVENT DETAILS WHEN: 13-14 September WHERE: Serena Hotel, Kampala, Uganda WEBSITE: www.future-energy-uganda.com

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project briefings, ROIs and project implementation and most importantly it is a forum for investors, government and private sector to come together, collaborate on fast-tracking these projects to support the plans for Uganda’s power expansion. This exclusive platform is a unique chance for delegates to identify potential business opportunities in response to increasing power demand from the consumer and industry, with suppliers enjoying rich and diversified FUTURE ENERGY UGANDA is a energy resources. two-day Ugandan project investment As Future Energy Uganda will be forum and exhibition that brings taking place in Kampala we found it projects being explored and projects fitting to host this strategic conference in the pipeline to light. The forum at the Serena Hotel. It was always discussions include policies, tax and our intention to offer a setting that rebates, project briefings, ROIs, and adheres to our strategic conference project implementation. This provides model while incorporating networking a unique platform for investors, areas for sponsors to display their government and the private sector to brand. discuss and network in support of the Along with a location and name Ugandan power expansion plans and change, Future Energy Uganda will 2030 vision. also include improvements to the Future Energy Uganda brings to light attendees’ overall event experience; the projects being explored both in introducing a new Future Energy the pipeline and those in development. themed area for content and sponsor Discussions will focus on policies, zones.

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ALIGN YOUR BRAND WITH UGANDA’S ENERGY SECTOR

13 – 14 SEPTEMBER 2017

Serena Hotel, Kampala, Uganda Uganda aims to grow installed capacity from 868MW to 4100MW by 2030. This is your opportunity to showcase your capabilities to project managers Secure face time with key decision makers in the Ugandan energy sector, including utilities and government

PART OF UGANDA’S 17TH

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Secure your place today. Please contact Jason Zeelie E: jason.zeelie@spintelligent.com I T: + 27 21 700 3557

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Be part of Nigeria’s most premier real estate event

EVENT DETAILS WHEN: 29-30 November WHERE: Landmark Conference Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria CONTACT: chad@apievents.com WEBSITE: www.wapisummit.co.za

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THE WEST AFRICA Property Investment Summit is a highcalibre two-day real estate-focused conference. Leveraging off a global network and strategic local partners; the forum provides an unmatched platform for discussion and dealmaking between top local private and public sector property stakeholders, global investors and property developers. The summit focuses on overcoming current obstacles in the West African property market while uncovering the countless market

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opportunities across Nigeria and the broader West African region. The 2017 Summit will be hosted in Lagos, giving the local market the internationally recognised real estate event it deserves. The conference will include participation from more than 350 delegates and 175 companies and will offer insights, thought-leadership and solution-focused tools ultimately driving further development and investment in the local and regional real estate market.


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