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Gauteng-based civil and structural consulting engineering company UWP Consulting is hoping to expand its market to Angola following participation in the Trade and Investment Mission to Angola towards the end of July. The mission will be led by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe, with UWP Consulting being one of 20 companies receiving financial support from the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) to participate in the mission.  

Government committed to local vehicle productionThe mission will include a trade and investment seminar, targeted business-to-business meetings and sector-specific site visits. The South African companies participating include businesses operating in aerospace and defence, built environment professionals, mining products and services and the infrastructure sector.

UWP Consulting is a majority black-owned company that currently employs about 250 employees in 14 offices across South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Botswana, Lesotho, Ghana and Zimbabwe. Humbulani Mulaudzi, Tender Manager of UWP Consulting, says the company is privileged to be part of the mission as it will get first-hand information on the National Development Strategy, particularly on infrastructure development where its interests lie. He says the mission gives UWP an opportunity to connect with captains of industry and key government officials dealing with infrastructure development.

“We are particularly excited about the business-to-business meetings that are being arranged for us. On our own we would not have been able to arrange such meetings, considering the language barrier. We are optimistic that this mission will yield positive results in a form of partnerships with local companies and co-operation,” he adds.

The dti’s sponsorship of the companies participating in the mission to Angola forms part of its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance scheme. The scheme develops export markets for South African products and services, and has assisted hundreds of businesses over the past few years.

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