CAPE TOWN – The South African business people who participated in the three-day Africa Down Under (ADU) International Mining Conference and Exhibition that ended in Perth, Australia, are optimistic that the trade leads they secured there will generate concrete deals, the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) said.
The companies’ participation was part of the Outward Selling Mission to Australia organised and funded by the dti, the department said in a statement on Saturday.
The business people said that they were returning with an impressive amount of promising trade leads, credible contacts, and valuable information that they would have to sift through and follow up on to pursue potentially tangible deals.
The director of Business Development at the North West-based Beake Africa, Kealeboga Seleka, said that he managed to hold productive meetings with all the companies he had planned to have discussions with during the mission.
“I saw all the companies that I had planned to meet on this trip. I particularly had fruitful discussions with an Australian company that is setting up mining operations in the Northern Cape. We explored the feasibility of us providing them with steel, and have agreed to meet for formal discussions next week. Hopefully something tangible will come out of those follow-up negotiations,” Seleka said.