Two North-West mining companies have set their eyes on new mining projects during their participation at DRC Mining Week scheduled to take place from 19 � 21 June 2019 in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The participation of WJ Conveyances and Prelec is funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme. The objective of the scheme is to develop export markets for South African products and services and to recruit new foreign direct investment into the country

The Managing Director of the Potchefstroom-based WJ Conveyances, Mr Bert Werkman says due to challenges facing the mining industry in South Africa, it is necessary for the company to broaden their footprint in the international arena.

The future of mining in the DRC looks very promising and we would like to capitalise on the new projects in that country. We are also hoping to meet with key decision makers and expand our market share in the DRC as we already have a presence in Lubumbashi, says Werkman.

The family owned business which employs 73 people is active in several countries around the world and has exported products to several countries such as Botswana, Ghana, Namibia, Tanzania and Zambia, Brazil, Mongolia, Canada, Philippines and Sweden.

The Managing Director of Prelec, Mr Reuben Matlapeng says his company is looking forward to meeting potential clients and exchange ideas within the mining sector with their peers.

The Rustenburg-based company has branches in Limpopo and they also managed to register Prelec Zambia recently.

We are very honoured to be part of the large companies that contribute to the South African and DRC economy through these international mining platforms. Our services will be exposed to the export market and we hope to increased our revenue and based through this participation, says Matlapeng.

The DRC Mining Week is the largest mining and industrial platform in the DRC, bringing together over 3 000 international professionals and local stakeholders from more than 50 countries, aiming to explore and showcase the vast investment opportunities in the mining sector.

Source: Department of Trade and Industry