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Commitment to Africa is not just about money
3rd Quarter 2017, News & events


When companies invest in Africa by setting up production facilities here, they contribute far more than just finances, buildings and equipment; they offer their host countries a shortcut into the global mainstream, opening the doors to trade and development on an unprecedented scale.

CEO, Louis Meiring.
CEO, Louis Meiring.

According to Louis Meiring, CEO of Zest WEG Group, by far the most important aspects of foreign investment are the access to global operations, the transfer of technology and the ongoing training and skills upliftment. “The global WEG Group initiated a programme to uplift Zest WEG Group facilities to become world class,” says Meiring. “This puts our local manufacturing facilities onto an international platform. This is all feasible through technology transfer, as we have the resources to skill and train our staff and our customers.”

He also emphasises the importance of skilled and regular maintenance to extend the life cycle of equipment. “Part of the investment in skills is to educate those who operate and oversee equipment about the importance of proper maintenance,” he explains.

One of the most welcome benefits of economic investment is the creation of jobs within the new manufacturing facilities created. “This is the peripheral knock-on effect of investment, which is equally as important as the direct investment in the facility and the plant and equipment. To ensure that we harness the positive impact of indirect job creation, we also engage in supplier development activities to strengthen our downstream partners,” he concludes.

For more information contact Kirsten Larkan, Zest WEG Group Africa, +27 (0)11 723 6000, info@zestweg.com, www.zestweg.com


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