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Makhamisa Foods set to give Colombia and Nigeria a taste of Africa

Tshwane, 15 Mar 2018

The Innovation Hub - the innovation agency of the Gauteng province - congratulates Makhamisa Foods, a company incubated at BioPark@Gauteng, for being selected to participate in the Outward Selling Mission to Bogota, Colombia from 20 to 22 March 2018 and the Agro-Food Nigeria Trade Show, taking place on 27 and 28 March 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria.

The objective of the Outward Selling Mission to Colombia is to increase trade and investment, as well as selling South Africa, through its companies that are partaking in this mission, as a preferred foreign direct investment destination in Africa. The mission, supported and co-ordinated by The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), will host a Trade and Investment Seminar, business-to-business meetings, and site visits.

The Department of Trade and industry (DTI), in conjunction with the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GDDA), will lead the business delegation to attend and participate in the Agro-Food Nigeria Trade Show. The Trade Show will be held at the Landmark Centre in Lagos, Nigeria.

The main aim of the Agro-Food Nigeria 2018 Trade Show, on the other hand, will be to showcase some of the South African value-added products, specifically in agro-processing products and services, to the Nigerian local consumer market, to support an increase in exports and broader markets.

This is also an incredible platform for South African companies to initiate and establish strategic business relations with their Nigerian counterparts for future trade and investment between the two countries.

Terence Leluma, founder of Makhamisa Foods, will participate in both the international Agri-Food Processing forums. From this participation, Makhamisa, alongside a host of other South African companies, will contribute to introducing South Africa's agro-food processing potential, thereby increasing export and the value add of these products.

"Makhamisa Foods is highly ecstatic to be part of this Trade Mission to Colombia in less than three days from today; and the Trade Show to Nigeria thereafter. As an emerging enterprise in the manufacturing sector, which is focused on world-class processing of condiments, while guided by the food safety standards, local and international regulations, both these opportunities will serve as a benchmark on our readiness to supply the West African markets as well as Central and South America," said Leluma.

The Biopark@Gauteng business incubator provides business development support to start-ups in the health, agriculture and industrial biotechnology sectors. The support is provided in collaboration with Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the eGoliBio Life Sciences Incubator. Since its incubation at the BioPark@Gauteng business incubator in May 2016. Makhamisa has benefited from business mentorship, business training as well as financial and commercialisation support.



The Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) is an agency of the Gauteng Department of Economic Development (GDED). GGDA is the implementing arm of the GDED and assists the department in leading, facilitating and managing sustainable job creation and inclusive economic growth and development in the Gauteng City Region.

The Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub, a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA), is the innovation agency of the Gauteng province and is responsible for managing Africa's first internationally accredited Science and Technology Park of the same name, and is a full member of the International Association of Science Parks (IASP). Strategically located in Tshwane, South Africa's executive capital in the 'smart' province of Gauteng, The Innovation Hub implements initiatives identified in the Gauteng Innovation Strategy and Green Economy strategy to advance the economic development and growth of the province through innovation. The Innovation Hub has created unique spaces, in Tshwane and the rest of the Gauteng province, for hi-tech entrepreneurs, world-class businesses, academics, researchers and venture capitalists to meet, network and prosper.

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