Featured Company: netVendor (Pty) Ltd

Read about who’s who in the Industry: netVendor is a tech company specialising in monitoring solutions. With over 50 years’ combined experience in the prepaid industry, netVendor enjoys a National and International footprint in Africa and Australia, specialising in prepaid electricity meters.

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About Wendy De Wet

I joined Leads 2 Business as an Account Executive in July 2011 and was part of the dynamic sales team in JHB for 2 years. I relocated to the beautiful city of Durban in 2013 and absolutely love KZN. I am very proud to be part of the L2B family and Legacy!

Featured Tender: Rehabilitation Work of the Irrigated Perimeter of Cacala and Korea in Cuanza Norte

Angola – DTA 918828

Contract Number:

C189/CS/CADP-22 – Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries

Description:

Project Id – P159052: The Government of Angola has received financing from the World Bank and the French Development Agency (AFD) toward the cost of the Commercial Agriculture Development Project (CADP) and intends to apply part of the proceeds toward payments under the contract for the Contractor for the Rehabilitation Work of the Irrigated Perimeter of Cacala and Korea in Cuanza Norte. The Office of Studies, Planning and Statistics (GEPE), of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MINAGRIP), invites potential eligible and qualified bidders to submit sealed proposals.

Category Industry
Infrastructure Institutional
Region Site Inspection
Angola 2022-06-22 10:30 AM
Closing Date Contract Period
29 July 2022 at 10:30 (Local Time) No Details

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About Michelle Ngubo

I have been working at L2B since March 2014 and my current position is Content Researcher - Africa Department and Classy is the best word that describes me.

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Featured Company: AfriSam (Pty) Ltd

 

Read about who’s who in the Industry: AfriSam Pty (Ltd) is a leading supplier of superior quality construction materials and technical solutions such as cement, aggregate and Readymix concrete. Since establishing its first cement plant in 1934, the company has grown into a formidable group with operations in South Africa, Lesotho and Eswatini. AfriSam, stems from the word ‘Afri’, which refers to our proud African heritage and ‘Sam’ comes from the word samente or disamente, which means cement in six of South Africa’s official languages.

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About Candice Erasmus

I have been working at Leads 2 Business for 10 years of which 8 have been as the Sales Manager. I enjoy every aspect of my job and strive to hold the L2B flag high in all I do.

Africa Month: Why You Should Invest in Africa

In 2020 the COVID-19 Pandemic slashed all aspects of foreign investment in Africa. Foreign Direct Investment in East Africa and Southern Africa, declined by 16%. Africa’s commodity-dependent countries were more severely affected than non-resource based economies. This should tell us something; natural resources are good but are only worth anything if we are able to extract them.

The reality is that the state of the continent’s overall economy took damaging knocks due to the pandemic, and the state worsened due to – for instance, the hostile conflicts that affected entire global supply chains between the Ukraine and Russia. Within South Africa, the looting and recent floods in Kwa-Zulu Natal have not helped this region’s case either. Recovering has not been an easy feat. A few years ago, I could have banked on the construction industry being the top sector to invest in, however, profitability in this industry has been at staggering lows. So Why Should anyone invest in Africa?

I say invest in Africa because of the people, invest in the men, women and children. Tidjane Thiam said it so beautifully, he said, “ The challenges in Africa are many and real. What we Africans have in the face of these challenges is our intelligence, our capacities, our emotions, our determination and our convictions. This is what we realistically have to work with.” If this is what we have to work with as the people of this land, then surely investors should partner with us based on those terms and not elaborately designed strategies that were designed for first world countries. It is imperative that they make the link with the importance of the human factor, the answers, the niches, and the opportunities belong and can only belong within Africans themselves. Moreover, I strongly believe the 2 reasons I present below, are good enough reasons for potential investors to consider putting their money in Africa, despite the very real reality of weak markets.

1. Customers are changing:

With the growth of Africa’s middle class, there is the development of new expectations. We are educated, we are young urban professionals, and we are brand-aware and sophisticated in terms of our consumption. In agricultural terms we are good soil to put your seed into, investors would want to take advantage of this.

2. Africa is diversifying:

Africa is seeing a returning diaspora that recognizes the potential and opportunities in their own countries. This population supports local economic growth with their skills and talent, by acting as “first movers”, investing back in their communities. To me, it would seem more logical and cost-effective to invest in someone that is favoured by local trade policies. This not only helps the locals but it is also quite beneficial to investors because we have moved towards a world where it is the intangibles that hold the most value on balance sheets; it is no longer just the properties and the equipment that makes up the bulk of any company’s value – what matters more and more is goodwill. As a result, there is now a benefit in capitalizing on what is in people’s minds as it guides our consumer behaviour. Investors could project yielding good Returns of Investment in our continent because of this trend.

Concluding, Africa has real intellectual and human capabilities, we already have goals specific to each individual region, and we are not idly waiting for someone to spoon-feed us. However, with that being said, we are open to anyone willing to listen to us and see how they can help us achieve these goals. Africans have an eternal commitment to hustle, when we are faced with tough situations, by nature we are designed with the ability to rise, be creative and act.

Bank on the people!!

Sources:
UNCTAD, World Investment Report 2021
The World Bank
AFDB African Economic Outlook 2021
World Economic Forum


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I am an insanely optimistic ambivert that does everything from the heart instead of the mind. Deeply interested in people and matters that pertain to mankind.

A day in the Life of the Tenders Africa Department

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My day starts with happy greetings to my colleagues on arrival as I switch on my computer to read through my emails, just to check if there are not any urgent queries that need attending to. I move on to Live Help, assisting and responding to any outstanding tickets. This happens just before my cup of coffee.

From there I move on to my sources (this includes newspapers and websites for all the Africa Countries that I look after), checking for any new leads and updates on existing ones. Checking of sources keeps me busy for a good hour or two, as we try and source out as much as we can for our subscribers. Our tenders are saved in date folders, arranging these according to the first action dates.

Now, it’s action time…..as we start adding the content/tenders saved to our website. For this you need to be on your “A Game” as adding tenders and updating the website involves a lot of concentration, making sure that all information is correct and thorough from the Professionals to descriptions, site meetings, closing dates and restrictions as our subscribers depend on what we publish for them. If there is missing information in the adverts saved, we then have to contact the professionals for confirmations, this can be quite challenging because of the language barriers, time differences as well poor telephone connections.

Adding tenders is a process; it takes up most of my day as it also includes adding new professionals to the system with correct contact information for our subscribers to reach out to them directly for their convenience. And if there are any tenders of big value and large works added on the day, they get sent straight to our Private Projects Department to generate project leads that give more content for our PP subscribers to benefit from. All this teaches you a lot as an individual: from diligence, perseverance, patience and responsibility.

There is never a dull moment in the Leads 2 Business Tenders Africa Department.

I love my daily routine…nothing beats the feeling of knowing that I am contributing to helping our subscribers. All in the name of lifting our Leads 2 Business flag high!


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I have been working at L2B since March 2014 and my current position is Content Researcher - Africa Department and Classy is the best word that describes me.

Staff Spotlight: Michelle Ngubo

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Featured Tender: Bridge Major Repair Works (Construction of Reinforced Concrete Box Culvert)

Tanzania – DTA 888065

Contract Number:

AE/001/2021-2022/SG/W/22 – Tanzania National Roads Agency

Description:

The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania has set aside funds for the operation of the Tanzania National Roads Agency – Singida during the financial year 2021-2022. It is intended that part of the proceeds of the fund will be used to cover eligible payment under the contract for Lot No. 1: Bridge Major Repair Works (Construction of Reinforced Concrete Box Culvert)

Category Industry
Infrastructure Institutional
Region Site Inspection
Tanzania No Details.
Closing Date Contract Period
11 October 2021 at 10:30 (Local Time) No Details.

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Iconic African Buildings

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As we know South Africa is known for its diversity and extraordinary views, Often when people think of Africa, they think of wide-open spaces, breathe taking sunsets and animals running free in our back gardens, overlooking the beautifully architectonic Iconic buildings throughout Africa.

Take a look at the 5 Iconic Buildings below, do you have any you’d add to the list?

1. Bosjes Chapel / Steyn Studio – Witzenberg, Western Cape, RSA

Photo by Adam Letch
Architects: Steyn Studio
Area: 430 m3
Address: Breederiver Valley, R43, Witzenberg Municipality, South Africa
Set within a vineyard in South Africa, is designed by South-African-born Coetzee Steyn of London-based Steyn Studio.

2.The Big Pineapple House – Bathurst, Eastern Cape, RSA


The structure is 55ft high
Consists of four floors containing a gift shop, a museum that houses the history of pineapple farming in South Africa

3. The Castle of Good Hope – Cape Town, Western Cape, RSA

Coordinates: 33°55′33″S 18°25′40″E
Built:1666–1679
History: Battles/wars – Second Boer War
Build in the 17th century in Cape Town, South Africa. In 1936 the Castle was declared a historical monument (now a provincial heritage site) and following restorations in the 1980s it is considered the best-preserved example of a Dutch East India Company fort.

4. Great Mosque of Djenné – Djenné, Mali, West Africa

The Great Mosque of Djenné is the largest mud- or earth-brick building in the world and is widely acknowledged to be the greatest achievement of Sudano-Sahelian architectural style
Rebuilt/refurbished 3 times due to heavy rains in West Africa

4: Basilica of Our Lady of Peace – Yamoussoukro, Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa

“Basilica in the Bush” is the largest church in the world.
This is a presidential project, commissioned by the first president of Ivory Coast, Felix Houphouët-Boigny, who was 83 at the time.

5. Independence Square – Accra, Republic of Ghana, West Africa

Black Star Square, is the second-largest square in the world after Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.
Completed in 1961, the square was commissioned by Ghana’s first president, Kwame Nkrumah.

As we can see The architectural differences and historical differences in these buildings are just another example of how diverse South Africa and Africa really are. These iconic buildings give our tourist industry insight into our culture and history.

Did you know: South Africa is the only country in the world with three Capital cities?

Sources:
Arch Daily
The Guardian
Wikipedia
Pinterest
The Guardian
Expat Explore
Architecture Around the World


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When I am not at work you will find me spending quality time with my family. You will always find a smile on my face and a snack in my bag.

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