Tumelo Waga Dibakwane
South Africa was the centre of attraction and the envy of about 30 countries at the Mozambique International Trade Fair ( FACIM) yesterday when it scooped two awards at a ceremony hosted by the country’s Prime Minister, Carlos Agostinho do Rosário on the penultimate day of the Fair. SA won Best Pavilion Award, while Kama Industries, a Johannesburg-based company producing audible and visual signalling devices, was voted Best Exhibitor at FACIM 2017.
SA’s High Commissioner to Mozambique Mandisi Mpahlwa, who received the country’s award, third time lucky for SA after coming third last year and second in 2015. “This award talks to South Africa’s high regard for Mozambique in general and FACIM in particular and the seriousness with which we approached the exhibition. All of these are reflected in the number and calibre of companies we bring here and the effort we make in putting up an aesthetically pleasing pavilion that stands out from the rest through its structure, branding, mix of sectors and calibre of companies,” said an elated Mpahlwa.
What set the SA pavilion apart from the rest and captured the imagination of the judges were the products showcased by the 20 companies that the Department of Trade (the dti) assisted to exhibit at the trade fair. “Most of the pavilions contained very little in terms of the actual products but were dominated by posters of what their companies produce. The fact that they could literally see the products resulted in them spending more time at the various stands speaking to our exhibitors about their products which they could touch and discern, according to Mpahlwa.
The product specialist of Kama Industries said he felt humbled by the recognition and the reward he received on behalf of his company. “People who visited my stand were impressed by all the interesting audible and visual signalling devices that we displayed because they literally saw, touched and heard them, much to their fascination. The award will surely give our company more exposure in Mozambique and hopefully this will translate into business as we are looking at exporting our products to the country, he said.