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Opportunity magazine is a niche business-to-business publication that explores various investment opportunities within Southern Africa’s economic sectors. The publication is endorsed by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI).


ENGINEERING Freddy and Sons Maintenance Engineering (Pty) Ltd Offering quality solutions and services for two decades. Freddy and Sons Maintenance Engineering (Pty) Ltd is a 100% black-owned and managed engineering company which has its headquarters in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga. The company has been offering solutions since 2012 and has steadily grown its client base to include a range of private and public sector companies. Freddy and Sons specialises in electrical, mechanical, project management and air-conditioning services. With the combination of the skills and expertise within the company, Freddy and Sons Maintenance Engineering (Pty) Ltd has the capability and capacity for most projects and has excellent working relationships with other medium-sized companies (both established and emerging) for additional capacity when required. Services Freddy And Sons Maintenance Engineering (Pty) Ltd is a key national player in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and advisory field within the South African and Sub-Saharan African regions, operating in the following areas: • Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Designs • Project Management • Infrastructure Asset Management and development • Solar Energy Systems • Performance Energy Management • Electrification • Air-conditioning All divisions serve a wide range of local, regional and multinational clients and remain recognised and grouped with market leaders in multiple in multidisciplinary engineering services. Qualifications and certificates Founder and CEO Freddy Sibuyi has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. In addition, he has Engineering Project Management Certificate from the University of Pretoria, a Trade Test (Electrical), a Wiremen's Licence and has undergone a Safety Management Training Course (SAMTRAC) through NOSA. Before starting his own business, Freddy worked for Transnet, Scaw Metals and Eskom. He has been a winner in a national business plan competition for SMMEs run by Business Partners Limited and SME Toolkit and has participated in the Tholoana Enterprise Programme of the SAB Foundation. Contact: A511 Millennium Building, Manyeleti Main Road, Thulamahashe, Mpumalanga 1365 | Tel: 087 057 1105 | Mobile:078 618 3300 | Website:// The founder of Freddy and Sons, Freddy Sibuyi, tells the story of how the business began and how challenges were overcome. Where do you offer your services? To date we have grown to supply nationally through four branches in South Africa: Bushbuckridge, Witbank, Auckland Park (Johannesburg) and Cape Town. As our vision statement states, “To be the world-leading Engineering Service provider.” We have also managed to grow, extend our footprint and manage projects in other African countries such as Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Which aspects of the business is showing the best growth? The green energy sector, or solar systems, has shown a very positive growth graph since Eskom and municipalities have implemented loadshedding. The failure of energy supply nationally has seen the demand and the market for energy expand, which is reflected in revenue and sales. Have you signed any significant new clients in the last 18 months? We have closed a number of new long-term, small, medium and large contracts with Standard Bank, Afrimat, AfriSam, General Electric, Astron Energy and Anglo American Mining. Do you have partnerships with other companies? At this point our company has grown to become an asset and valued business which stands on its own in any project. We have the skills, acumen, staff qualifications and accreditations to manage and complete every project to the customer's expectations and scope, be it large or small. What are some of the challenges you have faced to get your small business started and to make it grow? Building an Asset-of-Value business has never been easy, despite the fact that I had qualified with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). A standalone business has always been my dream, and this made me able to tackle the many challenges to build, manage and operate the successful business: financial, marketing, operational and human resources challenges. It was very difficult to penetrate the engineering market before we had responded to all of these challenges. But now we are able to meet every project or business standard.

INVESTING IN AFRICAN MINING INDABA CTICC, Cape Town, 6 to 9 February 2023 Theme: Unlocking African Mining Investment: Stability, Security and Supply Whereas the focus of Mining Indaba 2022 was how best to emerge from the lockdowns and other challenges presented by the global Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s gathering explores African mining’s opportunities to tap into the global rush for the raw materials needed to ensure a cleaner future, while at the same time considering responsible sourcing and sustained, ethical supplies of these critical minerals. A Green Metals Day, supported by keynote sponsor JOGMEC, will cover the impact of COP27 outcomes on green-metal demand and supply; battery metals and carbon neutrality; green-metal outlooks; Africa’s hydrogen potential; as well as ways to build domestic manufacturing industries as part of mineral value addition. African mining and metals are critical to tackling the global climate emergency. Home to 30% of the world’s mineral deposits, including the critical minerals needed in green technologies and renewable energy, the continent is positioning itself to benefit from the green energy transition Investing in African Mining Indaba, the world's largest gathering of the most influential stakeholders in the African mining industry, is gearing up to again deliver a record-breaking event that will facilitate greater investment into African mining. The 2023 theme captures the very real geopolitical shifts and economic disruptions being experienced and which are providing pressure points – and opportunities – within African mining as global economies seek security of supply, especially for their own energy transitions, as well as the raw materials and precious metals to bolster their economic power. This year’s programme will delve into integral economic empowerment strategies, ways to support supply chain security for the energy transition and seizing opportunities to capitalise on the commodities super cycle. A number of new initiatives and programmes will also be launched. These include the Explorers Showcase, the Junior MINE and the Official Government Leaders Programme. The Explorers Showcase will showcase early-stage explorers through presentations and core samples to help stimulate those much-needed conversations with investors. Website: AFRICA ENERGY INDABA CTICC, Cape Town, 7 to 9 March 2023 Theme: Solutions for Africa The Africa Energy Indaba Conference will discuss, debate and seek solutions to enable adequate energy generation across the continent. Delegates, drawn from all continents, represent an unrivalled combination of industry experts, project developers, financiers, energy users, government officials and manufacturers. Modern, affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is critical for economic growth and the provision of access to modern energy contributes tremendously to improved healthcare, better education and opens up economic opportunities in both urban and rural areas in Africa. The Africa Energy Indaba is the definitive energy conference for Africa, providing an annual programme that shapes energy policy for the African continent. The Africa Energy Indaba Exhibition, taking place alongside the annual conference, provides an excellent opportunity to showcase and examine products and services with an audience of decision-makers and influencers from the power and electricity industry in the region and Africa. Side events include the Africa Gas Forum, the IPP and PPA Conference, the Africa Forum for Utility Regulators (AFUR) Conference and the EV International Conference and Expo. Website:

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