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South African links built up


North East England Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Department for International Trade North East. is building on its strong links with South Africa with the second trade mission in 12 months arriving on 6 June.

The high level delegation is being welcomed by the Stephenson-Mohl Group and will be hosted at Ward Hadway’s Newcastle upon Tyne Quayside office.

Led by the Mayor of Durban, Cllr Zandile Gumede, the mission aims to follow up on the recent announcements by President Ramaphosa during the Commonwealth Summit in London, in which he outlined the huge opportunities the market presents, across a range of sectors.

This key business to business event will strengthen relations between North East England and South Africa. Part of this on-going work links together Chambers from North East England and Eastern South Africa.

Julie Underwood, Chamber international trade director said: “The last visit was a tremendous success from both our points of view, and built on our own visit to South Africa two years ago. All our regional businesses are becoming more and more aware of the importance of this type of global connectivity. It can reap substantial rewards by identifying new marketplaces and also spreads potential risk.”

Attendees will hear from industry leaders representing key sectors for both South Africa and the North of England, including ports and marine economy, energy, logistics, property development and tourism The event will also allow delegates to hear from Newcastle based Videre Global, a world leading supplier of off-grid energy solutions, energising communities on several continents.

With the Northern Powerhouse area’s trade in goods exceeding £430m, South Africa presents many opportunities to traders and investors. This event seeks to promote greater collaboration across a range of areas.

Any business wanting further information about the event can find it on It starts at 8.30 and runs through until 12 noon.