South African uniform solutions specialist The Kit Group is negotiating with relevant stakeholders in Zimbabwe’s mining and agriculture sectors to supply uniforms and accessories.
The company also aims to develop four comprehensive on-site stores in Zimbabwe to manage stock efficiently.
The Kit Group’s move comes against the backdrop of an improving political climate in Zimbabwe after years of turmoil in the country. Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has launched a 100-day plan to revive the country’s weak economy. The Short Term Emergency Recovery Programme (Sterp) aims to stabilise the macro- and micro- economy, particularly in the agriculture, tourism and manufacturing sectors.
“For many years, the country experienced some difficult periods and the ailing economy has resulted in a number of industries col- lapsing. The Zimbabwe dollar has become virtually worthless due to the previous poli- tical instability. However, The Kit Group has undertaken extensive research in the area and is confident that, with the formation of the new unity government and the revival plan in place, Zimbabwe will make a significant comeback. Further, we are excited about the prospect of developing key relationships in the mining and agriculture sectors,” says The Kit Group CEO Joe Pereira.
He says that The Kit Group is confident that potential future business opportunities will add value to the communities in the country and the economy, in general. “The Kit Group believes that it is the right time to develop key relationships and partnerships to supply Zimbabwean mines and the agriculture sector to help achieve its aims,” says Pereira.
The company hopes to introduce two programmes in Zimbabwe. The programmes are the planned maintenance programme and full risk management training. It has developed specialised software for the planned maintenance programme that will assist companies to optimally manage their assets, including machinery, power supply and spare parts . This, according to Pereira, will ensure that assets are coordinated and maintained at an optimal level.
The full risk management training programme will train new and existing staff on the mines and in the agriculture sector on safety, driving techniques, first aid, fire training and evacuation. “The Kit Group has identified a significant need for this type of training because resources are so scarce,” says Pereira.
He adds that the potential in African countries like Zimbabwe provides oppor- tunities to expand and diversify the company’s product offerings.
“We believe now that the country is on the road to recovery and there is a willing- ness amongst the people to work together to add value to their community and economy. The Zimbabwe nation is dynamic and solutions driven and, by adding value where we can, in the Southern African Development Community region and beyond, Africa can become a leading force in the global economy,” he concludes.