Natural Daylighting is the South African representative office for Australian based Solatube, a daylighting systems company that provides superior performance for daylighting application. Solatube use the technology of a three stage system through tubular skylights by capturing, transferring, and delivering the light in to any space. Natural Daylighting works as a liaising office between Solatube Australia, it’s five distributing dealerships within South Africa, and the South African Market. Zurcom has performed full support representation for Solatube Australia since 2013 in terms of importation, warehousing, administration and dealership management in cooperation with Solatube Australia based in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
For more information on the company, visit www.solatube.co.za
Zurcom assists firms through local and regional representation to meet its goals in African export sales.
Recent Past and Current Projects
Since the office inception in 1999, the Zurcom team has completed over 100 trade missions for client governments. Listed are trade events in the past five years
State of New York (February 2014). The New York Empire State Development organization sent a mission including the VP for International Trade and Investment and companies to South Africa and Namibia 24 Feb - March 4. This three city (Johannesburg, Cape Town and Windhoek) mission encompassed companies in the creative industries (music labels) as well as in the training industry.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (March 2014) Trade Mission to South Africa and Tanzania. Pennsylvania Office of International Business Development / Department of Community and Economic Development completed a mission to southern and eastern Africa 5-15 March. In tandem with the Pennsylvania Mining Export. Zurcom managed all aspects of a trade mission to South Africa and Tanzania for mining equipment and consumable firms.
State of Iowa (May 2014) Trade Mission To South Africa and Zambia. 10-18 May. The Iowa Economic Development Agency contracted Zurcom to coordinate an agricultural trade mission to Africa. This included stops in Johannesburg, the NAMPO trade show, and Lusaka, Zambia for Iowa firms. Zurcom managed all aspects of this two country mission for the agricultural firms from Iowa. This included recruitment assistance, qualified appointments both at counterpart business premises and the NAMPO show, as well as all travel bookings.
Kingdom of the Netherlands (July 2014) A trade mission from life sciences and healthcare came to South Africa as part of a ministerial visit from 7 - 10 July. There were 8 companies participating who required both match-made meetings and organization of site visits, workshops and seminars. Zurcom focused entirely on match-making for the health care sector as well as group meetings and seminars in two cities - Johannesburg and Cape Town.
State of Illinois (August 2014) Through the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment, 12 Illinois beauty companies came to South Africa as part of a trade mission and to exhibit at the Pro Beauty 2014. The companies deal in cosmetics, hair- and skin-care products with a special focus on the ethnic market. Zurcom was responsible for all aspects of venue hire, receptions and other background event management while focusing on the key outcome of qualified appointments during and around the exhibition.
Commonwealth of Virginia (September 2014) Virginia Economic Development Partnership is sending a trade mission to South Africa which will have a focus on, but not be exclusive to, the aerospace and defence industries. The trade mission was scheduled around the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 show. Firms were in the fields of radio and defence telecommunications, advanced defence systems, consulting and other fields.
Republic of India / Sports Goods Export Promotion Council (November 2014). Managed a group of 21 companies in a Buyer Seller Meet trade mission format with events in Johannesburg and Durban. Created meetings for companies, while managing overall venue management and other important details.
State of Mississippi Trade Mission to South Africa (March 2015). This mission contained companies from a broad range of industries including agricultural technology, industrial machinery and consumer goods.
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers (March 2015) The GSGP had a trade mission to East Africa , Kenya and Tanzania, in March 2015. The trade mission was multi-sector. Companies participated for one week of appointments.
Kingdom of the Netherlands / South African Capital Export Council (June 2015). South Africa firms visited the Netherlands in a Dutch government funded project designed to allow Dutch firms openings in the South Africa market through technological transfer and localisation content rules. The mission was highly successful leading to a followup mission in September 2015 to the Netherlands by many of the same companies. Zurcom participated in vetting and recruiting companies. Our local IBG partner in the Netherlands did the match-making.
State of Illinois Trade Mission to East Africa (November 2015) Through the Illinois Office of Trade and Investment, Illinois companies came to Kenya and Tanzania as part of a trade mission and to exhibit at the Tanzania International Trade Exhibition. The companies deal in a range of goods including professional beauty products, consumer consumables, heavy equipment and other sectors related to mining and infrastructure growth.
Federal Republic of Germany: German Healthcare Partnership (October 2015). Zurcom International worked in partnership with its IBG Global partner in Germany AHP International. AHP completed the recruitment and reporting functions inside Germany while Zurcom managed all on-the-ground objectives in South Africa. Zurcom managed and recruited for a specialty one day conference event in Johannesburg for qualified attendees in the healthcare sector. Then performed qualified match-making for German firms in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town over a one week trade mission.
Kingdom of the Netherlands / Task Force Health Care (November 2015). This Prime Minister led mission by the Netherlands had a large number of delegates from many sectors participated. The mission included three key sectors: water and sanitation, transport and logistics and healthcare. Zurcom managed the match-making for companies in the healthcare sector in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Republic of India / Sports Goods Export Promotion Council (November 2015). Managed a group of companies in a Buyer Seller Meet trade mission format with events in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Created meetings for companies, while managing overall recruitment to the event. This event followed a successful event held a year previously.
Republic of India / Chemical Exhibition (Export Council for Chemicals) (February 2016) The Government of India Chemexil Trade Show and B2B Business Meet had Indian company participants recruited. Zurcom created and managed hundreds of qualified meetings for these chemical manufacturers and distributors during this event. This is a followup to their successful B2B even in 2012 with Zurcom.
State of Wisconsin Trade Mission to South Africa (February 2016): The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Partnering with the Minority Development Initiative (MDI), our team completed B2B meetings in Gauteng and assisting with further requirements in KwaZulu Natal. Firms participated from a variety of industries.
State of Illinois / Africa Health Exhibition (June 2016). Illinois Office of Trade and Investment positioned healthcare devices and consumables companies at the Africa Health Exhibition. Zurcom created and managed B2B meetings throughout.
Commonwealth of Virginia Trade Mission to South Africa (September 2016). The Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) completed a mission with companies attending this general trade mission across South Africa and other countries. The mission commenced in South Africa, then delegates divided into other countries for further appointments.
Enterprise Florida Trade Mission to South Africa (February-March 2017). The mission, comprised business, government and tertiary educations and visited South Africa’s three largest metropolitan business centers: Johannesburg/Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.
Kingdom of Thailand / Department of International Trade Promotion / Ministry of Commerce (March 2017), Delegate companies participated in a trade mission to Johannesburg and Cape Town. Hundreds of qualified appointments were made in the food sector, construction material, automotive parts and accessories, and agricultural sectors - the four key sectors chosen for the mission.
Miami Dade Trade Mission to Cape Town (May 2017). Enterprise Florida SA prepared for Miami Dade County Trade Mission to South Africa in May 2017. Companies received B2B meeting support and organisation through our team.
State of Illinois / Africa Health Exhibition (June 2017). Illinois Office of Trade and Investment companies have been registered for both space at Africa Health, Africa’s premier health technology industry show. Zurcom performed B2B meetings throughout the exhibition as well as across Johannesburg and Cape Town on days prior and post the mission.
State of New York / Africa Health Exhibition (June 2017). New York Empire State Development companies registered space at Africa Health, Africa’s premier health technology industry show. Zurcom performed B2B meetings throughout as well as managing events in parallel to the exhibition.
Commonwealth of Virginia / Virginia Economic Development Partnership Trade Mission to South Africa (October 2017). This event entailed meetings commencing in South Africa, then delegate companies had the opportunity to choose between another 12 countries for further appointments. Five companies attended for one week of appointments.
Welsh Trade Mission to South Africa (February 2018). The Welsh Government sponsored a trade mission of companies from Wales, United Kingdom to South Africa. Zurcom worked with our IBG Global partner in the United Kingdom, Kinetic Cubed, to assist with all aspects of qualified business meetings and all other requirements for the companies and government officials involved.
State of Iowa Trade Mission to South Africa (April 2018). Iowa companies travelled to South Africa, Botswana and Zambia to investigate opportunities in southern Africa relating to the agricultural technologies sector.
Great Lakes Saint Lawrence Governors and Premiers Africa Trade Mission (May 2018), Companies from three of the Great Lakes USA states, participated in this trade mission to South Africa and Tanzania. Companies represented mining equipment, water and sanitation and security sectors.
State of Maryland Trade Mission to South Africa / African Aerospace Aviation Defence show (September 2018). The Maryland Department of Commerce sponsored companies from Maryland for a week of qualified appointments tied to their experience at the AAD Exhibition. Companies specialized in communications, training and aviation products.
Commonwealth of Virginia / Virginia Economic Development Partnership Trade Mission to South Africa and Morocco (November 2018). This project entailed meetings commencing in Morocco, then delegate companies travelled to South Africa for further appointments. Companies participated from the defense, security and aviation sectors. Zurcom was responsible for B2B meetings across both North Africa and southern Africa.
Appalachian Regional Commission Mining Trade Mission to Africa. (February 2019) The Appalachian Regional Commission covers a range of counties in 13 US states. Zurcom was active in recruiting and providing all arrangements for companies in the mining equipment, consumables and training sectors in a two week mission across South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.
The following missions are presently being worked on by our team across Africa:
Federal Republic of Germany: Training and Education South Africa (April 2019). Zurcom International working in partnership with its IBG Global partner in Germany AHP International are managing a trade mission of German firms entering South Africa’s training and educational sectors. Zurcom is managing all on-the-ground objectives in South Africa including performing qualified match-making for German firms in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town over a one week trade mission.
State of Illinois / Africa Health Exhibition (May 2019). Illinois Office of Trade and Investment companies have been registered for both space at Africa Health, Africa’s premier health technology industry show. Zurcom is performing B2B meetings throughout the exhibition as well as into Durban, KwaZulu-Natal on days post the mission.
Federal Republic of Germany: Training and Education Kenya (June 2019). Zurcom International working in partnership with its IBG Global partner in Germany AHP International are managing a trade mission of German firms entering South Africa’s training and educational sectors. Zurcom is managing all on-the-ground objectives in South Africa including performing qualified match-making for German firms in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town over a one week trade mission.
SYMPOSIA TEAM EXPERIENCE
Zurcom has completed the following: full day or multiple day symposiums relating to trade development in a specific sector, business-to-business meets as part of a trade exhibition, orientations for incoming companies during trade missions, and a host of other events geared toward the education of decision-makers and/or creating an environment for meetings. The Director does professional speaking globally. Our team has completed the following full day symposiums either in Africa or elsewhere in the world.
India SADC Business Summit. (April 2018). Johannesburg. This high level summit attracted 1,500 business people and had Presidential and ministerial level speakers. Zurcom managed the B2B events for attending Indian companies.
Doing Business in Thailand. (March 2017). Cape Town. In tandem with a large trade delegation, a seminar event was held for Cape Town regional companies on the benefits of working with Thailand suppliers in the food sector. This was followed by a buyer-seller meet.
Enterprise Florida Trade Mission to South Africa. (February/March 2017). Events in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town relating to Florida as a trade and investment destination in tandem with trade mission delegates coming to South Africa to meet counterpart buying companies.
African Healthcare Business Seminar / Italy. (May 2016). Seminar presenting business opportunities to Italian companies in Corregio Reggio, Parma, Italy. This was arranged through our IBG Global Italy partner Warrant Group and sponsored in part by the Parma Regional Government. Presentations were made by Lindsay Zurba, on the healthcare business development environment, and Richard Zurba, on general observations on doing business in Africa.
German Healthcare Day (October 2015). Johannesburg. This event recruited qualified South African companies with an interest in how German technology in the healthcare sector could benefit industry in South Africa. Presentations were done by South African based authorities as well as the German firms participating in the accompanying German Healthcare Trade Mission to South Africa.
Dutch Renewable Energy Symposium (October 2013). Pietermartizberg. This event brought together over 200 delegates from across KwaZulu Natal province for a full day seminar with Dutch firms in the renewable energy sector. Zurcom recruited and managed the event as part of a trade mission from the Netherlands.