Coffey Mining/RSG Global has opened an office in Zambia to capitalise on the booming resources industry in the country, and to create a base for future operations in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Australian-based mining company provides mine-related engineering design, multi-disciplined project implementation and the full suite of consultancy services on an international basis. It has entered the African market through a take-over of RSG Global, which had a strong presence in Africa with offices in South Africa and Ghana.
The new Lusaka office is a key factor in the company’s intensive drive to establish its full range of mining services in Africa. It is being headed up by Jonathan Hunt, who has been appointed country manager for Zambia. As well as supporting Coffey Mining/RSG Global’s existing clients, he will grow the business into new service areas, develop staff and build awareness of Coffey Mining and its capabilities in the region. “I look forward to developing our client base in Zambia,” says Hunt, “and to providing an innovative and professional consulting and contracting service, initially on the geology and exploration fronts. In time, I plan to expand the business into the geotechnical and environmental fields,” he adds.
Coffey Mining chief operating officer Dan O’Toole says: “We have a strong and growing presence in southern Africa. Our growth into Zambia is part of our strategy to further develop our business in the region,” he concludes.
Robust expansion is happening in the DRC, and Coffey’s newly appointed Africa operations manager Kevin Dabinett says that, depending on how things develop, “we may consider opening another office, either on the Zambian copper belt or in the DRC itself, to serve that market.”
Dabinett names Tanzania as the next logical step, probably early next year. “After Tanzania we will probably examine the possibility of opening up in Namibia, and then possibly in Botswana,” he says. “These are the other centres where we expect a resources boom in the near future.”