Businesswoman gets diaspora market for scrap metal products

Martin Muleya

MANICALAND-Mutare businesswoman and ZimProperties director Beauty Hughes has secured international market for her products being manufactured from recycled scrap metal and tyres.
She told Chipinge Times that ZimTrade linked her with a Germany facilitator who is flying into the country to teach her quality control and the type of products that are required in the country.
“I make furniture, braai stands among other products from the scrap metal and tyres I collect. ZimTrade has managed to identify a facilitator from Germany who will fly into the country to help me on quality control and products that are required in Germany,” she said.
She said she began her company, Dollar Deals at the height of COVID-19 in 2020. Hughes said she saw a lot of scrap metal lying around in the city and saw a recycling opportunity.
“I thought of an idea and started collecting the trash and making useful gadgets. Mutare is a potential business hub but people here are shy to do investments in the city and are opting for Harare. There is a huge gap that needs to be filled and opportunities that I am reckoning to utilize as business hub,” she added.
She also reiterated that the NCC seminar was an eye opener and a springboard for success as she has found new clients in the diaspora who are buying residential stands from ZimProperties.
“I attended the National Competitive Commission (NCC) seminar held in Mutare last week and realised that the city’s business is slow. The seminar was of paramount importance as I learnt that networking is important,” she added.
NCC Director Competition Brighton Shayanewako told the recently held meeting that the competitive concept has grabbed the attention of world economies in recent years.
He said in line with the Devolution agenda, provinces in the country are expected to craft strategies that enhance competitiveness of locally made products through value addition and beneficiation by adopting high standards in order to increase value.

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