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Over the past 12 months, Rocketmine has invested in upgrading its services and capabilities to attract and retain new clients in an increasingly competitive and sophisticated market. With exciting projects launching in 2018 and future developments on its radar, Rocketmine is planning for tomorrow’s needs, today.

“We’ve had a hugely successful year that has not been without its challenges in an under performing economy,” said Rocketmine’s Managing Director, Chris Clark, “but thanks to our team and our clients, we’ve closed the year in a stronger position than where we started.” Indeed, Rocketmine’s last major project for the year has been the relocation of its head quarters to its new corporate offices in the Willow Wood Office Park on the corner of Cedar and 3rd Avenue, Fourways.

The new location provides Rocketmine with an opportunity to further differentiate itself from its former parent company, Public Display Technologies (PDT), with whom it has shared an office space with for the past two years. This office move has been an exciting silent project for the organisation, as the current offices were unable to accommodate its growing team of specialists recruited this year after winning new projects from diversified mining groups and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Malawi. Another, groundbreaking development has been Rocketmine’s expansion into the world’s most bullish mining frontier, West Africa, when it secured the first Remote Operating Certificate (ROC) from the Ghanaian Civil Aviation Authority in September 2017.

True to its ethos of providing innovative solutions to problems faced by its clients in multiple industries, Rocketmine has implemented a number of pioneering projects aimed at improving the lives of the less fortunate and a unique internship programme for recent graduates. This year, Rocketmine’s team donated 47 biodegradable sleeping bags to the homeless with assistance from a Better SA and the Josh foundation. Rocketmine’s internship programme, has been a successful project that has provided graduates with insight into one of the world’s fastest growing industries and this year four graduates joined the Rockmine infantry team as invaluable interns.

In a year marked by worldwide uncertainty and volatility, the drone industry continues to outperform, and add value, to many sectors of the South African economy, especially the mining sector which remains crucial to the country’s economic well-being. As a pioneering operator, Rocketmine has provided solutions aimed at improving efficiency and providing invaluable data to its clients to strengthen decision making processes and profitability in multiple industries. Judging by its successes in 2017, next year is promising to be even more successful for Africa’s premier drone services provider.

– Written by Murray Anderson-Ogle