Striving to make a difference to the copper industry

By Cherry Ellis

Levine Warries is the centre director at the Copper Development Association Africa (CDAA). She absolutely loves her work and takes any challenge head on. In this edition of Plumbing Africa, we get to know a bit more about her.

  1. Explain how you got started in your career and how you ended up where you are today.

I started out as a data capturer at my previous company (many years ago) on a fully integrated ERP system and with that, I decided to study [accounting] to be able to handle the dynamics of the entire system. In 2012, CDAA was looking for an accountant and that is how my journey started.Levine main

  1. What are your responsibilities in your current position?

Being the centre director for the Copper Development Association Africa.

  1. What do you hope to achieve in your current position?

We have set certain goals for the development of the company and its members, which we aim to achieve.

  1. What have you achieved so far?

Many of the milestones have been achieved, while others are ongoing.

Levine Warries, centre director of the CDAA. Credit: Cherry Ellis

  1. What are the major challenges, in your opinion, that the copper industry needs to overcome?

Without a question, the theft of copper and new market development.

  1. How can these challenges be addressed?

By reducing the export of copper scrap and expanding the manufacturing base.

  1. What attracted you to this industry?

The opportunity to move into management.

  1. Do you enjoy what you do, and why?

I love what I do. It is a very dynamic industry. Every day is just so interestingly different.

  1. What is your favourite part of your job?

My relationship with our members and meeting new and different people from different sectors in industry.

  1. How do you see your future?

The development of the copper market is one of my prime objectives and we will only do that by increasing membership and developing the downstream market.

  1. What do you still want to achieve?

Retaining recycled copper for our members is in line with this vision.

  1. As a female in a male-dominated industry, have you been faced with challenges?

I have been fortunate to work with very intelligent and professional members and members of the board, who accept and encourage the role of females in business.

  1. What is your work philosophy?

Integrity, dedication, and accepting change.

  1. What message would you like to send out to the CDAA members?

To continue with their invaluable support. We will continue developing the market by implementing new initiatives and products and by solving the copper theft problem.

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