RA International provides construction, logistics, life support and maintenance services for clientele operating in remote and demanding environments. We focus on serving those involved in humanitarian operations, and the oil & gas and mining industries.
With a presence in 10 African countries and the capability to operate across the entire continent, we are arguably Africa’s premier service provider.
Our customers comprise NGOs, Governments, and private enterprises. These include the United Nations, World Bank, African Union, 14 European and North American Governments, and a number of publicly listed companies.
When it comes to handling the many challenges of operating in remote locations, our company motto says it all. We Deliver. Regardless.
As you’ll see from our reference projects, we don’t let cultural or geographical obstacles get in our way. We just make sure everyone knows what to expect and we plan ahead to mitigate the potential risks. This mind-set has helped us successfully execute projects in Afghanistan, Chad, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Somalia and many other countries over the last 12 years.
Why not put our knowledge, experience and sheer grit to work for your organization?
Your purchasing department ordered eco-vehicles, but now you realise that your destination is 4,000 metres above sea level. There’s snow on the ground, and those engines just weren’t build for cold climates. What do you do? >>
In this particular real life case, RA immediately flagged up that there would be an issue with the planned vehicles. However, since it proved impossible to revise the order, we made sure there were back-up vehicles close to the site, ready for leasing. The convoy drove ahead as planned, with barely any time lost.
When things don’t turn out quite as planned, it helps to work with people who know the terrain and its limitations. At RA, all our staff have experience of working in remote locations and challenging conditions. We’ve learnt to embrace the challenges, which means we can smooth the way for you.
So you thought the Sahara was dry? Actually, it rains sometimes. And when it rains, there are flash floods. You can actually be swept off the road by a wave, which seems to come from nowhere. How do you deal with it? >>
You can rest assured that in any location where RA offers support, we have already done thorough ground research ahead of your request. Our teams have visited the region over a period of 2-3 years, gathering info about the roads the weather conditions, and any other mission critical information. We can’t stop flash floods in the desert, but we can help you avoid them and plan ahead.
Get you started, fast
What if you need a full-service catering operation in the remote borderlands of Uganda – and you need it set up within a week? What would you do? >>
Whether you’re heading for West, Central or East Africa, RA can have an advance team on site to kick the project off within 72 hours, closely followed by reinforcements. Our project managers are all prepped for rapid mobilisation and we have a large database of contract staff who have worked for RA on earlier contracts and are happy to join us again. In addition, pre-qualified suppliers of equipment and fast logistical capabilities enable quick ramp up for new contracts. It helps that we already know who to deal with and how to get things done in a hurry.
Handle the challenges
You need a camp set up in a remote location Africa. It’s two weeks drive from the capital on dirt roads. The population is divided and there are known rebel strongholds on your route. What do you do?
When RA was asked by the United Nations to build accommodation for a peace-keeping force in Tine, near Darfur, it looked like an impossible mission. Tine is a long way from the capital and the journey there would take us through a country scattered with 27,000 AU soldiers and at least four rebel bases. But the peace keeping force needed a base from which to ensure the safe return of refugees, and – in spite of the many challenges and risks involved – we managed to give them one.
A RESPONSIBLE SUPPLIER AND EMPLOYER
RA is staffed by people who know how things work in Africa, and beyond. When setting up in new locations, we are careful not to impose on the host culture. We source local content and work together to achieve common objectives. Our multi-cultural, multi-lingual workforce cooperates with people on the ground, and builds the trust that’s needed to get things done. As a customer, this means you get not only a quick set up, but also a cooperative local community and long-term success.
We aim to ensure sustainable, long-term relationships with the local people, and one way of doing this is to find ways to give back to the communities where we operate. One recent example is that we donated medical supplies to a clinic in Somalia. On another occasion, we supported the building of a small school for children in Kenya. In Sierra Leone, we supported in the fight against ebola, paying staff to work and assist during the epidemic. These initiatives were all funded by our social responsibility fund to which we commit a percentage of our profits each year.
Our goal is to procure as much as we can locally to encourage small and medium enterprises in the communities where we operate. Obviously, this is not done at the expense of quality or service delivery. We always pay very close attention to quality, and even more so when procuring locally; and we always hire pre-qualified suppliers and conduct continuous quality controls and inspections. Where initiative and skill is shown, we establish long-term supply agreements with local businesses or artisans.
Setting the standard in safety
All our customers’ operations involve significant and diverse risks – from heavy loads and heights to the presence of explosives and potentially hazardous equipment. For obvious reasons, health and safety occupies an especially critical position in our business.
We work relentlessly to create a safe workplace that supports high quality standards with minimal impact on the environment.
Additionally, we make every effort to ensure our procedures and protocol support Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) and we stress the importance of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), commitment to HSE regulations, and general awareness of the environmental risks involved.
Each project has its own customised Security Plan and all personnel receive induction training as well as regular refresher courses on what to do in the event of an emergency.
Thanks to all of this and our amazing staff, RA has the industry’s best track record in safety.
The 10th Principle requires participants to not only avoid corruption, but also to develop policies and concrete programmes to address it. With this in mind, RA’s business relationships are firmly founded on honesty, fairness and trust.
RA is proudly holds the following certifications: ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, ISO 22000:2005.