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Business Success Stories

Business-to-Business Publishing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: Creamer Media was launched in 1981 by Publishing Editor Martin Creamer and his wife, Veronica Creamer (nee Kelly), in an old building in Commissioner Street, Johannesburg. It was in such a rundown part of town that many quipped that if one did not get... 

SSG Group-KEY360 - Project management consulting

30th July 2021 Year of formation and Background to founding: The SSG Group of Companies was founded by Steven Golding in 2005, initially to facilitate additional income from odd consulting jobs. Early days were characterised by rushing frantically between different project sites and working out of a green Land... 

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STEVEN GOLDING The early days of SSG Consulting were characterised by rushing frantically between different project sites and working out of a green Land Rover Defender

Abeco Tanks - Water Storage Tanks

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: Abeco was founded back in 1983 by the late Mannie Ramos Snr. During this time, few people outside of academia had ever even heard of the term ‘climate change’, much less knew what its consequences would mean to the normal running of businesses and... 

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MANNIE RAMOS Anticipated the increased frequency of water scarcity

HMA Wear Solutions South Africa - Mining, Power & Processing

By: Yolande Botes     30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: A great story of development and growth started from humble beginnings with two people, Keith Halley and Mike Mellowes starting the engineering company, Halley & Mellowes P/L (HMA Group) in Australia in 1966 and commencing operations in South Africa... 

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George Hoffmann HMA Country Manager and Sikhosipi Shabane HMA WS Product Manager

Bombela Concession Company - Rapid rail transport system

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: Following an international tender process, in 2006 the Bombela Concession Company was appointed by the Gauteng Provincial Government to design, build, operate, maintain and partially finance the Gautrain project. The Gautrain project is a... 

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RS Components SA - Industrial & Electronics Distributor

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: JH Waring and PM Sebestyen founded the business in 1937 in London under the name Radiospares, supplying radio repair shops with spare parts and replacement electronic components. When television sets became popular, Radiospares' added television parts... 

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View of the RS South Africa Offices (Kyalami Race track in the background)

Bearings International - Materials Handling

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding:   Bearings International (BI) opened its doors for business on March 14, 1958. It now forms part of the Hudaco group that was founded by J Hubert Davies in 1897. With over 64 years in the bearings industry, Bearings International puts its experience... 

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Columbus Stainless (Pty) Ltd - Stainless steel manufacturer

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: Columbus Stainless was registered on December 24, 1964 by Rand Mines as Southern Cross Steel. The South Africa Stainless Steel Development Association was formed during the same year. In 1965, Rand Mines announced its intention to establish a... 

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Columbus Stainless Aerial View – Middelburg, South Africa

Enbaya Prepaid Meters - Utility Management

30th July 2021 Year of Formation: 2003 Current Shareholders: CEO & CTO Sean Wheller; COO Karen Wheller 

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Pragma Holdings - Engineering consulting and services for asset-intensive industries

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: Pragma, an engineering services company focussed on enterprise asset management, opened its doors for business in June 1990. The founding members were present CEO Adriaan Scheeres and Academy MD Arnold Botha. In those years, the science of maintenance... 

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On a visit to the first Pragma office at 1 Adringa street, Stellenbosch
ADRIAAN SCHEERES On a visit to the first Pragma office at 1 Adringa street, Stellenbosch

Isuzu’s CEO & MD reflects on his first year at the helm

30th July 2021 Isuzu Motors South Africa’s CEO and MD, Billy Tom joined the company in the heart of level 5 lockdown just over a year ago. Now, he reflects on the successes of the past 12 months despite the challenging circumstances which the automotive sector experienced during this time. He also provides... 

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Hot Platinum - Manufacturing, Metals and Mining Sectors

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: The company was formed in 2003. The company Hot Platinum (Pty) Ltd is a technology spin-out from the University of Cape Town. Ali Brey and Irshad Khan spun-out the company, which was initially focussed on the development and manufacture of induction... 

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HPT manufactures turnkey induction heating systems for various heating applications

Thos Begbie & Co (Pty) Ltd - Mining and Smelting

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: Thomas Begbie & Sons was formed in the year 1887 in Johannesburg. A foundry and engineering business thrived there until the South African War saw the plant put out of action by the British troops in about 1902. Paul Kruger had annexed the company to... 

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Mineral Technologies Global leader in mineral processing solutions

30th July 2021 Year of formation and background to founding: Celebrating 80 years in 2020, Mineral Technologies is built on the passion and vision of our people, who strive to bring innovation and unparalleled quality solutions to the mineral processing sector. We are a global leader in mineral processing... 

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The business development team

Weba Chute Systems & Solutions - Materials handling across industry sectors with a strong foothold in the mining industry

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: Weba Chute Systems & Solutions was founded in 1984 by Werner Baller when he purchased M&J Engineering, a small mining supply firm in South Africa specialising in underground coal mining equipment. The Weba name is derived from the first name and... 

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Founder and chairperson of Weba Chute Systems & Solutions
WERNER BALLER Founder and chairperson of Weba Chute Systems & Solutions

Integrated Air Solutions - Compressed air systems

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: Founded in 2016, Integrated Air Solutions (IAS) is the exclusive regional sales and service partner for ELGi Equipment Limited, a leading global air compressor manufacturer offering a broad line of innovative and technologically superior compressed... 

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Bell Equipment - Original equipment manufacturing, distribution, support and export

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: Bell Equipment’s roots date back to 1954 when Irvine Bell established a small engineering and agricultural equipment repair service in Empangeni, northern KwaZulu-Natal. A fitter and turner by trade, he and his new bride, Eunice, had moved to the town... 

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(Back left to right) Brothers Peter, Gary and Paul (Front) Irvine and Eunice
An archive photo of the Bell family (Back left to right) Brothers Peter, Gary and Paul (Front) Irvine and Eunice

MRF-Rademeyer - IP Specialists

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: McCallum Rademeyer & Freimond (MRF) was established by Monty Rademeyer and his partners in 1979. MRF specialises in intellectual property matters (including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, designs and copyright) and related litigation. Later, an... 

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The company boasts over 56 years of combined experience
MRF-RADEMEYER The company boasts over 56 years of combined experience

Knight Piésold - Consulting Engineering Sector

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: This year marks a historic milestone for Knight Piésold, whose roots go back 100 years in South Africa. Knight Piésold began operations on April 1, 1921, when founder Dr FE Kanthack established a private practice as a consulting engineer, and to date,... 

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Carlisle TyrFil - Manufacturer of polyurethane tyre fill

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: For the past 50 years, Carlisle TyrFil has been the definitive leader in tyre flatproofing systems. The TyrFil™ Flatproofing brand, which was originally founded in 1971 and marketed for many years by ArncoPathway, has blazed trails within the industry... 

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PhotoSat Information - Elevation surveying for resource development and earthworks construction

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: PhotoSat was founded in 1993 by Gerry Mitchell, a Professional Geophysicist and Professional Geoscientist. Before stepping out as an entrepreneur, Gerry gained professional experience at a senior technical level in both mining and hydrocarbon... 

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Spectrem Air - Airborne geophysical surveys

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: In the late 1970s, the Anglo South Africa Technical Director of Geology wanted to improve the remote imaging capability of the company and thus initiated the creation of an airborne geophysical survey section. The group was already involved in... 

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Operates one of the most advanced fixed-wing airborne geophysical systems
SPECTREM AIR Operates one of the most advanced fixed-wing airborne geophysical systems

Glencore - Responsible commodity producer

30th July 2021 Background and year of formation: Glencore is one of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies and a major producer and marketer of more than 60 responsibly sourced commodities that advance everyday life. The Group's operations comprise around 150 mining and metallurgical... 

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BBF Safety Group - Your trusted partner in safety

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: In 2014, four of South Africa’s largest safety footwear manufacturers joined forces to create BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd, the largest safety footwear manufacturer in Africa. Each company (Beier Safety Footwear, Bagshaw Footwear, United Frams Footwear... 

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Innovative Learning Solutions - Transport, logistics & training sector

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: Innovative Learning Solutions (ILS) was established in June 2020 to address the lack of Code 14 Superlink truck driving competency identified by its sister company, Innovative Staffing Solutions before the onset of the global pandemic. ILS is part of... 

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Businesses have come to appreciate the value that well-trained
drivers add to their organisations
ARNOUX MARÉ Businesses have come to appreciate the value that well-trained drivers add to their organisations

Hytera Communications Corporation - Professional Communications

30th July 2021 Year of Formation: 1993 Background to Founding: Back in the 1990s, many two-way radio users kept complaining that the appearance of the radios were not novel enough, the quality was not good, and there were not many choices for them. Chen Qingzhou, who has been engaging in the two-way radio... 

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Formed HYT in 1993
HYTERA PRESIDENT CHEN QINGZHOU Formed HYT in 1993

Zest WEG - Electrical and electronic manufacturing for all sectors

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: Zest Electric Motors was founded in South Africa by James Blakemore in 1980, selling WEG electric motors and has been affiliated with WEG Brazil from the beginning. Over the years Zest Electric Motors acquired and consolidated companies to form Zest... 

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Wärtsilä South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Energy and Marine

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: The story of Wartsila unfolds like the scenes out of a period drama. It started off in a small village in Finland with a simple sawmill in 1834, where the owners were later encouraged to turn the sawmill into an ironworks.   Not without its challenges... 

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FEROZA CASSIM Managing Director

HUD Mining Supplies - Manufacturer of core drill bits and tooling

30th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: HUD Mining was founded by David Huddy in early 2005 and celebrated its 15th anniversary during the year of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. HUD Mining was founded a short time after the sale of Huddy Diamond and related businesses, which was founded by... 

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David Huddy Took a leap of faith and started the business from scratch

Diesel Electric Services - Manufacturing

30th July 2021 Year of Formation & Background to Founding: At a very young age, Kevin Donaldson purchased the generator sales division of the old Meissner company in 1993 with the specific agreement that for two years, the only focus will be service, maintenance and repairs to diesel generator systems.  During... 

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Diesel Electric Services has grown from strength to strength
KEVIN DONALDSON Diesel Electric Services has grown from strength to strength

Coega Development Corporation

30th July 2021 Company Name & Focus Sectors: Coega is pronounced ’koo-gha’ with a guttural sound forming the last syllable. Coega would have originally come from the Nguni word Khoekhoen which means ’ground water’. Nguni is a language group to which amaXhosa tribe belong to. 

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Dynamic Commodities situated in Zone 3 of the Coega SEZ.

Ostem seeks to expand its contract manufacturing reach across industries

29th July 2021 Having purchased one of Metso Outotec’s facilities located in the industrial hub of Vereeniging, south of Johannesburg, together with the fabrication, machining, assembly and repair part of the business, Ostem, a division of Istogen Investments Holdings, is expanding its contract manufacturing... 

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Mariswe - A vital and rewarding African footprint

27th July 2021 As Mariswe approaches its 50th anniversary as a respected South African consulting engineering business in 2022, CEO Nonkululeko Sindane reflects that its success has resulted from opportunities not only at home but across Africa. “I am proud that we have grown from strength to strength in... 

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NONKULULEKO SINDANE
MARISWE CEO NONKULULEKO SINDANE

Murray & Roberts Cementation - Underground mining contractor

27th July 2021 Year of Formation and Background to Founding: Founded more than a century ago, Murray & Roberts Cementation is the leading mining contracting company in Africa. Company Mission, Products & Services: The company offers a comprehensive range of capabilities and services covering the full spectrum... 

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Managing director at Murray & Roberts Cementation
Mike Wells Managing director at Murray & Roberts Cementation
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