Oldest Companies in South Africa
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 16:50
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[Originally posted in 2014] We were listening to Bruce Whitfield's finance show on Monday and the question 'What are the oldest companies in South Africa still in business today?' was asked. Many people phoned in and the consensus was that the oldest money making enterprise still in operation is Groot Constantia (est 1685).

Below is the start of a list of the oldest companies which we hope will be added to over time (post your comments and we will add companies to the list)
 

  1. 1682 - Blaawklippen (Read oldest winefarm debate)
  2. 1685 - Groot Constantia
  3. 1685 - Boschendal
  4. 1700 - Vergelegen via Bev Young [History on the website does say 1685 but brand states 1700]
  5. 1838 - FNB (click here for some brief history)
  6. 1845 - Old Mutual
  7. 1846 - Mossops via John Marwood
  8. 1846 - The Natal Witness - via Heather MacAlister
  9. 1851 - Bakers Biscuits - via Alex Taylor
  10. 1852 - Mrs Balls Chutney - via Bev Young (brand)
  11. 1857 - Stuttafords - via John Marwood
  12. 1857 - Cape Argus
  13. 1860 - Birch's (PE) - 1864 Grahamstown - via Sue Waugh
  14. 1862 - Standard Bank
  15. 1867 - Woodhead's via John Marwood
  16. 1870 - Grocott's Mail - via Sue Waugh
  17. 1873 - Markham
  18. 1876 - Knight & Co, Grahamstown via Sue Waugh
  19. 1876 - Cape Times
  20. 1877 - Henry White & Co for Red Heart Rum - via Bev Young (brand)
  21. 1880 - Singer Sewing Machine Manufacturing Co, New Jersey USA for d. Singer Sewing Machines - via Bev Young (brand)
  22. 1882 - James Crossley, Middlesex for Eno's Fruit Salt - via Bev Young (brand)
  23. 1883 - R.H. Morris (now Group Five) - via Heather MacAlister
  24. 1887 - Gold Fields of South Africa
  25. 1887 - Lever Brothers for Sunlight Soap - via Bev Young (brand)
  26. 1888 - Nederlandsche Bank (ultimately Nedbank)
  27. 1888 - De Beers
  28. 1888 - Corn Products Company, USA for Maizena  - via Bev Young (brand)
  29. 1888 - Royal Baking Powder Company, New York, USA for Royal Baking Powder - via Bev Young (brand)
  30. 1889 - The Star (originally founded as The Eastern Star in Grahamstown in 1871)
  31. 1889 - John Johnston for Bovril - via Bev Young (brand)
  32. 1889 - L Rose & Co for Rose's Lime Juice - via Bev Young (brand)
  33. 1892 - Thrupps
  34. 1896 - CNA

Image - Vergelegen (Restorica)

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