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"The list" KZN Top Businesses

"The list"

ActionCOACH Marlene Powell

As the first woman ActionCOACH franchisee in South Africa, and with more than 12 000+ coaching hours, Marlene has transitioned herself from a generalist to a specialist in her field

Arch Retail Systems

KwaZulu-Natal branch, established in 2004, was the first Arch branch. From humble beginnings this branch has gone from strength to strength and today has a personnel count of 14. The branch services retail clients throughout KwaZulu-Natal and Eswatini

B-Active Sports

B-Active Events is the name behind many popular sporting events across South Africa and this event management company is a formidable player in the public sports industry in South Africa

Bell Equipment

With secure roots in KwaZulu-Natal, Bell Equipment is today recognised globally as a company that designs, manufactures, distributes, exports and supports a wide range of earthmoving and material handling equipment into various industries around the world

BusinessFit SA

BusinessFit’s purpose is to help business leaders and entrepreneurs build better businesses by guiding them in implementing a defined quality assurance and sustainable development process to support their enterprise foundation and intention

Coastlands Hotels and Resorts

Coastlands Hotels and Resorts is KwaZulu-Natal’s leading innovative hospitality company that prides itself on four and three-star hotels, restaurants, and conference venues

DRG Outsourcing

DRG Outsourcing, now in their 27th year of trading, continues to provide quality human resources management services to a broad range of national and international organisations

Dolphin Coast Solar Solutions

We provide quality solar installation services. This company was started with the idea to educate on sustainable energy and the benefits of going Solar

Dynamic Shipping Services

Dynamic Shipping Services is a family-owned business specialising in the logistics and exports of timber related products and other commodities

Elangeni Buildings

Elangeni Buildings provides an extremely fast and cost-effective method of construction to meet the increasing demand for extra living and working space. The company provides a turn-key project with over 40 years of industry experience .

Funky Pants

The first in the world to come to the table with the bright funky, ridiculously comfy Funky Pants


Providing guidance, information and expertise across the whole project lifecycle. GeoAfrika draws on the skills of experienced professional teams working across surveying, land information systems, legal services and property management


Hollywoodbets offers online, cell phone and telephonic betting allowing their customers convenience and the best betting experience

Idwala Property Group

Idwala Property Group is owned by CEO Nondumiso Siphesihle Mthwa. Having commenced her professional career in October 2005, Nondumiso has had much experience in the real estate industry

Independent Media

Independent Media is KZN’s most influential publishing group

Innovate Durban

Innovate Durban was initiated and founded by eThekwini Municipality through the Innovate Durban Stakeholder Forum

Jacquie Bhana Consulting

After 35 years of working in some of the most successful local and global companies, Jacquie Bhana recently left the corporate world to do what she loves – developing people

LHL Engineering

LHL is a specialist fabricator and installer of tanks; pressure vessels; heat exchangers (manufacture and refurbish); reactors; piping; structural steel and general steel component manufacture

Lovemore Bros

Established by brothers Rob and Bruce Lovemore in 1989 and celebrating 30 years of operation in 2019. The family machinery logistics business has been built on a legacy of performance excellence that spans decades, with a focus on customised solutions from point to point in the southern African region

Metamorphosis Integrated Solutions

Metamorphosis’s experienced team spans decades in talent acquisition, HR, talent acquisition and technology

Morar Incorporated

Morar Incorporated takes pride in developing long term, strategic partnerships, adding value in all that we do

Natal Razor and Wire

We specialize in offering a comprehensive range of top-notch wire fencing materials

RR Group of Companies

Mrs Esayvanie Reddy as director and the Group CEO, is an accomplished business woman with over 30 plus years of experience


Retractaline is the undisputed market leader in the design, manufacture, and supply of a comprehensive range of laundry care products and accessories

Royal Tyres

Royal Tyres, one of KZN’s leading tyre specialists is South Africa’s oldest tyre dealer, is celebrating its 83rd anniversary in 2022

SanDock Austral Shipyards

Sandock Austral Shipyards is Africa’s leading commercial and naval shipbuilder and ship repair company, providing cost effective services and solutions to the marine industry worldwide

Sappi Southern Africa

Sappi, founded in 1936, is a leading global provider of powerful everyday materials made from woodfibre-based renewable resources


SmartXchange incubates and promotes Media, Information Communication Technology, electronics and arts (MICTea) entrepreneurs in South Africa

Standard Bank

At Standard Bank we are in the business of inspiring hope and enabling dreams. We believe that dreams matter because they fuel our growth

The Busy Bookkeeper

Virtual accountants for small business

The Ramsi Group

The Ramsi Group celebrates its 41st anniversary in 2021. Over the years, the Group has been through many transformations, faced lots of challenges and has emerged as one of the largest suppliers of sewing machines and spare parts in the country

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM)

TSAM strives continuously to improve systems and technologies to deliver the best quality vehicles to customers, vehicles that meet customers; needs and their high expectations of what the Toyota brand epitomises

Tyson Properties

Chris Tyson’s founding vision was to create a specialist agency that was not only in tune with the needs of the KwaZulu-Natal property market but one that offered clients exceptional service and agents a platform to excel

Afro's Chicken Shop

Afro's Chicken Shop is a homegrown food brand that has, until recently, been KwaZulu-Natal's best kept secret. We are a small start-up that is proudly local and passionate about the environment

Asante Solutions

A leading provider of digital marketing and technology solutions that specializes in cutting-edge creativity and brand engineering

Beekman Group

The Beekman Group is one of South Africa’s leading players in the leisure and property development sectors. This has been achieved through concept innovation, strategic business planning and implementation within all aspects of business operations

Blue Security

Blue Security CEO Henk van Bemmelen attributes the company’s success to strong relationships with communities that value its transparency, extensive experience, specialist support services, and ongoing investment in resources and world-class technology to fight crime.

Capitol Caterers

Founded in July 1992, Capitol Caterers is now one of the leading industrial catering companies in South Africa

Cox Yeats

Cox Yeats is a specialist law firm with a national and international reach. The law firm offers premium commercial legal services and gives innovative advice in its numerous fields of expertise

DRG Siyaya

The inspiration to recreate DRG Siyaya as a human resource franchise facilitator came from a growing awareness of many smaller human resource companies, operated by highly competent individuals

Dragon Protection Services

Dragon Protection Services was established at the beginning of 1998 in Durban in response to an identified need for specialist security and protection services provision

East Coast Radio

ECR is the leading English commercial radio station in KwaZulu-Natal, boasting a loyal listenership of 1 265 000

Enterprise iLembe

Enterprise iLembe is an Economic Development Agency of the iLembe District Municipality mandated to drive economic development and promote trade and investment in the region

Future Farmers

Future Farmers started off with three young schoolboys Stuart met at a youth show who had done very well training young heifers and had been in the provincial team

Hannah Grace

Hannah Grace is a proudly South African online business that serves expectant and new mothers of South Africa with maternity and breastfeeding friendly clothing

IBV International Vaults

Since its opening, IBV has grown exponentially and operates branches globally in London, Switzerland, Dubai and South Africa. IBV’s fast expanding industry consists of a diverse network of over 14 000 members globally

Illovo Sugar (South Africa)

Illovo Sugar Africa (Pty) Ltd is a Pan-African consumer centric agri-business with roots in growing and making sugar and related products

Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Ltd (IDC)

The IDC has offices in all nine provinces in order to provide niche and innovative funding products that are aimed at enhancing and growing the country’s regional economies

Inspired Financial Management Solutions

Inspired Financial Management Solutions is a 100% black female owner managed business based in Pietermaritzburg that focuses on providing practical financial management solutions to the public sector in the country

KPMG South Africa

Our global network of member firms operating in 152 countries enhances the mobility of skills and knowledge we offer. Our African footprint has 29 practices servicing 54 countries


LabourNet provides holistic solutions to our clients that not only assist them in managing and mitigating all labour-related risks but provide solutions and services which give them a competitive edge in becoming employers of choice for the best talent

Mangwanani African Spa

Mangwanani African Spa has an average of 120 000 visitors enjoying its facilities annually. Currently, the company employs over 1000 employees

Mi7 National Group

Mi7 National Group prides ourselves on a public service model based on community duty

NCT Forestry (NCT)

NCT is recognised as an international supplier of quality round wood timber, hardwood pulpwood chips and is the largest forestry marketing organisation in southern Africa.

Plennegy Pty Ltd

We aim to do ethical and sustainable business whilst ensuring that our customers, employees and the communities that we serve are taken care of

Radisson Blu Hotel

Radisson Blu Hotel, Durban Umhlanga is located on the eastern coast of South Africa’s vibrant city of Durban

Richards Bay Coal Terminal (RBCT)

All RBCT’s operations and administrative functions are conducted in Richards Bay. RBCT is owned by Anglo Operations, ARM Coal, South32 Coal, Exxaro, Glencore Operations, Kangra Sasol Mining, South Dunes Coal Terminal, South African Coal Mine Holdings, Tumelo Coal Mines and Umcebo Mining, with Optimum Coal and Koornfontein in business rescue

SA Adhesives (Pty) Ltd

SA Adhesives is a South African company consisting of qualified professionals with the skills, experience, and commitment that they believe will make a difference in the chemical and plastics manufacturing sector

Sandock Austral Defence Engineering Systems

Utilising cutting edge technologies and by conducting research and development in niche technology projects, SADES is able to provide advanced and competitive solutions that meet client requirements


SearchWorks is a web-based search application, which provides information and services to various groups of professionals

South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)

The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) is the foremost accountancy body in South Africa and one of the leading institutes in the world.

Supertech Group

The Supertech Group is a world-class, luxury brand with the backdrop of sheer driving pleasure, it’s not just a BMW at a Supertech Dealership, its dealing with a Group that prides itself on exceptional customer services and experiences

The FD Centre

The FD Centre South Africa is part of an international group founded in the UK in 2001 by current chairman Colin Mills. Over the last two years The FD Centre has become the largest and most respected provider of part-time finance director (FD) services in South Africa

Thompson & Hoffman Audiology

We are a private hearing healthcare practice in Durban and Ballito offering services in assessment, diagnosis and management of hearing loss and balance disorders in adults and children

Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS)

Established by the Toyota Wessels Trust, the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) is a not-for-profit initiative dedicated to the development of manufacturing executives in Africa

UKZN Foundation

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Foundation provides a professional fundraising service which supports the development of UKZN and addresses the needs and aspirations of our donors

Airports Company South Africa

The ACSA business has a network of nine airports, six of which are regional airports, and three that are international gateways - OR Tambo International, Cape Town International and King Shaka International

Aurik Business

Business growth & exit solutions for established companies


Belgotex is Africa’s leading carpet and artificial grass manufacturer. As a soft flooring specialist, the company designs, makes and distributes high-quality broadloom and modular carpets with custom solutions available to the commercial market


The fully-fledged retail business we see today as Boxer has carved a very interesting 44-year journey

Cato Ridge Dry Port

The Cato Ridge Logistics and Intermodal Hub, now more aptly referred to as the Cato Ridge Dry Port (CRDP), has been the topic of discussion in the transportation and logistics corridors for many years

Crown Dental Studio

We provide team-based, comprehensive dental care for children and adults, including patients of all ages who are anxious or have an underlying developmental or medical condition that may add complexity to the management of their oral health


Established in 1905, Defy made its debut by manufacturing the first electric stove in South Africa. In the last 115 years, the brand has further entrenched its footprint in South African households through manufacturing durable goods such as gas ovens, washing machines, dryers and ovens. This led to Defy becoming the biggest white goods manufacturer in the country while presenting the largest product range in South Africa

Durban ICC

Durban ICC offers the largest flat floor, column free multi-purpose event space in Africa. Incorporating the Durban ICC Arena and Durban Exhibition Centre, the complex offers 112,000m² of flexible exhibition and meeting space

Elan Property Group

eLan Property Group has become a leader in real estate marketing and sales, catalytic development, sales of hospitality investment projects and more recently diversified into other investment opportunities

Esinam Global Business Services

Through strategic management, organisational development and people management strategies, we provide customised solutions, in partnership with our clients

Geek Managed Services

Geek Managed Services is a technology services business with 25 years of experience in providing connectivity, IT management, cyber security and cloud centric solutions to small to medium businesses


The Hirsch’s started off small, building a strong base of customers over the years, first with repairs and second-hand repaired appliances and then as a fully-fledged appliance retailer

Icebolethu Group

Icebolethu Group was established in 2009 by Group Chief Executive Officer Nomfundo Mcoyi who was inspired by the need for a reputable funeral service provider

Imperial Armour

The company’s experience, excellent quality, and continual innovations has made them the leading manufacturer of personal protective equipment in South Africa

Infinity Growth Digital Marketing

Infinity Growth Digital Marketing develops diverse digital marketing strategies for medium sized businesses and large corporates across a number of sectors

JRV Spares

With years of experience JRV has become reputable in the field of refurbishment and overhauling of JCB equipment

Kingsgate Clothing Group

South Africa’s leading, privately-owned clothing manufacturers

Lenmed Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre

Lenmed Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre (LEHHC) is a privately owned, ultra-sophisticated and digitally integrated hospital north of Durban

Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)

MSC has 524 offices in 155 countries with a team of 100 000, and a dedicated fleet of 600 container vessels with an intake capacity of circa 23 million TEU. The global sailing schedule covers 230 trade routes and calls at more than 500 ports

Monique Labat Consulting

Fluent in French and English, Monique consults to local and international clients on Market Linkages and Business 2 Business opportunities


The KwaZulu-Natal Joint Municipal Pension/Provident Funds (NJMPF) drives inclusive, transparent and sustainable practices through innovation and financial literacy

Quantum Silver

This new technology product is made in Germany and bottled locally. It has unique properties, namely: it kills viruses, bacteria, fungi and some parasites. It is very safe and has no known side-effects.

Regent Business School

REGENT Business School (RBS) is one of the leading distance learning institutions in Africa. The institution’s philosophy of ‘Disrupt. Rethink. Innovate.’ well reflects its goal to transform higher education

Royal HaskoningDHV

Royal HaskoningDHV has been connecting people for 135 years. Together, through our expertise and passion, we have helped contribute to a better society and improved people’s lives with work underpinned by our sustainable values and goals

SLG (Pty) Ltd

SLG, a renowned and significant piped-gas trader in South Africa, was established in 2002 and serves industrial and commercial customers in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, with high-quality natural gas

Sandock Austral Energy (SAE)

Sandock Austral Energy (SAE) is a dedicated and experienced energy project developer that specialises in turnkey solutions development

Sky Tents

South Africa’s Leading Manufacturer and Supplier of High-Quality Tents, Mobile-Coldrooms & VIP Toilets, Tables, Chairs, and all other Catering Products

Spot-On Fire Controls (Pty) Ltd

Our expertise in all aspects of fire protection provides our clients with peace of mind knowing that their assets are covered

TAFTA (The Association for
the Aged)

Established in 1958, Tafta has been the leading provider of care and support focusing primarily on the needs of older persons and vulnerable groups in eThekwini

The Oyster Box

The Oyster Box has set the benchmark for providing five-star business and leisure facilities in Durban and KwaZulu-Natal

Tongaat Hulett

Tongaat Hulett is a leading sugar producer and employer in many of the five African countries in which it operates


Tronox is quite unique among its peers, in that it is the only fully integrated mineral sands producer. Of the seven ilmenite smelters in the world, Tronox remains the only company which further processes the smelter slag to produce final saleable products (Titanium pigment)

UKZN Graduate School of Business and Leadership

UKZN is one of the country’s top research-led institutions, which means that MBA students have the benefit of being taught by academics who are conducting and publishing cutting-edge research in their particular fields and who bring ground breaking knowledge and thought leadership into the classroom

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