Electrical Engineering

The Electrical Engineering segment comprises business units with a significant footprint across the electrical and telecommunications infrastructure industries.


CBI-electric: African Cables

African Cables designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of electrical conductors, cables and accessories up to 275 kilovolts (kV). The power installations division specialises in the turnkey installation, testing and maintenance of medium and high-voltage cable systems up to 400 kV.

Products and services

The business unit produces low-voltage PVC/XLPE insulated cables, medium-voltage XLPE and paper-insulated lead cables (PILCs), low-cost reticulation cables including aerial bundled conductor (ABC) and overhead split concentric cables (OHSCs), aluminium conductor steel-reinforced (ACSR), high-voltage XLPE insulated cables and associated installation, testing and maintenance services. It also produces cable accessories for high, medium and low voltage and telecommunications.

Distribution channels

African Cables has a direct channel for the utilities, mining and industrial sectors, as well as an indirect channel through solution integrators, engineering and procurement contractors (EPC), distributors and wholesalers.

Market sectors

Sectors include the mining, industrial, utilities, commercial and general markets.

Intellectual property
  • Zerotox (cable insulation compound that does not emit noxious gases in case of an underground fire).
  • CBiD (cable theft prevention system).

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CBI-Electric: African cables

CBI-Electric: Low Voltage

CBI-electric: Zamefa

Zamefa designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of low-voltage electrical energy cables, and insulated wires and cables up to 800 mm2. In addition, it designs and manufactures overhead aluminium conductors (ACSR) and solid sector aluminium low-voltage energy cables, and oxygen-free copper rod according to ASTM49.

Products and services

The business unit produces low-voltage PVC/XLPE copper and aluminium insulated cables up to 3,3 kV, low-voltage PVC insulated general wires and aluminium conductor, steel reinforced conductor and oxygen free copper casted rods ASTM B49up to 16 mm2.

Distribution channels

Zamefa has a direct channel for utilities, mining and industrial sectors and cable manufacturers as well as an indirect channel through solution integrators, EPCs, integrators, EPCs, distributors and wholesalers. distributors and wholesalers.

Market sectors

Zamefa services central and East African market sectors which comprise mining, utilities, agricultural, cable manufacturers, electrical contractors and industrial customers.

Intellectual property

Copper upcasted, oxygen-free rod according to ASTM B49.

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CBI-electric: Telecom Cables

Telecom Cables designs, manufactures and supplies copper and optical fibre telecommunications cables and cable ducts for the telecommunications, industrial and structured data cabling markets.

Products and services

The business unit produces copper and optical fibre cables and cable ducts.

Distribution channels

Telecom Cables has a direct channel to major telecommunication operators including SOEs and the industrial market, and an indirect channel through distributors to municipalities, and through integrators and EPC companies.

Market sectors

Sectors include fixed and mobile network operators, petrochemical, transport, power, structured cabling and mining industries.

Intellectual property
  • Infraduct (cable ducts).
  • Lambda (structured data cable).

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CBI-Electric: Telecom cables (50%)

CBI-Electric: Low Voltage

CBI-electric: Low Voltage

Low Voltage supplies low-voltage electrical distribution, protection and control equipment and customer-specific solutions. On average, 65% of own manufactured products are exported, mainly to the USA, Europe, Australia and Asia.

Products and services

The business unit produces circuit breakers, earth leakage devices, surge protection devices, switchgear, electricity meters, automation and control devices, motor control devices, wiring accessories and monitoring devices.

Distribution channels

Low Voltage has channel partners (i.e. electrical distributors), system integrators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in South Africa, Europe and Asia, and wholly owned subsidiaries in Australia and North America.

Market sectors

Sectors include residential, commercial, mining, utilities, industrial, equipment manufacturers and retail.

Intellectual property

Owns the intellectual property rights to all products it manufactures.

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