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Energy cables


Primary brands, products and services
Manufactures the complete range of power cable from
1 000V – 132 000V.
Designs, installs, commissions and maintains cable systems from
11 000V – 132 000V.
Brands include Zerotox and Power Installations.

Operational areas
Operates throughout South Africa with manufacturing facilities in Vereeniging and regional facilities in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

A subsidiary has a manufacturing facility in Harare, Zimbabwe. The company sells its products and services throughout sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean islands.

Market sectors
Services all market sectors including mining, utility, commercial, contracting and industrial sectors.
Clients include Eskom and major municipalities; gold, platinum and coal miners; Sasol, ArcelorMittal and other major industrial players.

Standards and verifications
ISO 9001: 2008; ISO 14001; OHSAS 18001.
  A Dickson MSc (Eng), MBA
Managing director: CBI-electric: African Cables
Appointed to the group in 1997
Born 14 December 1970

Alan studied at the University of the Witwatersrand and gained a Masters degree in electrical engineering. He spent a short time in the consulting engineering fraternity before joining African Cables as a design engineer in 1997. He held several management positions within the organisation before taking the responsibility of heading up all commercial activity in February 2000. He was appointed commercial director in 2007 and held this position until being appointed managing director in February 2009.



Primary brands, products and services
Designs, manufactures and supplies both copper and optical fibre cables. In addition, turnkey services are provided which include fibre ducting, splicing, training and installation.

Operational areas
Manufacturing facility in Brits, North West province. Products are sold in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

Market sectors
Fixed and mobile service providers, petrochemical, industrial and mining industries.
Major customers include Telkom, MTN, Neotel, Transnet and Eskom, mines and municipalities.

Standards and verifications
ISO 9001: 2008; OHSAS 18001; UL listing, EC verification, Soncap (Nigeria).
  SG Newnes BCompt
Chief executive: CBI-electric: Aberdare ATC telecom cables
Appointed to the group in 1984
Born 4 May 1957

Selwyn joined the Reutech division in 1984 as financial manager. He was appointed financial director of Reutech Solutions in 1987, and served in this role until his transfer in 1999 to the position of operations director where he was responsible for the consolidation and streamlining of Reutech Solutions. In 2001 he was appointed CEO of Reutech Solutions. During his tenure, he was successful in transforming a mainly military business into a well-balanced enterprise of both military and commercial activities. He was appointed CEO of CBI-electric: Aberdare ATC Telecom Cables (Pty) Limited in September 2010.

Low voltage


Primary brands, products and services
Manufactures and trades in low-voltage distribution-, protection- and control equipment. Products include circuit breakers, surge protection, electricity meters, automation, motor control and wiring. Brands include CBI, Slegers, CBI-electric, Fuchs, Heinemann, Heinemann Electric, Hy-Mag, Samite, Mitsubishi and Eaton-Moeller.

Operational areas
The main manufacturing facility is based in Elandsfontein, Gauteng and assembly plants are in Lesotho. Service branches are based in Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth. Other export markets are served by subsidiaries in Germany, Australia and USA.

Market sectors
Residential, commercial, mining, utilities, industrial, equipment manufacturers and retail.
Foreign sales contributed 26% of revenue.

Standards and verifications
ISO 9001: 2008 and EN 29001 certification.
All products comply with local safety standards. Products destined for export markets hold safety approvals from Australia, Europe, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, China, Japan, Canada and the USA.

  CGP Oliver BSc (Eng) (Elec), MBL, Government Certificate of Competency (Factories)
Managing director: CBI-electric: low voltage
Appointed to the group in 1998
Born 29 January 1957

Chris started his career as an engineer-in-training with Eskom. He joined Armscor in 1986 as programme manager. He held the positions of divisional manager and executive manager at Denel Aviation. Chris joined CBI-electric: low voltage in 1998 as product manager and subsequently held the position of divisional manager until his appointment to the CBI board in 2005. In 2007 he was appointed managing director of CBI-electric: low voltage.

Medium voltage


Primary brands, products and services
Supplies switchgear, switchgear panels, and power- and distribution transformers for medium- and high-voltage applications.

Operational areas
Customisation, assembly of miniature substations and verification test facility is based in Elandsfontein. Erection, installation and commissioning are done at customer sites.

Market sectors
Utility, mining, industrial and commercial.

Standards and verifications
ISO 9001: 2008 and EN 29001 certification.
All products comply with local safety standards.
  RP Coetzee BSc (Eng) (Elec), Government Certificate of Competency (Mines and Works)
General manager: CBI-electric: medium voltage
Appointed to the group in 2001
Born 2 December 1951

Rudi studied at Stellenbosch University and after a short spell with Telkom joined the Anglovaal Group as a sectional engineer and later as a group consultant. He also worked at EL Bateman and then started Angcontech which was responsible for designing and marketing the first prepayment meters in RSA. After performing some World Bank consultancy, he joined CBI-electric: low voltage as the commercial director in 2001 and was appointed as GM in 2008 to start up the medium-voltage business for the group.


Important changes

  • Energy cables invests into Power Installations to expand and improve its value-added services offering.
  • Operational efficiencies are improved across all product groups.
  • Medium-voltage switchgear panels added.

Major awards and achievements

  • Energy cables obtains its 5 Star IRCA Health and Safety Accreditation as well as level 3 BBBEE accreditation.