Oldest Companies in South Africa - By James Ball
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Oldest Companies in South Africa - By James Ball

Below is the start of a list of the oldest companies in South Africa which we hope will be added to over time (post your comments and we will add companies to the list). Companies must still be in existence to make it onto the list. The list contains brands as well.

  1. 1682 - Blaauwklippen (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. 1846 - Mossop Leather via Gert Kruger
  10. 1851 - Bakers Biscuits - via Alex Taylor
  11. 1852 - Mrs Balls Chutney - via Bev Young (brand)
  12. 1857 - Stuttafords - via John Marwood
  13. 1857 - Cape Argus
  14. 1860 - Birch's (PE) - 1864 Grahamstown - via Sue Waugh
  15. 1862 - Standard Bank
  16. 1867 - Woodhead's via John Marwood
  17. 1870 - Grocott's Mail - via Sue Waugh
  18. 1873 - Markham
  19. 1876 - Knight & Co, Grahamstown via Sue Waugh
  20. 1876 - Cape Times
  21. 1877 - Henry White & Co for Red Heart Rum - via Bev Young (brand)
  22. 1880 - Singer Sewing Machine Manufacturing Co, New Jersey USA for d. Singer Sewing Machines - via Bev Young (brand)
  23. 1882 - James Crossley, Middlesex for Eno's Fruit Salt - via Bev Young (brand)
  24. 1883 - R.H. Morris (now Group Five) - via Heather MacAlister
  25. 1887 - Gold Fields of South Africa
  26. 1887 - Lever Brothers for Sunlight Soap - via Bev Young (brand)
  27. 1888 - Nederlandsche Bank (ultimately Nedbank)
  28. 1888 - De Beers
  29. 1888 - Corn Products Company, USA for Maizena  - via Bev Young (brand)
  30. 1888 - Royal Baking Powder Company, New York, USA for Royal Baking Powder - via Bev Young (brand)
  31. 1889 - The Star (originally founded as The Eastern Star in Grahamstown in 1871)
  32. 1889 - John Johnston for Bovril - via Bev Young (brand)
  33. 1889 - L Rose & Co for Rose's Lime Juice - via Bev Young (brand)
  34. 1892 - Thrupps
  35. 1896 - CNA