A fusion of technology and people,
driven to succeed since 1939.



“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”


Originally started to address the need for professional services in industrial painting and contracting to mines and heavy industry, Southey Contracting has grown into one of the largest industrial services companies on the African continent.

Today we deliver a multitude of solutions to a wide variety of industries and regions – time and again setting new benchmarks for innovation, safety and quality standards. This is achieved with utmost consideration for the well-being of people and the environment.

Our track-record speaks for itself and are we proud to have been part of the core teams that built Sapref Refinery, Sasol, Sappi and numerous other industrial landmarks.

Sustained and Responsible Expansion

The Southey Contracting footprint has grown to include operations in 10 sub-Saharan countries.


“Investors in Excellence”

Southey Contracting is a division of Southey Holdings, which has grown organically and inorganically into a number of independent and autonomous businesses, representing one of the largest and most respected privately owned groups in South Africa.

The synergies that exist at Group level, together with culture of entrepreneurship, decentralised management, smart incentivisation and direct communication flows have allowed Southey Holdings to turn ordinary companies into star performers.

Reputable, Responsible, Engaging and Committed

Our vision is to dominate the mechanical engineering and construction service sectors within Africa through a continually expanding portfolio of diverse industrial companies.



“Never by mere chance; Growth is the result of grand forces working together. ”

James Cash Penny


Southey Contracting has become the largest industrial painting, thermal insulation and scaffolding contracting services company, catering for major (heavy) industrial operations.

The company conducts its business from an international footprint, which includes permanent operations in Angola, Cape Town, Gauteng, Ghana, KZN, Namibia, Mauritius and Mozambique.

Africa Rising

Increased foreign investment is driving Africa’s economies to grow infrastructure at a significant rate – often in harsh environments where corrosion protection and thermal insulation of assets are essential – to touch on but a few of Southey Contracting’s industrial services.


“Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”

Mattie Stepanek

Total Industry Commitment

Southey Contracting’s support and commitment to the industry is total, supported by the fact that we are founder members of the following bodies:

  • Corrosion Institute of Southern Africa (CISA)
  • Constructional Engineering Association (CEA)
  • South African Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC)
  • Thermal Insulation Association of South Africa (TIASA)
  • Thermal Metal Spray Association

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