Unrivaled expertise and decades of experience
in a number of key industry verticals.

Power Generation.

The demand for reliable power generation and supply is growing exponentially in South Africa and across the continent – and is key to economic growth and stability as African countries ramp up efforts to compete on a global stage.

In order to meet such rapidly increasing energy demands, utility companies like Eskom need to not only ensure optimal performance of existing (and often dated) power stations but also rush to complete new projects across a vast spectrum of facilities, including traditional coal (and incoming renewable energy and/or nuclear) powered plants.

Southey Contracting provides multiple services across the industry.

South Contracting is involved with maintenance, shutdowns and new build projects at various Eskom coal powered facilities and at the Koeberg Nuclear power station.

In addition we have undertaken projects at hydro-electric power plants and provide services to numerous wind farms, solar parks and bio-mass plants.


The South African petrochemicals industry is one of Africa’s largest and most advanced.

As a whole the petrochemical industry offers potentially significant possibilities, with the continent producing 12% of the world’s oil but refining only 3.6% of it.

A largely unchanged infrastructure over the last two decades hampers refining capacity and serves as an obstacle to progress, not only for South Africa but the continent.

Due to large investment costs required to replace this ageing infrastructure it is of critical importance that existing and largely overworked plants are expertly maintained in order to provide the necessary performance.

We provide contracting and ongoing maintenance at all SA refineries.

Southey Contracting’s footprint and ability in this industry is total and undisputed. Our presence includes operations at Sapref, Engen, Mossgas, Chevron, Sasol 1 & 2 and many others.

Oil & Gas

Southey Contracting’s oil & gas footprint stretches beyond the borders of South Africa, with permanent facilities in Walvis Bay (Namibia), Luanda (Angola), Pointe Noire (Congo), Port Gentil (Gabon), Takoradi (Ghana) – and new operations in Tanzania and Mozambique adding to facilities in Cape Town, Saldanha Bay and Koega.

Services the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas value chain.

Our involvement in the industry dates back to the 1980s with the establishment of domestic production at the Mossel Bay (Mossgas) project. The near unlimited availability of gas resources along the African coastline and throughout the continent points to the industry playing a major role in future (global) power generation. Southey Contacting’s oil & gas division, with its existing (and rapidly expanding) African footprint, is perfectly placed to help the continent, and the world, gain maximum benefit from these energy sources.


South Africa has more ocean space than land, and our ocean will increase should the extended continental shelf claim (which would allow SA to explore for minerals and hydrocarbons in a wide area around its shores) be successful. With 3,900km of coastline, 50 national acts regulating marine governance and 4 coastal provinces, each with their own socio-economic context and development goals, only companies with proven experience and reputable practices will be able to capitalise on the growing opportunities in this market.

Recent, unprecedented changes in the location of oil & gas fields around the world, have forced industry-related companies to more closely analyse their financial risk and reward.

A large network of influence and strategic relationships are a must.

offers such influence and relationships. Paired with our vast experience in repair and maintenance of vessels, we are ideally placed to deliver services to oil rigs, drill ships, support vessels and other oil & gas infrastructure in African waters.


South Africa (and Africa as a whole) still has significant mineral resources that continue to drive the mining sector across the continent. Challenges relating to labour, operational cost and the political influences of the day are offset by the massive potential windfalls this industry offers. It is one that Southey Contracting knows inside out – having originally established ourselves in 1939 as an industrial painting and insulation company, servicing the South African mining industry.

We service gold, platinum, coal and other mining operations.

In addition to South Africa’s reputation as the traditional powerhouse of African mining industry, there are vast undeveloped resources in the rest of the continent. Substantial coal discoveries in Mozambique, gold in the DRC and iron ore in Sierra Leone, to name but a few, have led to mushrooming mining activity.

As result, Southey Contracting has set up mining support businesses near to some of the most successful extractive operations in sub-Saharan Africa.

These include diamond and uranium mining in Namibia, copper and cobalt mining in Zambia and the DRC, coal mining in Mozambique and gold mining in Ghana.


According to SASA, the R12 billion South African sugar industry is cost-competitive, consistently ranking in the top 15 out of approximately 120 sugar producing countries worldwide. Stretching across two provinces of South Africa, namely Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, the sugar industry makes a positive difference to the lives of more than a million people and is a catalyst to economic growth and development.

The sustainability and profitability of the industry is being threatened by ageing infrastructure and the continual threat of cheaper sugar imports Southey Contracting has a long history working on sugar mills and the company will continue to work with its clients to extend the lives of the 14 x SA mills to keep the industry competitive. Southey Contracting has used its geographic network to offer services to sugar companies that are expanding into East and West African countries, including Swaziland, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast.

New opportunities for companies from renewable energy projects

SA government’s support for renewable energy projects and new technologies for production of bio-fuels such as ethanol, have created new opportunity for sugar milling companies. Co-generation facilities using bio-mass are being established by sugar companies. Work on construction of the new facilities, plant shuts and on-going project work and maintenance work all provide opportunities for Southey Contracting

Pulp, paper and

Pulp, paper and packaging South Africa is the only African producer of pulp and paper other than Swaziland. The pulp and paper sector is well established and is capable of making a significant contribution to national economic development, particularly rural development.
Very large firms have invested substantial amounts into their infrastructure in primary processing while a network of downstream packaging companies has been established throughout the country.

The industry is now threatened by rising imports, increasing costs and global over capacity in products like newsprint, causing challenges relating to profitability and, therefore, sustainability of producing certain grades of paper in South Africa going forward.

Slowing investments increases demand for maintenance and repair

Southey Contracting has worked with the major companies in this sector for decades. The threat of further large investments in the industry stalling as companies rationalize their assets has seen a growth in demand for repair and maintenance services.