Top 50 South African Brands: From Retail to Financial Services

South Africa is a mixed economy and thus boasts a private market and certain centralized planning and government regulations.

This country provides exceptional investment opportunities and hence receives investors from different corners of the world.

Top 50 South African Brands

MTN Group Limited

MTN is a South African multinational company founded in 1994. It is the eighth-largest mobile telecommunications company in the world. Special mentions to their Whatsapp channel where customers can avail services, pay bills, and check the balance for smooth running.

Vodacom Group Limited 

This mobile communications company is rooted in South Africa and provides voice, messaging, data, and other related services to over 55 million customers. Vodacom provided the first cellular connection and 3G and 4G services in the country.

First National Bank (FNB)

One of South Africa’s big five banks, FNB is a subsidiary of a large financial aggregate that was named The First Rand Group (1998). 

Absa Bank Limited (ABL)

This is a commercial bank based in South Africa and headquartered in Johannesburg. It is one of the largest banks and is licensed by the Reserve bank of South Africa. Absa Group Limited is the conglomerate under which this bank works.

The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited 

Currently known as the Standard Bank, this financial services group is Africa’s biggest asset lender. This bank providing financial and development services was formed in 1862 as a subsidiary, and the headquarters are in Johannesburg.

Sasol Limited

Sasol is a South African integrated energy and chemical company. It was developed in 1950 by German chemists, technicians, and engineers. Currently, it commercializes technologies like synthetic fuels, liquid chemicals, and electricity. This company has exploration, development, and other global marketing operations.

Woolworths Holdings Limited 

This multinational retail company owns Woolworths, a full-line fashion, homeware, apparel, personal care chain, and food retail.  Woolworths started functioning in 1931 and currently operates 218 full-line stores and many ‘food stops’ throughout Africa.


This wealth management group provides various financial services to clients across Europe, South Africa, and other countries. Initially, this firm started as a small leasing company in 1974; they expanded and acquired a banking license in 1980 to provide a worldwide clientele.

Nedbank Group 

Nedbank is a South African financial service subsidiary of Nedbank Group, established in 1888, providing wholesale and retail banking services. They are known to offer insurance, asset, and wealth management facilities in around seven countries.


MultiChoice is a subsidiary of the MultiChoice Group media conglomerate. They operate satellite television and mobile transmission services and broadcast M-Net channels throughout African countries. It has emerged as one of the world’s fastest-growing pay-tv operators.

Castle Lager 

This product is a pale lager belonging to South Africa, which has been acknowledged as the country’s National Beer very recently. It is 100% home-grown and is available in over 40 countries, while its origin traces back to 1886.  

The Shoprite Group of Companies 

Established in 1979, this is Africa’s largest food retailing chain and operates around  2900 outlets across the country.  Headquartered in Brackenfell, they opened their first supermarket in 2018.

Mondi plc 

Mondi is a fully integrated international packaging and paper solution. They make paper from scratch and transform it into extrusion coatings and corrugated packaging. Rooted in South Africa, they make fine paper, plastic films, and another industrial packaging.

Mediclinic International plc

Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Stellenbosch, this international private hospital group runs around 8 hospitals in commission or otherwise and holds a major share in healthcare listings.

Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Limited 

Aspen is the largest drug company to be listed around the globe. It is a South African multinational pharmaceutical company with a well-connected distributor base that is known for helping to develop affordable treatments for AIDS/HIV.


The SPAR organization has operated four retail formats in the heart of the cities since 1963. It also grants sub-licenses to independent retailers so that they can operate under the present SPAR portfolios.


Sanlam is the leading insurance company based in Africa. It is a diversified financial service group that was founded in 1918. Sanlam Group is an expert in providing financial planning, retirement annuities, wealth and risk management programs, and other investment solutions.

Discovery Limited 

This financial group has been based in South Africa since 1992 and has expertise in time-bound investment, savings, asset management, and so on. Founded by Adrian Gore, they operate in more than six countries.

Pick n Pay 

South Africa’s second-largest retailing brand is a supermarket chain spanning almost the entire country. Named Pick n Pay, it was established in 1967. It was given a new makeover in 2007, and a sister brand producing new uniforms, and advertising campaigns were announced.


A sister enterprise of the brand Shoprite, Checkers, operates in South Africa and the neighboring states. This supermarket chain offers various high-end food items, mainly fresh produces, along with household items and clothing. It promotes itself as a healthy and clean eating brand.

Capitec Bank 

Capitec Bank, with its 500 retail branches, is one of Africa’s largest banks. It operates as a retail bank that promotes a simplified banking experience to both individual and business clients but does not provide banking operations to trusts, close corporations, and others alike.

Sappi Limited

This is a global paper and Pulp Company operating from South Africa. Sappi was established in 1936 and had its headquarters in Johannesburg. They sell and export paper products, different kinds of pulp, and other timber products.

Mr. Price

This is a publicly-traded retail company, founded in 1985, which sells homeware and athletic products through franchises with different names all over Africa. MRP also has online portals and youth development organizations.


The largest private health care in the UK is Network Healthcare Holdings Limited. Netcare, founded in 1996, has Thevendrie Brewer as its current chairman and operates services via subsidiaries.

Liberty Holdings Limited 

Liberty is a South African financial service and property holding company. It is headquartered in Johannesburg and was created by philanthropist Sir Donald Gordon.

Telkom SA SOC Limited 

Currently the market leader in the world of broadband, Telkom is a wireline and wireless telecommunications supplier based in South Africa. It is a semi-privatized enterprise that dominates the service market with 500000 customers. They are the largest provider of fixed-line broadband in South Africa.  

RCL Foods Limited 

Initially founded as Rainbow Chicken Ltd., this is a South African consumer goods and milling company. Headquartered in Durban, they also started dealing in packaged foods after they bought Foodcorp.

The Bidvest Group Limited 

Commonly known as Bidvest, this South African company deals in trading, distribution, and other similar services. Founded in 1988, they have noteworthy holdings in many companies. Brian Joffe established Bidvest.


Earlier established as The Alliance Trading Company, Truworths is based in Cape Town and sells clothing under various brands. They operate around 1000 shops in Africa and also acquired the UK shoe chain to increase the business.


Africa’s largest publisher, printer, and magazine distributor, Media24, is a brand under Naspers. They operate the print media branch, both online and offline portals, and have their headquarters in Cape Town.

Engen Petroleum 

Engen functions mainly focus on downstream refined petroleum products and other things alike. They refine crude oil, market refined petroleum, and provide convenience services through a retail network. Engel has its own transport fleet and operates worldwide.

New Clicks 

New Clicks is a South African healthcare retailing brand that sells natural beauty products, music, and personal care products. Founded by Jack Goldin, they have now expanded and sold health and pharmaceutical products to almost 700 shops.

RMB Holdings Limited

Previously this South African financial services holding company was known as Rand Merchant Bank Holdings. Headquartered in Sandton, they offer leveraged leasing and other business and commerce-related services.

Cell C Limited

Cell C runs a customer-first mobile operator. This South African company promotes digital inclusion, and it increases the quality of life by delivering top-notch quality products ranging from 2G and 3G to roaming agreements across Africa to empower and connect people.

Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Limited  

MMHL is a South African multinational that involves time-bound insurance policies, savings, asset management, and other related financial services through various undertakings. Momentum Metropolitan was founded in 1898 and was initially called Homes Trust Limited.


Santam is Africa’s largest short-term insurer. Headquartered in Bellville, this financial services group operates in various states spanning Africa.

WesBank Raceway 

Built on a horse racing track, this multisport facility was opened in 2003. This South African facility included an oval track, and road circuits for the convenience of sportsmen and organized various independent events.

Foschini Group 

Foschini is a retail clothing company based in South Africa. Headquartered in Parow, they operate more than 3000 stores and retail shops around the country. They also acquired other clothing chains like Whistles.

Business Connexion Ltd. (BCX)

Dating back to 1979, BCX is a South African information and communications technology company that operates in all the major countries in the world. They have the largest data center capacity in Africa with worldwide ICT operations.

Markham & Co. 

Markham was initially an ironworks and steelworks company in England. But they continued to expand their mining and engine-building procedures and became a well-known brand by 1927. They supplied engines to all the major South African mines.

Clover Industries Limited 

Clover is a branded consumer goods group that also specializes in the food and beverage sector. They both produce and distribute a variety of dairy products and non-alcoholic beverages throughout South Africa. Specifically, they have the largest chilled distribution network.

Hansa Pilsener

Hansa is known for its unique brewing style which is the true pilsener style. They use hoops imported from the Czech Republic, which imparts a hoppy aroma and makes the brew flavorsome and hard-hitting.  

Growthpoint Properties

A business operation offering tailor-made yet sustainable property solutions, Growthpoint Property is an international brand based in South Africa. They have a diverse portfolio, including industries and metropolitan areas, with over 500 property assets worldwide.

Momentum Wealth International

A division of Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Ltd., they are the world’s third-largest assurer that provides investors in South Africa and sub-Saharan countries. With more than 7000 investors, this reputed finance specialist guarantees financial wellness and security.


Founded in 1965, this company is a multinational retail brand that owns and runs Africa’s largest clothing factory. Based in Cape Town, they sell low-cost clothes for the middle-class market and are a subsidiary of Pepkor.


A diversified business in South Africa, Motus is a monopoly in the automotive sector both in the country and in selective international countries.

Life Healthcare Group

Formerly known as Afrox Healthcare, this South African Group owned by Brimstone Investment Corporation is the second-largest private hospital operator in the country. They are also hailed as the largest black-owned hospital operator. They invest in buying stakes in other medical fields.

Country Road 

This is a middle-market clothing retailer that operates in several countries. Founded in 1974, it was primarily a special women’s shirting label. Now, it is one of the popular African lifestyle brands which sells both men’s and women’s apparel and is a subsidiary of Woolworths Holdings.  

Blue label telecom

This multinational ICT Company is a specialist in the electronic distribution of virtual merchandise. They distribute prepaid secure electronic tokens of value to other telecom companies.


Superior Choice is a private undertaking located in Gauteng. They are a branch of the consulting services industry and operates around the globe.

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