Hubert Davies & Co Ltd

Hubert Davies & Co Ltd

In 1891, Hubert Davies started an industrial supply business in Johannesburg, South Africa. By the turn of the century, the business was a major player in the distribution of mechanical and electrical industrial products.

In 1917, it was converted into a private company, Hubert Davies & Co Ltd. This facilitated the introduction of senior managers as directors and shareholders.

Today the busines trades as Hudcao.

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  • James Gavin

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The Texas Company (S.A.) Ltd

The Texas Company (S.A.) Ltd

Salisbury

 

The Texas Company (S.A.) Ltd was established in 1914. In 1941, the company changed to the Caltex (Africa) Ltd.

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  • James Gavin

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London and Rhodesian Mining & Land Co Ltd

London and Rhodesian Mining & Land Co Ltd

Salisbury

 

The London and Rhodesian Mining & Land Co Ltd (Lonrho) was incorporated in 1909. The business began in Rhodesia as mainly a mining and agricultural business. By the 1960’s the company was struggling.

In 1961, Roland Rowlands took on a strategy to transform the company into a worldwide conglomerate. His introduction was introduced to Lonrho through the Honorable Angus Ogilvy, husband to Queen Elizabeth’s cousin, Princess Alexandra, and the director of the company. Ogilvy recruited Rowland, convinced that the 44-year-old mining consultant could turn around the company’s struggles.

Once named a managing director, Rowland moved quickly to expand the company’s interests, using his own portfolio of African holdings as a map for Lonrho’s expansion and diversification. The company’s involvement in mining and ranching was deepened, and forays into automobile and oil distribution were made. Concurrently, the geographic scope of the company was widened considerably until it embraced nearly all of the African continent. Expansion took Lonrho out of Rhodesia, north of the Limpopo River, and into neighboring Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, Zaire, and Tanzania, transforming the company into an African conglomerate without rival.

In 1998, the company split it’s mining activities into Lomin.

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Bain Bros

Bain Bros

Salisbury

John Josiah Bain (1891-1966) & Kenward Ernest Bain (1900-1940) built and owned the first sports shop in Salisbury which they called Bain Brothers.

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  • James Gavin
  • Walter Herdzik

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Cinderellas: Rhodesian Milling & Manufacturing Co Ltd

Rhodesian Milling & Manufacturing Co Ltd

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S & S Cars (Salisbury) Ltd

S & S Cars (Salisbury) Ltd

Salisbury

 

S & S Cars Ltd was a distributor of Vanguards, Triumphs and the latest Studebaker models.

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  • James Gavin

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Bhimjee R Naik: Salisbury

Bhimjee R Naik

Salisbury

Bhimjee R Naik

Bhimjee R Naik

Salisbury

Bhimjee Ranchhodjee Naik (b.1879) was the first Indian to establish a trading licence at Umtali in 1898. The licence was only obtained through the intervention of the High Commissioner, Sir Alfred Milner, after European traders fiercely opposed an Indian being granted a licence. The matter, with the assistance of Mahatma Ghandi, ended up in the House of Commons where Indians were declared British subjects and allowed to have a licence.

On January 3rd, 1899, European traders broke open the doors of Naik’s store and demanded he leave immediately for Macequece in Portuguese East Africa. The military eventually was called and the Administrator was wired. The Administrator declared the actions of the Europeans illegal. The outcome was the beginning of Indian trade in Southern Rhodesia.

Naik went on to open branches in Gwelo, Seluwke and Salisbury. However, in 1908 the Southern Rhodesia Government drafted a bill stopping further immigration of Indians into Southern Rhodesia, and registration of all Indians currently in the country. Naik attempted to influence changes to the bill as the President of the British Indian Association but this was overturned by the High Commissioner in South Africa.

Naik left Rhodesia in 1912 but never returned. His businesses continued to be run by his managers.

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