Founded in 2003 by its chairman, Deon Pillay, the Esizwe Group is an empowerment organisation which sources, manufactures and supplies diversified products to offices. The Group has a market consisting of approximately 60% public sector customers and 40% private sector organisations. The underlying philosophies of the group include:
- Quality products
- Absolute integrity
- Promotion of the empowerment of previously disadvantaged groups
Our Group originated from the chairman’s astute observation that, at the time, there was a rapidly growing market for office supplies. Over time the business grew, meeting the many needs of its customers – but always observing the maxims of absolute honesty and integrity and providing the highest level of professional advice and service.
Staff levels have grown from one person in 2003 to a current staff complement of more than 50 individuals.
The chairman of the Esizwe Group, Deon Pillay, is a hands-on executive who really does lead from the front. At the age of 23 he started the business after spotting marketing opportunities in terms of supplying printer-related consumables in the office market.
What started as an individual enterprise in a suburb of Johannesburg has substantially grown its staff and, in the course of its development, relocated to Mondeor – south of Johannesburg. This is ideally located in terms of access to suppliers and customers. The manufacturing division is situated in Zakariyya Park.
The Durban branch was launched in July 2015 and the next step is the opening of branches in Cape Town, and Bloemfontein – and thereafter in other significant centres throughout South Africa. Expanding into Africa, particularly into neighbouring countries, remains as a distinct possibility.
The guiding principle of the Group is an emphasis on non-biased, professional advice – coupled with long-term support and guidance. Esizwe aims to build long-term relationships with both customers and suppliers, where trust and an intimate understanding of mutual business practices results in the highest levels of service to be both provided and maintained. The Group has a strong desire to contribute to the economic development of South Africa – by fulfilling various economic empowerment initiatives.