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INTERVIEW

World first for Maritz Electrical St George’s Park lighting quality is unique. What sort of work did you do in the beginning? When we started, we were two companies helping each other. Cyprian Rosslind and I had a loose partnership. I did the marketing, he did the execution. We did some basic electrical contracting. Some of the first work we did on contract, we still have that relationship going 17 years later. It was for Technical Services of the City of Cape Town. We did the electrical side of water and sanitation.

Kurt Maritz

So you found a niche? We actively started looking for things that other electrical companies either can’t do, don’t want to do or find really hard to do. The work for the city was very difficult, but we had those skills. It was complex work, which very few people specialised in. Certainly, there were no black companies doing that sort of work. And beyond the work for the city?

BIOGRAPHY Kurt Maritz holds a National Diploma in Accountancy and Computer Practise, but is more accustomed to developing businesses, as his track record proves. His first job was with First National Bank. While working in sales, Kurt met an electrical supplier for whom he went to work. His contracting section grew, and he decided to go on his own and started Maritz Electrical in 2000. Through his leadership skills and visionary outlook he now employs in excess of 150 staff. The company has benefited small businesses, grown skills and given lifestyle improvements to staff, their families and communities. WESTERN CAPE BUSINESS 2018

We got more and more work and in 2004 we registered the CC. We continued operating two businesses and that ran on until about 10 years ago, when we very amicably parted ways. How did the stadium work come about? We asked, “What else is nobody else doing?” The answer was stadium and sports field lighting and maintenance. I had the privilege of working on the old Green Point Stadium. Sports field lighting is now the most dynamic part of the business. So the 2010 Soccer World Cup was good for you? Interestingly, Maritz did not do one of the FIFA stadiums! But it was still one of our busiest periods ever because FIFA created a Legacy Fund to build hundreds of community sports fields, and that’s where we got involved. Did that make up for not working on the big stadiums? It was very disappointing, but what happened from there is that we formed our best relationship by linking up with the company that has changed our business, Musco Lighting. How did that relationship begin? Just before the World Cup I was approached by their Africa MD, Derek Field. He introduced himself, but I was so busy I threw him out of the office,

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Western Cape Business 2018  

The 2018 edition of Western Cape Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has estab...

Western Cape Business 2018  

The 2018 edition of Western Cape Business is the 11th issue of this highly successful publication that, since its launch in 2005, has estab...

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