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INTERVIEW

World first for Maritz Lighting theElectrical way to St George’s Park lighting quality is unique. new possibilities

What sort of work did you do in the beginnin Maritz Electrical is revolutionising stadium experiences.

Kurt Maritz, Managing Director

urt Maritz

BIOGRAPHY

When we started, we were two companies helping ea Rosslind and I had a loose partnership. I did the mark execution. We did some basic electrical contracting. A massive contract to install world-class lighting at the St George’s didinon stillCape have that relationshi Parkwork cricket we ground Portcontract, Elizabeth haswe given Town-based lighting company Maritz Electrical a head-start as a national leaderof Cape T later. It was for Technical Services of the City in LED and theatrics lighting for sports stadiums. electrical side of andDirector sanitation. As company founder andwater Managing Kurt Maritz says,

“That’s the sort of project that comes around once in a lifetime.” The project was a global first because it made St George’s the So you found a niche? first stadium to have LED lights fitted with theatrics that was also compliant with International Council standards. We actively startedCricket looking for things that other elec The R27-million project was completed on time and on budget, either can’t do, don’t want to do or find really hard despite installing lights on top of the Duckpond Pavilion at night. The beenvery enthusiastic. For but Kurt, we the television forresponse the cityhaswas difficult, had those skills experts provided the really important feedback. “We cared about work, the which very few specialised in. Certainl SuperSport most and they havepeople been raving. If there are light and black dark spots on the field doing the cameraman mustofremember companies that sort work. to change the aperture. They said that the lighting was excellent.” Maritz Electrical wants to be the “go-to” company with respect And beyond the work forin the city? and to stadium lighting installations. Contracts Bloemfontein closer to home suggest this is already happening. “I am pleased We got more and more work and in 2004 we regist to announce we are going to be doing something similar in our continued operating two businesses and that ran o backyard, at Coetzenburg, but not including theatrics. Stellenbosch University has signed with us as part of a massive project.”

Kurt Maritz holds a National Diploma in Accountancy and Computer Practice, but is more accustomed to developing businesses, as his track record proves. His first job was years ago, when we very amicably parted ways. with First National Bank. While working in sales, Kurt met an electrical supplier a for National whom he How did the stadium work come about? urt Maritz holds went to work. His contracting Maritz Electrical is active in large areas such as Cape Town’s Grand Weairport asked, “What is nobody elseThedoing?” plomasection in Accountancy runway lightingelse and city council facilities. company The answ grew, and he decidedand to Parade, operates in the commercial, industrial and public sectors and offers go on his own and started MarI had the p omputer Practise, but is and sports field lighting and maintenance. itz Electrical in 2000. Through a wide range of services. ore accustomed to and developtheMaritz oldElectrical Greenis Point Stadium. Sports field ligh his leadership skills visionAing new on area for reticulation and electrification: ary outlook, he now employs in low-cost housing projects, street lights, road-side furniture and g businesses, as his track re- most dynamic part of the business. excess of 150 staff. The com- mini-substations. Says Kurt, “It is a big market and we can’t ignore ord proves. firstsmall jobbusiwas it. Our new sales manager comes from this background and we are pany hasHis benefited So skills thein2010 Soccer World Cup good for grown skills and given this area. We are involved in two majorwas projects ith Firstnesses, National Bank. While building lifestyle improvements to staff, in the Western Cape, at Overstrand and Stellenbosch.” Interestingly, Maritz did do one theinFIFA stad orking their in families sales,andKurt met an With communities. an expanding workload, Maritznot Electrical made of a move

BIOGRAPHY

ectrical supplier for whom he 2019 ent to WESTERN work. CAPE HisBUSINESS contracting ection grew, and he decided to o on his own and started Maritz

Western Cape projects

still one of our busiest periods ever because FIFA c Fund to50build hundreds of community sports fields, a we got involved.

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