Aberdare Cables, a member of the Powertech Group, is a leading African manufacturer of cables with five manufacturing sites, in three provinces of South Africa, and offshore operations in Mozambique, Portugal and Spain. The company’s customer base includes power supply authorities, railway and transport organisations, municipalities, and companies in industries such as petrochemical, mining, wholesale, industrial, construction and domestic building. The company manufactures and sells a wide range of state of the art products with customer specific adaptation, design capabilities and full technical back-up service. Aberdare Cables prides its self on its ability to identify and satisfy customer needs through development of innovative products; unique, cost effective cable solutions for a wide range of industries. This and their extensive project experience make them the supplier of choice for cable, related accessories and special cable projects.
Aberdare Cables pursues ongoing technology development programmes, and through active association with its local and overseas affiliates, continues to remain at the forefront of technology. The company has been recognised internationally as a pioneer in cable advancements. Aberdare serves on a number of SABS and International Electro Technical Commission (IEC) cable working groups. As much as ten years ago, in a move towards facilitating the provision of electricity for all countrywide, Aberdare Cables designed products with an emphasis on cost efficiency of electrification. To this end, Aberdare created its Electrodac range, which is aimed specifically at facilitating rural electrification by lowering the cost of electricity delivery. More recently, in accordance with Siemens specifications, Aberdare produced an un-amoured cable, with stringent fire characteristics, that was designed to reduce the propagation of fire by cables. This cable is used at Eskom’s open-cycle gas turbine generators at Mossel Bay and Atlantis. To cater for international markets, Aberdare introduced fire survival cable with stringent properties that allow continuous operation and circuit integrity for extended periods during a fire.
Aberdare Cables is a fore runner in the industry with regard to quality. The manufacturing, quality assurance, testing and research resources of Aberdare are of a world-class standard. In fact, the company was one of the first companies in South Africa to be awarded the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Quality Assurance Certification, and has been ISO 9001 compliant for many years. Aberdare Cables is UL listed and has Basec QA accreditation.
Aberdare has embraced the empowerment concept. Today, 30% of the company is owned by Izingwe Consortium and the company has assisted in the development of a number of black enterprises, such as DRUMCO, the company that makes Aberdare Cable Drums.
Aberdare Cables has always been an active supporter and pillar of strength for the communities in which it operates. The company is championing a number of social investment initiatives across our country. The biggest of these investments has been the continuous sponsorship of Sinithemba home for street children in Port Elizabeth. On-going supply of the equipment necessary to create the sense of self sufficiency and pride that the Abercare Centre, for mentally and physically disables people in Pietermaritzburg, provides its members. An investment of R1million in computer workstations for a new computer laboratory at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University that will allow students from disadvantaged backgrounds access to vital computer amenities. Half a million Rand investment into an administration block at the Charles Duna School in New Brighton. Contonuous provision of equipment and materials to Sunfield Homes, in Johannesburg, for the assembly of Moon Lights and cable end caps, which the home sells.
As a proudly South African company, Aberdare participated actively in the development of the ICT charter and the draft DTI BBBEE codes. Aberdare will continue to adopt a proactive approach to effect the transformation that the codes specify and to lead the cable industry in this regard.