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Welcome To ARB

ARB Electrical Wholesalers is one of Southern Africa’s largest  black-
empowered electrical wholesalers, playing a pivotal role in providing the essential materials required for the electrification of large scale industrial and parastatal projects.

ARB began in Richards Bay in 1980, and has since grown drastically to become a nationwide, fully equipped Electrical Wholesaler.

In 2007, The ARB group listed on the Main Board of the JSE. This milestone initiative was deemed necessary to accelerate on-going organic growth and enable ARB to further expand both nationally and across the continent, as well as continue its penetration of new high-growth markets.



The acquisition of Paragon Electrical, a leading group of five electrical wholesaling operations across the greater Pretoria and Centurion areas, represented ARB’s first acquisition since its JSE listing in late 2007. To broaden its national footprint further, since 2007 ARB has acquired Elektro Vroomen and Industrial Cable Suppliers to ensure a presence in all nine provinces in South Africa.



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Our Corporate Social Initiative

Skills Development

ARB recognises the value of fostering an inspiring environment to ensure that each staff member is given the opportunity to achieve his/her maximum potential. An on-going career promotion programme ensures that each staff member is afforded an equal opportunity to grow through business administration, management and commercial courses funded by the Group.



In addition, ARB provides study loans to qualifying employees to further their education. ARB is not only committed to the on-going training of employees, but to life skills teaching as well. To date, ARB has held training in the following areas: Basic computer skills, health & safety, product knowledge, finance, sales & customer care, managerial techniques, personal development, Primary healthcare, and HIV/AIDS awareness and life orientation.



Corporate Social Investment

ARB is committed to socio-economic development and empowerment of the local communities in which it operates. The Group actively supports a number of initiatives aimed at improving living conditions which include supporting underprivileged schools, orphanages, shelters and HIV/AIDS programmes.


Organisations which benefited directly from the ARB Electrical Wholesalers Group’s CSI programmes during the past year included:

A non-profit organisation which aims at shaping the future generation of the impoverished communities in which they work. ARB’s contribution to Ithemba’s education upliftment project assisted not only in delivering the learning programmes (from school readiness to vital life skills programmes) in the schools, but also in the renovation of the school facilities.

A non-profit organisation that creates essential structures geared to meet the needs of the vulnerable and impoverished in communities. The Domino effect is achieved through focused interventions which include: the babies’ home, feeding programmes, early childhood development programmes and the life skills programmes

A non-profit organisation that aims to mobilize resources from businesses and individuals to poor grannies and needy mums in disadvantaged communities.

The Robin Hood Foundation has four major projects which run during the course of each year, namely:

  • Gogo Bags: Supplying bags of groceries to grannies and orphan headed households.
  • Child Headed Households: Assisting orphaned children affected by the Aids pandemic, who are caring for their siblings.
  • Love the Babies: Supplying bags of unwanted and used baby clothes and goods to needy mums with new-born babies in poor Aids affected communities.
  • Bless a Granny & Grandpa: Elderly “forgotten” folk at old age homes are given a wrapped gift at Christmas, Valentines, and Mothers & Father’s Day containing toiletries and treats and sweets.

ARB Electrical Wholesalers also offer a learnership programme that provides opportunities to unemployed school leavers from a disadvantages background. During the year we supported:

Forty five disabled black learners. The learnership programme runs for a thirteen month period during which the learners receive formal training in accredited programmes, depending on the nature of the disability. Most recent learners included:  twenty three domestic services learners, eight hygiene & cleaning learners, and fourteen business practices learners. For the duration of the programme we pay each learner a monthly stipend.
On successful completion of the course, each learner receives a completion bonus from ARB as well as a NQF1 General Education and Training Certificate. In the past, over eighty learners have completed the programme and we look forward to many more to come.

BBBEE

ARB Electrical Wholesalers is committed to sustainable transformation as a strategic business imperative and continues to take pro-active steps to ensure that its continually improves and enhances its BBBEE rating.

 

ARB Electrical Wholesalers is a Level 2 BBBEE Contributor. Click below for a copy of our latest BBBEE certificate.

 

Elektro Vroomen (Pty) Ltd is a Level 4 BBBEE Contributor. Click below for a copy of our latest BBBEE certificate.

Why Choose Us
Employing over 650 staff members, ARB provides a wide range of internationally recognised and SABS approved products across four main categories:
Our Milestones
1980
Founded by Chairman, Alan Ronald Burke, in 1980, ARB’s leadership in the industry today belies its humble beginnings operating from a shipping container in Richards Bay with a single employee and a bakkie.
1981-2000
In 1981, Alan moved the operations from the shipping container and opened the doors to the Richards Bay branch. A strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit grew the business rapidly and in 1988, ARB opened a branch in Durban-currently ARB’s Head Office. In 2000 the Pietermaritzburg operation was acquired.
2001-2004
In 2001, ARB relocated the head office to a new site in Prospecton, effectively expanding the facility six times in size compared to the previous location. In rapid succession, ARB made inroads across South Africa, establishing branches in Johannesburg (2002), Cape Town (2003) and East London (2004).
2005
Recognising the importance of empowerment as a strategic business imperative, ARB sold a 26% stake in its key operating subsidiary ARB Electrical Wholesalers (Pty) Ltd to black-owned Batsomi Power (Pty) Ltd.
2006
The Johannesburg branch relocated to a newly built 13 000m2 premises in Alrode as the base for servicing neighbouring regions across both provincial and international borders.
2007
In July 2007, ARB acquired the operations of Xact Business Solutions which was then incorporated into wholly-owned subsidiary ARB IT Solutions (Pty) Ltd. The objective of the acquisition was to ensure the redevelopment of ARB’s in-house ERP Solution (Xact) and to build an IT infrastructure with the necessary skills resources and adequate succession planning. In November 2007, ARB’s trajectory of growth culminated in a listing on the ‘Electronic & Electrical’ sector of the Main Board JSE, celebrating 28 years of commitment and growth. The listing has enabled ARB to further accelerate its expansion drive locally and cross-border into sub-Saharan Africa.
2008
The opening of the Nelspruit branch in April 2008 marked the first geographical expansion initiative since listing. This branch will supply not only Mpumalanga, but also Limpopo and the high-growth market in adjacent Mozambique.
2009
ARB relocated Cape Town branch to its newly developed 7 300m2 group-owned premises in Montague Gardens. This provides additional space for greater stock holding to service the Cape Town market.
2010
The opening of a branch in Polokwane in July 2010 marked ARB’s first foray into the Limpopo province and provide’s a foundation from which to service South Africa’s northern neighbours. The acquisition of Paragon Electrical, a leading group of five electrical wholesaling operations across the greater Pretoria and Centurion areas, represented ARB’s first acquisition since its JSE listing in late 2007.
2011
ARB launched ARB Connect, a chain of smaller, centrally located retail-styled stores.
2012
A 100% acquisition of Industrial Cable Suppliers (Pty) Ltd was completed in July 2012. ICS has branches in Johannesburg and Rustenburg.
2013
ARB announced the acquisition of Elektro Vroomen (PTY). Ltd effective 1 January 2013. Elektro Vroomen has branches in Bloemfontein and Kathu. With this acquisition, ARB now has an established presence in each of the 9 provinces in South Africa.
2014
ARB signs new five-year exclusive distribution agreements with CTC Global and Fushi Copperweld. ICS’ branches in central Johannesburg and Rustenburg divisionalised into ARB Electrical Wholesalers and rebranded accordingly. ARB Electrical Wholesalers relocated its Nelspruit branch to a newly developed 4 700 m2 premises in Riverside Industrial Park.
2015
ARB celebrates 35 years of being in business. In an effort to provide a more convenient means of purchasing electrical supplies, ARB EW launches an Online Store. Adding to convenient shopping, ARB Electrical Wholesalers launches its new Quick Pull concept which allows customers the opportunity to grab & go. The new flag ship concept store in Silver Lakes, Pretoria opens its doors.
2016
January sees ARB Electrical Wholesalers Reuven branch relocating to Meadowdale in the format of the new Quick Pull concept store. ARB Electrical Wholesalers opens in Diep River, Cape Town in March 2016.

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