About Us

A bit about us, our values, vision, mission and how we started

About Maritz Electrical

 

HISTORY & BACKGROUND

Maritz Electrical, established in 2001 by Kurt Maritz, empowers small businesses and individuals. Since inception the company has completed many challenging projects and accumulated skills, know-how and experience in lighting solutions, electrical works and in the building and mechanical trades. Today, Maritz Electrical is a main contractor for all small and large size projects.

Our objective is to provide our clients with a totally satisfactory experience on completion of their  projects. Our emphasis on concise communication and precise procedures ensures that the client’s objectives are top priority in the planning and execution of all our processes.

Maritz Electrical’s commitment to superior service is based on our core values. These values are part of our genetic make-up and essential characteristics of our business. We take pride in our service delivery and assure our clients of the most experienced and qualified people are serving them, all the time.

VISION, MISSION & VALUES

Maritz Electrical Core Values

Maritz Electrical is committed to superior service based on our values. Our commitment to these values is part of our genetic make-up as essential characteristics of our business. 

OUR VISION

To be the first choice supplier of electrical services and sports field and large area lighting committed to providing expert solutions. This driving principle of our vision is a benchmark of our success. We are synonymous with quality; as is our high standards and reliability to exceed expectations.

OUR MISSION 

Our Values and Vision drive our Mission to remain a first choice service provider, uncompromisingly dedicated to quality. We will achieve this by:

  • Developing our workforce skills;
  • Adopting efficiency as a core business principle;
  • Focussing on client relationships and managing client expectations;
  • Pursuing excellence through knowledge, experience and professionalism; and
  • Actioning plans to reach strategic goals to achieve our vision.

OUR VALUES

  • Client Satisfaction
    Our understanding of our clients’ needs leads our commitment to total client satisfaction.
  • Commitment
    We are dedicated to reach our goals by providing a superior service that exceeds expectations.
  • Excellence
    We remain steadfast in our pursuit of excellence in quality of product and service.
  • Loyalty
    Our loyalty is true and a value that will never be compromised.
  • Integrity
    Our values are underpinned by our strict policy to absolute integrity, driving our values without reproach.
OUR SERVICES

We provide complete, turnkey electrical sand lighting solutions to the public and private sectors in commercial, domestic and industrial markets. Our services are individually tailored to provide clients with exceptional quality service.

In collaboration with our clients, we ensure that the project is completed on time and in budget, using only quality products.

Maritz Electrical is a preferred supplier and installer of sports lighting. Our range of clients includes Municipalities, Local Government, Private schools, Model C Schools, Universities and Football, Rugby, Hockey and Multi-purpose stadiums.

Our range of services includes:

  • Electrical and Reticulation Services
  • Lighting and power
  • Testing and Commissioning
  • Mechanical Services
  • HV and LV Switchgear
OUR PEOPLE

Our Management are involved in the business development, procurement, project management and administration of the company.  They proactively gather feedback, identify changes in the business environment, review work processes and communicates key learning points and company policy to all staff.

Our people are crucial in the delivery of our services and solutions to our clients. To ensure all staff are empowered with the right skills, knowledge and attitude, a comprehensive training programme is in place to constantly upskill our people’s technical and management abilities.

We are committed to the right training, accredited certification and practical knowledge for our people, for them to execute their duties and responsibilities confidently. Our aim is to stay relevant in an ever-changing market place and client’s requirement

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

B-BBEE | CIDB | ISO 9001-2015 | SO 14001-2015 | Electrical Contractors Association | MBA | SAIL

PROJECTS COMPLETED

  • St George’s Park Cricket Ground
  • N7 Malmesbury Interchange Street Lighting
  • LV & MV Upgrage Overstrand Municipality
  • Coetzenburg Athletic Stadium
  • ACSA East London Energy Savings
  • Kaiser Sebothelo Botshabelo -Bloemfontein
  • ACSA Cape Town design, Supply& Install LED Street Lights
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Helping communities has led to many people and organisations in disadvantaged positions receiving unconditional support and assistance, both financially, and through Maritz Electrical’s expertise. These include, but by no means limited to:

  • Van der Stel Rugby Club
  • Cape Town Crooners
  • Life Changers
  • Many community clean-up projects
  • Atlantic Hope
  • Gemma Mills, aged 11, in her struggle with Leukemia, to name just a few

A word from our founder, Kurt Maritz

Humble beginnings to successful Maritz Electrical

What a start! 

Like many contractors, Maritz Electrical had a very humble beginning. My journey started way back, long before the birth of Maritz Electrical in 2001, working for an electrical supplier, Robyn Electrical and while my career was still in its infancy, I moved into the contracting side of the electrical business. My first sub-contractor was Cyprian Rossland, who first worked for the city before venturing on his own sub-contracting business.

Soon the contracting side of my small business was more successful than the supply side.

And so Maritz Electrical was born in 2001. Like many businesses, my tiny 2-bedroomed flat in Wynberg served as my place to sleep and my office and boardroom. The office being a 1,5m wide by 2m high cupboard in which my computer, files and fax machine all fit together like a jig-saw puzzle.

My days were spent on sites while nights, often until 2am and longer, consisted of administrative duties, paperwork and quotes. I came to realise then that I was not the only person living this dream. I faxed an order to Elektro-labels one morning at about 2am, only to be called back immediately by the owner complaining that he was woken up by the ringing phone/fax machine at some ridiculous hour; he also worked from home. He was relieved that the call was not about his sick mother in the Eastern Cape.

Operating from a garage? Yes, really. Having no workshop as such, as the workers consisted of myself, Cyprian, David and David; yes 2 Davids.

I know working from a garage is such a cliché, but this is exactly what we did. We worked out of Cyprian’s garage, spilling over into his entertainment area, having many an argument with his wife about the mess, no matter how hard we tried to keep the place tidy.

Growth time. By 2003, things were doing well. By that I mean we were starting to establish a good business. I sold my flat and moved to Golflinks Estate, opposite the Royal Cape Golf Course, and finally claimed my first office. Yes, the second bedroom in the new house was proudly branded “My Office”.

What of the workshop? Well, that was still Cyprian’s garage.

Maritz Electrical becomes a company. I was still operating as a sole proprietor and registered a close corporation in 2004. Unable to secure the name Maritz Electrical at the registrar of companies, as this the name was already taken, I registered JT Maritz Electrical CC trading as Maritz Electrical.

Now operationally, Maritz Electrical was in a loose partnership with Cyprian. Maritz Electrical sourced the work and paid for materials while Cyprian owned MIB Electrical that did the work and paid for labour. This arrangement worked well, but ended when I purchased our first official premises in De Wet Road, Ottery.

Staff truly do help you grow. I searched long and hard for my first electrician (we affectionately call them “sparkies” in our industry), eventually employing Clint Davids. Clint gave me the fright of my life when he decided to leave, but thankfully he came to his senses, and my relief, and returned. Michael Norkett has also been with me for many years.

Maritz Electrical now boasted operations from De Wet Road, Athlone Industria, Kenilworth and Landsdowne Road. In 2018, we consolidated our operations at a large premises in Athlone and now operate from 11 Noll Avenue, Athlone. All our operations now under 1 roof, we are able to offer a more focussed and strategically aligned solution to our clients.

Sadly, Maritz Electrical has experienced the loss of 2 staff members. Errol Craig who died of cancer, was our buyer and Mr Kamish died of throat cancer.

We are fortunate not to have had any major accidents, but 2 incidents, while funny now, could have resulted in serious injury. We were working on lights, on wooden poles at the Blue Waters campsite, and our “sparky”, Sam, was right at the top of a 6m extension ladder, reaching as high as he could, when it started moving. Sam thought it was the ladder moving so he shouted to his assistant to keep it still. His assistant was confused. Sam soon realised, in a state of fear, that the movement was the actual pole breaking underground.  Sam did what he thought for a minute was the right thing to do, and jumped from a height of 6 metres onto soft grass. Somehow, and fortunately the soft grass seemed to help as he was not hurt. Boy, were we lucky!

Then on another occasion, Mr Kamish was working on a site that did have very high safety standards, but he still managed to fall off a ladder while trying to hold a drill and electrical part in his hands. He broke both his knees. Too afraid to let me know, he arranged transport to a hospital, without me or the client knowing anything. I only heard about it 2 days later.

Our suppliers help make our history. My first account was with Voltex. They approved a credit limit of just R5000, 00, obviously thinking that the risk was too high. Our limit today has grown a hundred fold with them. The person who opened the account for us, Ursula, still works for them, and our relationship is great with her and Voltex. Our second account was opened at Bellville Electrical and the owner wanted to do things the old way, no forms, just a look in the eye and a firm handshake and the ‘account’ was opened. If only business was still done this way.

Venturing into the tender market. All contractors strive to secure tenders. Little did we know at the time the hard work and hours we have to put in to make sure the tender jobs are carried out to the highest standards demanded by the City, but, if done correctly and in partnership with the City, these are very successful initiatives that empower and create significant employment. Our first major tender was for electrical maintenance for Electrical Support Services (ESS) around 2008. ESS has consistently been one of our biggest clients in the City of Cape Town (COCT). We are proud that many of our work standards were ‘stolen’ from them.

Our largest single job to date is the flood light project done for the Mangaung Municipality in 2012, at the Kaizer Botshabelo Stadium. We installed just short of R10 million worth of floodlights.

First in the industry. I have been fortunate, although I should say hard work pays off, to be proud to boast 2 South African firsts for the electrical industry.

St George’s Park Cricket Ground. As the cricketing world geared up for South Africa’s first Global T20 Challenge, St George’s Park Cricket commissioned Maritz Electrical to install new lights. The solution was a MUSCO LIGHTING System which saw St George’s Park Cricket Ground become the first cricket ground to have and LED lighting system complete with theatrics. This meant that the lights would react with a flashing sequence when a 4 or 6 was hit by the batsmen.

Coetzenburg Athletics Stadium. Another first in South Africa is the Coetzenburg’s Athletics Stadium. This internationally recognised stadium now offers global athletes a state-of-the-art lighting system along with a new upgraded track. A favourite for international athletes, this stadium has cemneted its status as a globally sought after venue for training and competition.

We are truly living a dream. This is manifested in the incredible work our city is doing for the communities and which Maritz Electrical is proud to be involved in. The sports grounds that are being lit up is testament to a city that works for its people.

Our vehicles become our workhorses. My first bakkie, a 1985 Toyota Stallion, was eventually stolen outside Bergvliet Library. Strangely a tracker was installed, but the police officer who called me to inform me they had found the vehicle in Blue Downs, said that there was no need to come and collect as the only thing left of the bakkie was the part of the engine with the tracker attached to it! Well at least we knew the tracker worked. And, again, like all small business owners, my own car, a Toyota, eventually became too small, and my first real SUV was a blue Isuzu Frontier, which was my only emotional purchase, and one I did not want to sell. It eventually became a company bakkie but surrendered to the pressure of being overworked and died a very slow death.

And it’s the money that makes the world go round. Business  owners understand the need to perform on the job, but know that chasing the money is what survival is all about. I recall my first job for the city was for work we did at the old Green Point Stadium. Our contact there was Blamo Brooks and his manager Alex Dykes. We had to collect a cheque in those days, from the twenty second floor for payment. The lift up to that floor felt like 2 days long and then we had to go down again and straight to the bank. The wait for the cheques to clear back then also felt like a century. Jokes aside, the income that we receive goes to keeping our business alive and we, at Maritz Electrical are now in the fortunate position to give back to the community. To this end we have supported numerous welfare organisations and also Van der Stel Rugby Club that can only survive on donations and sponsorships.

For this we have to thank our clients. Without them, Maritz Electrical would not be where it is today!

A wife and family in a million! Finally, we as business owners feel that we sacrifice a lot to succeed. But the truth is, it is our wives and families that have to endure our failures and successes, our triumphs and frustrations, our wins and losses. I could never, ever, have done this without the support of my wife, Janine. She has supported me unconditionally, helped endlessly to raise my awesome children and has been by my side through bad times and good.

Janine, I love you and thank you for being my pillar of strength to lean on and also for giving me some of the most sound advice on which I was able to steer the business in the right direction.

Kurt.