Company History

South Ocean Holdings Limited (SOH) is an investment holding company that is listed on the JSE, holding investments in three operating subsidiary companies and a property holding subsidiary viz:-

  • South Ocean Electric Wire Company (Pty) Ltd (SOEW) – A manufacturer and distributor of low voltage electric cables.
  • Radiant Group (Pty) Ltd (Radiant) - An importer and distributor of lighting fittings, lamp and electrical accessories.
  • Anchor Park Investment (Pty) Ltd – A property investment subsidiary housing all the group's properties.
  • SOH Calibre International Ltd - A procument agent for the group situated in Hong Kong.

SOEW was established in 1989 in King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape by Edward Pan, the former Group Chief Executive Officer. Mr Pan has a strong relationship with Taiwan, hence the company’s association with Hong-Tai Electrical Industrial Co,. Ltd (Hong-Tai) a cable manufacturing company situated in Taiwan and listed on the Taiwanese Stock Exchange. SOEW relocated from the Eastern Cape to Gauteng to be closer to its customers and suppliers, in 2001. The company acquired an industrial property in Alrode, Alberton, Johannesburg from which it has been operating. The manufacturing plant has seen a number of upgrades and improvements and produces at more than double the initial capacity, resulting in the growth from this modest start to the size it is now.

Radiant was founded in 1990 by the previous owners. The company imports and distributes lighting fittings, lamps and electrical accessories to the housing, infrastructure, building and construction sectors. Radiant distributes its products through lighting warehouses, retail outlets, lighting specialists and electrical wholesalers. It has seen consistent growth from the modest start to becoming a market leader in the lighting industry and boasts the largest range of stock in the industry.

In August, 2007 SOH acquired the entire shareholding of Radiant. Radiant operates from its offices, state-of-the-art showrooms and warehouses in Johannesburg, Cape town and Durban.

Milestone in the group's growth


SOEW was established situated in king Williams Town.


Hong-Tai became a shareholder in SOEW.


SOEW bought property in Alrode, Gauteng.


SOEW relocated to Alrode.


SOH listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.


SOH bought Radiant Group (PTY) Ltd an importer and distributor of light fittings, lamps and electrical accessories.


Group turnover exceed the R1 Billion mark.