The Power Group enjoys a rich history and has celebrated many milestones along the way, some of these include the opening of new offices, company growth and expansion and in 2007 the streamlining of all 12 subsidiary businesses to create The Power Group as it is known today.

April 1983: The beginning

Graham Power starts the company, with one second-hand bakkie, three casual labourers and administrative help from his wife, Lauren.

1986: Blackheath office opens

Company head office moved from Elandskloof to new offices in Wimbledon Road, Blackheath.

1987: Blitz Asphalt founded

Initially started as an internal paving company – a specialised surfacing contractor in the Cape.

1989: George office opens

Power Construction South, the Group’s first regional office opens; later renamed Power Coastal.

1991: The growth of Power Properties

Becomes one of the leading developers of subsidised housing and turnkey developments.

1995: Eastern Cape office opens

Another regional office, this time in Port Elizabeth, starts with a project to build schools throughout the Eastern Cape.

1997: Hughmic Construction founded

One of the first emerging companies associated with the group, it is soon recognised as a major emerging contractor in the Western Cape.

1998: Sibakhulu Construction started

Another successful emerging partnership, started to service the Eastern Cape.

1996 & 2001: RTSC and Power Up

RTSC event held, Road to the Future; similar event, Power Up, was attended by 350 employees from all levels. Here, the vision of the group’s 100-year dream was conceived.

2001: Ethics in the Power Group

At a workshop held in January 2001, the board of directors announced the implementation of a process towards the establishment of a Code of Ethics for the Power Group.

2002: Power Roads

Blitz Asphalt renamed Power Construction Roads.

2003: Power Building formed

A specialist company, focusing on the construction of residential and commercial buildings.

2003: Khayalethu Projects established

Specialising in affordable housing; it is 51% owned by Previously Disadvantaged Individuals; Power Developments owns 49%.

2004: Gauteng Office opens

Another regional office opened in Centurion, to set the platform for the group to extend its services into Africa.

2004: Nikamandla Construction

Nikamandla Construction becomes the fourth empowerment company associated with the group; with two employees from previously disadvantaged groups retaining a joint 51% shareholding.

2005: André du Preez promoted to CEO

MD André du Preez becomes CEO of the group’s construction companies and also of Power Plant.

2005: New philosophy

Groups gets a renewed sense of purpose “To improve the quality of life in Africa through infrastructure development”.

2005: N2 Gateway/ Sobambisana

Khayalethu Projects and Power Developments, members of the Sobambisana Consortium, win part of the tender for Cape Town’s multibillion-rand N2 Gateway low-cost housing project.

2007: The Power Group restructured

The group was rationalised and streamlined from 12 companies into two: Power Construction and Power Developments.

2007: Power Group’s ground-breaking ownership offer announced

The company structures an empowerment scheme giving ownership to staff through, Power Group Employee Trust, with 20% ownership and the Power Group Investment Trust, with 10% ownership.

2008: Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP)

As part of the Siyavaya Joint Venture, awarded work Package A, Package E and Package H, with the goal to complete for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

2008: 25th Anniversary

The group celebrates its 25th year of business and changing lives on the African continent.

2011: ISO 9001 Quality Assurance

Compliance with ISO 9001; a new Power Quality Management System is established.

2011: New CEO of Power Developments

Stefan Bothma promoted to CEO of Power Developments.

2012: Poens Venter promoted to CEO of Power Construction

Former MD, Poens Venter, takes up the reins as CEO of Power Construction.

2012: Turnkey Housing

Involvement in subsidised housing expanded to incorporate the idea of turnkey projects.

2012: Renewable energy projects

Successfully tenders for the Balance of Plant: Civil Construction projects at 3 wind farms: Hopefield, Kouga and Dorper, each project worth between R100-R150 m.

2013: 30th Anniversary

The group celebrates 30 years of excellence.

2014: Expansion to Namibia

Power Construction (Pty) Ltd establishes Power-Oyeno Namibia and retains a 49% shareholding; Power-Oyeno Namibia wins N$ 900m contract to build houses in Swakopmund.

2018: Change in Shareholding

The new ownership structure for the Power Group sees Graham Power with 59.5%, TOLBEE 10%, Power Women Staff Trust 5% and Power Staff Holdings with 25.5% shareholding.

A culture of empowerment, integrity and accountability