Africa boasts a rich history of long-standing businesses, with a significant number of them in the postal and food production sectors. Surprisingly, the oldest operating company in Africa is Mauritius Post, established in 1772 during the French colonial era when Mauritius was under their rule. Initially starting with eight messengers, the service gradually expanded, and rural post offices were established in 1790. Similarly, Namibia joined the postal business in 1814 with the inception of NamPost, which continues to manage the nation’s mail service even after more than two centuries.
Apart from postal services, the food production and export industry also thrives on the continent. Premier FMCG, a South African food manufacturer, traces its origins back to 1820 when a modest bakery was established. Over the years, Premier FMCG has grown and now owns several well-known South African food brands, including Blue Ribbon and Lil-lets.
These enduring companies highlight Africa’s need for reliable postal services and the significance of the food production sector in meeting the continent’s demands. Their resilience and longevity are a testament to their adaptability, quality products, and sustained relevance in an ever-evolving business landscape.
By: Mark Anthony Johnson