Forgotten Brands

There are a number of brands and/or businesses that no long exist or who were swallowed up by greedy opposition and shut down. I worked in the computer industry in the 80’s and 90’s and so many of the companies I dealt with are no more. There are also a few place names that have changed over the years and I have added them in too for curiosity sake.

I will probably add to this list as I go along, however, in some case the brand may still exist in parts of South Africa although they may no longer bear any resemblance to the original company or product. This list is permanently under construction

  • SDD (Siltek Distribution Dynamics)
  • Jensen Electronics (Seikosha and Kyocera agents)
  • APT Solutions
  • Venture Computers (Apple, Mannesman Tally)
  • ISS (Integral Support Solutions)
  • Commexpress (Airtime vending machine)
  • Money Automation 
  • Compucomp
  • Netactive (ISP)
  • HIXNet (ISP)
  • Interlink (ISP, service provider)
  • MyWireless (Service Provider, ISP)

Retail, transport, medical  and clothing sector

  • Garlicks (Department store)
  • John Orrs ((Department store) may still exist)
  • Tony Factors Discount Centre
  • Rave (Forerunner of Dions)
  • Edworks (Shoe shop)
  • Cuthberts (Shoe shop)
  • French Hairdressing Saloon
  • Fripps (Photographic)
  • Fleischmans 
  • Dodo’s (Shoe shop)
  • Bears Furnishers (may still exist)
  • Leydens
  • Belfast (Department store)
  • Ekspa (Schoolwear)
  • Rudicks Furnishers
  • Geen and Richards Furnishers
  • OK Bazaars (Department store, elements of it still exist)
  • Scotts (Outfitters)
  • Lilliputs (Toy shop)
  • Carnival Novelties (Toy shop)
  • TFC Tours
  • SAfrics (Outdoor specialists)
  • Smiley Blue (Fashion outlet)
  • Topics (Fashion outlet)
  • Joy Music Centre
  • Hillbrow Record Centre
  • Gaynors 
  • Pan-Am (airline)
  • BOAC (airline)
  • Flightstar (airline)
  • Stans (Photographic)
  • Stax  (Photographic, small electric)
  • Clinic Holdings Group (Private hospital chain)
  • SABENA Airlines
  • Redleys (Hobby shop)
  • South African Railways

Food and entertainment

  • Flame Restaurant
  • Bimbos (may still exist)
  • Black Steer (may still exist)
  • Top Star Drive-in
  • Turn and Tender
  • Baragwanath Drive-in
  • Dakota Drive-in
  • Veldskoen Drive-in
  • BOP TV
  • Als Burgers
  • Rand Daily Mail (Newspaper)
  • Springbok Radio (Radio station)
  • Capital Radio (Radio station)
  • LM Radio (Radio station)

Banks and Financial

  • NBS (Natal Building Society)
  • Saambou
  • UBS (United Building Society)
  • Trust Bank
  • Volkskas
  • SA Perm 
  • Boland Bank
  • Allied Building Society
  • 20twenty (electronic banking platform)

Products

  • Gomma Gomma (furniture)
  • Salusa 45 (medication)
  • Braganza (tea)
  • Outspan (citrus board)
  • Piagra (insecticide)
  • Vapona (Insecticide)
  • Twiglets (still exists in  the UK)
  • Good And Clean and Fresh (washing powder)
  • Silvakrin (shampoo and hair products)
  • Badedas (soap and bath products)
  • Valiant (motor car)
  • Contac 600 (flu medication)
  • Drive (washing powder)
  • Contra (shampoo)
  • Vitalis (hair products)
  • Unox (soup)
  • Morris (car brand)
  • Austin (car brand)
  • Leyland (car brand)
  • Fresca (soft drink)
  • Hubbly Bubbly (soft drink)
  • Groovy (soft drink)
  • Traubisoda (soft drink)
  • Springbok Tobacco
  • Boxer Tobacco
  • Stallion (beer)
  • Lion Lager (beer)
  • Smirnoff Ice

Places and names.

  • Transkei (Independent “homeland”)
  • Ciskei (Independent “homeland”)
  • Bophuthatswana (Independent “homeland”)
  • Venda (Independent “homeland”)
  • Bechuanaland (Now Botswana)
  • Rhodesia (Now Zimbabwe)
  • Tanganyika (Now Tanzania)
  • Northern Rhodesia (Now Zambia)
  • South West Africa (Now Namibia)
  • Transvaal (Former province in SA)
  • Orange Free State (Former province in SA)
  • Republic of Upper Volta (Now Burkina Fasso)

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