Where it Started
Kathea was borne out of the wish of an Entrepreneur, Gregory John Darke, to build his own empire. Kathea Metals was started in 1995 from humble beginnings with 2 partner and university friends and traded in secondary steel, mainly tinplate which it bought from South African producers and sold to the East, mainly Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka among others.
In 1997, Greg Darke registered Kathea Communications as the company entered the IT and Communications space at the time of strong Call Centre industry growth. The anchor products at the stage were High End Call Center Headsets, namely GN Netcom, later called Jabra. In the early 2000’s Video conferencing was added with Polycom, and still later Workspace Management Solutions, Cloud Conferencing solutions and others. Kathea Communications still represents these major brands into the market today.
As an Entrepreneur, Greg is always on the lookout for new market growths, and Renewable Energy was an obvious place to look, so in 2015, Kathea Energy was born. Once again, we searched for the best products and solutions in the market, and we are thrilled to offer Huawei as our lead Inverter brand in the Commercial and Utility market segments, with their exciting Residential Solutions coming to South Africa in 2021. The product portfolio has been enhanced to Include Solar Modules, Mounting structures, DC Cable and Balance of system products.