The year 2020 marks the 70th anniversary of the Brown family’s involvement with this 136-year-old company.
Hinton Brown bought the business from a deceased estate in 1950 for £600 knowing nothing about the painting industry. Being a friend of Frank Evan’s who’s family owned Plascon Evans, he was invited up to Johannesburg for a crash course in painting. A problem arose when he made application for the business to re-join the Master Builders Association and was rejected due to the new proprietor’s inexperience. It was another friend, Walter Ridl, who at the time served on the MBA committee, who knew about his wartime experience as a fighter pilot in Italy, and backed him by saying that if he could survive the war as a Spitfire pilot he could survive the Building Industry.
Smith and Winfield is the longest established Painting and Decorating firm in South Africa. The business was founded in 1886 in Russell Street, Durban by Mr SC Smith. In 1894 Mr Smith was joined by Mr Frank Winfield and the firm expanded to Hermitage Road in Durban where they operated from the ground floor of a building they had bought.
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HEALTH & SAFETY
Thabile Shangase – With a FEM Award for an Outstanding Safety Record
It keeps our momentum going at peak performance. At Smith & Winfield we have invested significantly in the training of our staff through formal CETA accredited learnerships, and informal onsite training. Over the years it has been a great investment as staff members not only enhance the skills but also gain a chance to grow within the company, receive promotions and help us maintain a high standard of workmanship.
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