Our History

The history of the Collins Group dates back to 1904, when Harry Collins arrived in South Africa and started a steam joinery workshop. His son, Ken Collins, continued to grow the business and built it up to become a reputable Pietermaritzburg-based construction company, known as Collins Contractors. Ken’s son, Russell, joined his father during the 1960s and grew the company into the commercial and industrial property space.

Russell was subsequently joined by both his sons, Murray and Kenneth, and together they grew the Collins Group into the successful business that we know today. More recently, Collins Group merged with the JSE listed entity, Tradehold, an investment holding company through which it has secured property related exposure in South Africa, Africa and Europe.

As a result of the merger, Russell and Murray embarked on a tactical expansion into the residential property, hospitality and agricultural sectors. The future of H Collins & Son was rewritten with the roots of its successful past remaining integral in the focus of its new direction.

What we do

The Collins Group has diversified into the residential, hospitality and agricultural sectors, both locally and internationally. 

In the hospitality sector, operations have been developed in Botswana, Seychelles, South Africa and Zambia with the focus being on unique conservation-inspired experiences.

In the agricultural sector the focus is currently on challenging the status quo and looking at new opportunities that can improve upon or enhance traditional operations on the African continent.

Lastly, the Collins Group has the ability to handle all aspects of the residential property development sector, in-house or with strategic long-term partners. The cornerstone of the Collins Group's focus has always been on developing secure estates, on strategically located properties, in an effort to maximise the owner’s long-term investment.

Collins Residential Team

Residential Developments

Collins Residential, a subsidiary of the Collins Group, is one of the largest private residential property developers in South Africa. Our portfolio and reputation speaks volumes to investors as we continue to lead in this industry by developing innovative, competitively priced, family-focussed products tailored to suit the South African market...

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Tourism & Conservation

The Collins Group includes game property in their vast property development portfolio. Situated in the heart of the 23 000 hectare estate is Manyoni Private Game Reserve, home to Africa's Big Five, where you will find the first game property Collins Residential has constructed, Bayete Zulu Game Reserve...

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The Collins Group has also ventured into the agricultural industry with operations in the farming of sugarcane, cattle and macadamia nuts in active operation...

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Equity & International

Collins Private Equity (CPE) is the private equity investment business established by the shareholders of the Collins Property Group in partnership with two private equity professionals. To date CPE has invested in excess of R200 million and has generated an internal rate of return in excess of 35%...

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