Who we are


Founded by Alistair MacDonald in 1970

A Macdonald (Pty)Ltd started as a steel merchant operation out of Maydon Wharf in Durban, South Africa.

A staff of ten ran the shop until the company’s first windfall in 1975 – the second overland oil pipeline from Durban to Johannesburg. Pitching against far more established players in the industry, the fledgling company showed tenacity that would become a hallmark in later years.

The company was renamed Macdonald Steel in 1996, following the transfer of ownership to Cecil Reddy. As Chairman and CEO, Cecil Reddy spearheaded the move towards diversifying the Group’s interests into secondary manufacturing divisions until his untimely passing in 2014.

Macdonald Steel continues to provide innovative, industry-defining products and services to our customers, with the same level or expertise and service that they have come to expect from us, 50-years on.

Our Vision

We strive to be a globally recognised leader in the steel and engineering sectors through the operation of sustainable business units, while remaining true to our core principles, by being responsible to our clients, staff, the environment and the global community.


It is our mission to commit to the provision of reliable and cost-effective steel products and engineering services, operating with integrity, innovation and inclusively with all stakeholders.