Investors: Group Companies
Tiso Blackstar Group Companies
Tiso Blackstar Group SE is a holding company which owns and operates companies in the media and related services sector. Its current businesses disclosed by segment are as follows:
The Media Segment is a premier newspaper, magazine and digital publisher with some of the most recognised brands in Africa. They include national, regional and community newspapers and magazines in consumer, business and specialist fields, as well as a specialised events business leveraging the brands in trade and consumer markets. The segment’s assets deliver a total audience in excess of 14-million readers. It is the largest publisher of English-language daily and weekly newspapers in South Africa. Its flagship title, the Sunday Times, is the country’s biggest weekly newspaper, but it also has numerous other popular newspaper and magazine publications as well as websites that represent the second-largest audience in SA. Brands include print titles such as the Sunday Times, Business Day, The Times, Sowetan, Sunday World, Daily Dispatch, The Herald and SA Home Owner. It also has digital titles such as TimesLIVE, BusinessLIVE and SowetanLIVE, and specialised trade and industry publications such as MIMS and SA Mining.
The Broadcasting and Content division houses Tiso Blackstar Group’s growing interests in television, radio, films and music across the African continent. Tiso Blackstar Group owns three South African television channels as well as one of South Africa’s leading TV production houses. It also has a wide range of other television and radio assets across Southern and West Africa. Times Media Films is a leading independent distributor of filmed entertainment in Africa, representing studios such as Warner Bros, Twentieth-Century Fox and many of the major independent studios. It also plays a key role in supporting and developing South Africa’s growing local movie industry.
Hirt & Carter uses unique state-of-the-art systems and processes to manage the entire
retail and brand communication process from origination to final distribution across
print and digital media channels, using market innovation, technology and trend
monitoring. Hirt & Carter is active at every link in the production chain, adding value
at every stage of the process.
Uniprint is South Africa’s largest empowerment printer and a full-service provider in the design, manufacturing and distribution of a wide range of commercial print products and services to corporate customers and institutions that have consumer mass markets or branch networks throughout Africa.
African Investments (outside of South Africa) Segment
Founded in 1995, Multimedia is Ghana’s largest radio, television and online network. The group operates six local FM stations broadcasting mainly in two languages from the two largest urban capitals in Ghana. Riding on the back of its six FM stations are more than 40 affiliates and partner stations across the country. Multimedia operates the largest and most visited indigenous online platforms in Ghana: www.myjoyonline.com, www.adomonline.com and www.multitvworld.com. It also owns MultiTV, the multichannel, free-to-air television network that is the largest in Ghana. The key channels on MultiTV are JoyNews, Joy Prime and Adom TV. In addition to its radio, television and online platforms, the group also has the biggest events and promotions vehicle in Ghana, organising special and targeted events that attract more than 250,000 attendees annually. The majority of the balance of Multimedia’s shares are owned by management.
Radio Africa Group is a fast-growing and dynamic media company based in Kenya. It consists of six national radio stations, one free-to-air TV station and a national newspaper. Radio Africa Group is the home of great and unique talent and its stations are market leaders. Its media brands include Kiss 100, Classic 105, Radio Jambo, X FM, East FM, Relax FM, The Star newspaper and Kiss Television. The majority of the balance of Radio Africa Group’s shares are owned by management.
Cooper Communications owns Lagos Talk, a newly launched talk radio station based in Nigeria. Tiso Blackstar has partnered with Radio Africa Group and Chris Ubosi, the CEO of Megalectrics Limited, which owns and operates three leading radio stations in Nigeria: Classic FM 97.3, The Beat 99.9FM and Naija FM 102.7.
Non-core Group Businesses
CSI owns 100% of Global Roofing Solutions (GRS), which is a leading South African roofing material manufacturer consisting of Brownbuilt (established in 1964) and HH Robertson (established in 1958), making it one of the largest metal roofing manufacturers in South Africa and the African continent. CSI owns 100% of Stalcor, a dynamic, highly regarded producer, stockist and distributor of stainless steel and aluminium products, servicing a variety of sectors, in particular the manufacturing, engineering, mining and construction industries.
Established in 1922, Robor is a manufacturer and supplier of welded steel tube and pipe, cold formed steel profiles and associated value added products. Robor supplies, distributes and adds value to carbon steel coil, plate, sheet and structural profiles. Robor services a variety of sectors, in particular the manufacturing, engineering, mining, infrastructure and construction industries. Management of Robor own the balance of Robor’s shares.
KTH is an investment holding company established in July 2011 following a merger between Kagiso Trust Investments Proprietary Limited and Tiso Group Proprietary Limited. KTH’s investments include market leaders in key sectors such as media, resources, infrastructure, power and financial services, and comprise a mix of listed and private investments. KTH maintains a long-term investment horizon and is therefore able to partner with companies throughout their business cycles, without undue pressure to exit in the short or medium term. Further details on KTH can be found on www.kagiso.com.
On 6 July 2017, Tiso Blackstar released an announcement providing an update on the conditional sale of its interest in KTH for R1.5-billion