About Us


At Matus we believe that the work we do helps build a better South Africa. We are hardworking, we find smart solutions for our customers and suppliers, and we are passionate about Matus and all our customers. As we keep abreast with a rapidly changing world, Matus still feels like a family for all who work here.

Many of our people have been with us for 10 years or more, our longest serving employee is currently 46 years with us. This has helped us become one of the trusted names in hardware and tools.

Matus Brand
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Core to our values is building our people to achieve their best. We drive an entrepreneurial, high-performing team that works collaboratively. We continuously look for smarter ways to work and to raise the bar. We are not afraid to challenge or to be challenged if it means we become better for our customers and our people. We believe that ownership and accountability is everyone’s responsibility in Matus. We maintain dignity and integrity at all times, even if the conversation is tough.

We create an environment that allows you to learn, grow and stretch, how high or how far is up to you. Our success stories have had employees grow from WH Assistants to Managers, from Clerks to Buyers and from Merchandisers to Sales Reps.




Matus purpose is helping to build a better South Africa in all that we do and in the way in which we do it. We do this by living the pillars that we believe when done together will build a better South Africa.

These pillars are:

  • Building our Customer by providing a wide selection of quality brands and superior service
  • Building our People through effective learning and development
  • Building our Communities by making a difference in the areas where we work and live in
  • Building Suppliers through good and rewarding relationships
  • Building our Financial Sustainability to effectively reward employees, pay our taxes, suppliers and to give our shareholders a good return on investment

The Company

  • 1942

    In the beginning

    Matus 75 year history dates back to 1942 when brothers Lukie and Sam Matus started a hardware and tool business.
    Little did they know that 75 years later, Matus would be the number one trusted tool and hardware partner in the industry. Serving the industrial, construction and engineering, agricultural, retail DIY and mining sectors. Matus is a story of building. Building trust, building customers, building suppliers and building its people for 75 years.

  • 1970

    National service offering

    Matus continuously strives to remain relevant in the industry by lettings its brands work hard for customers and suppliers. The 80’s saw Matus and Tarry Tools merge, making Matus a dedicated wholesaler. During this period, Matus opened its first branch in Cape Town with Durban and Port Elizabeth opening in the 90’s. This completed its national service offering covering the length and breadth of South Africa.

    Matus culture wins the day
    After trading for a year as Tarry Tools, the Matus culture and
    philosophy proved to be more viable. This resulted in the
    Tarry Tools Division dissolving into Matus as a wholesaler
    which was not competing for its customers.

  • 1998

    Brandcorp acquires Matus

    Matus’ persistent growth was recognised by Brandcorp (Pty) Ltd who in 1998 aquired Matus. Matus would become the flagship business for the Brandcorp industrial group.

  • 2000

    New brands launched

    The new millenium saw the launch of it’s house brands; MatWeld, MatSafe, MatPro, MatAir and Mobi-Jack. Always looking for smarter ways to work, Matus was instrumental in piloting RapidTrade, an online ordering platform. Today, RapidTrade servers all major tool wholesalers. Matus is the exclusive distributor of popular brands: Hitachi (now Hi-Koki), Groz, Kendo

  • 2018

    Reopening of PE Branch

    Matus reopens branch in Port Elizabeth and in 2019 as part of Matus’s geographic expansion strategy to be closer to our customers and increase customer service Matus opened the Nelspruit branch.

  • 2020

    New KZN branch to open October.