LEAD Laundry and Catering (Pty) Ltd is the foremost supplier of Laundry equipment in Southern Africa, representing world leading brands that include Jensen, Speed Queen, Girbau, and Ipso.

The products range in application from those used in coin-operated laundries to sophisticated tunnel washers found in the world’s largest industrial laundries, and it’s customers range in size from the smallest Bed and Breakfast to Central Processing Plants handling linen in hygienic conditions for upwards of 16 hospitals at one location.

The company also represents leading European brands Fagor in the Industrial Catering equipment sector where it delivers professional equipment and advice from qualified chefs in everything from the smallest bar to the largest industrial kitchens in everything from the most sophisticated Hotels, to the remotest mining camps in Africa.

Italian manufacturer Ilsa is at the centre of LEAD’s Dry Cleaning equipment division – which is also a South African industry leader.

Close relationships with our suppliers who are all world leaders, ensure that LEAD’s customers remain at the forefront of new ideas and technology.



Life Midmed asked Lead Catering to design their new kitchen facility, using existing and new equipment.
The brief was to design a kitchen that had the correct flows from the point of receiving to despatch and that met with HACAP criteria. There was to be designated and segregated areas for preparing the different food types.
With the input from catering manager Brigitte Foley, we came up with a design which Life approved.

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Services SETA | Qualifications for the Laundry Industry

The Cleaning and Hiring Chamber seeks to engage with the stakeholders in the laundry industry to attend an information sharing session. 06 December 2018 in Parktown, JHB, regarding Qualifications in the Laundry Industry.

Welcome Vincent Dawson, Africa Business Development Manager

We are thrilled to announce Vincent Dawson’s appointment as Africa Business Development Manager.

Nigel has reached 25 Years of Loyal Service

Respected work colleague, a great friend and a real part of the family, Nigel Vandenbergh recently reached the incredible milestone of 25 years in loyal service of Lead.



A hotel is not the same as a restaurant, or healthcare facility, or a coin operated laundry but they do all have the need to produce impeccable laundry. Whether you fall into one of these categories or are a flat/town house complex, Caravan Park, University Residence, Game Park, Health Spa, Mine or large commercial laundry facility and have the need to produce high quality finished linen or garments; our professional advice, unparalleled range of equipment backed by the most comprehensive national service infrastructure available in Southern Africa will ensure you do so efficiently and at the lowest possible cost.

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Dry Cleaning is a specialist field. It requires specialist knowledge, advice and equipment. Lead is the pre eminent supplier of dry cleaning machinery to ‘high street’ dry cleaning stores, commercial laundry facilities and to 5 star hotels throughout Southern Africa. Our wide range of equipment from spotting tables, to Dry Cleaning machines and specialist finishing equipment, together with a comprehensive spares stockholding and qualified technical personnel position us uniquely to offer our customers peace of mind when investing in this business.

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SoftWash® Wet Cleaning is an ecological innovation that is simple to install and smarter for business. Faster than dry cleaning, and with less energy costs, SoftWash® is a non-toxic process that’s ideal for delicate garments and textiles. The result is more cleaning opportunities for you, happier customers and maximum profitability.

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From small Glass washers to Conveyor dishwashers, from 6 to 20 pan Combi Steamers, Range Cooking in 600, 700 and 900mm, high end Refrigeration, Display cabinets and custom stainless steel fabrication to cutlery and crockery. Professional advice from a qualified Chef directly involved in professional Kitchen Design and providing high quality CAD drawings. No customer is too small or too big. Backed by one of Europe’s leading manufacturers with installations in numerous Michelin Star restaurants.

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