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We are operational through Lockdown

We are proud to be an essential services provider to, amongst others, the health- and food industry, during the 21-day COVID-19 Lockdown from 27 March – 16 April 2020.

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Experienced Lead / Speed Queen technician moves to George

Our new satellite technical office in the Garden Route is open! Our experienced Speed Queen technician, Mike Sinclair, has moved to George.

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Pressed In Time Kloof – Soft Wash® Excitement for local laundry.

Having recently met with a start up laundry, Pressed In Time Kloof, we were afforded the opportunity to work with Gloria and her dedicated team in implementation of the class leading Wet Cleaning System, Soft Wash®.

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World-class Mediclinics get brand-new Laundries

LEAD is proud to have equipped the brand new Mediclinic facility in Stellenbosch as well as the newly refurbished Mediclinic Vergelegen with state-of-the-art laundries.

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Gary Yallup – Our Laundry Industry Legend

We are so proud to be associated with the Yallup family and would like publicly to thank Gary for his tremendous service loyalty and commitment to the industry, and for inspiring us all to be better people. And we wish his daughter Selkii huge success in her musical career going forward.

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Wet Cleaning Workshops Demonstrate the SoftWash® Process

We invite you to attend one of our free workshops where we physically demonstrate and explain the process and answer all your questions.

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Genuine Parts. The strongest link in your business.

A laundry machine is only as good as its weakest part. In this business, strong equipment is everything. If you’re looking for an edge, the only answer is Genuine Parts. Each part is designed and engineered specifically, fits better and lasts longer than the competition.

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Welcome Vincent Dawson, Africa Business Development Manager

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

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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.

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St Thomas Children’s Home gets a New Speed Queen Washer

St Thomas Children’s Home was in urgent need of a washing machine for their in-house laundry, so that they could wash the bedding and clothing of their 55 children.

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UCT partners with Lead + Saves 100 litres / wash

UCT are in the process of upgrading laundry equipment across all residences in an effort to save water and electricity. Their new Speed Queen commercial front load washers and dryers will save the university residences around 100 litres of water for every wash cycle + around 1.1kWh for every drying cycle.

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SABS Laundry Standard | June 2018

New regulations governing the laundry industry are about to be announced. Once adopted, they will significantly affect the vast majority of laundries in South Africa.

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Lead’s Cape Town office has moved!

Find us at our newly built offices: 37 Columbus Crescent, Rivergate Business Park, Parklands. Our contact numbers remain the same: Tel: +27 (0)21 527 4020 | Fax: +27 (0)86 522 3631 . CLICK TO VIEW MAP

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Alliance Laundry Systems : One of Lead’s principle equipment partners

Alliance is one of Lead Laundry and Catering’s principle equipment partners, manufacturing Lead’s key Speed Queen product range, as well as IPSO, Unimac and Primus laundry equipment. Our relationship spans over 3 decades.

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Speed Queen® Wins Award : Top Load Washer of 2017/18 in Australia

Consumers in Australia love the Speed Queen AWNA62 top load washer. Their reviews helped the model win the 2017 Award in the “Top Loading Washing Machines” category. This is the second-straight year Speed Queen’s top load washer has won the award.

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Women’s Month Focus: Sivu Mongo of Ziyahlanjwa Laundry in Khayelitsha

Sivu Mongo is the entreupeneur and business woman behind the successful Ziyahlanjwa Laundry in Khayelitsha.

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Giving Back on Mandela Day #ActionAgainstPoverty

In the spirit of Mandela Day, we sent Speed Queen technicians out to Children’s homes throughout South Africa, to service their washers and dryers.

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Women’s Month Focus: Lessa Gordon of ‘Wash World’ Sea Point

We’re celebrating this month, because women like Lessa Gordon make us feel so! Lessa is no stranger to the Lead family; her laundry – one of the very first opened in Sea Point in 1985 is fuelled by Speed Queen and Girbau machines.

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Cult Following for Speed Queen in the Home Environment

On Friday March 3rd, the Speed Queen brand was featured in an article on the Money.com website. The article states that Speed Queen owners “can’t stop raving about their washing machines”.

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Meet Lihan Pretorius – sought after rugby ref, theatre enthusiast and lawyer extraordinaire

Lihan Pretorius is an individual you’re likely to be hearing more about in the years to come. As Lead Laundry and Catering’s Commercial Manager and Head of Legal, we relish this opportunity to shout out about our friend and colleague, who shines a light wherever he goes – whether in all matters legal, in the field of drama, or as an up and coming rugby referee where we believe he is set to take South African Rugby Refereeing by storm.

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Bosele House for Orphaned Children gets its first Washer!

We received this heartwarming email from Penelope McEniry, fundraiser and supporter of Bosele House, hostel for orphans in the Moshaweng Valley near Laxey, Kalahari.
“Just imagine washing the bed linen, towels and other items for over 30 residents by hand…”

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Veterans Day – Then and Now

This month we celebrated 20 years in our JHB offices. We are so proud of the fact that 44% of the then 34 staff remain with us 20 years later.

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Testimony to Speed Queen Washing Machine’s Durability

This is an amazing story! Kathy Pederson wrote to tell us about her Speed Queen washing machine that survived Johannesburg’s November 2016 floods. This is what she had to say…

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Northern Cleaners “Service for Every Customer”

Northern Cleaners is an industrial laundry servicing restaurants, hospitals, hotels… and dry cleaning for the public in Johannesburg. Northern Cleaners has earned a reputation for its high quality and a service that covers 100% of the requirements of the most demanding customers.

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Food & Hospitality Africa 2016

Food & Hospitality Africa 2016 Lead’s experience at the 2016 Food and Hospitality Africa show has been nothing short of exceptional. With…

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‘Lead’-ing the way in Namibia

We are pleased to announce that our new offices in Windhoek are open! Lead is the very first equipment supplier in Namibia to be entirely dedicated to and focussed only on the professional laundry, catering and dry cleaning sector – It’s all we do.

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Efficient Laundry Management by Jensen. See what’s possible!

A&M Basse Meuse in Belgium is equipped with JENSEN’s latest innovations that enable the textile rental company to manage the laundry efficiently and precisely.

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Extreme Testing of Commercial Washers and Dryers

Speed Queen laundry equipment is pushed beyond its limit to ensure unmatched durability and reliability. See the test lab in…

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OPTidry™ – Cutting-edge OPL Over-dry Prevention Technology

Speed Queen’s Over Dry Prevention Technology (OPT) is the industry benchmark when it comes to Industrial On-Premise Tumble Driers. It…

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South African Laundry Heroes

These Laundry Heroes are Speed Queen equipped. After hearing about Ziyahlanjwa Laundry Services winning the award on Cape Talk Radio…

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ECO Launderers in Harare – a World Class Laundry Business

Jim Fletcher, Business Development Manager LLC Africa, spoke to Alex Chaumbwa, Laundry Manager, about this facility.

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New Technical Offices opened in PE and Rustenburg

Lead are proud to announce that new technical offices have been opened in Port Elizabeth and Rustenburg. “Port Elizabeth has…

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The Speed Queen® Difference

At Speed Queen®, we practically invented tough. And we know exactly what it means to be commercial-grade. The washers and dryers we build are designed for long-lasting performance in laundromats, hospitals, hotels, educational institutions, military bases and many other commercial applications. Read more >

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All in a Day’s Work!

Here’s a funny story, written by one of our agents… Good Morning Sunshine! Thought I’d share some of my day…

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Girbau Receives Top Environmental Award for Equipment

A long time equipment partner of Lead – Girbau Group recently received the Carles Ferrer Salat award for the Environment….

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Alliance Laundry Completes Acquisition of Primus Laundry Equipment Group

Lead Laundry and Catering (Pty) Ltd and Alliance Laundry Systems have a relationship spanning 3 decades. Alliance manufacture Lead’s key…

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