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The Manitou Group, of which Manitou Southern Africa is a subsidiary, is a global leading supplier of rough terrain telescopic handlers and forklifts, warehousing equipment, conventional forklifts, skid steer loaders, track loaders, articulated loaders, piggy back forklifts, scissor lifts and articulated access platforms, offering the widest range of construction, agriculture, mining, forestry, warehousing & industrial equipment.

It all began in 1957 when the founder of Manitou, Marcel Braud, invented the world’s first rough terrain fork lift truck, based on a standard farm tractor. Manitou has since grown into a 1.3 Billion Euro a year company, with a proud history of providing the most relevant and reliable solution to their clients.

Manitou Southern Africa was officially established in 1997, although the Manitou brand has had a presence in South Africa for well over 40 years. Over the last decade, Manitou Southern Africa has established itself as a trusted supplier of handling and lifting machinery to the market, and has worked with its customer base to develop specialised pieces of equipment to meet the demands of a variety of applications. The company is the market leader in South Africa in rough terrain equipment.

Manitou Facts

  • Headquarters in France 
  • Invented the rough terrain forklift and telescopic handler
  • 21 Subsidiaries
  • 1,400 dealerships worldwide 
  • Active in over 140 countries
  • Over 500,000 users worldwide
  • 11 dealerships in South Africa and neighbouring countries


We are committed to equal opportunity, transparency and accountability in conducting our business and commit ourselves to the following:


Our primary goal is to provide excellent service with an emphasis on technical and managerial excellence as well as value for money.

Highest Quality

We supply quality products and services to our clients that will satisfy their requirements and provide ongoing knowledge enrichment and improvement.


We create and use opportunities in our business field in a pro-active and responsible manner, value flexibility, innovation and the taking of calculated risks.


We practice the highest level of ethics and discretion in dealing with each other, our clients, our contractors and interested parties.

Mutual Respect

We welcome diversity and acknowledge everyone’s human rights and their ability to make a meaningful contribution.

Team Work

We take mutual responsibility in achieving Manitou’s aims by means of co-operation, communication and participation.







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Andrew Maynard
General Manager: Regional Network
Steve Ryder
Managing Director
Laurika van der Schyff
Financial Manager
Mishen Naidoo
Engineering/Solutions Manager
Nenette Van Der Linde-Barker
HR Partner
Shirley Ramoshaba
Chief Accountant
Michelle Baruffol
Marketing Manager
Tony Sharp
Engineering Project Manager
Werner Steyn
Regional After Sales Manager
Rekha Heeraman
Parts Manageress