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- Founded Since 1850
On any day, 2.5 billion people use Unilever products to look good, feel good and get more out of life – giving us a unique opportunity to build a brighter future.
Over two billion people choose a Unilever product globally on any given day, from feeding their family to keeping their homes clean and fresh. Our brands have been part of everyday life in South Africa for more than a century.
Throughout our history, Unilever has been a purpose-driven company and this spirit has shone through in every step of our journey.
It all started back in 1887, when William Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers, registered the Sunlight trademark in South Africa (SA). Undaunted by a crippling drought that prevailed on his first visit, and an as-yet undeveloped economy, Lever saw a manufacturing future for the country and it wasn’t long before the company set up its first South African factory at Maydon Wharf in Durban in 1911.