• About Us

    • Welcome to Coca-Cola South Africa, the company that does the most for community upliftment and is the home of South Africa’s favourite brand. It is the mission of TheCoca-Cola Company to refresh the world, inspire moments of optimism and happiness, create value and make a difference. Here you’ll find everything you want to know about the Coca-Cola business in our country, from our bottling partners and brands, to our leadership and sustainability programmes.

      South Africa is the largest Coca-Cola market in Africa and consistently ranks among the best performing countries in the world of Coca-Cola. This impressive position is made possible by the hard work and commitment of our four bottlers, our canning operation as well as our employees, whose main vision is to benefit and refresh the people of South Africa.

      We’re proud to be a business unit of the Coca-Cola Eurasia and Africa Group, which is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey. TheCoca-Cola Company has operations in more than 200 countries around the world and serves its beverages at a rate of 1.8 billion every day.

      Working together with our bottling partners, we work to consistently deliver value to our customers—the grocers, retailers, vendors, spazas and tuck shop owners—across South Africa. TheCoca-Cola Company owns the brands, and our bottling partners produce, package, distribute and merchandise our products worldwide.

      In South Africa, The Coca-Cola System (our Company and bottling partners) employs approximately 9,000 employees and has 15 facilities. Learn more about our bottling system.

      Visit our global corporate website to learn more about TheCoca-Cola Company.

  • History

    • The Beginning—Atlanta, Georgia

      It was 1886, and in New York Harbour, workers were constructing the Statue of Liberty. Eight hundred miles away, another great American symbol was about to be unveiled.

      Like many people who change history, Dr John Pemberton, a pharmacist from Atlanta, Georgia, was inspired by simple curiosity. One afternoon, he stirred up a fragrant, caramel-coloured liquid, and when it was done, he carried it a few doors down to Jacobs’ Pharmacy. Here, the mixture was combined with carbonated water and sampled by customers who all agreed: this new drink was something special. Jacobs’ Pharmacy then put it on sale for five cents per glass.

      Pemberton’s bookkeeper, Frank Robinson, named the mixture Coca-Cola, and wrote it out in his distinct script—called Spencerian script. To this day, Coca-Cola is written the same way.

      In the first year, Pemberton sold just nine glasses of Coca-Cola per day. A century later, TheCoca-Cola Company has produced more than 10 billion gallons of syrup and sells over 1.8 billion servings per day worldwide.

      Unfortunately for Pemberton, he died in 1888 without realising the success of the beverage he had created. For the next three years, Atlanta businessman Asa Griggs Candler worked to secure rights to the business. In 1891, he bought these rights for a total of about $2,300 and became the Company’s first president, and the first leader to bring real vision to the business and the brand.

      In South Africa, the first Coca-Cola was sold in the 1930s. The Coca-Cola Export Corporation appointed Messrs Goldberg and Zeffert in Johannesburg as the first concessionaire bottler in South Africa, and shipped syrup to them from the U.S. In 1938, Coca-Cola was introduced to Cape Town in the form of fountain syrup in the Waldorf Café, St George’s Street. By 1940, there were operations in Benoni, Durban, Pretoria and Cape Town.

      Today, the company sells 25 sparkling and still brands in SA, in partnership with four bottling partners: Peninsula Beverages, ABI, Coca-Cola Shanduka Beverages SA and Coca-Cola Fortune.
      The Coca-Cola System in South Africa operates 17 facilities and employs approximately 9,000 employees.

  • Leadership

    • Welcome to the leadership section of the Coca-Cola South Africa website. Here you can find out more about the leadership team of one of South Africa’s most successful companies.

      Since our first soda fountain sales in 1886, TheCoca-Cola Company has been a driver of marketplace innovation and an investor in local economies. Today we lead the beverage industry with more than 3,500 beverage products—including four of the world’s top-five sparkling brands. But while our business opportunities are enormous, it is our people who have made Coca-Cola the worldwide success it is now and who have made our beverages local favourites in the more than 200 countries we serve.

      South Africa is TheCoca-Cola Company’s largest African market, and our leadership team continually strives to innovate in the ways in which we delight our consumers, deliver value for our customers and make a positive and meaningful difference in our communities.

      Therese Gearhart, leads the Coca-Cola South Africa business and joined the Business Unit in March 2012. Her 13 years of experience with Coca-Cola and her 25 years of general management experience position her well to enable our franchise system to achieve our 2020 Vision goals.

      Stay a while, click around and gain some insight about the men and women responsible for guiding TheCoca-Cola Company and bringing the refreshing taste of Coca-Cola to South Africa.


Coca-Cola employs more than 700,000 people worldwide

If you are interested in employment opportunities at
TheCoca-Cola Company, visit our careers section to view opportunities in your region.

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