Our History

Established in 1940 and backed by a proud tradition, MSA Africa, part of the global MSA Group, is today southern Africa’s largest manufacturer and distributor of personal protective equipment, specialising in safety products and environmental monitoring instruments for use in industrial, mining and emergency applications. MSA Africa is one of two operating divisions of SAMSAC Africa, a wholly owned subsidiary of SAMSAC Holdings. This relationship allows us access to leading industry products, related technologies and services.

In 1961, MSA Africa became the founding member of the Southern African Protective Equipment Marketing Association (SAPEMA), the representative body of safety equipment manufacturers in South Africa.

In addition to having four permanent members currently on national standards committees related to respirator products, hearing protection and breathing apparatus (SSRs), MSA is also an ad-hoc member of five other statutory committees and the founding member of several other committees that are either SABS, or DMA (Department of Mineral and Energy Affairs)-sponsored.

Throughout the years MSA Africa has kept true to its mission statement:  “That men and women may work in safety and that they, their families, and their communities may live in health throughout the world.”