e-Africa Holdings Limited is a 100% citizen-owned public company incorporated in Botswana and controls four companies: BMS (Pty) Ltd, Office Technique (Pty) Ltd, RangeCom (Pty) Ltd, Hybrid Systems (Pty) Ltd and BMS Properties (Pty) Ltd.
BMS is the leading supplier of office products, stationery, office furniture, office automation and related technology in Botswana. BMS represents some of the best known brands in its sector, including Konica Minolta, Océ, Canon, Waltons, Hortors, Cecil Nurse, Dauphin, Pago and Global Payment Technologies. Every BMS branch has a fully equipped digital printing centre which offers a complete range of printing services.
Office Technique is the exclusive distributor and authorised service provider for Konica Minolta devices and trades as Konica Minolta Botswana.
RangeCom is involved in the wholesale distribution of various office brands. The company operates as a distributor, importer and exporter for almost every aspect of office requirements.
Hybrid Systems specialises in access control, CCTV and asset tracking.
BMS Properties is responsible for overseeing and managing the property assets of the group.
1971 - 1979
BMS started to import its own paper from Thailand. The paper, Double A, is of a superior quality to paper currently available in Botswana. BMS also started importing UniBind from Belgium. UniBind consists of thermal binding as well as your regular spiral binding. UniLam consists of all laminating products and consumables.
e-Africa purchased BMS, its buildings and assets, having assessed BMS as the business with the most potential for expansion in its field apart from being the longest-standing business of its kind in Botswana (at that time 30 years).
RangeCom was formed under the e-Africa group. It was established for the sole purpose of sourcing quality products for BMS with the added benefit of being able to distribute non-service related products such as stationery and art supplies to small Batswana-owned traders throughout Botswana.
e-Africa Holdings Limited was registered in order to grow a group of powerful information technology, office equipment, supplies and service companies.
BBMS was renamed BMS. The Botswana “B” was dropped and the company traded as Business Machine Services. Since then the company changed ownership and in doing so forfeited some of its agencies.
BBMS became the only player in this industry in Botswana, being appointed by all the major branded suppliers as their choice of dealer. These brands consisted of Océ, Ozalid, Helios, Olivetti, AB Dick, Roneo Vickers, Konica Minolta, Nashua, Sharp, Canon, Phillips, Rotring and Parker.
A branch was opened in Francistown and Lobatse.
BBMS employed its own trucks to collect and deliver equipment, stationery and furniture from South Africa to its operations on a bi-weekly basis in order to maintain efficiency and the delivery expectations of its clients.
Entrepreneur Des Cloete established Botswana Business Machine Services (Pty) Limited.
BBMS played a major role in the supply of office equipment, furniture, stationery, air conditioning, carpeting, office partitioning, printers, copiers, engineering, surveying and support/maintenance.