About Us

Welcome to RV Smith!

We are an East London based construction company that provides professional and specialist services which include; industrial roofing, factory maintenance, domestic roofing, insulation, waterproofing, fire damage prevention, minor alterations, constructions, skylights, patios, ceilings and partitions!

How it all started

Owners of RV SmithAfter World War 2, Reginald Victor Smith (known affectionately as Vic) came out to South Africa as a qualified slater from Glasgow, England. Following his work on various specialised projects in the country, he opened his own company in 1953.

This company soon became reputable and was responsible for the Mazista slate roofing of many Eastern Cape landmarks such as the SA Perm buildings both in East London and Queenstown, Stirling Primary School, Baysville Secondary School and other domestic roofing projects in the area, as well as the City Baptist Church in Oxford Street and the Stirling Baptist Church in Drake Road.

Roofing & Roof Repair

In 1966, R.V. Smith then branched out into industrial roofing. His company was involved in the roofing and cladding of the grain elevator on the West Bank, the Orient Theatre, Berkshire, Rambler Nash, Cecelia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane and many other factories in the area.

Vic was later joined in the company by his eldest son, Gordon (in 1967), and his youngest son, Stuart (in 1972).

Gordon and Stuart Smith took over the company in 1985 when their dad retired, and together they developed R.V. Smith into the success it is today.

The head office in East London now comprises a workforce of 120 people and 25 vehicles servicing the surrounding areas.

Suspended Ceilings & Other Ceilings

In 1991, R.V. Smith moved to their current premises in Park Close, North End and subsequently opened a ceilings and partitions division.

To date, it has grown into leader in the commercial office layout and refurbishment field, specialising in suspended ceilings, partitioning and computer flooring.

Port Elizabeth Office

In 1993, R.V. Smith cc opened a branch in Port Elizabeth, which now operates as far south as Jeffreys Bay as well as in several other inland towns.

Guaranteed Quality & Professional Service

R.V. Smith cc have been members of the East London Master Builders Association since establishment in 1953. Gordon has served on the Executive Committee for the past 9 years, serving two of these years as Chairman of the association.

We are also members of AAAMSA and the Border Kei Chamber of Business since 1981.

Today, R.V. Smith are approved contractors / applicators for many of the main roofing and waterproofing suppliers who offer up to 10 year guarantees on their systems.

We have become leaders in our field in the Eastern Cape thanks to the support of committed specialised staff who pride themselves in delivering quality services every day – as well as you, our loyal customers.

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