Labotec Corporate Video

Grow, Nurture, Evolve | Science & Technology | Southern Africa

This video is a passionate expression of Labotec’s 60 years in Science & Technology as an equipment supplier of laboratory equipment and solutions. Southern Africa has seen an evolution of science activity in this time. Through symbiotic partnerships with scientists, researchers and others in industry, more than half a century has been eventful and challenging. Over the years, the shaping of Labotec’s story is simply a reflection of your scientific story.

Labotec is a Scientific Instrument Supply Company | B-BBEE Level 4 |ISO 9001:2015

Labotec, suppliers of laboratory equipment to sub-Sahara Africa, has a B-BEE Level 4 status, with ISO 9001:2015 accreditation. First established in 1960 as one of the first laboratory supply companies in South Africa, Labotec have partnered with some of the world’s leading brands, bringing the best quality home to help empower laboratories and manufacturers to make more accurate diagnostic decisions, advance research methods and results and improve production performance in diverse fields such as food & beverage, microbiology, chemistry, physics, medical, industrial and pharmaceutical. Labotec technical support offers after-sales service on all our products to ensure that clients receive true value from their investment to operate effectively, efficiently and economically.

The product divisions at Labotec are Medical and General Lab Division. Medical division includes product lines such as centrifuges, ULT freezers, ductless fumehoods, slide stainers, microtomes and autopsy equipment. The General Lab division is complimented with products such as ovens, incubators, furnaces, pH meters, NIR, rotovapors, water purification systems, fat extractors, protein determination and refrigerated circulators.

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Mission Statement

Labotec’s mission is to supply turnkey solutions and innovative products and services to the scientific community. Our products, professional advice and technical support will empower laboratories and manufacturers to make more accurate diagnostic decisions, advance research methods and results, and improve production performance by:

  • Harnessing and delivering international expertise
  • Supplying a complete offering of high quality products and services


Labotec’s vision is to be the best at understanding and satisfying the needs of laboratories and manufacturers in the African region, through evolving partnerships and mutual growth with our clients.

Board of Directors

Dr. Sibongile Gumbi, PH.D.


Dr. Sibongile Gumbi is the Founder and CEO of Smart Biotech, an emerging company established to manufacture animal health vaccines and diagnostics as well as a range of other biological products. She holds a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Cape Town and certificates in finance, intellectual property, and technology management. She has an EMBA from IMD, Switzerland. She has held numerous Executive posts in the area of technology and innovation management. Dr Gumbi serves on the Board of numerous biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and is a Fellow of the 8th class of the African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Ruth Tamer Field


Ruth Field is the Market Access Director for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd in South Africa. She leads the strategic direction of AstraZeneca’s Access Strategy for the AstraZeneca portfolio which includes Health Economics, Pricing and Reimbursement as well as Government Affairs.

Focus Therapeutic areas; Oncology; Cardiovascular; Diabetes; Respiratory

During her extensive (over  25 years) experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry spanning several high impact positions, Ruth has been instrumental in developing and implementing innovative access solutions, achieving optimal pricing reimbursement, other access conditions as well as securing high level Government Affairs engagements.

She is a recognized and active leader in South Africa’s bio pharmaceutical industry serving as the AstraZeneca South Africa Representative with Government officials, industry trade associations, think tanks and influential policy organizations.

She has worked for Novartis, Abbott, Eli Lilly and Merck. Respective Country responsibilities in various roles: Sub Saharan Africa (including South Africa); East Africa; Lusophone countries (Angola and Mozambique).

She served as a trustee on the Board of Love Life in 2018.
She is a Board Member at the Nordic South African Business Association (NSBA).
She is a Board Member at the National  Stokvel Association of South Africa (NASASA)
She supports Stanza Bopape Drop in Centre for children  in Mamelodi
She is a current Shareholder and Board Member at Labotec Holdings South Africa
Interests: Reading; gardening; animals; multi-level marketing; uplifting communities.

Tebogo Brian Van Wyk


An experienced Non-Executive Director with a demonstrated history of working in strategy, project management, management consulting, business development, finance, sales & marketing, and business development with strong problem solving and strategy skills focused in Management and Leadership. Brian is a Non-Executive Director in various businesses in multiple sectors from manufacturing, property, pharmaceuticals and transportation. He holds a B Com Hons, Accounting and CTA from University of Natal, and B Com Accounting acquired from Rhodes University. Brian is currently doing his Master’s Degree.

Executive Members

John Harding

Group CFO

John joined Labotec in 1998, and has held various positions within the business management division including General Manager of Admin and Finance. Since 2014, he has held the position of Administration and Finance Director of Labotec, and recently made the move to CFO of the Batswadi Group, with the acquisition of Labotec in 2018. Academic qualifications include an N-Dip in Cost and Management accounting and FCIS qualification with the institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Melissa Metane

Head of Human Capital

As a Human Resources Leader with more than 15 years of progressive experience in market-leading multinationals in the engineering, IT and construction sectors, one of Melissa’s primary goals has been to follow the advice of Henry Kissinger, “The task of a leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” Her greatest strengths is mentoring and guiding colleagues so they may reach great professional heights. With strong business acumen, focus on result and passion for people, she uses her engaging style to help companies grow by creating strong performance culture, developing talent and building highly motivated teams.

In 2006, she joined state owned energy producer, and advanced through positions of increased authority and decision-making, to her final position as Head of Human Capital for Labotec Pty Ltd. Melissa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management and Certificate in Financial Management from the University of Johannesburg. She is enrolled for her Master of Business Administration in 2022.

Throughout her career Melissa has been a valuable resource and critical link between internal/external customers, management team members, and government and regulatory agencies. Having worked with Board of Directors, CEO’s and within senior leadership teams on strategic initiatives aimed to grow and reshape businesses, she is considered “sharp as a tack”, vision driven, intelligent, intuitive, and extremely tenacious!

Vinesh Pramlall

Head of New Business

Vinesh Pramlall has gained more than 27 years of expertise in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare sectors and retains an academic record of continuous professional development. A business professional, Vinesh has completed long tenures with global industry leaders in OTC, FMCG, Diagnostics and Ethical channels. As a strategy practitioner, Vinesh has led more than a quarter century of product development, pricing and market launch tactics for numerous global brands across the African continent, including championing an international brand (market leader) within the TIMEA-CIS region comprising more than 69 countries.

His commercial approach coupled with business and finance management acumen, has strengthened Vinesh’ capacities for assuming P&L accountability whilst directing complex operations and logistics across multiple territories, all the while ensuring seamless alignment with global brand and regulatory imperatives.
Throughout his career Vinesh has developed and managed highly capable commercial teams in-country and across regions. He is a coach and mentor who instils ethical business conduct and streamlined customer centricity across his areas of responsibility.