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The resilience of the diversified services group was enabled by the company’s widespread portfolio of businesses.

Bidvest owns a vast array of businesses that span diversified services like car dealerships, airlines, toilet hire, banks, real estate, food services and information technology. Now the diversified services or conglomerate business model is no longer in vogue.

It is outmoded and yet since 1988 Bidvest has grown from being a fledgling pet foods dealer to one of the largest companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on the back of the same model. This diversified services model has given it the strength to withstand the shocks from the pandemic and also to weather the adverse economy in its home country and abroad. The company has made a resounding comeback.

Bidvest has gained a worthy reputation for being a value accretive investment for shareholders over the years. Its blue-chip status is well deserved, it …