Our business today

Where we are now

Cheryl and Ian Deetlefs acquired Emprint in September 2012 and on
29 August 2014, the finely-tuned business celebrated its 50th birthday with their staff – the oldest printing company in Zululand. With long-serving staff who have a keen desire to satisfy their customers, the Emprint team has continued to deliver a high standard of printing solutions in good time.

With Emprint and Promo Signs under their wing yet operating out of two separate premises, Cheryl and Ian decided to amalgamate the two businesses to form Emprint CC in 2016, with their single operating location being Brass Street in Empangeni, which is where the business still operates today.

From business cards to billboards and everything in between, Emprint has the branding and printing solution for your personal or business requirements.


Who we are

Today we still hold true to our vision to be the leader in the printing and signage industry, best known for exceptional quality and service excellence.

In order to deliver on this commitment to you, we ensure that

we consistently produce product and services which exceed customer expectations

we keep abreast of changes in technology and the environment in which we do business

we develop and nurture employees that live our values and give their best attention at all times

we build mutually beneficial and respectful relationship with our suppliers.


Our values

Our purpose is to help other businesses and people grow and succeed. We achieve this by adhering to these Core Values:

Best attention • Consistency

Family • Growth and innovation

Trust • Value • Reputation

Honesty • Pride


Humble beginnings

Emprint Press (1964-2016)

In 1964, Molly Dickens and Les Roberts decided that Empangeni needed a print shop, so they opened a little 4m x 3m office with an AB Dick Lithograph printing machine and an ordinary typewriter.

Molly later bought out her partner Les and went out on her own, roping her son Richard to help after school and during school holidays.

Richard Dickens joined the company officially in 1966 and together with his wife Sonja, helped grow the business. After building up and running the company for 46 years, Richard and Sonja retired in August 2012.


The signage addition

Promo Signs (1986-2016)

Promo Signs began in a small Empangeni workshop back in 1986. Originally called Screen O Graphics, the business started as a screen-printing operation. The name changed to Promo Signs and the business became a signage company and since January 2011, Promo Signs has been run as a family business by Ian and Cheryl Deetlefs.

Having effectively traded for over 30 years in the area, Promo Signs has an extensive network of loyal customers, all of whom the Emprint Team are very proud to be associated with.