About Us

William Scott is one of the largest painting and roofing companies in the Eastern Cape and employs over 150 staff throughout its various divisions. Specialising in painting, roofing, reroofing, waterproofing, asbestos removal, shotblasting, concrete repairs, epoxy flooring and industrial property development. William Scott is renowned for their expertise in all their areas of operation, their high standards of safety and training and their longstanding relationships with clients.

The main focus of our work is on large projects originating from the commercial and industrial industries. William Scott is fully equipped to handle all work at heights and over large areas, due to their heavy investment in technology and specialised equipment, and the safety and skills training of their staff. Williams Scott invests in their staff and offers everyone the opportunity to develop their skills further through specialised training in their various areas of expertise, such as industrial spray painting and working at heights. Their teams consist of highly experienced people who are best suited to, and who are certified to do such work.

With more than 70 years in the business, we have built up strong relationships and intimate product knowledge with suppliers such as Plascon Paints, Sika Chemicals, Harveytile, Monier Roofing and many other leading brands, ensuring our clients get the best product for the job, and with cost savings that we can pass onto them.

The company has invested heavily in technology and safety training for working at heights, including imported aerial lifts, swing scaffolds and fixing brackets to suit any structure. We are at the forefront of industrial spray painting application techniques and equipment, enabling us to minimise disruptions to assembly lines when painting in manufacturing plants.

Our approach

A thorough inspection and analysis of the painting requirements is done before pricing options and painting solutions are presented to the client.


We install only the highest quality materials, backed by strong manufacturer warranties and our own workmanship guarantee.


William Scott only uses the highest quality painting preparation and coating products that have proven to be highly durable in our South African climate, for interiors and exteriors in residential, commercial and industrial applications.

All the products used by William Scott have certified quality standards.


William Scott Painting Contractors

William Scott Painters was established in Port Elizabeth in 1948, by William Scott and his wife, Myra. William and Myra settled in Port Elizabeth in 1937, after moving from Aberdeen, Scotland.

After completing his schooling at the age of 14 in 1926, William Scott started an apprenticeship in the painting and decorating industry. The young William proved to be an exceptional talent in all fields of general paintwork, but excelled particularly in wallpapering, textures, glazing, graining and fancy finishes – which were all very popular at the time. It was during his apprenticeship that he met Myra, his wife to be.

The desire for a better quality of life and more opportunities drew the young couple to Port Elizabeth in South Africa, where William first found employment with Charles Heyns in 1937. After finding his feet in the industry, William and Myra started William Scott Painters in 1948 and operated out of a single-roomed office at the bottom of Albany Road. With her typewriter perched on top of a milk crate, Myra managed the admin side of the business, while William managed all the painting and roofing work.

William Scott Painters has steadily grown into the successful and diversified company that it is today, with expertise in painting, roofing, reroofing, waterproofing, shotblasting, spalling, epoxy flooring and industrial property development, and employs over 150 employees in its various divisions.

Today, William Scott Contracts is managed by William and Myra’s son, Cameron Scott (MD), while the roofing division is managed by Winston Geswint, who has been with the company since 1983. Cameron’s sons, Andrew, Duncan and Justin have also all been involved in the third generation family business since 2007, after the passing of their grandfather at the age of 95.


Plascon Preferred Applicator
abe Approved Applicator
Prominent Approved Applicator
Member Of The MBA
Andrew Scott Roofing Division Manager
Waterproofing Division Manager

The advantages of a family business are a sense of pride and heritage, dedication to excellence and to building long-term relationships with clients.

Cameron Scott managing Director
Managing Director

At William Scott we instill a sense of service excellence and customer satisfaction in all our staff.

Cameron Scott managing Director
Managing Director

Contracting is a service industry and our relationships with clients and suppliers are very important to us. I still get phone calls for jobs today from people whom my father had done work for many years ago, based on the excellent service he had given them. We instill the same sense of service excellence and customer satisfaction in all our staff.