The group’s companies have been forced to work harder to secure business, due to cost cutting measures across the entire public and private customer base. The main health and safety business, NOSA, produced solid growth on the back of improved technology platforms, offsetting cutbacks from major international customers. Sebata, the group’s main software and related services business, achieved a remarkable 83% rise in earnings, but overall, the information technology division only improved profits by just less than 50%. The water technology business was unable to fully deliver technology to clients due to cash flow problems from the client’s side, which resulted in abnormally high stock levels. The group is paying attention in investing in its South African developed IP which has proved popular in the local market and is gaining international traction.