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The S.R.L. Katanga Handels Maatschappy was incorporated on December 14, 1910. The capital was fixed at 200,000 francs represented by 4,000 shares of 50 francs. The head office was established in Elisabethville. 

The 4,000 shares were subscribed for by : 

MESSRS. Joseph Bongers, 40 shares; Nicolas-Auguste Boost, 100 shares; Jean Cauwenbergh, 10 shares; Jules Coupez, 20 shares; Paul-Emile De Le Court, 60 shares; Émile De Groulard, 60 shares; Georges De Mesmaecker, 20 shares; Edmond De Heuvel, 60 shares; Jean Hardt, 100 shares; Herman Huybers, 40 shares; Jean-Adolphe-Ide De Wilde, 200 shares; Henri Janssens, 200 shares; Adolphe Landmeters, 100 shares; Pierre Mertens, 20 shares; Arthur Mortelmans, 100 shares; Michel Poels, 100 shares; Léon Rigole, 200 shares; Denis Rom, 20 shares; Hubert Savelkoul, 200 shares; John Schobbens, 100 shares; Jules Stoopen, 60 shares; Jean Timmermans, 100 shares; Joseph Timmermans, 100 shares; François Van den Broeck, 200 shares; Dominique Van der Heyden, 100 shares; Jules Van Tichelen, 40 shares; Henri Van Tichelen, 100 shares; François Van Weyenberghe, 100 shares and Messrs. Henri Janssens, Hubert Savelkoul, Joseph Timmermans, François Van den Broeck, Dominique Van der Heyden, together, both for themselves personally and for a group, 1,450 shares.

On each share, 10% was paid immediately. 

In addition, 1,200 founder's shares were created and retained by the Board of Directors who could dispose of them as they wished.

First Board of Directors


Directors: Messrs. Nicolas-Auguste Hoost; Paul-Émile De Le Court; Émile De Groulard; Jean Hardt; Henri Janssens; Léon Rigole; Hubert Savelkoul; John Schobbens; Jean Timmermans; Joseph Timmermans; François Van den Broeck; Van der Heyden; Henri-François Van Weyenberghe.
Auditors: Messrs. Joseph Bongers; Jean Cauwenbergh; Herman Huybers; 40 Denis Rom.


Creation and operation of commercial and industrial establishments in Congo, the traffic and exchange of goods, both import and export, the purchase, harvest and sale of all products and objects; finally the study and operation of all commercial, industrial and financial affairs that can be exploited in Africa.
In order to achieve its Object, to acquire, rent land, exploit it, build factoring factories, take an interest by way of contribution, subscription or in any way whatsoever in analogous or similar businesses; in a word, to carry out all movable, immovable, commercial or financial operations likely to promote or develop its corporate object or for the best use of its funds.
To merge with other companies having a similar or analogous purpose, subject to a resolution of the general meeting ruling as in the case of amendments to the articles of association (1) (30-1911-p 93 à 102).

Dissolution and liquidation

On June 7, 1920, the EGM decided to dissolve early and liquidate the Company. (30-1920 p 103).


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