Handbags full of beauty
OSTRICH LEATHER KEEPS UP with the times. It is modern, fresh and compatible with the latest
fashions, yet timeless and durable. It is a favourite among the world’s leading fashion houses
and manufacturers of fashion accessories. It is a woman’s best friend.
For hundreds of years the handbag was used solely as a “work bag”, made of a wide variety of
materials and in different styles, depending on the wearer’s social status.
After the First World War the corset disappeared from the fashion scene and women could enjoy
more physical freedom. [read more]
Department plays major role in the industry
As a world leader, the South African ostrich industry needs to ensure that standards are set
and maintained, but the industry cannot do this on its own. It is dependent on the South
African Department of Agriculture, especially in terms of meat exports.
The ostrich industry’s international trading partners, such as the EU countries, have
stringent animal-health and food-safety standards and prescribed procedures that has to be
met. [read more]
Innovation paves the way
THE ANTEPRIMA EXHIBITION in Milan, Italy, is a meeting-place for all the who’s who of the
Innovation is what drives selection for this show. Only manufacturers of leather, synthetic
materials, fashion accessories and shoes whose creative ideas are a cut above the rest will
qualify to exhibit their products here. [read more]
It’s not inside! It’s on top!
JUST AS WONDERFUL as it would be to enjoy your favourate fruit, freshly picked and juicy ripe
every day of the month, it is now possible to take tasty KarooCuisine shanks from your kitchen
shelf and serve them any day of the year.
With the latest food technology KarooCuisine’s delicious, tender lamb shanks can be stored
for almost a year in a moderate environment at 25 °C on a shelf, rather than in the fridge
or freezer. [read more]
Ostrich: the exotic taste on modern menus
“OSTRICH MEAT IS exotic. It is entirely in a class of its own and can be correctly classified
as a typical South African product,” says Letitia Prinsloo, founder and principal of the
Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA) at Spier Wine Estate near Stellenbosch, Western Cape.
There is a vibrant and growing groundswell of
interest in food, and the ICA is at the cutting edge of training and developing chefs to cater
for every aspect of the culinary arts. [read more]
Carnival in Rio
THE TITLE OF champion is enough! There is no special prize for the winner. However, the
celebrations, dancing, colour and mirth, thousands and thousands of ostrich feathers and
long days of fun and music make the street carnivals of South America an unforgettable
For thousands of years people have been adorning themselves and dancing to pay tribute
to their gods. This is also the reason why the Roman Catholic Church recognises the
world-renowned Rio Street Carnival as an official celebration that takes place 40 days
before the fast which precedes Easter. [read more]
Ostrich biltong soon available country-wide
Tasty ostrich biltong will soon be launched countrywide under the KLEIN KAROO banner.
Although KLEIN KAROO’s ostrich biltong has for decades been offered for sale at the Group’s
own agri supermarkets and butchers and is also packaged by Woolworths, this popular snack
has never been marketed under the Group’s own trademark in the retail sector.
“In our choice of recipes for the new KLEIN KAROO biltong range we focused specifically
on the consumer patterns of biltong and droëwors lovers and are fully aware of their
preferences. [read more]
AQUA-WEED ensures excellent plant growth
AFRIGRO AQUA-WEED promotes healthy root growth, exuberant foliage and quality flowers and
AQUA-WEED IS A dry, concentrated water-soluble seaweed extract and serves as a highly
effective growth stimulant for agricultural crops and home gardens.
AQUA-WEED is manufactured from Ascophyllum or brown kelp which is found in the cold
North-Atlantic Ocean and the Russian Arctic Ocean. Given the legion of nutrients it
contains, it is harvested on a large scale for use in speciality fertilisers and health
supplements for people. [read more]
Bees are key to good seed production
BEES ARE INDISPENSABLE as pollinators of fruit trees, vegetable seed and sunflowers.
This insect is the key to a successful crop.
For vegetable seed growers in South Africa, the months of October and November are
very important – this is pollination time. The outcome of months of hard work (two
years in the case of onion seed) and high input costs depends on the work of the
honey-bee during these two months.
Many vegetable seed growers and advisers know the
frustration caused by poor pollination or bees that don’t do their work. [read more]
Suitability of new cultivars well evaluated
For every vegetable and maize grower it is of vital importance to achieve the best yield
for every field. The agronomists and technicians of K2Agri, one of the latest trademark
additions to KLEIN KAROO Seed:Marketing, do everything possible to ensure producers of
the best products and service. Continual experimentation and evaluation is a prerequisite
in the competitive seed industry.
K2Agri is KLEIN KAROO Seed’s trade mark for agricultural and grazing crops. [read more]
Irrigation is worth gold to the producer
“IRRIGATION PLANNING IS AN ART. In the long term an inappropriate design could cost the
client a lot of money, resulting in unsuccessful production and water wastage,” says Jan
Koegelenberg of KLEIN KAROO Irrigation.
In the Little Karoo, where water is not only scarce but reservoirs are few and far
between, irrigation management on the farm is vital.
The work done by the KLEIN KAROO Group’s irrigation team forms the main artery of each
client’s farming operation. [read more]
Agri Klein Karoo is best in Western Cape
Each member’s co-operation is essential and much appreciated
The local district agricultural association (DAA), Agri Klein Karoo (AKK), was named the
most effective association in the Western Cape this year. The chairman of AKK, Hein Jonker,
accepted the trophy for this outstanding achievement at the Agri Western Cape Annual
Congress held at the Goudini spa near Worcester.
All the agri-associations in the Little Karoo, the majority of whose members are also
producers of the KLEIN KAROO Group, are affiliated with the AKK. [read more]
First LandMark opens in Ladismith
SHOPPING WILL NEVER be the same again in Ladismith.
The KLEIN KAROO Group’s Ladismith trade branch recently became part of the new
national concession group that makes shopping in rural towns a friendly and hassle-free
LandMark Ladismith is a first for the Western Cape and is also the very first LandMark
in South Africa that specifically serves a farming community. [read more]
Learn from the past and diversify
Diversification – the art is not to put all your eggs in one basket.
“WE HAVE A UNIQUE industry of which we can be justly proud. The relationships and systems
that have been established in recent years bring responsibilities but also reduce our risks
considerably. We must learn from the mistakes of the past and ensure that we do not repeat
Thus says Viljee Keller, chairman of the South African Ostrich Business Chamber (SAOBC),
the Western Cape
Ostrich Producers’ Association (WCOPA), the South African Ostrich Organisation (SAOO) and the
SA Lucern Trust. [read more]
Ostrich industry part of trade mission to Moscow
The South African Department of Trade and Industry recently undertook an extensive trade
mission to Moscow. Anton Kruger, chief executive officer of the South African Ostrich
Business Chamber (SAOBC), was part of the mission. The department had invited 26 commodity
branches and commodity organisations to look into the market potential for different
South African products in Russia.
The SAOBC found that a segment of Moscow’s 10 million people had a need for healthy
meat. Ostrich meat could help to meet this demand. [read more]
The Klein Karoo is well suited for olives
WITH A WORLD-WIDE shortage of olive oil, it is not strange that olive oil production is
becoming very attractive to producers in the Little Karoo region. This region’s Mediterranean
climate, winter rainfall and hot, dry summers are ideal for growing olives.
Although the South African olive industry has made
great advances in the past 10 years in terms of cutting-
edge farming technology and oil-extracting and blend-
ing methods, producers are still unable to meet local demand. [read more]
Jurie Schoeman: Klein Karoo pioneer says farewell
One of the pioneers of the modern ostrich industry and an experienced wine-maker,
Jurie Schoeman of the farm Excelsior at Vlakteplaas, passed away on 19 September.
He was 79 years old.
Jurie led by example on his farm and in the community. In his younger days Jurie
played a leading role in the ostrich and wine industry and remained an active producer
of the KLEIN KAROO Group until the end. He also served on the board of the Group from
1979 to 1996. [read more]
Meerkats are very valuable to farmers
OUDTSHOORN IS WELL-KNOWN for its ostriches but recently the wild meerkats of this area
became the new super stars on BBC and Discovery Channel. They are also the latest tourist
attraction of the Klein Karoo. The Kansa fossilized river bed, home of the Meerkat Magic
Conservation Project, is an area well suited for these shy animals unique to Africa.
This project, steered by Grant McIlrath, is the only one in the world where wild meerkats
are studied up close. None of the study animals are ever fed, captured or handled. [read more]
Farming and tourism – a successful combination
(Eco-tourism and farming – a lucrative combination, provided that you
identify and exploit the possibilities offered by your piece of earth in this beautiful
part of the country).
IN THE PAST few decades the Klein Karoo has been developing to its full potential as a
guest-farm destination. The natural beauty and diverse game species found here attract
thousands of tourists. As one of only 21 international floral conservation areas, the
environment is also of great interest to succulent plant lovers. [read more]