Couture Genius Steps Away
THE FASHION WORLD has lost one of its most creative sons.
The legendary Yves Saint Laurent passed away in his Paris
home on June 1st.
Laurent has been heralded as “one of the greatest French
fashion designers of the 20th century”.
A Duet of Python and Ostrich
Pythons from the marshlands of Burma and ostriches from the
semi-desert Klein Karoo produce a beautiful duet of texture
with their exotic leather. The skins of different python species
are processed by Camexo, the KLEIN KAROO Group’s tannery
in Port Elizabeth. [read more]
Leg skins to show off withalways
A GOOD PAIR of legs have always been a sight for sore eyes!
The long slender legs of the ostrich is no exception.
When you see the wide variety of colours and finishes
in KLEIN KAROO International’s (KKI) leg skin range,
you will instantly fall in love with this unique leather.
Ostrich leg skins remind one of crocodile leather.
It also comes as somewhat of a surprise
that when leg skins are compared to body leather,
there is a considerable difference. [read more]
Manage to Win
“GOOD HOUSEKEEPING ON the factory floor involves more than
clean floors and dusting of the equipment. The most critical
part of industrial housekeeping
is order. This contributes to higher and safer production of
better quality products at lower cost.
“At KLEIN KAROO International (KKI) we believe that continuous
professional attention to the quality of our ostrich leather is
a prerequisite for sustained international
success. This forms the basis of the inclusive management
plan followed at our tannery in Oudtshoorn,” said KKI: Leather
general manager, Wim van Rooyen. [read more]
Food Evangelist Believes in Ostrich
“IT IS COMMONLY known that I am a great fan of ostrich meat.
Whenever and wherever I get the chance, I don my hat as
“Food Evangelist” and sing the praises of KLEIN KAROO ostrich meat.
I find that most South Africans are a bit cautious of ostrich meat
because they do not know how to prepare it. Most people overcook
ostrich – and then have the cheek to say it is dry and tasteless!
To them I say, “Come for a few lessons”. [read more]
Health is a Heart Issue
HEART DISEASE IS the number one cause of disability
world-wide. In South Africa, more than half of the deaths
that occur between the ages of 35 and 64 are due to cardiovascular
disease. According to Heart Disease in South Africa, a report by
the University of Cape Town’s Department of Medicine, “this figure
is proportionally higher than in the United States and is set
to increase by 41% before 2030”.
Food Hygiene is a Way of Life
“TO PROVIDE THE CONSUMER WITH safe, sound and wholesome meat.”
This is the motto of all role players within the KLEIN KAROO
ostrich meat production chain.
At KLEIN KAROO International (KKI) food safety is non-negotiable.
By applying a quality management system which focuses specifically
on food safety it is possible to produce high quality meat products
on a daily basis. KLEIN KAROO management are not the only ones
striving for optimum food hygiene. It is in fact a philosophy
adhered to by all employees. [read more]
Meat Exports in the Best of Hands
DAILY MONITORING OF temperatures, hygiene and the integrity of
KLEIN KAROO International’s (KKI) ostrich meat at export cold storage
facilities plays an important part in ensuring that meat lovers across
the world have peace of mind.
This is the task of state veterinarian Dr Niek Naudé and his
team at the import and export control offices of the National
Department of Agriculture in the Customs
Building at the Waterfront in Cape Town. [read more]
Passionately Focused on Seed
“ON THE FARM Buffelbosrivier just outside Oudtshoorn Jannie
Lategan is running a small, yet very specialised agricultural
enterprise. No doubt he is one of the best seed producers in
the Klein Karoo. His focused approach ensures him of a better
than average onion seed crop of an extremely high quality, as
well as an excellent income relative to the size of his farm,”
says Pieter Burger, seed advisor at KLEIN KAROO Seed Production,
who has witnessed Jannie’s progress over the past ten seasons. [read more]
Make More Money with Watermelons
SUMMER TIME IS festival and watermelon time in sunny South Africa!
From early December the watermelon
fields between Oudtshoorn and De Rust are astir. It is a hive of
activity as Amie Snyman and his team harvest the revolutionary
new F1 hybrid watermelon
varieties from KLEIN KAROO Seed’s (KKS) Afrigro range.
These are beautiful honey-sweet watermelons
ripened early to ensure the very best prices. [read more]
Group Exceeds R1 Billion Turnover
FOR THE FIRSTtime since its establishment the KLEIN KAROO
Group exceeded the R1 billion mark in 2007. The results
for the financial year were announced
at the Annual General Meeting of the Group at the end of 2007.
The Group has shown a net profit of R25.6 million before
taxation in severely difficult operational conditions
in comparison to R20.5 million during the previous
book year. Payments to the value of R18 million were made to
New Ostrich Feathers for Chateau de Versailles
KING LOUIS XIV, the flamboyant “Sun King”, and
Queen Marie-Antoinette moved into the Chateau de
Versailles in 1682. Shortly after completion of the
building, St. Simon made the odd remark that the King
“only built a little cardboard castle so that he would
no longer have to sleep on his bed of straw” upon which
the King at once acquired golden four-poster beds for both
him and his Queen, the canopies of which were decorated
with ostrich feather arrangements
on each of the four corners. [read more]
Soap Made from Ostrich Oil
Handmade soap from ostrich oil smells great and feels wonderful
on your skin. High in Omega 3, 6 and 9, the ostrich oil
is also non-comedogenic, meaning that it does not clog pores.
In ancient times ostrich oil was used as a cosmetic. It was
effective in the treatment of burns, eczema, psoriasis, dry
skin and many other ailments.
Paris in Love with Feather Boas
Paris Hilton, well-known American model, singer and actress,
proudly shows off the two KLEIN KAROO feather boas she has
received during her recent visit to South Africa.
As part of a publicity tour, Paris paid a visit to the
Jakaranda Children’s Home in Pretoria where she was the
guest of honour at their annual Women’s Day.
Pioneering Lady Sets the Trend for Lovely Boas
CAROL GISELA BARRON is the mother of the modern KLEIN KAROO ostrich
feather boa. In the late 1950s this young lady mastered the art of
learning valuable lessons on behalf of the fashion industry.
It was in their garage where Carol started experimenting with
dyeing the feathers. Her breakthrough
laid the foundation for the Oudtshoorn ostrich feather industry.
Grapes Require Close Attention
“GRAPE PRODUCTION AND SPECIFICALLY TABLE GRAPES require intensive nurturing and the
producer’s personal stamp. One of KLEIN KAROO’s producers
who has already left his mark on the grape export market is
Riaan Steyn. For him and his wife Liza and their children
Anke (10), Cara (8) and baby Lisa, Sipreslaan Towervallei (Pty) Ltd
is a way of life. Their farm is situated about 10 km to the west of
Ladismith along the Laingsburg road at the foot of the picturesque
Towerkop. [read more]
Klein Karoo Sun Shines on Dried Fruit
ALONG THE WELL-KNOWN R62 tourist route between Ladismith and Barrydale you
will find the world-famous Ronnie’s Sex Shop – which is the landmark
to look out for before you turn off to some of the most successful fruit
producers and members of the KLEIN KAROO Group. Approximately nine
kilometres further along this road you will spot a sun-baked blue
corrugated iron roof. This is the JBF Fruit processing plant where
tasty dried fruit from the Little Karoo region is processed for the
local and international markets. [read more]
Farmworker of the Year Awarded
Koos Meiring grew up on the farm Diepkloof of J.W. van der Westhuizen
between De Rust and Barandas. He started working here. Koos wanted to
improve his standard of living and qualified as a welder to establish
his career. Koos returned to the farm where he grew up and started as
a farmworker. He quickly advanced and was included in the managerial
team where he makes a valueable contribution on middle managerial level.
KLEIN KAROO again one of the best
The KLEIN KAROO Group in Oudtshoorn has been appointed one of South Africa’s
Top 300 companies again. The nominations
are done annually by Top Performing Companies, an influential national
business publication. More than 3 000 companies in 150 business sectors
are analysed. According to the editor of the publication, Dick Fletcher,
“the KLEIN KAROO Group emblematises business success and outstanding
entrepreneurship”. [read more]
Robust Baler Offers Huge Savings
ONE OF THE leading Klein Karoo producers, Boetie Potgieter, is
now also a pioneer in his choice of baler technology. The gigantic
new Krone BigPack 1270 VFS baler, which he and his sons, Manie
and HW, use at Seekoegat in the Volmoed district near Oudtshoorn
According to Wilhelm du Preez, sales manager of KLEIN KAROO
Mechanisation, the baler, which is small enough to be propelled
by a 90 kW tractor, is indeed geared for extra big baling. [read more]
Farm Labourers Attend Festival!
During this year’s ABSA Klein Karoo National Arts Festival in
Oudtshoorn farmers were afforded the opportunity to bring their
workers to the Arts Festival and enjoy a KLEIN KAROO ostrich neck
stew at the Garob Village free of charge. The Garob Village was
the brainchild of the Oudtshoorn Women In Business (OWIB). It
was a unique venue where the culture, history and art forms of
the Khoi, the “first peoples in South Africa”, were depicted.
The art of story-telling was phenomenal and emotionally moving. [read more]