Corporate Social Responsibility

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The history and success of Rooibos Ltd is deeply intertwined with that of our community and its people. As such, we are powerfully committed to giving back. As a company, we strive to add value to our community and our employees on a practical and tangible basis, through sponsorships in the fields of sports, the arts and academics. We believe that a healthy body nurtures a healthy mind and actively support initiatives in our community within these fields.

Scroll through our latest CSR initiatives below:

Our Community

Rooibos Limited renews sponsorship of the Clanwilliam Chess Club

After a roaring year for the Clanwilliam Chess Club, Rooibos Limited has decided to renew its sponsorship of the club. 
 
Although the club is only 2 years old, they have already secured a myriad of accolades. This includes hosting 2 SA-grade tournaments in Clanwilliam, participating in the SA national chess tournament and winning the West Coast Chess Open tournament in 2021.
 
We are proud to be involved with this organisation and we look forward to seeing what they will accomplish throughout 2022.
 
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Bowls enjoyed by many in Clanwilliam

Bowls is one of the most popular sporting events enjoyed by young and old in Clanwilliam throughout the year. Rooibos Limited and our employees always take up opportunities to get involved in this sport in the community.
 
Each year, the Clanwilliam Bowls Club hosts its annual “Rol & Jol” event, where local residents, business people and visitors are invited to join in the festivities and try their hand at a few rounds of bowls. 
 
Rooibos Limited and our bowls teams are usually seen as serious competition at this event! Four of our employees are also club members of the Bowls Club. They are  Netaneël Hesselman, Eden Syster, Jaco van Rooy and Jason Bumberley.

New mobile clinic heading to remote Rooibos farms to aid workers

A partnership between Twinings, an international tea company based in the UK, and the Pebbles Project, a registered NPO, has been formed to provide access to healthcare services in remote areas through a mobile health clinic. The partnership is part of ‘Sourced with Care’, which is Twinings’ responsible sourcing programme. 

The mobile health service will support around 800 farm workers and their children on a number of UTZ-certified Rooibos tea farms in the Clanwilliam and Citrusdal area with wellness screenings, routine health check-ups, primary healthcare support, health and wellness workshops and over-the-counter health products. Health workshops will be presented on topics such as family planning, maternal health, hygiene, TB and HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and lifestyle diseases.

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Rooibos Limited sponsors Rooibos Iced Tea at the Brandkop MTB & Trail Run 2022

Rooibos Limited was approached by the organisers of the Brandkop MTB & Trail Run event for a sponsorship. We decided to take up the opportunity and sponsored Rooibos Instant Iced Tea Sachets, which were placed in the goodie bags that participants received upon registration.
We encouraged participants to visit House of Rooibos in Clanwilliam for the ultimate Rooibos experience.
 
Click here to visit their Facebook page.
Rooibos Limited makes a donation to Delicious Rugby Club
 

Rooibos Limited again made a donation to Delicious Rugby Club – a local sport organisation in Clanwilliam. We have been involved with the club for many years and we were delighted to once again support them.

The club has expressed their gratitude towards Rooibos Limited. After the advent of COVID-19 and bans on contact sport, the donation comes as a welcome relief to the club.

The donation included new training shirts, rugby jerseys and shorts. 

Click here to read more in Ons Kontrei.

Rooibos Limited supports a local chess club
 

Rooibos Limited recently decided to support the local Clanwilliam Chess Club by means of a donation.

The funds have been used to purchase essential items for the chess players, many of which are school pupils, to aid them in getting the exposure and practice they need to excel at the various chess tournaments that the club participates in.

Among other things, the club now has access to clocks that players use to time their games, new chess boards and a demonstration board, which is used when experts train new players on advanced chess moves.

Click here to read more in Ons Kontrei.

 

Rooibos Ltd sponsors sports teams at Augsburg Agricultural Gymnasium
 

Rooibos Limited is deeply committed to developing the community and investing in our youth. That’s exactly why we decided to sponsor several sports teams at Augsburg Agricultural Gymnasium this year.

Augsburg is located in Clanwilliam, which is also home to our headquarters and the heart of Rooibos tea production in the world! Some of the teams that have been sponsored by Rooibos Limited include the school’s first rugby and netball teams.

With our contribution, we hope to enable the young sports stars to reach new heights and take part in sporting events across the country so that they can showcase their skill.

Rooibos Ltd sponsors Rooibos2Muisbos MTB Challenge

Rooibos Ltd was the proud title sponsor of the first Rooibos2Muisbos MTB held in perfect weather on Saturday, 27 July 2019. A total of 400 mountain bikers entered for either the 112 km (starting at Clanwilliam) or the 38 km challenge (starting in Graafwater). Both events finished at Muisbosskerm, which is approximately 5 km outside Lambert’s Bay.

The event organiser, Albert de Bruijn, was satisfied with the overall number of entries for both events. Various local mountain bike enthusiasts also participated in the event. “We have the infrastructure and we have the scenery. And we are grateful to have Rooibos Ltd on board as sponsor. We will now build on this experience to offer an even bigger event in 2020.”

Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd, said the sponsorship of this sports event fitted in the company’s philosophy of promoting a healthy lifestyle by drinking Rooibos. ‘Over and above serving as a marketing event for Rooibos Ltd, the MTB also boosted tourism in the area and supported local businesses. May this be the first of many such events.’

Our Employees

News staff members join the Rooibos Limited team
 
Rooibos Limited has recently appointed several new staff members as part of our team. We are excited to welcome them to our company and we truly believe that they will make a lasting difference and impact on our daily operations.
 
These new employees are Cristeline Hull, Suré Mostert and Natasha Farmer:
 
Cristeline has been employed as a Receptionist at Rooibos Limited. Previously, she worked at a law firm as a secretary where she gained extensive experience in the field. She also holds a diploma in public sector management. According to her, her strengths are her honesty, patience and sincerity. 
 
Suré has been employed as a Financial Officer at Rooibos Limited. She has been working in various financial management roles since she first started her professional life. She enjoys working in a structured way, where things are organised and accessible. Outside of work, she enjoys art, horse riding and plants.
 
Natasha works at Rooibos Limited as a Logistics Clerk. She worked at Rooibos Limited in the same department previously and we were thrilled to welcome her back. According to her, the best part about her job is that each day holds new challenges that require her skill and knowledge in order to ensure that they are solved efficiently.
 
We wish all three of them well on their journeys at Rooibos Limited. 
 
Photo: Cristeline Hull, Suré Mostert and Natasha Farmer.
Rooibos Limited celebrates long-service employees:
 
Rooibos Limited is fortunate in that we have some immensely dedicated people on our team. They are our greatest asset and that’s exactly why we make a point of formally thanking those who have been with the Rooibos Ltd family for a number of years.
 
We recently awarded long-service awards to those employees who have been with us from 5 to 35 years! Henriëtta Boois received an award for 5 years of service. Cecil Wiese and Liezel Fransman were congratulated for 10 years with Rooibos Limited. Renaldo Sampson and Mario Brummer both received recognition for 15 years of service. Gerda de Wet received an award for a spectacular 35 years at the company!
 
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Photo: At the back is Cecil Wiese, Mario Brummer, Gerda de Wet and Henriëtta Boois. In the front is Liezel Fransman and Renaldo Sampson.
Rooibos Limited gives recognition to long-service employees:
 
Rooibos Limited is fortunate to have some incredibly dedicated individuals on our team. As such, we regularly take the time to thank and reward employees for their longstanding service and commitment to the company.
 
We recently awarded long service awards to a number of employees who have worked for the company anywhere between 10 and 40 years! 
 
These staff members include Johannes Fransman, Cornelis Swartz, Jeané Huisamen, Karlien van der Spuy, Desmond Hendriks, Gert van Rooy & Granville Booysen.
 
Thank you, from all of us at Rooibos Limited.

Bowls enjoyed by many in Clanwilliam

Bowls is one of the most popular sporting events enjoyed by young and old in Clanwilliam throughout the year. Rooibos Limited and our employees always take up opportunities to get involved in this sport in the community.
 
Each year, the Clanwilliam Bowls Club hosts its annual “Rol & Jol” event, where local residents, business people and visitors are invited to join in the festivities and try their hand at a few rounds of bowls. 
 
Rooibos Limited and our bowls teams are usually seen as serious competition at this event! Four of our employees are also club members of the Bowls Club. They are  Netaneël Hesselman, Eden Syster, Jaco van Rooy and Jason Bumberley.

Rooibos Limited honours long-service employees

Rooibos Limited has been the preferred supplier of Rooibos to the world since 1954. Since its modest beginnings, this company has been honouring their hard-working employees while creating a productive work environment.

Each year, the management team at Rooibos Limited awards their long-service employees with trophies in appreciation of their dedicated service.

Rooibos Limited has honoured staff who have completed 10, 20, or 40 years of uninterrupted service at their headquarters in Clanwilliam.

Karlien van der Spuy, Accountant of the Financial Department, has been with the company for 10 years.

Employees who have been with Rooibos Limited for 20 years include Granville Booysen, Boiler Operator of the Plant Maintenance Department; and Cornelis Swartz, Supervisor of the Processing Department.

Gert van Rooy, Factotum and Handy Man at Rooibos Limited, has been with the company since 1981 – an incredible 40 years.

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Many long-service employees honoured

Since 1954, Rooibos Limited has been the preferred supplier of Rooibos to the world. Since its modest beginnings, this company has gained a wealth of experience in the production and development of Rooibos into a wide range of products.

Each year, the management team at Rooibos Limited awards their long-service employees with trophies in appreciation of their dedicated service.

This year, Rooibos Ltd acknowledges 14 employees who have been with the company for at least five years.

“The idea behind the awards is to show our appreciation to our hard-working employees,” Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Limited, said.

“Long-service awards are important because there is a correlation between a company’s stability and the number of long-serving employees working there. These employees help to carry forward the institutional knowledge of Rooibos Limited. We are proud of them,” De Wet added.

Rooibos Limited has honoured staff who have completed 5, 10, 25, or 30 years of uninterrupted service at their headquarters in Clanwilliam.

Amanda Theron, Company Secretary at Rooibos Limited, has been with the company since 1990 – an incredible 30 years.

Employees who have been with Rooibos Limited for 25 years include Charmaine Arangie, Laboratory Assistant of the Quality Control Division; Herman Kotzé, Quality Controller of the Quality Control Division; Pieter Brandt, Operator of the Processing Division and Shafiek Boer, Team Leader of the Packaging Division.

Mthuthuele Ndlebe and Zolisa Funani, Operators of the Green Rooibos Processing division have been with the company for 10 years.

Andriëtte Muller, HR Manager; Danie Peens, Senior Maintenance Officer; Gerhard Kotze, Operator of the Processing Division; Jakob Louw, Maintenance Officer; Marcello Coetzee, Maintenance Officer; Petrus Jansen, Research Assistant of the Technical Division and William Swarts, Operator of the Processing Division, have been with the company for five years.

We are excited to have these two dedicated people as part of our team!

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Our Quality Assurance team is expanding

Rooibos Limited is proud to announce that we have appointed two permanent staff members in our growing Quality Assurance Division.

Daphne Wabule has been working at Rooibos Limited since April 2020 as a Food Scientist. In her new, permanent role, she will work closely with our production and quality assurance team to ensure that Rooibos Limited is aware of all the latest developments and research in the Rooibos industry.

Corné Naudé has been working at Rooibos Limited since July 2020. She is one of our quality assurance officers and spends her day ensuring that every single kilogram of Rooibos that leaves our factory meets the standards our clients expect from us.

We are excited to have these two dedicated people as part of our team!

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More than 30 Rooibos Ltd employees receive long-service awards:

Rooibos Ltd recently acknowledged 33 employees who have been with the company for at least five years. Says Communication Manager Gerda de Wet, “Long-service awards are important because there is a correlation between a company’s stability and the number of long serving employees working there. These employees help to carry forward the institutional knowledge of Rooibos Ltd. We are proud of them.”

Other Sponsorships

Rooibos Ltd sponsors SA Freedom Day event in Shanghai

On 26 April 2019, the South African consulate in China proudly hosted a Freedom Day speaker and networking event in Shanghai, celebrating 25 years of democracy. We at Rooibos Ltd were honoured to co-sponsor the event by providing Rooibos gift packs to each of the 120 distinguished guests.

Rooibos Ltd co-sponsors the Tea Exporters Association’s AGM in Sri Lanka

Rooibos Ltd was one of the sponsors of the 19th Annual General Meeting of the Tea Exporters Association (TEA) which took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on 31 August 2018. A large number of participants including diplomats, senior government officials and tea trade members were present at the event. This was the second consecutive year that Rooibos Ltd co-sponsored the AGM.

The Honourable Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, was the chief guest while the Honourable Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries, was the guest of honour at the event. The keynote speaker was Mr Nathan Sivagananathan, Chief Growth Officer and a member of the MAS Apparel Board.

The logo of Rooibos Ltd was displayed at the event and will also appear on the TEA AGM website for three months. A video clip of Rooibos Ltd was shown at the cocktail and networking event.

Jayantha Karunaratne, chairman of TEA, thanked Rooibos Ltd for being one of the associate sponsors of the AGM, saying, “We look forward to continue working with you in a mutually beneficial manner in the future”.

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