PICS: It’s harvest time in rooibos country



Clanwilliam – Growing in the sunshine surrounded by majestic mountains, rooibos farming has been sustaining generations of families.

Just two hours outside of Cape Town, past mountain passes, the indigenous herb grows freely in the quaint Cederberg town of Clanwilliam.

The herb, which started out being harvested by the Khoisan more than 300 years ago, is responsible for around 87% of South Africa’s international tea exports.

Jacques Burger, who runs the farm Elandsfontein with his father, admitted: ”It comes with its challenges, but I’ve learnt to love farming and rooibos is my passion. We took a leap of faith and purchased the farm in 2018 which we started renting in 2005.”

Sixteen years later, 450 hectares of rooibos farming continues to sustain the lives of the 35 employees.

and the surrounding community.“In the next two years, we plan on adding another two hectares to the farm, which will create more jobs for the people,’’ said Jacques.

Anna Brandt was born on the farm and has worked there for 23 years. She said she used to pick one ton of rooibos per day which allowed her to send her son to university. She also stated that rooibos is her passion.


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