Who discovered Rooibos? And who found out how to use it as an infusion? Read about new research by historian Boris Gorelik. Rooibos Ltd recently hosted representatives from Dilmah, Unilever, Emirates Catering, BOS brands, Joekels and Chinalight Tradelink, all of them eager to spread the Rooibos story. We supported our local community with sports clothing and equipment, sponsored promising athletes and even a budding young scientist, and honoured eight long-service employees. Two publications – one British and one Nigerian – featured articles on the health benefits of Rooibos. And we provide recipes for koeksisters and iced teas with Rooibos. Here's to a healthy, happy summer holiday with Rooibos!
What are the origins of the infusion we know as Rooibos tea?
The SA Rooibos Council commissioned historian Boris Gorelik to investigate records on the earliest use of the Rooibos plant. He found that the colonial-era settlers could have learnt about some of the plant's properties from pastoralists and hunter-gatherers in the Cederberg region. However, as far as Rooibos tea is concerned, "it is more logical to place its origin in the context of the global expansion of tea trade and the colonial habit of drinking tea. In this case, the Rooibos infusion served as a local replacement for the expensive Asian product."
Representatives from big brands among recent visitors to Rooibos Ltd
Rooibos Ltd in Clanwilliam recently hosted visitors from far and wide who wanted to learn more about the processes used to produce Rooibos tea and extracts, and about our rigorous quality control measures. These visitors – who include Dilmah, Unilever, Emirates Catering, BOS brands, Joekels and Chinalight Tradelink – will now be able to tell the Rooibos story based on first-hand experience.
Long service acknowledged at Rooibos Ltd
Eight people recently received long service awards at Rooibos Ltd. Among them is Technical Manager Johan Brand who has been with the company for 20 years. Says Gerda de Wet, Rooibos Ltd's Communication Manager, "These milestone events provide us with an opportunity to show our appreciation and to thank these employees in person for their commitment".
Rooibos Ltd supports Augsburg Agricultural Gymnasium for 10th year
Rooibos Ltd has been involved with Augsburg Agricultural Gymnasium in Clanwilliam for the past 10 years, sponsoring the jerseys of the school's first rugby team. Gerda Wet, Rooibos Ltd's Communication Manager, said, "It is a privilege to be associated with the school. They are doing us proud with their Rooibos-branded rugby jerseys."
Clanwilliam Secondary School receives cricket equipment from Rooibos Ltd
When this school needed proper cricket equipment, Rooibos Ltd decided to assist. Gerda Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd, explained: "We support sports teams in our community because this ties in with our ethos – both sports and Rooibos offer health benefits. Who knows, there might be a future star among these young cricket players!"
Rooibos Ltd sponsors sports clothing for LEGACY soccer club
When community developer and soccer coach Shaun Conradie approached Rooibos Ltd to help him with clothing for the LEGACY soccer team, Rooibos Ltd supplied them with jerseys and shorts. At present, about 30 children between 8 and 18 pitch up for training from Mondays to Thursdays.
Rooibos Ltd supports marathon runner Jacques Basson
Rooibos Ltd sponsored one of its employees, Jacques Basson, a keen marathon runner, to take part in various marathons during 2017 and again during 2018. Says Jacques about his passion for running, "I choose to run because it makes me feel like I am part of something bigger in life".
Rooibos Ltd supports mountain bikers Piet Rex and Gerhard Groenewald
Rooibos Ltd and Slabbert Transport, Rooibos Ltd's transport service provider, have sponsored Gerhard Groenewald and Piet Rex for various mountain bike races. Says Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd, "The Rooibos Ltd branded clothing in which they participate helps to strengthen the link between Rooibos and a healthy lifestyle".
Luchanay Mathews gets help from Rooibos Ltd for air ticket to Science Fair
Luchanay Mathews from Sederberg Primary School in Clanwilliam participated in the 2018 Eskom Expo for Young Scientists International Science Fair in Boksburg. Rooibos Ltd made a financial contribution towards her air ticket.
Pink Trees for Pauline gets support from Rooibos Ltd
Rooibos Ltd made a financial contribution towards this project for a second time. This project cooperates with the Cancer Association of SA and raises funds to care for cancer patients. To support Pink Trees for Pauline, individuals and companies cover trees with pink material that they buy from CANSA at R25 a meter. This year saw the addition of #doekwithadifference, selling headscarves at R70 each.
Miss and Little Miss Zeekoeivlei get gift packs from Rooibos Ltd
On 5 October, the netball team of Zeekoevlei's workers' group hosted a Miss and Little Miss Zeekoevlei in Clanwilliam. Rooibos Ltd sponsored gift packs as prizes for the winners of the competition. Jeronique Bezuidenhoudt was crowned as Little Miss Zeekoevlei while Yolande van der Westhuizen was crowned as Miss Zeekoevlei 2018.
Rooibos Ltd client Wild Cape offers three new products in Hong Kong
Rooibos features on this Hong Kong-based website about family health care. The Wild Cape brand offers a range of three Rooibos products: Organic Rooibos, Organic Green Rooibos and Organic Green Rooibos and Honeybush.
San Diego, USA: Majestic Pure launches innovative anti-aging facial cleanser with Rooibos
The cruelty-free cosmeceutical company Majestic Pure recently introduced its Rosehip Facial Cleanser infused with ethically sourced rosehip oil, olive oil, aloe vera, jojoba oil, coconut oil and antioxidant-rich Rooibos. This renews, protects and nourishes the skin.
Réunion: Rhum Isautier introduces a new rum with Rooibos and guava
Based in Réunion, the popular Isautier distillery has launched a new rum that combines Rooibos and guava.
The company has been producing rum since 1845.
Australia: Sukin formulates an anti-pollution facial mask with Rooibos
Sukin's Oil Balancing and Charcoal Anti-Pollution Facial Masque contains a purifying blend of Bamboo Charcoal, Willow Herb and Rooibos "to deliver a deep pore cleansing action, buffing away dirt, toxins and harmful substances to reveal a clear, fresh appearance".
Britain: Faith in Nature's offers new Pomegranate & Rooibos hand wash
This luxurious hand wash will leave hands thoroughly cleansed, while the skin-nourishing properties of pomegranate and Rooibos extracts help to keep them soft and moisturised. The antioxidant properties of both help to soothe dry skin.
Seven benefits of Rooibos
This article in the UK-based Medical News Today highlights various benefits of Rooibos. Among others, Rooibos is free from caffeine (to avoid the anxiety often associated with caffeine intake), low in tannins (to help the body absorb iron), rich in antioxidants (to support heart health and fight free radicals) and rich in aspalathin (to fight inflammation).
Herbs effect in management of diabetes
This article in the Nigerian-based The Guardian draws attention to various herbs that can be used to manage diabetes. South African Rooibos, which contains various antioxidants, flavonoids and polyphenols, can help to prevent type 2 diabetes because of the ability of Rooibos to fight inflammation and reduce oxidative stress.
Make koeksisters and iced teas with Rooibos
Rooibos is increasingly used recipes to add taste, colour and nutrients. Why not make your own iced teas and traditional koeksisters this summer holiday?