IN THIS ISSUE

The story of Rooibos is told through all the people, events, products, sponsorships and research in which this unique plant is involved. Read about Koekedoor winner Corli Botha as the new Face of Rooibos. Also read about experiences – including the Root44 Rooibos Experience in Stellenbosch, our exhibition at FHA 2018 in Singapore and a workshop on Rooibos seedling nurseries – specifically created for audiences to engage with Rooibos. We've included recipes for a Rooibos-smoked chicken breast burger, stuffed boiled eggs with Rooibos-infused trout, red sangria and a cocktail to impress your guests. You can also tell a story with Rooibos!

NEWS

Meet Corli Botha – the new Face of Rooibos 2018

Corli Botha, the new Face of Rooibos 2018, comes with credentials. She is the 2016 winner of Koekedoor and she has published her first cookbook. She was elected by die organisers of National Rooibos Day to represent the Rooibos industry. With her special Rooibos recipes and tips, Corli is sure to take the world of Rooibos to new heights. The sponsor of this campaign is Rooibos Ltd.

Read more, see recipe for Corli's Rooibos Cream Cake, see photographs.

Rooibos Ltd exhibits at FHA Singapore

In April this year, Rooibos Ltd exhibited at FHA 2018 in Singapore, which is Asia's most influential international food and hospitality trade event. The purpose was to showcase the various applications of Rooibos, which range from extracts for use in iced teas, instant teas and muffin pre-mixes to capsules for Rooibos espresso, cappuccinos and lattes.

Read more and see photographs.

Successful Rooibos Experience hosted at popular Root44 market, Stellenbosch

From Rooibos smoothies, iced teas and tea blends to red wine, gin, beer, biltong and skincare products – these were some of the treats that visitors to the popular Root44 market outside Stellenbosch could taste and try out on 28 and 29 April this year. This was the second Rooibos Experience organised by the SA Rooibos Council, with Rooibos Ltd as one of the exhibitors.

Read more and see photographs.

Rooibos Ltd organises successful workshop on seedling nurseries

The future of the Rooibos industry depends on the sustainable production of seedlings. Realising this, Rooibos Ltd organised a workshop where the five biggest seedling growers could share information about soil preparation, fertilisers, the challenges of seedling nurseries and more. This will now become an annual event for all seedling growers.

Read more and see photographs.

CPUT's Prof Jeanine Marnewick nominated for an award by NSTF

Professor Jeanine Marnewick from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology has been nominated for an award for her research on the health benefits of antioxidant-rich Rooibos. She has been nominated in the National Science and Technology Forum's NSTF-South32 Awards category: Communication for Outreach and Creating Awareness of SET and Innovation.

Read more.

SU's Prof Lizette Joubert honoured for research on Rooibos and Honeybush

Innovative and applied product-based research on Rooibos and Honeybush – this has led to Stellenbosch University's Prof Lizette Joubert receiving a medal of honour from the SA Academy for Science and Arts. Various processes have been implemented by the Rooibos and Honeybush industry thanks to her research. She has also received global recognition for her work.

Read more.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Rooibos Ltd sponsors golf shirts and caps for Clanwilliam's SAPD

The 30 members of Clanwilliam's Police Services recently participated in a Police Services Sports Day in Vredendal, wearing branded golf shirts and caps thanks to the generous support of Rooibos Ltd. Clanwilliam SAPD organised the event.

Lemoenland Educare kids receive annual T-shirts from Rooibos Ltd

Every year, Rooibos Ltd sponsors T-shirts for the kids attending Lemoenland Educare. These branded shirts are worn when the school attends sport and cultural days.

See photographs.

Rooibos Ltd sponsors prize for local recycling project

Clanwilliam's Tourism Association initiated a plastics recycling competition to help keep this picturesque town in the heart of the Rooibos region neat and tidy and to increase people's awareness of recycling. All the recycled plastic was sold to purchase a wheelchair for a local old-age home. Rooibos Ltd sponsored one of the competition prizes.

Read more and see photographs.

HEALTH

Why red tea is better than green tea

This article explains the benefits of Rooibos as a weight loss drink and detox drink compared to green tea, mentioning the fact that Rooibos does not contain caffeine which causes restlessness. What's more, the sweet taste of Rooibos makes it appealing to both adults and children.

Read more.

Why Rooibos is good for your health and your skin

This article highlights various benefits of Rooibos – ranging from its high antioxidant content to its sweet taste and absence of kilojoules and caffeine. What's more, it can enjoyed as a tea, in cocktails or even as a Rooibos latte.

Read more in French and see short video.

RESEARCH

Rooibos could reduce risk of type 3 diabetes – a precursor to Alzheimer's

Researchers have discovered a strong connection between Alzheimer's disease and insulin resistance in the brain – also called type 3 diabetes. According to the SAMRC's Prof Christo Muller many type 2 diabetics have deposits of a protein called beta-amyloid in their pancreas, which is similar to the protein deposits found in the brain tissue of Alzheimer's sufferers. This can increase type 2 diabetics' risk of Alzheimer's disease by up to 65%. Current research suggests that Rooibos has the potential to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes.

Read more.

RECIPES

Impress your guests with these Rooibos recipes

Rooibos adds flavour, colour and nutrients to a wide range of drinks and dishes. We invite you to try out these recipes: Rooibos-smoked chicken breast burger; stuffed boiled eggs with Rooibos-infused trout; Red Tea Sangria; Rooibos, date and banana muffins; and a Rooibos-infused cocktail.

See recipes.