The event that dominated the town of Clanwilliam in the heart of Rooibos country was the recent Freshpak Fitness Festival (read about the athletes and about Herman Kotze's walk to raise funds for CANSA, see pics). Also making the headlines is the trademarks and patents protecting Rooibos and Honeybush that have caught the attention of the international community. We talk about the health benefits of Rooibos, and about new iced teas and skin care products formulated with Rooibos. Recipes include yummy Rooibos chai tiramisu. Here's to your health with a cup of Rooibos!

Feedback from the 30th Freshpak Fitness Festival

On 1 October this year, over 1 200 athletes flocked to Clanwilliam for the 30th annual Freshpak Fitness Festival supported by Rooibos Ltd. Various biathlon, duathlon and triathlon events, including special events for children, formed part of the programme. The athletes included professionals, local residents, and health and fitness fanatics. The main beneficiary of the event is CANSA.

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Herman Kotze walks for CANSA to help the fight against cancer

Herman Kotze walked from Cape Town to Clanwilliam as part of the 30th Rooibos Ltd supported Freshpak Fitness Festival to raise money for CANSA. Having lost various family members to the disease, CANSA is a cause that lies close to Herman's heart.

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Rooibos Ltd's Danny September retires

Danny September, affectionately known as Uncle Danny, is retiring after a career of 26 years at Rooibos Ltd. Prior to his retirement, he worked as Control Officer in the factory. He joined the company in 1990, mentioning his "good leadership abilities" and "strong motivation" on his application. He is also known for his support to staff members who find themselves in difficult situations. Says Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd: "We will miss his ability to organise and take responsibility for whatever the task at hand. We wish him everything of the best for this new phase of his life."

Rooibos IP innovation attracts international attention

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba has delivered a keynote address at the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Switzerland after the trademarks and patents protecting Rooibos and Honeybush have caught the attention of the international community. The innovative use of Rooibos and Honeybush in skin care and health products and in wine making has led to technologies that help to ensure economic growth for developed and developing nations.

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Try out these recipes with Rooibos as ingredient

Rooibos is versatile and is used in recipes worldwide. Try out ostrich steak with Rooibos-infused cauliflower mash, Rooibos chai tiramisu, Rooibos tea yoghurt cake, an antioxidant-rich Rooibos smoothie, and Rooibos tea crème brûlée crepe cake. Also watch Suzelle and Tannie Evita bake Rooibos rusks together for Heritage Day.

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Cancer prevention: Drink Rooibos to reduce your risk

Research has found that what you eat and drink can impact your health significantly. CANSA recommends cutting down on food and beverages proven to increase cancer risk, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and hypertension. Smart food choices include antioxidant-rich and caffeine-free Rooibos as an alternative to sugary drinks and even water.

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Unpacking the benefits of Rooibos

The Spanish youth and beauty blog Juventud y Belleza published an article on the benefits of Rooibos, explaining its taste as something "between sweet and fruity". The antioxidants in Rooibos protect the body against free radicals, and have anti-inflammatory and cardio-protective properties.

Read article in Spanish.

Bigger, better, bolder: BOS iced tea now comes in 3-litre packs

BOS ice tea, made with Rooibos, has launched a new 3-litre BOS pack just in time for summer because the "convenient packaging makes it so much easier to take your BOS along camping, to the beach, on picnics, to parties or at big family occasions". The new BOS packs come in three flavours: lemon, peach and berry.

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Rooibee iced tea is revamping its image

Ready-to-drink Kentucky-based Rooibos tea manufacturer Rooibee Red Tea announced a major branding revamp which includes a new website, packaging and logo. The company also has an aggressive national expansion plan in premium grocery and convenience shops.

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Teaonic uses Rooibos in its I Love My Hair & Nails herbal tea supplement

California-based Teaonic's rejuvenating I Love My Hair & Nails herbal tea supplement is rich in beauty nutrients that help support hair and nail health. It is made from a handcrafted blend of Rooibos and herbs selected for their nourishing and fortifying properties.

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Tea mask with Rooibos gives a radiant complexion

The RitualiTea Powder Face Masks use ingredients such as Rooibos to nourish and repair skin. The Feeling Rosy variant is formulated with Rooibos and rose to give skin a freshness boost and to help remove impurities.

Read article in German.

Rooibos – one of six alternatives to drinking water

With summer on its way, this article offers six alternatives to drinking tap or bottled water. This includes iced tea made with Rooibos and fruit juice like berry, cranberry, apple or grape juice, some mint leaves and even lemon juice.

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Five beauty tips with Rooibos – these celebrities use them!

Rooibos has become a super ingredient in skin care. This article in the women's magazine Sarie says antioxidant-laden Rooibos can be used to calm sunburned skin, treat puffy eyes, lessen skin rash and acne, and add shine or a reddish tint to your hair.

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Add magic to your food with Rooibos

The latest SARIE KOS food magazine says you can entertain with Rooibos from starter to dessert by making tomato soup smoked with Rooibos and baklava drenched in Rooibos syrup. The article also gives five reasons to use Rooibos – including the ability of Rooibos to awaken certain genes that help to break down cancer cells.

Read article in Afrikaans.