The Cooperative

Roughly 70% of Wupperthal Rooibos farmers are members of the Fair Wupperthal Rooibos Cooperative Limited. While the organization does not operate as a conventional cooperative, it is one that represents the interests of forward-thinking farmers who wish to provide a better future to their families .

Eselbank

District: Kerskop

Hectarage: 5 Ha

Description: As a child Audrey watched her father harvest Roooibos tea in the Kerskop region and has been successfully harvesting herself for the past 14 years.

District: Uitkyk, Eselbank

Hectarage: 2 Ha

Description: Anna is one of the top female performing Rooibos tea farmers in the Wupperthal Area and has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 15 years.

District: Eselbank

Hectarage: 1 Ha

Description: Female farmer Alice has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 6 years

District: Eselbank

Hectarage: 3 Ha

Description: Antonio is a new, young emerging Rooibos farmer under guidance from his grandfather. Antonio has been harvesting Rooibos since 2016.

District: Eselbank

Hectarage: 2 Ha

Description: Adriaan has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 12 years.   

District: Grootvlak, Eselbank

Hectarage: 3 Ha

Description: Andre is currently farming with his father and has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 12 years.  

District:  Eselbank

Hectarage:  1 Ha

Description: Berenice has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 7 years.

District: Martiensrus

Hectarage: 1 Ha

Description: Brenda has to traverse a mountain range by foot to reach her plantation in Eselbank, Wupperthal. As a new emerging female farmer, Brenda has successfully been harvesting Rooibos tea since 2014.

District: Voorstenhoek, Eselbank

Hectarage: 3 Ha

Description: Barney has been successfully harvesting Rooibos for the past 18 years.

District:  Eselbank

Hectarage:  3 Ha

Description: As a female farmer Charmaine manages her family’s Rooibos plantation while her husband works on the neighbouring farms.

District: Eselbank, Grootvlak

Hectarage: 2 Ha

Description: Cedric has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 12 years.

District: Kerskop, Eselbank

Hectarage: 3 Ha

Description: Collin was the first farmer in his family to farm with Rooibos. He has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 12 years and is responsible for the maintenance of the communal farming equipment and ploughing of the communal farmlands.

District:  Eselbank

Hectarage:  2 Ha

Description: Dirk Mouton started farming with his parents as a child and is highly respected among the farmers for his expertise in Rooibos farming. Past income acquired through Rooibos tea helped Dirk to fund the education of his children.

District: Voorstehoek

Hectarage: 2 Ha

Description: Dalfred has been harvesting Rooibos successfully for the past 12 years.

District: Eselbank, Voorstehoek

Hectarage: 1.5 Ha

Description: David has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 12 years.

District: Kerskop, Eselbank

Hectarage: 1 Ha

Description: As a female farmer, Estelle has been successfully harvesting for the past 11 years.

District:  Eselbank

Hectarage:  1 Ha

Description: Frikkie has been successfully harvesting for the past 11 years.

District:  Eselbank

Hectarage: 4 Ha

Description: Gert is currently one of the oldest Rooibos farmers and has successfully been harvesting Rooibos for the past 34 years.

District: Eselbank, Grootvlak & Uitkyk

Hectarage: 4 Ha

Description: Hendrik has been successfully harvesting Rooibos for the past 12 years.

District: Eselbank, Voorstehoek

Hectarage: 3 Ha

Description: Henry has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 6 years.

District:  Eselbank

Hectarage:  1 Ha

Description: Janine has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 7 years.

District: Eselbank

Hectarage: 3 Ha

Description: As a retired policeman, Jonathan has started harvesting Rooibos as his forefathers did before him.

District: Eselbank

Hectarage: 5 Ha

Description: John has been farming Rooibos using experience passed on to him from his forefathers and has been successfully harvesting Rooibos for the past 25 years.

District: Eselbank

Hectarage: 4 Ha

Description: Jacobus has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 14 years.

District: Uitkyk, Eselbank

Hectarage: 3 Ha

Description: Jurie has been succesfully harvesting Rooibos for the past 43 years.

District: Voorstenhoek, Eselbank

Hectarage: 2 Ha

Description: Jerome has successfully been harvesting Rooibos for the past 12 years.

District: Voorstehoek

Hectarage: 1 Ha

Description: Kenny is a new emerging farmer and has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 2 years.

District: Eselbank, Voorstehoek

Hectarage: 1 Ha

Description: Female farmer Magrieta has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 12 years.

District: Voorstehoek, Eselbank

Hectarage: 2 Ha

Description: Michael’s father granted control of the family plantation to Michael 13 years ago and he has been successfully harvesting Rooibos ever since.

District: Voorstenhoek

Hectarage: 2 Ha

Description: Malvyn has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 12 years.

District: Eselbank

Hectarage: 1 Ha

Description: Female farmer Nicole has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 6 years.

District: Voorstehoek

Hectarage: 4 Ha

Description: Niklaas has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 43 years.

District: Eselbank

Hectarage: 2 Ha

Description: Niklaas has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 12 years.

District: Eselbank

Hectarage: 2 Ha

Description: Niklaas’s expertise involves the ploughing and preparation of the tea plantations. He also currently oversees the transportation of the tea from the respective plantations to the tea court.

District: Kerskop, Eselbank

Hectarage: 1 Ha

Description: Paul has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 13 years.

District: Eselbank

Hectarage: 3 Ha

Description: Ryan has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 8 years.

District: Eselbank

Hectarage: 2 Ha

Description: Rodger has been successfully harvesting for the past 14 years.

District: Eselbank

Hectarage: 3 Ha

Description: Shano is a new emerging farmer and has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 2 years.

District: Voorstenhoek & Grootvlak

Hectarage: 5 Ha

Description: Stanley has successfully harvested Rooibos for the past 22 years.

District: Eselbank

Hectarage: 2 Ha

Description: Wilfred has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 14 years.

Langkloof

District: Langkloof, Langkloof

Hectarage: 1 Ha

Description:Marchalene, a new emerging female farmer, has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 3 years.

District: Langkloof

Hectarage: 2 Ha

Description: Jacob has harvested Rooibos successfully for the past 12 years.

District: Langkloof and Voorstehoek

Hectarage: 2 Ha

Description: Julian lived in Cape Town but returned to his ancestral home in Wupperthal and has been farming Rooibos for the past 14 years.

District: Langkloof, Langkloof

Hectarage: 4 Ha

Description: Lionel has proved to be a enthusiastic emerging tea farmer with many years of generational experience and is sure to be one of the top tea farmers in Wupperthal.

District: Langkloof

Hectarage: 1 Ha

Description: Marlin, a new emerging farmer, has been harvesting Rooibos since 2016.

District: Langkloof

Hectarage: 1 Ha

Description: Brachley is an emerging Rooibos farmer and has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 4 years.

District: Langkloof

Hectarage: 1 Ha

Description: Petrus has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 12 years.

District: Langkloof

Hectarage: 1.5 Ha

Description: Petrus has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 8 years.

Heiveld

District: Frans se Bos, Heiveld

Hectarage: 1.5 Ha

Description: Christina has been farming Rooibos tea in the Wupperthal and Heiveld areas for the past 8 years, serving as the basic income for her household.

District: Heiveld

Hectarage: 6 Ha

Description: Edgar has been farming Rooibos in Wupperthal for the past 26 years and is currently the chairman of Fair Wupperthal Farmers Co-Operation.

District: Hoog-se-Vlak, Heiveld

Hectarage: 2 Ha

Description: As a widow, Florida manages her family’s Rooibos plantation and has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 8 years.

District: Heiveld

Hectarage: 1 Ha

Description: As a new emerging female farmer, Ingar has successfully been harvesting Rooibos since 2016. She also attends to all the farmers’ and Fair Wupperthal Farmers Co-operative’s administrative needs.

District: Heiveld

Hectarage: 1.5 Ha

Description: Jakobus has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 8 years.

District: Frans se Bos, Heiveld

Hectarage: 1 Ha

Description: Kerneels has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 8 years.

District: Frans se Bos, Heiveld

Hectarage: 1.5 Ha

Description: Marchelle has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 12 years.

District: Frans se Bos, Heiveld

Hectarage: 2.5 Ha

Description: Female farmer Maria has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 15 years.

Wupperthal Central

District: Wupperthal Central

Hectarage: 1.5 Ha

Description: Aldo has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 6 years.

District: Meyer-se-Land (Citadel)

Hectarage: 4ha of 10ha

Description: Jurie is currently the oldest member of the Wupperthal Rooibos Co-operation and plans to have his 10ha plantation fully planted with Rooibos by 2020.

Tamboerskraal - Vaalheuning

District: Tamboerskraal, Vaalheuning

Hectarage: 4 Ha

Description: Fritz Hanekam’s tea plantation is approximately 10km from Wupperthal Central and his plantations can only be accessed by a 4×4 or tractor. He has been harvesting Rooibos tea for the past 22 years.

District: Tamboerskraal-Vaalheuning

Hectarage: 3 Ha

Description: Fernando has been harvesting Rooibos for the past 10 years.

Farming Districts

The unique taste and aroma of Wupperthal Rooibos 1830 is no coincidence. On compact farms at altitudes exceeding 900m above sea level, Wupperthal Rooibos is planted and tended by farmers who brave the remote and harsh mountainous terrain to bring this special product to market.  

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