About us

Khoisan Trading Company (Pty) Ltd was established in 1994 and is owned and managed by the Schrauwen family.  Khoisan produces a mineral rich, pure natural unrefined sea salt which is hand harvested in the traditional manner.

It all started in 1991 when Yntze Schrauwen, of the Velddrif Salt Works, designed and laid out the pilot scheme for the salt pans.   After three years of extensive research and planning he successfully achieved results when the first sea salt crystals were harvested.

Initially his wife, Joan Schrauwen, packaged these sea salt crystals for sale in her Velddrif Gallery and as a result of the demand for Khoisan Sea Salt their daughter, Britt Geach, ventured further and reached a wider distribution by trading at craft markets and farm stalls.  The business grew further and expanded into small and the larger retail stores.  At the inspiration provided by Joan, a flavoured range of Sea Salt was introduced in addition to the natural sea salt range which has also proven to be successful.

Khoisan Trading Co. (Pty) Ltd employs people exclusively from the local community which is an ongoing investment and upliftment in an area which is suffering economically due to cutbacks in fishing permits.   At Khoisan we take our responsibilities for the welfare and development of our employees seriously and in this regard the company works closely with Fair Trade Associates who ensure that employees are treated fairly e.g. pension, furthering employees education, financial assistance with driver’s licences as well as assisting with employees’ children’s school fees.

Since 1996 the business and demand for its products has grown to such an extent that the Khoisan factory has had to move to larger premises several times.  Briefly, the Factory process consists of sieving the sea salt from the pans, drying, cleaning, adding herbs for flavoured varieties, packaging, labelling and packing into boxes for distribution to retailers and distributors.  In addition, Khoisan supplies natural sea salt in bulk to the wholesale trade for repacking.

Khoisan Sea Salt is the only hand-harvested natural unrefined sea salt in South Africa and produces certified SABS 1st Grade edible sea salt, flavoured sea salt, bath salts and Gypsum which is distributed locally and internationally.

 

Mission

To be recognised as the world’s leading market supplier of Solar Hand-Harvested Sea Salt, an environmentally responsible salt that is pure, unrefined and unpolluted, with a low carbon footprint.

 

Vision

To achieve our mission by being cognizant of our responsibilities to consumers and the environment by producing a mineral rich, premium quality sea salt, without neglecting the responsibility of maximising shareholder value, for distribution through mutually beneficial local and global partnerships.  Commitment to providing service excellence by enhancing staff welfare and maximising their contribution to the success of the company through development and training.

 

Location

Khoisan Trading Company (Pty) Ltd is situated in the heart of the West Coast between the Berg River and St. Helena Bay in the village of Velddrif.

Velddrif is a small fishing village which has become a popular destination for tourists to the Western Cape, offering an abundant species of bird life for enthusiastic bird watchers, as well as fishing, sailing and a beautiful environment with a spectacular showcase of veld flowers in Spring.

 

Our Source

Our Atlantic Ocean source of sea salt is free from the effects of heavy industry, with the Benguela current coming from the Antarctic.  Our pristine 400 year old brine is pumped from an underground seawater lake (aquafir) at the Velddrif Salt Works, on the shores of St. Helena Bay, where the sea water filters through beds of shell providing additional calcium.  This pure unpolluted brine has a most distinctive and memorable taste.

 

 

Responsibilities

Quality Assurance

Khoisan Trading Company (Pty) Ltd incorporates strict quality assurance procedures in its production and its products are SABS certified and carry the SABS 1st Grade mark, assuring consumers of premium quality products. We are compliant with an internationally recognised food safety system, HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point), which requirements include Good Management Practices over Critical Control Points certifying safe food products holding no risk in terms of contamination and safety. Khoisan’s sea-salts are also Kosher compliant.

 

Social Responsibility

Khoisan Trading employs people from the local community of Velddrif which is an ongoing investment and upliftment in an area which is suffering economically due to cutbacks in fishing permits. At Khoisan we take our responsibilities for the welfare and development of our employees seriously and in this regard the company works closely with Fair Trade Associates who ensure that employees are treated fairly e.g. safe and healthy working environment, pension, upliftment in the form of furthering employees’ education, as well as financial assistance with driver’s licenses and with employees’ children’s school fees.

 

Environment

Khoisan Trading acknowledges its responsibility to the environment and of having a low carbon footprint, unlike industrial salt manufacturers, producing ‘table’ salt, which is 99.9% Sodium Chloride containing added chemical agents to keep salt dry and free-flowing, who have amongst the highest carbon footprints with their vacuum pan systems, mechanical harvesting, boilers and crushers, all of which use a tremendous amount of electricity or gas in their manufacturing process.

Khoisan Trading has a low carbon footprint as a result of its natural, organically processed sea salt products and its organic certified by-product gypsum, which are manufactured using solar and wind energy, and which are unrefined and hand harvested in the traditional way. An added benefit lies in adding organic, natural sea salt to products used by wholesale and retail companies who will receive carbon credits for generating eco-friendly, low carbon footprint products sold to the public.