First a beautiful story
Several years ago, Sibongile was picked up by the side of the road, like many South Africans looking for any job, by our personal garden maintenance company. His job was menial garden work but after a few months we realised he was far more capable than just pushing a wheelbarrow. We brought him into the production of Banhoek Chilli Oil which was then being produced out of our garage. Two years later and he was in charge of production. He then approached me and asked if he could invest in the company with his hard earned cash. I was so proud of him that we matched his cash injection and now he is a shareholder in Banhoek Chilli Oil.
At Banhoek Chilli Oil we care just as much about our local community as we do about our chillies. To this end we have structured our business to ensure sustainable and responsible business practices that help to uplift the surrounding area.
Located amid the beautiful Cape winelands, the team at Banhoek Chilli Oil are passionate about the environment. Our production processes have been carefully designed to minimise wastage, and we have ongoing recycling initiatives on-site in order to minimise our environmental footprint. Aside from relying on the sun to dry our chillies, we use alternative and green energy sources as far as possible.
South Africa is a country with enormous inequality and social challenges, not least soaring unemployment levels. To provide as many employment opportunities as possible Banhoek Chilli Oil always favours human capital over automation.
The bulk of our employees are drawn from the disadvantaged communities of the Banhoek valley, and we always hire locally before looking further afield for specific skill-sets. Hiring locals helps to alleviate social issues in our immediate area, but also ensures staff can save on transport costs by walking to work.
We have also instituted an Emerging Farmers programme to uplift local growers. Our dream, our goal, is that eventually we will be able to purchase all of our chillies from the local community, contributing much needed secondary employment and income to the area.
Last, but certainly not least, we assist in the employment prospects of those in the local community by providing complimentary wireless internet access, as well as assistance with creating a curriculum vitae for job application, as required.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Health and safety is paramount across our custom-built production kitchens, with all staff undergoing rigorous training and ongoing professional development in terms of food safety best-practice.
Banhoek Chilli Oil has a long-term strategy for local and global success. As such, we take our responsibilities as a corporate citizen seriously. The founders, and board of directors, have ensured that Banhoek Chilli Oil has a prudent business strategy and appropriate corporate governance in place.