Our surprise from Purity - a delivery vehicle!

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Look what Purity surprised us with this week! Now we can make our very own deliveries, which will up our client service game, causing us to sell more cookies and ultimately employ more people. There are no words to express our gratitude, but we hope that the tears of joy that you saw will speak of the immense gratitude that's in our hearts! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

 

Cookie recipe launch on Expresso

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SA Premier Business Awards

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We were in the top four in the SMME division --- no mean feat in the largest category of entrants! Thanks for all your support Khayelitsha Cookies Fans!



 

Khayelitsha Cookies on Play your Part ...

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Productivity SA: A case study on Khayelitsha Cookies

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Khayelitsha Cookies was established in 2004, with two baking ovens and two female employees. The firm is a black empowered enterprise and its employees own a 30% share in the business. The company employs previously disadvantaged and unemployed women mainly from the Mfuleni and Khayelitsha townships. This is a concerted attempt to alleviate the plight of South Africa’s women who are jobless and poor.

The company received their first fairly large order from a hotel chain and in November 2004, the business received their first export order to the USA. In June 2005 Khayelitsha Cookies had the opportunity to supply cookies to the Oprah Show, “Live your best Life”, in South Africa. Also in that year, cookies produced by the firm were served at the Cannes Advertising Festival and in March 2006 the firm was the official supplier of cookies at the Global Meeting of the Young Presidents Association in Cape Town. In that same month, customers and critics fell in love with the cookies at the Good Food and Wine Show in Cape Town and in May 2009 the firm launched its retail product through Pick & Pay at the annual event.

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Available now!

Purity Goodies Rusks and Biscotti – a range of healthy snacks suitable for toddlers from 18 months to preschool age. Available now!

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The BAKE OFF -- in search of the most delicious cookie and rusk recipe in South Africa

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Can cookies make the world a better place?

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If you think cookies can’t make the world a better place, just ask the previously unemployed women of the Khayelitsha Cookie Company, who for the past 8 years have spent their days baking all manner of delicious cookies in the hopes of doing exactly that – and in the process providing a better life for their children.

The company started in 2004 in the Nbuntu training centre in Khayelitsha. From there the company relocated to Ndabeni in 2006 and since then expanded to occupy 3 units in a business park in Ndabeni.  Staff numbers increased from 2 ladies in 2004 to employing 45 staff currently.

Now in partnership with Pick n Pay and the Expresso Breakfast show on SABC3, the Khayelitsha Cookie Company is giving baking enthusiasts around the country the chance to produce their very own Khayelitsha creation with the launch of an exciting competition on 8 August 2013, which will aim to find SA’s best Rusk/Biscotti and Traditional Cookie recipes.

“The competition is a fun way of finding new recipes for the Khayelitsha Cookie Company,” says Adri Williams, Managing Director of the non-profit organisation. “Our current recipes are family secrets, passed down from generation to generation. We want to give South Africans an opportunity, not to only share their family recipes with the rest of the country, but also to make a lasting impact on the lives of previously unemployed women in Khayelitsha.


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Welcome Aboard Miss International SA 2013

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Miss Shajar Khan, current Miss International SA, has chosen to be an ambassador for Khayelitsha Cookies! We are so grateful to have her on board. "Miss Khan, you have our loyal support from the team at Khayelitsha Cookies! And we are truly blessed that you have chosen a humble organisation such as ours to represent. Thank you!" said Adri Williams, Sales Manager at Khayelitsha Cookies.

 

Eunice and Adri on EXPRESSO

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Eunice and Adri were on Expresso on Friday 7th September. Watch them in action ...

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CTV creates movie clip on Khayelitsha Cookies

CTV recently created this great Movie blurb on Khayelitsha Cookies.

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Big fun for little ones ...

What happens when a fast-moving consumer packaged goods company takes hands with a dynamic baking company with a heart for rebuilding the social fabric of the Khayelitsha community? Empowered women, improved efficiency and an exciting range of delicious biscuits for South African little ones!

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Thursday, 26 January 2012 saw the launch of Purity Goodies Rusks and Biscotti – a range of healthy snacks suitable for toddlers from 18 months to preschool age. The launch is the result of Tiger Brands’ inclusion of Khayelitsha Cookies in its Enterprise Development Programme, which allows SMME’s in disadvantaged areas to grow and contribute to the overall development of the community.

The vision shared by Tiger Brands and Khayelitsha Cookies is to develop a company that produces the best cookies in South Africa while also radically changing the lives of women involved in the company.  The two companies have worked tirelessly over the past 12 months in preparation of the Purity Goodies product launch, including the upgrading of the cookie factory and upgrading of necessary baking equipment. Tiger Brands has also assisted Khayelitsha Cookies in the areas of procurement, technical input and manufacturing skills.

Members of the press and representatives from Tiger Brands and the Khayelitsha Cookie Company (KCC) gathered in Ndabeni, Cape Town on Thursday to celebrate the partnership. Bongiwe Njobe, Group Executive: Corporate Sustainability for Tiger Brands, gave an overview of the brand identities within the Tiger Brands group as well as the company’s vision of entering into mutually beneficial partnerships for the purpose of job creation and empowerment.

Amanda Ewen, Category Executive: Baby Care for Tiger Brands,  brought a unique perspective on the roll out of the partnership since its inception a year ago, and emphasised the company’s wish to see the number of empowered mothers in South Africa grow. The presentation included a screening of a DVD illustrating the impact of the partnership and product launch, and profiling some of the inspiring women involved in Khayelitsha Cookies. The event was filmed by SABC News.

Afterwards, guests were taken to the Khayelitsha Cookie factory, where Adri Williams, Sales & Marketing Manager of Khayelitsha Cookies, gave an overview of how the factory operates from production to packaging. Guests received a warm welcome from singing and cheering employees, and had the opportunity to meet some of the inspiring women working at the factory. There was a buzz of enthusiasm and energy in the air, and everyone left the event excited to see how the next arm of this dynamic partnership will unfold.

“Tiger Brands and Khayelitsha Cookie Company are committed to making this partnership a successful model for enterprise development in the country”, said Bongiwe Njobe.

Look out for the Purity Goodies Rusk and Biscotti range in-store nationwide this month!


 
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