Bidvest Premier Lounge teams get their hands in the dough at Khayelitsha Cookies

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There was a buzz in the Khayelitsha Cookies bakery last week when teams from the various BidAir lounges and head office got their hands 'doughy' as they joined the bakery team in creating the renown delicious cookies. The nine BidAir Bakers donned the appropriate hair nets and aprons, and discovered what it is like to make the cookies from rolling the dough to taking them out of the ovens. The laughter of the new team, combined with the amazing regular team of women from Khayelitsha, reverberated off the walls as they worked.


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Delicious Radar Alert

You have not tasted choc chip cookies till you have tasted ours! The famous Khayelitsha Cookie Chocolate Chunk biscuits are deliciously moist in the centre, contain 25% milk chocolate chunks and … are to die for, doll! No chocolate substitutes or preservatives – just melt-in-your mouth biscuits that will keep you heading back for more. Pop into Pick 'n Pay for the 250g box that costs R9.99. You won't regret it. Also, watch out for an article on Khayelitsha Cookies in the upcoming Fresh Living magazine.

 

Being hearing impaired does not need to equal unemployment

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We asked Robyn Newton to chat to Nongomso Mdata and Zodwa Ntanta, two hearing impaired ladies who are a wonderful part of the Khayelitsha Cookie bakery team ...

The offices of Khayelitsha Cookies are always a hive of activity! Any given day will find the phone ringing off the hook, a queue of people waiting to talk to the admin team … and invariably, someone sitting at one of the desks tasting cookies. When I arrived there I was ushered into the bakery where I could smell the latest cookies baking, and see dozens of very organised teams of workers, smartly kitted out in their regulatory gear.

I was there to talk to two of the three women from Khayelitsha who have no hearing and are working at what is reputed to be the finest cookie company in South Africa. Nongomso and Zodwa came out of the bakery full of smiles and exuding energy. Both of them were from Noluthando School for students with learning difficulties in Khayelitsha. “Our teacher helped us get work as it's not easy, and we are so grateful for that,” said Zodwa.

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What some folk say about us ...

I am a dietetic student at Stellenbosch University. The vendor heading the main cafeteria on our campus has recently started to sell your products. I forced myself to write this letter just to let you know that I totally ADORE your products (especially the chocolate brownies). I will continue to support your initiative and will urge my friends and family to do the same=) ... Because not only does you company make an attempt to empower women from various communities and meet children's basic health needs (in the Philani clinic), but the quality of your product is breathtaking. I hope your business always succeeds. Lydia

I own Stirling Manor Boutique guest house and stock Khayelitsha Cookies in all of my suites. Quality is good and it tastes wonderful. One just wants more.!! Laurette Hanekom Vorster

Gud stuff im getting thm ngomso lo. when i 1st had a taste yazo i went 2 house keeping and asked 4 mo... yo awesome stuff. Dikweni Singy

Khayelitsha Cookies offers a professional, proudly local product at a great price, with excellent service and prompt delivery. We are very happy to be supporting their initiative in the community. Deanna Ireland

Khayelitsha Cookies are incredible and well done to the ladies who make them. I always look forward to a packet or five of them when I travel. The business model employed is empowering - a great example. Graham -The Cookie Muncher

Great when an amazing product supports a worthwhile cause. I dream about their chocolate brownies! Clare Houston

 

We are the Runners Up

altWe are very proud to announce that we are the runners up in the Small Business Awards hosted by Cape Talk and Softline Pastel!

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us by commenting on the site.
we really valued your support.
Thank You!

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Best Service in Cape Town

We have some exciting news! Khayelitsha Cookies has been selected as one of the top thirty companies for best service in Cape Town! We've done our bit … now we need our fans to do theirs!

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The questions you have been dying to ask ...

Happy Easter to our wonderful Khayelitsha Cookie Company fans! We hope that you have an inspiring Easter season and that you find some Khayelitsha Cookies to enjoy with tea and those Easter Eggs. We thought we would let you in on some of our Frequently Asked Questions …

The questions you may have been dying to ask ....

Q. Do you only employ women from Khayelitsha?

A. Yes, all our baking team are from Khayelitsha -- one of the largest township communities in South Africa with a very high unemployment rate, but a vibrant, entrepreneurial and enthusiastic spirit.

Q. How long has Khayelitsha Cookie Company been baking delicious cookies?

A. Since 2004 when we were introduced to a group of women who had received some training at a community centre in Khayelitsha, but no follow-up support. We put our heads together and, against all odds, started a business. Today we have a team and business model that any corporate would be proud of!

Q. Do the women from Khayelitsha have any ownership of the business?

A. Yes, we have a trust that is owned by women who have been on the team for a certain amount of time. Our desire is that ladies not only benefit from being employed and feeding their families, but can be real owners of the company and have a share in future success.

Q. How many women do you employ at the moment?

A. There are currently 47 women on our baking team – and we were just 6 in 2006. We are doing flick-flacks at the growth in our employment numbers, as well as the quality of our team.

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Khayelitsha Cookies and CIRO join hands in delicious partnership

Activity in Cape Town's famous cookie factory is up a notch!  These days thousands more cookies are baked each month at the Khayelitsha Cookie Company. And it's the result of a new partnership with one of the largest coffee and beverage companyies, CIRO (www.ciro.co.za).

They have recently launched two new biscuits baked by Khayelitsha Cookies, under their own brand name – an Oats Cookie, especially developed by a pastry expert, and the already famous Choc Chunk cookie. “The quality is phenomenal, flavour outstanding and presentation perfect – we are very proud of the final product,” says Adri Williams, Sales Manager of Khayelitsha Cookies, “It was our quality and v ery fair pricing that won us the deal.”

Apart from the fantastic partnership with one of the largest players in the beverage industry, it is great to have seen the baking team from Khayelitsha grown by 27 women.

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Khayelitsha Cookies on YouTube!

Khayelitsha Cookies hires previously unemployed women from Khayelitsha and then train and skill them in permanent, affirming employment. [Click Here] to see this on YouTube!

 

TOP SMME in South Africa

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Great news on the Khayelitsha Cookie front! We have some wonderful news to share with you all … Last month we won the 2010 Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise Award, an initiative of Afrigrowth Institute, meaning we were recognised as the TOP SMME in South Africa. This is a huge achievement for our team and we are over the moon.

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Pick 'n Pay Fresh Living


Please feel free to watch our Pick 'n Pay Fresh living Video entry.

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From Africa with Love - Fresh Living

Khayelitsha Cookies in Cape Town whips up an assortment of moreish handmade biscuits for PnP. Jim Hislop dropped by to see what's cookin' at their factory.

When I arrive at Khayelitsha Cookies I'm greeted by sales manager Adri Williams, with a cup of coffee

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