Roodehoogte Farm has been in the Marais Family for the past 45 years and is currently managed by the father and sons team, Braam, Charl, and Jasper Marais. Charl, being brought up in a fruit environment has inherited the passion of his father and is currently the third generation on the farm. Jasper’s role is to manage the packhouse with his engineering and manufacturing industry skills.
Located in the fruitful Breede Valley, just outside Robertson, this estate spans over 365 hectares of which 55 hectares are cultivated. The farm is situated at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains where Roodehoogte’s main water source originates from.
Roodehoogte has a strong and clear vision to produce export quality fruit. Their fertile soils, also called the “soft, red Karoo soils”, with a high lime content combined with the right choice of rootstocks, contribute to their high sugars and good shelf-life of their Plums.
Plans to expand their packhouse to match their growth are planned for the near future. Their dreams, however, are not built in isolation and they strive to be a major source of job creation for the local community.
Another main priority on the farm is the provision of safe and secure housing for all the farmworkers. All houses are equipped with electricity, as well as freshwater tanks and solar panels for environmentally-friendly heating. The management believes in good communication with their workers, and this feeling of community and open management is reinforced by monthly staff meetings. Community development is very important to the owners of Roodehoogte and the rugby and cricket teams of the farm are passionately supported.