About Us

Kalahari Desert Products (Pty) Ltd. (hereinafter KDP) emerged out of the perceived opportunity to produce and process pecan nuts in the Northern Cape region of South Africa. This was based on the recognized advantages of the climate and soils of the area and the relative cost of land and labour to establish plantations in the region.

Kalahari Desert Products was established in 2001 in Upington in the Northern Cape, with the current shareholders being Jill and Alan Whyte. Jill Whyte has been involved in the South African nut industry for the past 20 years and has served as chairperson of SAMAC (South African Macadamia Growers Association). Allen Whyte is a founding member of SAPPA (South African Pecan Producers Association) and is also a prominent grower of pecan and macadamia nuts in the Louis-Trichardt area.

The company (also a member of SAPPA) has grown from strength to strength, improving quality and price competitiveness year on year. KDP is now regarded as one of the leading processors of pecans in South Africa.

Our main objective is the long term sustainable development and growth of the South African pecan industry. In order to achieve this, KDP has to be cost competitive and adhere to international food safety and quality standards.

To fulfill our social responsibilities, KDP is registered for Broad based black economic empowerment (act 53 of 2003). This certifies that we are a contributor to the BEE program as stipulated by the act.

“The following acts and stipulations are being implemented as required by the scorecards in terms of the various charters of transformation and the codes of good practice.

Direct Empowerment:

  • Black ownership
  • Black senior management

Human Resource Development:

  • Skills development: Acts 97 of 1998 & 9 of 1999
  • Employment equity act: act 55 of 1998

Indirect Empowerment:

  • Preferential procurement policy
  • Enterprise development

Sector Specific:

As determined by relevant sector charter

The company directly employs 15 permanent people and during the production season, employs 65 people, mostly women. This employment period usually extends for over 7 months. The intention, however, is to provide year-round employment to its workers by expanding production and processing pecans on a 12-month basis

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