Sundale, Just Milk acquire creamery
AWARD-winning Sundale Free Range Dairy in the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) has joined forces with Just Milk to acquire Cookhouse Creamery, one of the largest organisation of dairy farmers in the country.
Massive upgrades are underway at the new Cookhouse facility which was previously owned by Dairybelle.
The move puts Sundale firmly on the national map and cements their position on the shelf with other big names in the industry. The acquisition builds upon a R4-million investment in a cheese factory at the East London plant in 2016.
According to HR Manager, Brian Chitwa, the Cookhouse operations are set to boost employment numbers and to create jobs.
“We have started recruiting and have invited applications from former Dairybelle employees. There has been an overwhelming response from the local community. All applicants will go through the recruitment process.
“We will start operations with a team of about 30 people, including engineers and personnel for the finance department,” he said.
General Manager at the Sundale Cookhouse Creamery, Elize de Vos, said: “At our peak, this facility employed 107 people. We look forward to developing it to the point where we can again become leading employers in the Cookhouse community. The community eagerly await the start of operations at the factory. They are very enthusiastic about the regeneration of the creamery and grateful for the jobs that the construction works have already created in the area,”.
Cookhouse is located in what can be considered the dairy belt of South Africa. A mere 24-kilometres east of Somerset East, it is the home of many dairy farming operations.
It has also achieved much acclaim in the renewable energy sector as home to possibly the largest wind farm in Africa.