Our factory sources all bulk hardwood charcoal from several Namibian Farmers situated in the Northern region.
Intruder bush species are used for charcoal production in order to promote the resettlement of savannah grassland, and the eradication of these intruders. The most common species used are Senegalia mellifera (Swarthaak), Dichrostachys cinerea (Sekelbos) and Terminalia prunioides (Mushara).
Bulk charcoal is screened and the larger pieces (20-100mm) are packed for lump charcoal. The smaller screenings are then processed to produce the pillow-shaped briquettes. Maize starch is used as a binder and no chemicals are added.
The facility has an output capacity of 1500 tons briquettes and 3500 tons of charcoal per annum.
The charcoal for Shisa Nyama is sourced from the Eastern Cape region, from previously disadvantaged communities. These communities depend mainly on the income of charcoal production, and they contribute extensively to the eradication of Black Wattle trees in the ravines and conservation areas. Black Wattle trees are invader species in South Africa (when not planted in plantation formation). These trees are a threat to our indigenous Fynbos species in mountainous areas and exhaust the water resources in ravines, causing the drying up of rivers. Go on and support our South African Heritage by purchasing Shisa Nyama charcoal for your braai! Laat waai, daar’s ‘n Shisa Nyama Braai!