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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

 Question

  • Why is South Africa being regarded as the world leader with respect to ostrich production?

 Answer

  • More than 65% of the world’s ostriches are being found in South Africa and South Africa also accounts for 80% of ostrich products in the world
  • South Africa also has a historic advantage because it started with ostrich farming in 1864.
  • The natural conditions in South Africa are also ideal for ostrich production.

 Question

  • Where are ostriches being produced in South Africa?

 Answer

  • About 75% are being produced in the Western and Southern Cape, 20% in the Eastern Cape and the rest in the other provinces of South Africa.
  • Oudtshoorn, in the Klein-Karoo (Southern Cape) is the ostrich capital of the world.

 Question

  • Which products are being produced by an ostrich?

 Answer

  • Leather : 32% of income
  • Meat: 62% of income
  • Feathers: 6% of income

 Question

  • Where are the products being marketed?

 Answer

  • Meat, mainly in Europe. Because of the meat’s health characteristics ( almost no fat and cholesterol), it is a sought-after product. The seven ostrich abattoirs in South Africa are all accredited for export.
  • Leather products can be found almost everywhere but the majority are in Europe, the USA, Japan. Ostrich leather is exotic, supple and durable.
  • Feathers are being used in the fashion industry all over as well as in the entertainment industry like the Rio Street Carnival and exotic dancers in Paris and Moscow. The feathers are also being used in industrial applications such as the two billion feather dusters being manufactured annually in South Africa.

 Question

  • How important is research?

 Answer

  • The South African ostrich industry believes in continuous product development, product enhancement, effective production and processing practises to ensure consistent high quality products.
  • Research is being done by private companies as well as Government; in partnership with the industry.
  • Research projects are also aimed at ensuring the welfare of ostriches.

 Question

  • What does the ostrich industry do about bio-diversity?

 Answer

  • The South African ostrich industry wishes to ensure sustainability and therefore compiled a Code for the utilisation of natural veld to which all producers subscribe.
  • The SA Ostrich Business Chamber also interacts regularly with the relevant government departments as well as private conservation initiatives.

 Question

  • How is the South African ostrich industry being organised?

 Answer

  • An umbrella organisation, called the South African Ostrich Business Chamber (SAOBC), with its headquarters in Oudtshoorn( 450 km from Cape Town), represents the industry.
  • The SAOBC is a “Section 21 Company” and does not trade, nut represents the interests of the South African ostrich industry and its main role is to ensure the sustainability and profitability of the industry.
  • The two main member organisations of the SAOBC are SAOPO (South African Ostrich Producers Organisation) and NOPSA (National Ostrich Processors of South Africa). See the organogram

SAOBC Structure

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