Mission

To provide agricultural related solutions to realise our business goals in the sourcing, processing, procurement and selling of agricultural needs, products, services and niche market products for the benefit of all stakeholders.

Core goals

  • Needs driven
  • Participation
  • Integrity
  • Results orientated
  • Dynamic & Innovative

History

First Karakul sheep imported: 1907
SAKK Established: 1941
Company diversified: 1982
Public Company with Shareholders: 1997

Our Specialities

At KLK we pride ourselves on the diversity and composition of our ventures. KLK is involved in the supply of the following: agricultural produce, building supplies, petroleum, meat sales, hide tanning, vehicle sales as well as management, livestock auctions and also the packaging and export of raisins.

Weekly beef and sheep prices

KLK share trading

Comprehensive cover

Financial reports

Wholesale distributor of BP Petroleum and 12 fuel stations

New and used

Calender and auction dates

Agricultural trade stores & Build it, Meat, Livestock, Sheep feedlot

We’ve come a long way…

The origin of KLK – previously known as SAKK – is synonymous with the Karakul pelt. The first 11 Karakul sheep arrived from Southwest Africa (Namibia) in 1907 and brought a rapid rise to the industry. The need for a controlled and organized environment for Karakul-farmers led to the establishment of SAKK on 24 September 1941. SAKK was registered as an official Coöp on 28 November 1941.

Stories of the Company’s initial years are endless, and are still told today, especially those of Karakul sheep being smuggled across the country’s borders. The Coöp quickly found its feet and became a great contributor to the growth of the industry. The growing need for members for production input requirements resulted in the opening of our trade division which surpassed the R600 million threshold this year. As with many other agriculture products, certain factors led to a decline in the prices of pelt and also saw a decrease in the production of pelt.  It’s interesting to note that the production of pelt was over two million strong by the late seventies, and today less than 20 000 pelts are produced per year.

The board decided to diversify in 1982 and established a meat marketing division. The drop in pelt prices resulted in farmers to convert to Dorper-sheep farming which also allowed the company to open auction pens and sheep abattoirs.

SAKK decided to buy BKB in the Northern Cape and as part of the agreement the name was changed to “Karakoel en Lewendehawe Koöp Beperk”. The Coöp then moved into the fuel and automotive industries, an insurance division was created, a sheep feedlot was erected and the abattoir in Upington, obtained. Thereafter amalgamations with “Trans-Oranje Koöperasie” and “Kenhardt Vleiskoöperasie” took place and two trading branches in Rietfontein and Keimoes were added. These events expanded KLK’s geographic area and operations and paved the way for financial survival and future growth.

The Coöp was converted into a public company on 17 September 1997, with the same members as shareholders of the aforementioned Coöp. KLK grew rapidly and added the auctions of Karoo Ocshe in Kuruman, Postmasburg and Olifantshoek to their network and also added the trading branches of “Suidwes Koöperasie” in Kuruman and Hotazel, Oranje Meganies and the Nissan dealership and fuel stations, Hamiltons & Carnarvon abattoir, BP’s distribution depot in Upington and finally the “Wes Karoo Koöperasie”, which includes commercial branches, fuel stations and an abattoir (Ramskop) in Calvinia.

Over the past 10 years the unbundling of Meattrust/Just Lamb (meat marketing model) steered KLK to establish its own meat marketing chain and also added four Build it-hardware stores in Kathu, Kuruman, Postmasburg and Upington to the diversified business model.

The Thembeka BEE-transaction dissolved after three years and their 20% shareholding in KLK was bought back. Recently, Ramskop abattoir (Calvinia) was upgraded and the processing facility of hides in City Deep was obtained which form part of the SA Dorper Group where Dorper-pelt is processed for the Italian fashion industry, while wet blue hides are processed for the automotive industry. In 2015, KLK bought a 50% share in Carpe Diem Raisins, a packer and exporter of high quality raisins.

This is the history of KLK in a nutshell – the story of the livestock farmer’s own organisation, in a tough and arid part of South Africa, which developed into a dynamic company with a R2000 million turnover per annum.