Glenart is a family business that began in the loft of our home at number nineteen Glenart Road, just as South Africa’s new Democracy was born. Since then we have grown to become South Africa’s Premier Christmas Cracker Manufacture, supplying most of the major retailers and exporting our products around the world.
The youthful minds that watched the development and growth of the company have now taken over the management and running of the company. With fresh and enthusiastic people at the helm and a youthful and delightful workforce hand producing our exceptional products, Glenart is embracing all the new opportunities that have opened up for us.
Recently we built a new 3000m2 office and manufacturing facility at Shaka’s Head, close to where the Founder of the Zulu Nation, King Shaka, built his great Military Barracks in 1826. This facility is custom built to our requirements and has allowed us to improve on all aspects of our business. We are passionate about Christmas and our products, so you can be confident that our hand made Christmas Crackers are of the highest quality standard. Each and every cracker has our love and attention invested in it!
Living in Africa we understand the importance of taking care of the Environment. We enjoy our wild areas and jealously protect our amazing Heritage. We see the difference a rain shower can make and we ache every day knowing that at least three Rhinos will be killed by poachers. But we also celebrate the fact that our air is clean and our rivers sparkle, that our trees grow in wild sub-tropical abandon and bio-diversity is all around us – every day.
Our factory borders a conservation area and we are helping expand the number of trees there. Our plans to harvest rainwater to feed our own vegetables gardens and to collect grey-water to run our ablutions are exciting. They are matched by a solar panel programme to supplement and ultimately replace the power available from the National grid. Electric light saving transparent panels incorporated in the design of our facility reduce our requirements to almost nothing. Our demands on our environment are kept as low as possible.
From design to delivery our products are developed with the planet in mind. There is a constant drive to innovate, to improve, to surprise. Our packaging and display solutions are cutting edge and recycled material is at the heart of all manufacturing. Waste is minimised and re-used. Our life is green, and we are proud of it.
You cannot live and work in Africa without being personally troubled by the inequalities and suffering that most of our people endure every day. The society we operate in is at once both optimistic and scarred. Optimistic that we shall overcome all hardships and privations. Scarred by our tortured journey towards Democracy. Our history has been a troubled one and we are faced with heartbreaking social issues all around.
These include an AIDS epidemic of gigantic proportions, a legacy of absent parents and single mothers, a backlog of service delivery that leaves people struggling to live with dignity and a huge unemployment problem that affects especially the young.
Glenart operates in this reality.
In a small way we are helping to solve some of these problems. Our workforce is young and overwhelmingly female. The journey to work is short and most walk from their homes to the factory. The working environment is comfortable and pleasant and the remuneration good. The smiles and laughter we see convinces us that we are on the right path.
That we are members of World Fair Trade is only natural. In Southern Africa there is a culture of “Ubuntu” and it means “ I am because of others.” Another meaning is “Your pain is my pain, My wealth is your wealth, Your salvation is my salvation.” We therefore strive to treat others in a spirit of Ubuntu so that, little by little, we are able to contribute to making a national difference.
It is the right thing to do.
WHAT WE DO
Glenart manufactures Christmas Crackers for the retail market as well as wholesales Christmas Crackers to the general public.
10 Eagle Road, Imbonini Business Park
Shaka’s Head, 4381