Kaap Agri Operations June 09 www. bus- ex. com 47 cardboard boxes through carbon liner sheets designed to keep soft fruit from over- ripening while en route to European markets, to the pallets and stretch wrap needed to consolidate consignments. In this sector, Kaap Agri is the market leader. The Agrimark chain services a large territory stretching 1,000 kilometers or more from Cape Town to Namibia. But it's an exceedingly wealthy one, accounting for around 60 percent of all South Africa's exports. Revenue last year amounted to 3.3 billion Rand, which, even with an exchange rate as low as 10 Rand to US$ 1, makes it a very significant operation, though interestingly, it is not the largest. " The climate can be difficult here," says Botha, " with large areas subjected to Mediterranean- style winter rainfall and dry and micro- spray equipment; manufactured locally, they are distributed nationally by Kaap Agri. Outside the Agrimark catchment area, the business owns and operates large numbers of grain silos. Perhaps the most successful of Kaap Agri's other interests is the supply of packaging materials, largely to the fruit export sector. The range is both extensive and specialised, providing exporters with everything they need, from folded and printed " South Africa is not that important at the international level, and we don't get the keenest prices for imported goods. But by buying in bulk and distributing goods from our central distribution division, we are able to remain more than competitive on price"