Sources of information

The following individuals are hereby acknowledged for their invaluable contribution to this documentation of the story of honeybush:

  • Dr Hannes de Lange – for his information, documented storytelling and photos on the history of honeybush, the beginning of the formal honeybush industry and his view on its future.

  • Dr Cecilia Bester and Prof Lizette Joubert – for their contributions, including interviews, information, photos, and editing of this document.

  • Joyene Isaacs – for the interview on her vision for the honeybush industry.

  • Marlise Joubert – for her information.

In addition to notes and interviews with key role players, the following academic texts were used as key sources of information:

Joubert, E., De Beer, D., Malherbe, C.J., Muller, M., Louw, A. & Gelderblom, W.C.A. 2019. Formal honeybush tea industry reaches 20-year milestone - progress of product research targeting phenolic composition, quality and bioactivity. South African Journal of Botany, 127: 58–79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sajb.2019.08.027.

Joubert, E., Gelderblom, W.C.A., Louw, A. & De Beer, D. 2008. South African herbal teas: Aspalathus linearis, Cyclopia spp. and Athrixia phylicoides - A review. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 119: 376-412. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jep.2008.06.014.

Joubert, E., Joubert, M.E., Bester, C., De Beer, D. & De Lange, J.H. 2011. Honeybush (Cyclopia spp.): From local cottage industry to global markets - The catalytic and supporting role of research. South African Journal of Botany, 77: 887–907. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sajb.2011.05.014.

A lasting honeybush legacy
   *      What is in a name?


From crop to cup     *     First records of a local cottage industry


Dr Hannes de Lange: A reflection on the pioneering days


Commercialisation of Cyclopia genistoides – a story that originated at the foot of Table Mountain


Advancing role of research in growing the honeybush industry


Honeybush cultivation     *     Historical tea processing


Local growth and the start of an international footprint


Looking into the future   *  A vision for the honeybush industry


Honeybush timeline * Acknowledgements * Honeybush Homepage