Louis de Beer 061 Wool Academy Podcast

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Louis de Beer is the CEO of Cape Wools, an industry association representing the interests of the South African wool industry. In this episode, Louis gives insights into the South African wool industry and explains what makes South African merino wool special. Louis also tells the success story of local communal farming projects in the Eastern Cape.

About Louis de Beer

Louis de Beer is the Chief Executive Officer of Cape Wools SA.  Prior to accepting the position at Cape Wools in 2011, Louis gained extensive managerial experience in the SA wine, fruit and fishing industries whilst living his passion for agriculture.

Cape Wools is the official industry representative organisation of the South African Wool Industry, and that represents the collective interests of the wool producers, wool buyers and processors, wool brokers and traders, small stock breeders, labour and the wool testing group. Cape Wools promotes the wool communities’ interests within South Africa and internationally in partnership with the other great wool producing nations of the world.

Louis currently serves as a council member of the Campaign for Wool and represents SA’s interests at International Wool Textile Organisation.

Connect with Louis here

Cape Wools South Africa website
Video about the communal farming project

Key Time Stamps

[spp-timestamp time=”01:06″] About Louis de Beer
[spp-timestamp time=”03:05″] Wool and Wine – differences and similarities.
[spp-timestamp time=”04:48″]  The complexity of the wool industry and the people is what fascinates Louis about the wool industry.
[spp-timestamp time=”08:07″]  About Cape Wools South Africa
[spp-timestamp time=”12:32″]  South Africa’s wool industry history
[spp-timestamp time=”14:21″] About the South African wool industry today
[spp-timestamp time=”17:22″] What makes South African wool special and what products South African wool is manufactured into
[spp-timestamp time=”20:04″] The development of the wool industry in South Africa
[spp-timestamp time=”29:00″] About Communal farming

Additional links

Here is the link to the Kickstarter Guideline I talked about in this episode.


If you liked this episodes you might also enjoy these

#004: Peter Ackroyd from the Campaign for Wool and IWTO

#016: Chris Wilcox from the National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia

#020: Dalena White from the International Wool Textile Organisation

#029: Robert Ryan from the Federation of Australian Wool Organisations

#037: Richard Halliday from the WoolProducers Australia

#044: Rita Kourlis Samuelson from the American Sheep Industry Association





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