||The factory was taken over by the Kotze family in the early 60’s and was steadily mechanised and grew to supply the demand for clay plaster bricks.
Because of the wet winter months of the Western Cape, the owners of De Hoop Steenwerwe decided to upgrade the factory to a continuous tunnel kiln and drier imported from Italy and so in 1984 De Hoop stopped producing clay plaster bricks and started to concentrate on clay face and paving bricks. Over the years our dominant red pavers literally “paved the Western Cape red.”
To name but a few projects where De Hoop
red pavers were used:
1. Saint Georges Mall in Cape Town City Centre
2. Most sidewalks in and around the City Centre
3. The Mount Nelson Hotel - entrance road
4. Iziko Cape Town Museum - paving
5. The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in red and
brown clay pavers
6. The Cape Town Aquarium
7. The “Rooi Plein” and sidewalks on Stellenbosch
8. Sidewalks in Durbanville, Bellville, Simon’s Town,
Franchhoek and various other towns
9. The Knysna Waterfront
10. Traffic Circles and Sidewalks in
York Street, George
11. Val De Vie Wine & Polo Estate and
The Grand Roche Hotel in Paarl
12. Cape Town Stadium - paving and walkways
And last, but definitely not least, lots of driveways, garden paths and even more driveways...
Clay pavers, like red wine, actually gets better with age, its colour will never fade out and will still be there for centuries to come.
Besides paving bricks De Hoop has also become known for its red facebricks used in various projects enhancing buildings in and around the Western Cape.
De Hoop prides itself to produce consistent quality products and kept on investing in the latest technology available in order to achieve our goal.
This also means that we can now produce more types of face bricks and pavers better, cleaner, greener and much more efficient and productive.
Through the years we, along with our customers, faced many challenges, good times and bad times, times of prosperity and of recessions, but like them always giving our best, we are still here...
Today, we are geared up to produce many new types of products (and of course the old favourites) and are fully committed to keep on supplying our customers way into the future!
F C Kotze
De Hoop Brickfields (PTY) LTD