Star South expert

Growing regions

South Africa: banks of the Orange river, also imported from Namibia

Export regions

UK, Holland, Switzerland, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Maldives, Cambodia

The Dates Story

Dates have become increasingly popular all over the world.  The desert climate and abundant water from the Orange river district where it is produced, ensure only the best premium quality dates.

Star South is one of only a handful of fresh and dried exporters in Southern Africa, and the first in the Southern Hemisphere market with fresh, yellow Barhi dates at the end of January. We fly these fresh yellow dates all over the globe during its limited 8-week window. In March we start supplying the dried Medjool, Zamli, Khalas & Barhi varieties, shipping them at minus 18 degrees Celsius. Thanks to our sub-zero storage we can stretch the season to last until October.

Nutritional info

Dates are one of the superfoods, and an excellent source of fibre, iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. They also contain carbohydrates which will aid the body in maintaining health. Dates are rich in calories, making them a great energy source. Sweet in taste, dates are also a good alternative to refined sugars.


Medjool, Zamli, Khalas and Barhi


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Fresh Barhi
Medjool, Zamli & Khalas

We serve four key groups across the diverse sector of fresh produce:

Fruit producers and retailers, both within South Africa and abroad. It’s a world of good produce, good people and good prices. An extensive, vast world which we navigate via committed one-on-one relationships, to offer personalised service and tailored solutions/shipments.

How can we help you?

Partner with us as we navigate the landscape together.

Danèl van Deventer

Commercial Manager

Trust between client and company is everything.”

Danél started out in the industry in 2010 and has been working her way up ever since. She began in logistics and now serves as a commercial manager, drawing from her in-depth understanding of the cost chain. Danél is passionate about figs and has been dedicated to the export of almost 70% of the South African fig offering for the past seven years.

Department: Management & Support
Market: Far East, Europe, United Kingdom, Canada, Middle East
Produce: Figs

“We are in no other business than the people business.”

Jaco is a born entrepreneur and has been trading fruit since the age of 12 when he started his first business. He has experience in all major business areas, including farming, handling, transport, logistics, IT, marketing operations, finance, management, international and domestic affairs. He is fluent in French and also has basic Spanish language skills.