AfriTan tannery was first established in 2002 by Craig van Heerden in a farm shed in Dundee, northern Kwa Zulu Natal. Craig qualified in the tanning of game skins and hair on hides at the International School of Tanning Technology in Grahamstown.
In 2009 Hanno van den Berg joined AfriTan. Hanno qualified at the School of Tanning Technology and has 7 years of previous tanning experience from one of the leading tanneries in the country. AfriTan specializes in the tanning of Nguni hides, sheep skins and game skins which are beautifully and skilfully stitched into products which are sold worldwide. AfriTan also has a retail shop in Dundee and at Talana Museum.
Due to demand AfriTan has become largely mechanised. This has improved the quality and quantity of the hides tanned. The tannery currently tans 800 Nguni hides, 2000 Springbuck skins, 1200 sheep skins and various other game skins every month. All our marketed Nguni hides are branded with a stamp stating that in our never ending pursuit of quality, sustainability and reliability, the customer is assured of excellence.