Who we are, what we are all about and our facilities
I am Dalain Roets, second generation owner of Karongwe Furniture. Together with my wife, Elizé, we manage and run Karongwe Furniture. My Dad, Tino, started our business in 1997. I officially took the reins in 2009 and have been at the helm ever since.
I studied marketing at the University of Stellenbosch and have always enjoyed creative processes. I enjoy designing and then transforming raw material into a useful furniture piece that can be used and cherished for generations to come. I love seeing design come to life. I believe there will always be a need for well made, good quality solid wood furniture that is made with passion and integrity.
Through design and quality manufacturing, my team and I strive to serve the needs of our customers in a creative and collaborative way.
I am Elizé Roets, the other half of this dynamic second-generation owner-partnership we call Karongwe Furniture.
I have been part of this furniture family for the past 14 years, having emerged from a financial and telecommunications background.
I wear many hats when fulfilling my purpose. I handle HR and compliance, all the financial admin and also get my creative juices flowing with marketing and social media input, amongst others.
I care a lot about my team and always strive to bring in fairness and respect in the workplace.
Each of us forms a part of this machine and I love keeping that machine operational with core leadership functions and forward thinking.
I am also rearing a very special third generation, in the hope that they will continue with this endeavor and keep making beautiful furniture!
I am the factory manager of an amazing, energetic and professional team. I started doing woodwork at a very young age. As I just couldn’t stop playing around doing small projects with wood at an age of 10. By that time, I already made up my mind on my hobby and future life. I studied wood technologies, wood machining, wood finishing, cabinet making and CNC Programming at Furntech in George, Western Cape.
For me it is the excitement of planning, designing projects and tweaking on a furniture piece while I see the furniture piece come alive through the different stages of manufacturing. Then the finished product “Treasure” I would call it. As the customer’s face lights up with excitement for a “generations-to-come”, everlasting furniture piece. To walk away from the finished product knowing that it is a quality locally manufactured furniture piece, makes it even more exciting to start with the next project.
The Karongwe Team
There are no shortcuts when making solid wood furniture. Our pride is our craftsmanship and attention to detail in every piece that we make.
Our reward is to know that each piece was crafted with the Karongwe philosophy of using premium solid hardwoods, classic joining methods and superior finishing techniques.
When we chase perfection we catch excellence.
Our vision is to be the preferred manufacturer and supplier of high quality solid wood furniture and bespoke pieces to individuals and trade clients that have a discerning taste for quality, elegance and uniqueness.
Our product lies at the core of our business. It is the strongest and longest living testimony of our work.
It is where our passion, pride and skill converge.
Our factory is based in the artistic town of Hartbeespoort. It lies at the foothills of the ancient Magalies Mountains.
We are a hidden gem. We prefer it this way as we are close to nature from where we draw most of our inspiration for our furniture pieces.
Our commitment is toward our staff and our clients, the people responsible for the success of our business. Our product is 100% locally designed and manufactured.
Our artisans are trained in-house by our master craftsmen. We are a client centered organisation and strive to exceed our customer’s expectations by delivering personal service.