Mahela Packhouse

Navels, lemons, pomelos, oranges, soft citrus and kiwis are packed at Mahela Group’s state-of-the-art packhouse, situated at the farm, The Junction, near the town of Letsitele, South Africa.

The packing season kicks off at the end of March and lasts until mid-October. During the season, up to 600 tons of fruit are packed daily. Fruit that don’t adhere to Mahela's strict export standards are sent to Granor Passi, the local juice factory, for juicing.

Simultaneous packing for several clients can be done using the latest optical grading and sorting technology. 

Fruit undergo multiple tests at Mahela’s on site testing laboratory and PPECB inspectors are full-time on site during the packing season to ensure that the required standards are met at all time.

From the packhouse, the pallets of fruit are transported per truck to the Durban port where the fruit is once again inspected before it is shipped off.

Mahela Processing and Packhouse

2. First Inspection.

3. Chemical bath.

4. Drying, waxing and drying again.

5. Second inspection and camera classification according to size, colour and condition.

6. Packing starts into branded packaging supplied overhead.

7. Packaged products send to be palletized according to brand and destination.

8. Palleted products receives final visual inspection and quality control by PPECB before being released to be shipped.

1. Fruit received from the orchards and washed as they enter into the packhouse.