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Mike's Chicken was started in December of 1981 by one of the current shareholders Mike Nunes and his
manager Mr. LJ Selomane as a broiler farming operator. Mike's Chicken was doing 5000 birds a week at that
stage. Currently 210 000 birds are placed per week some of which are sold live, 40 000 birds (+ 75 tons) are
processed per day and sold as frozen chicken products.
Bertus Kirstein joined the company in 1988, becoming general manager in 1992 and a shareholder in 2000. In September 2010 the company purchased a broiler/breeder operation selling hatching eggs to Midway Chix (Pty) Ltd in Bela-Bela and subsequently built a hatchery which started operations in September 2012 hatching 280 000 to 300 000 day old chicks a week, 210 000 of the day old chicks are used for own placement, rearing and processing per week, the excess chicks are sold off and ± 200 00 hatching eggs per week are sold, on contract, to Midway Chix.
The turnover of the company is in excess of R300m per annum. All processed chicken products are frozen and are distributed to throughout South Africa eg. Pretoria, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Mafikeng, Durban, Kimberley etc.
The current shareholding is as follows;
Cultiver Investments (Pty) Ltd (80%)
Mike Nunes (10%)
Bertus Kirstein (10%)
The company also rents, and are in the process of purchasing, a Feed Mill from Kanhym in Marble Hall The full capacity of the mill is, 5000 tons of feed per month, 3300 to 3500 tons are for own use between the broiler and breeder farm leaving 1500tons for external marketing.
The company is well known in the poultry industry as it has been in operation for 33 years in the city of Polokwane in Limpopo province. Our five directors and shareholders jointly have 70 years' experience in all aspects of the poultry industry from Breeding, Hatchery, Broiler farming, Poultry processing and distribution. The company employs in excess of 600 people some of which are through labour brokers.