Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Our History
Established by Evert Ehlers in 1958 La Oma first opened its doors in Vanderbijlpark in the Vaal Triangle area. Having had no previous experience in the Wholesale Meat Industry Evert proved he was born to do this and went on to successfully open up another 4 Butchers in Vanderbijlpark over the years, each becoming as successful than the last.  

However due to poor health and with deep regret Mr Ehlers had to hang up his Butcher Coat and close his other shops except for one butcher called La Oma.

Fortunately Gert and Marietjie Kruger (Evert’s daughter and son in law) bought La Oma in 1979 much to the relief of Evert and were able to carry on the La Oma Legacy.  Evert’s son Hennie Ehlers joined the business in 1981 to follow in his Father’s footsteps and become a part of the successful Family Butchery.  Chris Snyman joined in 1989 as employee and is now a proud Shareholder. The 3rd day of August 1990 was a sad day for all who knew and loved Mr Evert Ehlers when he sadly passed away, but he will be pleased in

knowing that La Oma has stood the test of time and surpassed all his expectations and dreams. In 2001 La Oma moved to its current premises in Bedworth Park, Vanderbijlpark comprising 2480 square meters.

After many, many years of blood, sweat and tears, Evert’s wife Hettie Ehlers (affectionately known as Ouma) although strong as an ox retired from the Family Business in 2002 at the age of 73.

Hettie Kruger, daughter of Gert and Marietjie joined the La Oma family team in 2009 as General Manager and shareholder,making La Oma  a 3rd generation business!
 
In our business, family participation as managers/owners strengthen the company because of each member’s unique strengths, characteristics, tradition and years of hands on experience.