Find out how Hippo Mills got it's name - from a famous Hippo named Huberta!
When Hippo hammer mills became part of the ABC Hansen family some 12 years ago, the amazing story of Huberta, the hippo with wanderlust, became part of the company tradition. The original mill designer, Arthur Collins, of the equally amazing, one of its kind range of cast iron hammer mills named his mills after Huberta the Hippo in 1928 and Hippo Mills has been a South African original since then.
The Huberta story*, wherein this large hippo travelled from Northern Natal all along the coast to the Eastern Cape, crossing the Keiskamma river and endearing itself to all it met along the way, and reaching fame as declared Royal Game in the South Africa of the late 1920’s, met its end at the wrong end of a rifle in a maize field.
This story epitomises the schizophrenic relationship between man and wild animal where the animal is both treasured and exploited to destruction by mankind. And nowhere is it more prominent than in Africa – the home of such a wide variety of species not to be found elsewhere on our planet – where the war against nature is waged every second of every day and the battle for the hearts and minds of people is seemingly lost to a blend of survival and greed.
ABC Hansen contributes to the Endangered Wildlife Fund to assist in this monumental task and because we believe we owe it to the memory of Huberta the wandering hippo and the thousands of Hippo Mills sold throughout the continent and the world over the past 90 years. Most of these Hippo Mills are used to grind the staple food for millions of Africans. It is prayed that as Africans we would join hands in ensuring the wild hippo survives in Africa, and not only as an emblem on a hammer mill.
*The 90 year Jubilee of Hippo Mills commemorative edition of “Huberta’s Journey” beautifully told by Cicely van Straaten can be ordered online at www.hippomills.co.za