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Board-of-Directors

Welcome to HORTGRO

The home of the South African deciduous fruit grower.

At HORTGRO we focus on production, research and technology, markets, and transformation within the deciduous fruit industry.

Our roots date back to the Spring of 1652 when Jan van Riebeeck planted the first apple seeds in the Cape of Goodhope. After the success of these apple trees, producers started to experiment with others crops and sold their produce to passing ships.

The South African fruit export industry was “founded” by Percy Molteno in 1892, when he successfully exported a small consignment of peaches to the United Kingdom, which was sold at Covent Garden market.  After this, the fruit export market took off like rocket and by 1903 more than 22 000 fruit packages were being exported.

After years of exporting under their individual names, the deciduous fruit producers realised they needed a body to offer support to growers and formed the Deciduous Fruit Exchange (1926), which was later adapted to the South African Fruit ­– Deciduous Fruit Board (1947), Universal Frutrade Co-operative (1987), Unifruco (1989), Deciduous Fruit Producers’ Trust (1997) and ultimately HORTGRO (2013).

Meet the Board

Anton Rabe Exec Dir

ANTON RABE
Executive Director

Nicholas-Dicey

NICHOLAS DICEY
Chairperson

Mono-Mashaba

MONO MASHABA
Board member

Bongiwe-Njobe

BONGIWE NJOBE
Board member

andre-smit

ANDRÉ SMIT
Board member

Meet the HORTGRO Team

Management Services

Anton Rabe Exec Dir

ANTON RABE
Executive Director

Elouise van Zyl ED PA

ELOUISE VAN ZYL
Personal Assistant to the Executive Director

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LOUIS VAN ZYL
General Management: Management Services

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ASTRID ARENDSE
Human Resource Officer

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ELANA STRAUSS
Administrative Assistant

Amanda

AMANDA DU TOIT
Accountant

Theunis-new

THEUNIS BASSON
Accountant

Louise

LOUISE DU TOIT
Assistant Accountant

Berdene

BERDENE VON SOLMS
Assistant Accountant

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FILDA BOOYSEN
Financial Officer

Anna Marie

ANNA-MARIE MEYER
Financial Officer

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MARI VIVIERS
Scribe

Dalichia

DALICHIA TAUKOBONG
Receptionist

Zubeidah-new

ZUBEIDAH ALLIES
Cleaner

Industry Services

dappie

DAPPIE SMIT
General Management: Industry Services

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MARLENE BOTES
Personal Assistant

mariette

MARIETTE KOTZÉ
Manager: Information Services

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NINA GOOSEN
Agricultural Economist

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CHRISMAINE ABRAHAMS
Project Coordinator: Transformation

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ULLRICH ARENDS
Project Coordinator: Transformation

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RIZIA ALLIES
Database Administrator

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KARIEN BEZUIDENHOUT
Manager: Olives and Fynbos

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CATHY CAIRNS
Olives and Fynbos: Industry Coordinator

Trade and Markets

jacques

JACQUES DU PREEZ
General Management: Trade and Markets

lindi

LINDI BENIĆ
Manager: Market Access

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SUZETTE POOLE
Secretary: Trade and Markets

Communications

elise-marie

ELISE-MARIE STEENKAMP
Manager: Communications

Este-Journo

ESTÉ BEERWINKEL
Journalist and PR Officer

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THEA VAN ZYL
Events Coordinator