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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
Executive Director

NICHOLAS DICEY
Chairperson

MONO MASHABA
Board member

BONGIWE NJOBE
Board member

ANDRÉ SMIT
Board member

Meet the HORTGRO Team

Management Services

ANTON RABE
Executive Director

ELOUISE VAN ZYL
Personal Assistant to the Executive Director

LOUIS VAN ZYL
General Management: Management Services

ASTRID ARENDSE
Human Resource Officer

ELANA STRAUSS
Administrative Assistant

AMANDA DU TOIT
Accountant

THEUNIS BASSON
Accountant

LOUISE DU TOIT
Assistant Accountant

BERDENE VON SOLMS
Assistant Accountant

FILDA BOOYSEN
Financial Officer

ANNA-MARIE MEYER
Financial Officer

MARI VIVIERS
Scribe

DALICHIA TAUKOBONG
Receptionist

ZUBEIDAH ALLIES
Cleaner

Industry Services

DAPPIE SMIT
General Management: Industry Services

MARLENE BOTES
Personal Assistant

MARIETTE KOTZÉ
Group Operations Manager

NINA GOOSEN
Agricultural Economist

CHRISMAINE ABRAHAMS
Project Coordinator: Transformation

ULLRICH ARENDS
Project Coordinator: Transformation

RIZIA ALLIES
Database Administrator

KARIEN BEZUIDENHOUT
Manager: Olives and Fynbos

CATHY CAIRNS
Olives and Fynbos: Industry Coordinator

Trade and Markets

JACQUES DU PREEZ
General Management: Trade and Markets

LINDI BENIĆ
Manager: Market Access

SUZETTE POOLE
Secretary: Trade and Markets

Communications

ELISE-MARIE STEENKAMP
Manager: Communications

ESTÉ BEERWINKEL
Journalist and PR Officer

THEA VAN ZYL
Events Coordinator

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