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Agri SA promotes the development, profitability, stability and sustainability of agriculture in South Africa by means of its involvement and input on national and international policy and the implementation thereof.

Unity about agriculture

Agri SA, a federation of agricultural organisations, was established in 1904 as the South African Agricultural Union and consists of nine provincial and 24 commodity organisations.
Essentially Agri SA, through its affiliated membership, represents a diverse grouping of individual farmers regardless of gender, colour or creed. Agri SA’s policy advocacy includes work on trade negotiations, industrial policy, taxation, financing, land reform, labour laws, training, farmer development, environmental affairs, water rights and water pricing, other input-related issues, farm safety, law and order, infrastructure, technology development and transfer, statistical information and local government.
Furthermore, the organisation maintains an extensive communication network with its members and other affected communities, organisations and individuals.

Agri SA is a member of high-level business, trade and agricultural entities including Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) , the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU) and the Cairns Group Farm Leaders.

Agri SA communicates with its members via its two-monthly magazine, namely Agri (incorporating Die Boer/The Farmer) and an electronic newsletter. It is also responsible for programme content for an agricultural radio programme aired on RSG.

Agriculture in South Africa remains an important sector despite its relatively small contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP). The sector plays an important role in terms of job creation, especially in rural areas, but is also a foremost earner of foreign exchange.
Agriculture’s prominent indirect role in the economy is a result of backward and forward linkages with other sectors. Purchases of intermediate goods and services form backward linkages with the manufacturing sector, while forward linkages are established through the supply of raw materials to industry.

Approximately 70% of agricultural output is used as intermediate products. Agriculture is therefore a crucial sector and a key driver of growth for the rest of the economy – a fact also acknowledged in policy-related documents such as the National Development Plan 2030.

Essentially the Development Plan entails that agriculture – both emerging and commercial – should still be afforded the opportunity to contribute optimally to economic growth, job creation, foreign exchange earnings and development of the industrial sector within a safe and non-discriminatory environment.

Due to an unacceptable level of crime and violence in rural areas, Agri SA is preoccupied with ensuring a safe environment for all people involved in the agricultural sector. A sound working relationship has been established with the SAPS at both policy and operational level with a view of addressing the relevant rural safety problems..

Agri SA and its members:
1. respect and comply with the Constitution of the Republic South Africa in the formulation of its positions and related actions;
2. regard private property rights and a free market approach as points of departure for wealth creation;
3. focus on agricultural merits and act apolitically;
4. promote sustainable production practices, also in support of national food security;
5. do not subordinate its mandates to those of other organisations or movements in the public or private sector, or civil society as a whole;
6. maintain democratic principles in decision making; and
7.apply generally accepted practices of corporate governance.

“God bless South Africa”


Agri SA is a federation of agricultural organisations established in 1904 consisting of provincial and commodity organisations, representing a diverse grouping of individual farmers regardless of gender, colour or creed.


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Agri SA’s highest authority is vested in its Congress. According to its Constitution, a member-representative congress must be hosted annually which also deals with the election of leaders. Congress resolutions serve as guidance for determining Agri SA’s work programme and priorities for the upcoming year.

The General Council is constituted on a representative basis of member organisations and serves as the highest authority of the organisation when Congress is not in session. The Council determines the policy according to which policy committees function and provides the necessary mandates to implement such policy

This committee is subordinate to the General Council and the Executive Committee and is responsible for review of the financial and corporate management of Agri SA. It also has such powers and perform such duties as the General Council or the Executive Committee may delegate or assign to it. The committee consists of the President, Deputy Presidents, chairman of the General Affairs Chamber, chairman of the Commodity Chamber and the Executive Director.

Johannes Moller
President
Johannes Möller
Dan Kriek
Deputy President
Dan Kriek
Phenias Gumede
Deputy President
Phenias Gumede
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Chairman General Affairs Chamber
Henk van Wyk
Harry Prinsloo
Chairman Commodity Chamber
Harry Prinsloo
Omri van Zyl
Executive Director
Omri van Zyl

The Executive Committee composes of the President, Deputy President, Chairs of Agri SA’s Policy Committees, Chairs of the General Affairs Chamber & Commodity Chamber and the Chairman of Agri SA’s Audit and Risk Committee.

The General Council may co-opt members to the committee. The Executive Committee is subordinate and accountable to the General Council, more power to coordinate and approve policies as well as to perform other duties that the General Council may delegate or assign to it.

Johannes Moller
President
Johannes Möller
Dan Kriek
Deputy President
Dan Kriek
Phenias Gumede
Deputy President
Phenias Gumede
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Chairman General Affairs Chamber
Henk van Wyk
Harry Prinsloo
Chairman Commodity Chamber
Harry Prinsloo
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Audit & Risk Committee
Dr Jan Visser
Hendrik Ackermann
Chariman Labour & Social Matters Policy Committee
Hendrik Ackermann
Harry Prinsloo
Chairman Commercial Committee
Harry Prinsloo
Kobus Breytenbach
Chairman Rural Safety Policy Committee
Kobus Breytenbach
Wayman Kritzinger
Chairman Natural Resources Policy Committee
Wayman Kritzinger
Carl Opperman
Chairman Communication & Image Building Policy Committee
Carl Opperman
Ernst Pringle
Chairman Agricultural Development Policy Committee
Ernest Pringle
Directorate
Omri van Zyl
Executive Director
Omri van Zyl
Christo van der Rheede (14)
Deputy Executive Director: Social
Christo van der Rheede
Johan Pienaar
Deputy Executive Director: Economics
Johan Pienaar
Nic Opperman (2)
Director Natural Resources
Nic Opperman
Kobus Visser
Director Corporate Liaison
Kobus Visser
Willie Jacobs
Director Finance & Administration
Willie Jacobs
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Senior Economist
Hamlet Hlomendlini
Annelize Crosby
Advisor Land & Parliamentary Liaison
Annelize Crosby
Livhu Ngwekhule
Manager Transformation
Livhu Ngwekhulu
Other Personnel
Jana Robinson
Executive Secretary
Jana Robinson
Martina Benade
Economic Assistant
Martina Benadé
Thea Liebenberg
Media Liaison Officer
Thea Liebenberg
Anneke Roux
Secretary Corporate Liaison & Natural Resources
Anneke Roux
Phyllis Strydom
Accountant
Phyllis Strydom
Ingrid Smith
Assistant Accountant
Ingrid Smith
Corrie Botes
Assistant Accountant
Corrie Botes
Cynthia Malema
Secretary
Cynthia Mmela
Elize Schoeman
Assistant Accountant
Elize Schoeman
Ellen van Niekerk
Secretary
Ellen van Niekerk
Amos Mabunda
Building Maintenance
Amos Mabunda
Jacob Letwaba (7)
Building Maintenance
Jacob Letwaba
Samson Mokgwetha
Support
Samson Mokgwetha
Martha Lushaba
Support
Martha Lushaba
Meisie Masola
Support
Meisie Masola
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Marketing Manager
Annemi Rautenbach
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Head of Natural Resources

Janse Rabie

Sekretaresse
Jurita Tree
Yolisa
Legal Advisor
Yolisa Mfaise

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Agri SA, a federation of agricultural organisations, was established in 1904 as the South African Agricultural Union and consists of nine provincial and 24 commodity organisations. Essentially Agri SA, through its affiliated membership, represents a diverse grouping of individual farmers regardless of gender, colour or creed.

Agri SA’s six policy committees deal with aspects relating to the implementation of policy within the respective focus areas. Each committee has a chairperson, with nominated representation from the General Affairs Chamber and Commodity Chamber. Agri SA offers the necessary functional and administrative support.

Commodity Chamber
Harry Prinsloo
Chairperson
Harry Prinsloo
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Vice-chairperson
Piet Prinsloo
Niel Joubert
Additional member:
Niël Joubert

Agri SA, a federation of agricultural organisations, was established in 1904 as the South African Agricultural Union and consists of nine provincial and 24 commodity organisations. Essentially Agri SA, through its affiliated membership, represents a diverse grouping of individual farmers regardless of gender, colour or creed.

Agri SA’s six policy committees deal with aspects relating to the implementation of policy within the respective focus areas. Each committee has a chairperson, with nominated representation from the General Affairs Chamber and Commodity Chamber. Agri SA offers the necessary functional and administrative support.

General Affairs Chamber
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Chairperson
Henk van Wyk
Corni Swart
Vice-chairperson
Cornie Swart
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Additional member:
Pierre Vercueil